Seva

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Seva is serving others and helping others with compassion, serving not for personal gratification but to uplift others. Seva is an offering. When an action contains your best thoughts and feelings, your love and affection, sympathy and compassion, and when it uplifts others, that is seva. Seva is serving others with compassion and with the best you can give. In the course of time, seva becomes a way of life. Living for others becomes a way of life, not living for oneself.

Education

Education is not the amassing of information and its purpose is not mere career hunting. It is a means of developing a fully integrated personality and enabling one to grow effectively into the likeness of the ideal that one has set before oneself. Education is a drawing out from within of the highest and best qualities inherent in the individual. It is training in the art of living.

Education is not injecting knowledge or information from outside. It is creating an atmosphere in which you will be able to awaken and express the knowledge which is already in you. Education must be designed so that it can serve two purposes. Firstly, to enlighten the intellect, to purify the emotions and to improve the quality of social awareness, and secondly to awaken and express the inner knowledge.

At Bihar Yoga Bharati students are exposed to three different environments - the ashram or gurukul, yoga and spiritual life. Education has to be imbibed; it cannot be learnt just through books or lectures. The aim of BYB is to provide the right samskara or impression for imbibing the yogic sciences and lifestyle, so that learning is not only an intellectual concept, but becomes a part of one’s life.