Volume I  Page 132  §  Selfless Service

DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

well-being which is sought through service will depend upon the vision of the person, and he who has the clearest perception of final good will be in a position to render the most important and valuable type of service. Those who have not found the supreme Truth are incapable of this highest type of service. Their service cannot have the same value for Creation as the service of a person who has arrived at finality in spiritual understanding. In a sense, true service begins after Realisation.
        Nevertheless, the spirit of service which is invariably present in aspirants and good persons can be harnessed and creatively utilised for spiritual purposes if it is allied with the work of Serving Master facilitates enlightenment a Master. The Master serves the whole universe out of the finality of his infinite consciousness, and those who serve the Master and obey him also have their share in his universal work. Their service has the advantage of his wisdom and insight. Willing participation in the work of the Master not only raises the value of service but creates the best opportunities for spiritual enlightenment. Service originating in the instructions of the Master is second in importance only to the service rendered by the Master himself.
        For most persons the idea of service is inextricably bound with securing certain definite results in the objective world. For them service consists in the removal of human suffering or illiteracy Service to be free from attachment to results or other difficulties and handicaps which thwart the flourishing of individual or social life. This is the type of service rendered by aspirants, politicians, social reformers and other good persons. Though this type of service is of immense spiritual importance, it is in its very nature unending. In spite