How do people understand service to God?
Some think that “to serve God” means simply to belong to the clergy of some religious confession. Others think deeper and seek to serve by participating in common prayers and meditations. And some even dance and sing in honor of God.
This is not bad, but only if all this is just a part of the religious life of these people.
But God wants us to do much more.
In particular, Jesus Christ [2,8,11] and other Divine Teachers [2,10] edify that one should see service to God in service and help to all people — help in everything good that they do. One should help not for the sake of one’s own profit, but for the sake of those whom one helps; they could be not only people, animals, or plants, but also God.
In order to be able to understand this and how to discriminate between good deeds and those that just seem to be good, one should try to see situations from the point of view of the global strategic Plan of the Creator. Namely, we should understand the essence of the universal evolutionary process and to find our place in it.
Only then will we be able not only to try practice the precepts of God, but also to see their important role in the global strategy of the Creator. And this in turn will enable us to more deeply understand our own tasks and how we can help others better. Then we will gradually be able to become active participants of the Evolution of the Universal Consciousness, active assistants to the Creator.
All this was discussed in detail in my previous books [1-7], especially in [4,6], so I refer you, my dear readers, to them.
But now I want to stress the following point. Active participation in the evolutionary process should be considered as consisting of two main parts: a) spiritual self-perfection, b) helping others.
In this process, as apostle Paul taught (1 Cor 12,14), we should strive to serve with our highest abilities, as well as seek to acquire even higher skills.
The essence of the Creator's Plan of creating material worlds, including a small “islet” of matter in the Universe — our planet — is to transform less perfect energy constituents of the Absolute into more perfect; the individual Consciousnesses who have achieved the ultimate Perfection enrich the Creator with Themselves.
So, both personal self-perfection and helping other evolving souls in their evolution are good from God's point of view.
In particular, if we develop ourselves through meditative work, the quality of our service improves: we get closer to the Creator and begin to see the world better; we gradually approach the level from which He sees the world.
But we also get more perfect through our activity in helping others, increasing our knowledge of how to help. This knowledge will be of use even after the disembodiment.
...Let us feel (or at least imagine) that there is only One Universal Macro-organism — the Absolute, inside Which It's development — the Universal Evolution — proceeds. Let us feel the unity, interdependence of everything inside of It, Which is One. Let us feel our inseparability from His Organism, of His Process of Development. Let us feel joy of this awareness. And now — with this new total understanding — let us direct our efforts to accelerate the transformation of all energy “clumps” of consciousness, capable of this, into the Power of the Wise Love of the Heart of God, Which is in the Abode of the Creator.
We are all One in the Organism of the Absolute. This is the essence of the principle proposed by Jesus Christ: love your neighbor as yourself, and even more. What is meant here is the aspect of Love called Care. The highest manifestation of care is self-sacrifice for the good of others. Jesus Christ demonstrated this — for the sake of us, in particular — and gave us an example of Care by the exploit of His life and death on Earth. Let us become like Him in this respect!
But only few people long for cognition of the Absolute and seek the Creator. Others, schooled by atheism and perverted religious movements or perverted on their own choice, are well satisfied with partaking of the “forbidden” (i.e. forbidden by God) fruit from “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”: pleasures of possessing objects of the material world. They run the risk of getting to hell. Because “earthly” attachments easily provoke such crude emotions as worry, fear, sorrow, despair, jealousy, irritation, hatred, anger, and so on. And those who habituate themselves to such emotional states, accustom themselves to living in hell and go there after their disembodiment.
The fruits of the Kingdom of Heaven are found by those who found the peace of mind and learned selfless Love to such an extent that enabled them to fall in Love with the Creator and get attracted by that Love to Him. He meets them with His Highest Love.
... But the former ones (of mentioned types of people):
– “love” themselves,
– call their cravings love,
– require more and more love to themselves from others, cherishing their egocentrism, and
– hate other people because they poorly please THEM! And, on the whole, do not what THEY! want people to do.