“Service and not bread becomes with us the staff of life. We eat and drink, sleep and wake for service alone. Such an attitude of mind brings us real happiness.” ~ Gandhi, from Yeravda Mandir, p. 4
Gandhi is turning the propaganda wing of militarism, the commercial mass media, on its head by emphasizing that service—not consumption—leads to lasting happiness. But note: he understands service primarily as a mental state, suggesting that we should allow it guide us in our actions wherever we may find ourselves in the course of a day. It’s not a couple of acts, in other words. Some people make a blessing over their food before taking a bite, that the nourishment contained therein will strengthen the body and mind for serving others. How do you develop your capacity for service?
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