Selfless Service and Penance


An e-devotee asks if it is better to do a personal penance or to do some kind of selfless service to the community. Gurudeva explains the difference between the two and adds that penance frees the person to perform more selfless service, "because he is not burdened by guilt." (This phrase, by the way, is the end of the talk, though it may sound as if Gurudeva is going to say something more.)

Photo of  Gurudeva
What do we mean when we say there is no good and no bad, only experience? We mean that in the highest sense, there is no good and bad karma; there is self-created experience that presents opportunities for spiritual advancement.
—Gurudeva