“That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.” – Mohandas Gandhi
Selfless Service is a commonly used term to denote a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it. This concept has spiritual connotations as the idea of selfless service is an important concept in most religions. One of the most important aspects of progression in all spheres of life is the offering and provision of service to others without any thought whatsoever of reward or self-gratification. Selfless service is absolutely fundamental, both from an individual perspective and from the perspective of the entire human race, without which there can be no true progression. Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving one’s country, one does his duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the welfare of others and the Nation.
Many people know what the words Duty, Selfless Service, Honor and Courage mean, but how often do you see someone actually live up to them? Our soldiers learn these values and are given a chance to prove them in the battlefield ever so often. These are the values that are synonymous only with warriors and monks. In today’s turbulent times, they are not even expected of the average human being. And yet we expect such high and lofty standards from our soldier and sages. A true soldier fights his enemy in accordance with the best of traditions and norms maintained by the army. He doesn’t kill a defenseless person, provides medical treatment to the injured, even the captured enemy. He doesn’t kill prisoners of war, children, women or the aged and destroys his enemy only his life and those of his comrades are in danger. He exemplifies the values that we once read in our textbooks and religious books. Are these values now becoming extinct?