SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD
Milton was sad that he could not serve his creator for he had gone blind. But he consoled himself by saying ‘they also serve who stand and wait’. It was a poor consolation. His real solace lay in the fact that billions and billions of people do His purpose in the world. The purpose of God is to create and sustain. Thus those who sustain human beings, those who are in the service of man are really in the service of God.
Many great men laid their lives to serve man. They actually served God. Abraham Lincoln served the cause of Negroes He abolished slavery and made them free. It was a divine task. Jesus laid his life in the service of man, so did Buddha. The Jain Tirthankars died serving the poor in Bihar. St. Joan of Arc served the people of her nation and was burnt at the stake. The great revolutionaries like De Valera, Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad served men in Ireland and India. They were the real persons who served God.
God actually loves those who love his creation. About Ben Adhem did not enlist his name in the list of those who love God for he had no time to worship God. The next night he was told by the Angel that God loved him the most as he loved and served His creation.
One can find people serving the creation not only in legends. They are there in flesh and blood in modem world too. A great man known as Maharaj ji in Gujarat served the people of his state in sun and shower for more than 50 years eating only half a kilo of cooked rice and pulse once a day. There are people serving the tribals and the down trodden in India.
In serving human beings they actually serve God. Let us hope that the number of such people increases so that the work of God may be shared by man.