Seva in the spirit of Yajna
Youth for Seva's philosophy is rooted in the traditional Bharateeya concepts of 'Runa' and 'Yajna'. Runa (The Debt) Whatever people achieve in their lives is not solely due to their individual efforts. Parents, teachers, friends and even many unknown others contribute to a person's well-being. When you drink a cup of water, think about how many people have worked to bring the water from a river to your home; not just people, but also natural elements like the trees, rivers, clouds, sun and so on. If we contemplate on this aspect, we will be overwhelmed with a sense of immense debt to our parents, teachers, fellow human beings, animals and other elements in nature like trees, rivers and mountains. 'Runa' is the Sanskrit word for 'debt'.
We are therefore obligated to pay back this debt whenever we are in a position to do so. We should do everything possible to serve our parents and teachers, find ways to give back to the society - fellow human beings, animals and nature. The word 'Yajna' literally means 'to worship' or 'to please'. In order to pay back our debts, it is an essential duty for every individual to perform 5 types of Yajna.