This email from Swamiji, received the night before his passing, was written to a professional young woman in India seeking guidance about joining Ananda, and how she should best serve. He gave her some general advice first, such as seeking guidance from the people in charge, either in Ananda India or at Ananda Village, depending on where she wanted to move, and leaving that choice for her to make.
Then she told me, “Swamiji wrote a very special paragraph which I feel every devotee so inclined MUST read, and I would love to share it with them, as I feel it is so universal, and such a powerful message.”
…Please don’t worry about having a well-defined “job description” up front. Life at Ananda isn’t a matter of the job one has, but of living for God. Offer all your talents, your training, and your love to the Guru. Serve selflessly wherever and however you are asked. Practice japa and God remembrance. The details of “where” and “what” will work out for the best when you’ve put first things first.
In Master’s love,