Saturday, 24 January 2015

One Life One Mission

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
Eknathji's manly advice to all :
You must refuse to be a slave of circumstances. You must create circumstances.
And for that understand the realities of life : Time at your disposal is very short. There are hundreds of Arts and Sciences; we cannot even think of them, leave alone the idea of even knowing them and much less the idea of mastering them. Life is short and knowledge is vast. So we must choose the proper mission and utilize the whole life for it. "One life, one mission" should be the ideal.
And if this is to be achieved, then we have to keep in mind the geet : saj-dhaj kar aave aakarshan, pag pag par zoomate pralobhan, hokar sabase vimukh batohi, path par sambhal sambhal chalata hai...jeevanbhar avichal chalata hai...There are a number of attractive things in life, but if they do not fit in with the master plan that we prepare for the accomplishment of the mission, we must refuse them, however good they may be. Thus, we must possess the discrimination of selection and election in life. There are many people who have not decided about their goal even at the age of sixty, when it is the evening of life and death is just knocking at their doors. Life should not be like a person who goes to a huge library, sees so many books, reads none and gathers no knowledge. Here Eknathji's own experience is worth remembering. It shows how he himself mould his life to be a purposeful one : Mananeeya Nivedita writes in 'Eknathji' : Eknathji went to Belur Math, Calcutta in March 1962, for studying Swami Vivekananda's Complete Works and to cull out the required ideas and message to make appealing presentation. When Eknathji entered the library, there were many good books on the lives of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and many of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. There were books also about their teachings and inspiring conversations with other devotees. There was a great temptation to read those books. Even if he were to scan some of those books, it would take at least a few months. A worker always faces this dilemma. Selection between bad and good is easy but the selection between two good things is very difficult. However, a person with an aim in life has to select between good and good at every stage in life. Temptation is not only from the bad things but also good things and he might lose time in pursuing them. Reading all those books in that library was good, but his time would have been lost, and the intended book would not have taken shape.



Special Cover on Mananeeya Eknathji

Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari

You are cordially invited for the Releasing function of the
Special Cover
on the occasion of

Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Shati Parva
by
Ms. Anjali Devasher IPoS
Member (PLI) Chairman & Investment Board
Postal Services Board, New Delhi
on
30th January 2015 at 10-30 a.m.


Programme

Invocation

Lighting the Lamp
Welcome Address
:  Sri P Krishnaswami
Chief Guest :  Shri.Pon Radhakrishnan
   Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways
   Government of India, New Delhi
Release of the SPECIAL          
COVER & Address by
:  Ms.ANJALI DEVASHER  IPoS
   Member(PLI) &Chairman,Investment Board,
  Postal Services Board, New Delhi
Felicitations                      :  Shri T.MURTHY  IPoS
   Chief Post Master General,
   Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai
Presidential Address :  Mananeeya Sri A Balakrishnan
   Vice-President, VRM & VK
Film on Mananeeya Ekanathji
Vote of Thanks :  Sri M Hanumantarao
National Anthem

Venue:
EKNATH A.C.Auditorium,
Vivekanandapuram
Kanyakumari.


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सिद्ध‌‌यसिद्धयोर्निर्विकार: कर्ता सात्त्विक उच्यते ॥१८.२६॥

Freed from attachment, non-egoistic, endowed with courage and enthusiasm and unperturbed by success or failure, the worker is known as a pure (Sattvika) one. Four outstanding and essential qualities of a worker. - Bhagwad Gita : XVIII-26

Efforts are a must in leading a purposeful life

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

After saying the need of master plan for life, Eknathji makes karyakartas introspective. He asks :
Are we living a purposeful life or a moment-to-moment life?
And further he gives example of a dog and makes one understand as to what is moment to moment life. He says : A dog's life is a moment-to-moment life. It is propelled by the desires and has no purpose in life. The instinct which is predominant for the moment is satisfied by a dog. It feels hungry, it goes in search of food, finds it somehow, somewhere and the hunger is appeased; it has nothing to do thereafter. It feels sleepy, it sleeps; it feels like enjoying, it enjoys; thus the desire for the moment is sought to be satisfied. There is no purpose or goal of life for which a dog strives and lives. Thus, the four natural instincts or hungers are satisfied by a dog.
Having known this, he puts very probing questions : "Am I to lead a dog's life? What should I do? I am a human being and I must know how to live for a purpose. Why do I live?" These are the questions that every youth must ask himself. If you ask any Indian youth today why he lives, the reply will be "because he does not die".
One must have something to live for and to die for. The pursuit to achieve the goal will not be lost even if one dies.
Once this difference is known, one can real start living real life and then keep on progressing on one's chosen path of purposeful life. Eknathji says :
A purposeful life is a planned life and there is no importance to personal instincts. Man should not be a product of atmosphere; he should not be at the mercy of circumstances. If the river flows from east to west and if one has to go to the east, he must go against the current.
Here he cites another example of stray cattle : One's life should not be like that of the stray cattle in the cities. When person go behind them to take them to cattlepound they close all the avenues and keep only that open which leads to cattle-pound. The cattle just seeing the other roads blocked by these men take to the road which appears favourable but they end up in confinement of cattle-pound. Our life should be just like these cattle avoiding the obstacles and difficulties and ultimately ending up meaninglessly. Many young men are creatures of circumstances. They try to make their way where circumstances are favourable. They aspire to go to medical faculty; if that is not possible, try for engineering side, if not, then be a B.Com, if that is not favourable, then try something else. If the road to one aspiration is blocked, leave it and try another like the cattle and the dog which go by the way they find easy.
'Bhavatu vihat vighna dhyeyamarganuyatra' is remembered here:
You must always remember that you are a man, a rational animal and you must pave your way for liberation. Strive hard, build up your future and reach the final goal. You have the power and faculties to live a purposeful life. Think always how you can contribute to the betterment of the world. What account of your life are you going to render?