Monday, 24 November 2014

At Her Lotus Feet Life Everlasting : part-II

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

To stand before the Rock Memorial, is to remember Swamiji’s immortal message, “Each  Soul is potentially Divine”. Like the coarse granite stones polished to the perfection of  marble and fitted on in the Rock Memorial,  it was Eknathji’s plan to collect the youths of  India, to polish them to the perfection of true  Karmayogis by infusing them with the ideals  of Renunciation and Service and to use them  for national re-construction. Thus greater than the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in conception  and grander in execution was the establishment  of the Service Mission. This majestic idea took  the shape of the Service Order of laymen and  women, the Vivekananda Kendra, in September,  1972, and has since then made its mark in selfless  service in the different parts of India especially in  the difficult terrains of north-eastern Arunachal  Pradesh. He was proud of his ‘children’ though  like a true Master, rarely expressed it in words.

When he sent them away to work in the far- flung areas, he visited the place first to make sure  that the minimum necessities of life would be  available. To the young girls who responded to  his clarion call to renounce their homes and join  him in serving the Motherland, his concern and  attitude were like that of a mother and father  combined.

Vivekananda Kendra is a unique experiment in  social service, bringing for the first time men and women together, under one roof, teaching  them to work side by side as lay-missionaries. By and large, he was able to build up a cadre  of really dedicated selfless Jeevan Vratis who with their total identification to Swamiji’s cause and ideals have now been able to shoulder the  burden of the immense work entrusted to them.
[cont.. : part II of III]
-Dr.Lakshmikumari
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मुक्तसंग्ङोऽनहंवादी धृत्युत्साहसमन्वित:।
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

Sunday, 23 November 2014

At Her Lotus Feet Life Everlasting : part-I

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

To remember Eknathji is to remember the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. To think of  the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is to recall  all that Swami Vivekananda stood for, the beauty and strength of his life, the dynamism, universality and the perpetual relevance of his message, his patriotism, his intense humanism and his irrevocable place in Indian History as a Nation builder par excellence.  To think of the Rock Memorial is to be reminded of  man’s fight against the oddities and impossibilities  that confront us in our struggle for achievement and  excellence. It also reiterates how qualities of courage,  will-power, dedication and surrender can blow these  adversities into smithereens and convert them into opportunities to take one to the pinnacles of one’s  fulfilment as Eknathji amply demonstrated in his life.

To look at the Rock Memorial is to remember the  immortal message of the Gita that ‘Yoga is dexterity  in action’, how beauty and majesty can be moulded  through skilful action, how harmony is created when  devotion is combined with effort; how magnificence  is achieved through selflessness and surrender. As one  becomes absorbed in the spirit of the Rock Memorial, it  is Eknathji’s life and work that come before one’s mind.  All these and more are enshrined in the Vivekananda  Rock Memorial brought into existence through the  indomitable will-power and the inspiring organising and  harmonising capacities of one great man, Ma. Eknathji  Ranade. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial thus captures  in it also the total dedication, self effacement, team-spirit  and tireless energy of Eknathji and his team of workers who were ready to sacrifice everything for the  ideals of Swami Vivekananda and for the man  who was instrumental in working them out.

[cont.. part I of III]
-Dr.Lakshmikumari
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मुक्तसंग्ङोऽनहंवादी धृत्युत्साहसमन्वित:।
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

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Reminiscences @ Ma. Eknathji

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

'Sabari Malai’, where there is a temple dedicated to Lord Iyappa, situated on the hilltop is a very important  pilgrim centre in Kerala. Lakhs of pilgrims visit this  temple after observing spiritual austerities for 41 days. The  significance of the pilgrimage, covered mostly on foot to this  holy shrine is that it is symbolic of the journey of the Jivatman towards its merger with the Paramatman. I was a regular pilgrim to Sabari Malai, prior to my joining the Kendra, either on the  occasion of Mandala Puja or on Makara Sankranti day. The pilgrimage to the shrine is an unforgettable lifetime experience.

During my training in 1973, when the time fast approached for my annual sojourn to the temple at Sabari Malai, I went to Shri  Eknathji to get his permission to undertake the pilgrimage. I,  with lot of hesitations, approached his room and knocked at the  door. As the door was not bolted from inside, I dared to open  and peeped inside. Eknathji was sitting on the ground taking  support of wall and stretching his legs. He was going through the  editorial of the ‘Yuva Bharati’ written by him. When I opened the  door he saw me and asked me to come inside and take the seat.  After he completed reading the draft article, he asked me what  brought me to him. Meanwhile I collected myself and ventured  to speak to Eknathji, in spite of hesitations from within. He kept  on asking me again and again what brought me to him. With all  humility I told him that I came to seek his permission and also his blessings for going to Sabari Malai, on the occasion of the  Mandala Puja.

I found him closing his eyes for a couple of minutes and after  that he opened his eyes and gave a piercing look at me. Then he  smiled and asked me “why do you want to undertake a pilgrimage to Sabari Malai, when you have chosen your life journey itself as  a pilgrimage?” He further said, “you have already dedicated your  life for the cause of Dharma and Nation and therefore what is the need for a short pilgrimage?” “There is nothing  wrong in undertaking momentary and short term pilgrimages by ordinary people who are in  the shackles of “Samsara”. But it is definitely not  necessary to those people who have chosen a  life  mission and have “burnt their boats.” “One life- one mission” is highly ennobling; concentrate on  that and do not waste your time and energy by entering into the bye- lanes.” He said, “the life of  a dedicated worker must be smooth, flowing like oil falling into a pot. It is a life of absolute silence and at the same time, of high state of activity. A dedicated worker need not undertake fasting,  pilgrimages, wanderings etc. as he has offered himself as ‘Naivedyam’ to God. Therefore, once  a precious thing is already offered to God as Naivedyam, then what is the necessity again to  run after this and that? It only shows one’s inner waverings and thereby one’s unsteadiness in the chosen work. Finally he said to me, “I leave it to you, you may take a suitable decision.”  I returned from his room and went straight to the beach. I sat there for an hour or so, brooding  over what Eknathji told me. I took a firm  resolution then and there. I never undertook  any pilgrimage thereafter, because I realized that  Kendra work itself was .a Sadhana and the life in  Kendra was a pilgrimage towards the Ultimate.  “There is no need for anyone to run inside a fast  moving train to reach the destination early.


- Reminiscences about Eknathji Ranade by Ma. A. Balakrishnan


Samarop of 1st batch with Ma. Eknathji 24 march 74
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मुक्तसंग्ङोऽनहंवादी धृत्युत्साहसमन्वित:।
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