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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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