Friday, 28 November 2014

One Life One Mission : {part 3}

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Win - Win Achievement [cont ..]

Infuse the Team with the mission: Have Faith in the basic goodness of all raise them to the higher objective then the best in others get manifested. No work is possible in this world single-handedly though a single person may give the lead and make it possible. But always there are collogues, supporters, well-wishers whose contribution is required to actualize the goal. For that a leader must have faith in the basic goodness of all, should raise them to the higher objective for which all are working and then the best comes out of them. Eknathji could secure the support of stone workers who worked even when they were not getting salary as the flow of donations was yet to be picked up. Almost all state governments irrespective of the party they belonged to donated Rs one lakh each, the people of India through one rupee donation contributed Rs 85 lakhs, actually the whole nation rose as one and was imbued with the mission of building me- morial to Swami Vivekananda on the rock. It became a national memorial. The whole nation rose as one to build the memorial and won in the process and so even won in the war.

Since the celebration of Swami Vivekananda's Birth Centenary, his message again galvanised the nation. The meeting of MPs for help in getting permission for the memorial and the collection campaign helped in spreading the message of Swami Vivekananda. Therefore, it was not just a co-incidence that after the Rock Memorial was completed in 1970, the war that India had to fight in 1971 brought spectacular success to our Motherland. In India, every change always follows the spread of spiritual message.

Bringing whole nation together to build this grand Memorial was a unique service that Eknathji did for the nation. It strengthened the national will. It proved that we could come together and work for a national cause.

Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati recognized the real import of this work by Eknathji. It seems that he said whether government recognizes these services or not but he would like to do it. He specially sent his successor Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati to Kanyakumari to honour Sri Eknathji. Sri Shankaracharya conferred the title of "Bharat Seva Ratna" on Eknathji and honoured him. Sri S. K. Achari was honoured with the title "Shilpa Kala Ratna".

If you win but the society, nature etc loses then ultimately you also lose thus so many examples of so called successful people feeling dissatisfied, depressed or even commit suicide. By going to court, by protest marches etc Eknathji could have also built the memorial. But that would not have given satisfaction to any. If you win and the society also benefitted then alone it is a win-win situation and that gives you a deep sense of fulfilment. Actually your achievement becomes a stepping stone for further progress of man. That is what Swami Ranganathanandaji who later became the President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission had said about Eknathji that, "A man like Eknath Ranade is an asset to any movement in any country. I have known him very intimately, and I have admired his energy, his quiet dedication, his capacity for calm, silent, team-work and a rare capacity to influence favourably persons and every intractable circumstance! No difficulties can thwart him. Mountain-high obstacles he will face with a calmness and gentleness suffused with determination. In the meaningful words of Sri Ramakrishna: the Kacca ami, unripe 'I' or ego, has been replaced by the Paka ami, ripe 'I' or ego. With him and his other dedicated colleagues behind the movement, it can look forward to a rich harvest of useful work for the good of man".

Now just reading these six points as mentioned above one cannot acquire them. One needs to have clear vision of life, intellectual convictions, emotional connections and actual experience of practice to become masters in these six dimensions.

How do we get this vision of life, intellectual conviction and emotional connections to the mission of our life?

What for do we live?

We shall try to understand these in the light of Eknathji's reflections and actions in the succeeding articles.


Vivekananda Kendra is celebrating the Birth Centenary year of Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade, the Founder of Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. The celebrations from 19 November 2014 to 19 November 2015 would be with the motto "One Life One Mission" - a chosen maxim of Eknathji. He was a great person in whose dictionary there was no word as 'impossible'. He used say that life should be like an arrow hitting the target. How? A new series of articles for one year titled "One Life One Mission" is being started for the very purpose.
[ Niveditadidi's article in Yuva Bharati Nov'14]
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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