Friday, 19 December 2014

Detachment from Home

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Call from home and being home-sick would be common to many esp. when a person joins after 20 years of secured life at home. The difficulties in the field, irregularity of food, continuous travel and sometimes sickness add to feelings of responding to the call from home. And, therefore, having taken up this important cause in which one has to forget oneself, one should take care of the calls that come from home.
Mananeeya Eknathji guides the worker as to how one should respond to it.  In a letter dated 26-05-1979, Ekanhtji writes to a worker :


Now, about the letters you have been receiving from your home. You very well know that no life-worker worth the name ever thinks of responding to each call from home. By now, you may have also realised that when a worker himself becomes home-sick (or mother-sick or sister-sick) in his field of work, even a casual or customary call from home is likely to assume urgency in proportion to the intensity of his home-sickness. Generally the proportion is 1:10. But, you are a senior Kendra worker and, as such, you are capable of taking an objective view of things, having shed common propensities of the crowd. I should, therefore, leave it to your judgement to assess which call from home is urgent and you should respond to. Of course, if and when you decide to visit home, you will certainly take care that your absence from the field causes minimum disturbance to the programmes in hand.