Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Ekanathji Trains Karyakartas

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||


Mananeeya Ekanthji used to give very apt illustrations which used to make the karyakarta understand himself well.
Positive urge is a must. Urge - Patriotic or Social or Spiritual -  could be different but it has to be positive.
Eknathji said :  I must qualify this urge to serve. This urge must be positive. It should not have been born out of reaction to something or out of frustration. The other day a prospective candidate wrote a letter to me. He was preparing for a nice job. The medical examination revealed that he had cardiac symptoms and was unfit for the job. He therefore felt that he was not fit even for a married life. So he wanted to join the Kendra and dedicate his life to the service of the people. That he took a wise decision is no doubt, to be appreciated, but he took it out of compulsion or frustration.

I am reminded of a funny incident. At about 12 o' clock at midnight some friends went to a restaurant while returning from a meeting. The restaurant owner began to show some extra favour while serving dishes. He said he would not charge them for rasagollas. While pressing them to eat rasagollas one remark which escaped his mouth was, "We shall have had to give the remnant to the dog."
This needs no comment.
Taking to service when all other avenues to material life have been blocked is not an example of positive urge to service.

Serve the nation with a positive urge. Swami Vivekananda asks us :

Can you put life into this dead mass -dead to almost all moral aspiration, dead to all future possibilities and always ready to spring upon those that would try to do good to them? Can you take the position of a physician who tries to pour medicine down the throat of a kicking and refractory child?

I heard in Japan that it was the belief of the girls of that country that their dolls would be animated if  they were loved with all their heart. The Japanese girl never breaks her doll. O you of great fortune! I too believe that India will awake again if anyone could love with all his heart the people of the country -bereft of the grace of affluence, of blasted fortune, their discretion totally lost, downtrodden, ever-starved, quarrelsome, and envious. Then only will India awake, when hundreds of large-hearted men and women, giving up all desires of enjoying the luxuries of life, will long and exert themselves to  their utmost for the well-being of the millions of their countrymen who are gradually sinking lower and lower in the vortex of destitution and ignorance.