Friday, 12 December 2014

Tireless Worker who will not rest

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
Eknathji was a tireless worker, an organiser and a great dreamer, with a vision, and a will which will not accept defeat or be dismayed. Even after his last serious, severe and shattering illness when be had a terrible stroke in April 1980 and was laid low, almost near his end and death, he like a valiant, formidable, faith-inspired fighter that he was, gave a long, patient, tough and, victorious fight to Death and won through the battle that time, to the surprise of the doctors and the joy and jubilation of his co-­workers in the Vivekananda Kendra who were like his own daughters and sons, to the joy also of his co-workers in the R. S. S. with whom he had played a heroic and wholesome role in the history of nation-building in India before coming in 1963, at the time of the Vivekananda Birth Centenary Celebrations to his new last phase of work, which was to be a glorious one including the erection of the magnificent Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the founding of the Vivekananda Kendra as a Service Mission, the training of its life-­workers young men and young women, whom he has left behind to work as a dedicated, devoted, determined, humble and harmonious team, to carry on the great task of selfless national service with Swami Vivekananda’s inspiring ideals and the example of his dedicated dynamic life before them.

While the doctors described Eknathji’s recovery from his serious illness as “a miracle,” and several senior Swamis of the Ramakrishna Mission with whom he had very close friendly and fraternal relations as “a blessing,” Eknathji himself described it to me as “a second life.” He said to me: “Vaswani, I was dead for a few months, I had closed my eyes; but now that I am back, it means God still wants me to work.” This was his reply to appeals from co-workers who were like his children in the Kendra to co-workers and friends also in the R. S. S. and the Ramakrishna Mission and other sister organisations, and to admonitions and advice also from doctors, “I do not want to rest and rust. I must work and harder to complete my task during the time granted to me. I shall try to be careful. But life without work, is like death to me. God will keep me as long as He wishes, so let me work.” This was his way of withstanding any request for rest by him.

- from "The Man and his Mission" by Late Prof. K. N. VASWANI Ex Vice-President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
Tale of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Bird's eye view of a part of the Kanyakumari village



A bird's eye view of a part of the Kanyakumari village situated at the sourthen extremity of the Mainland of Bharat. To the south-east of the tapering end where the Kanyakumari Temple stands within its walled encloure, is seen the Vivekananda Rock

 
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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