Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Light

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
Mananeeya Eknathji had said that a social worker's ears, eyes and mind must be fully equipped to mark any small disorder in social life and he should strive to put it in order.

He himself had so harmonized himself that he was in a position to detect it very easily and then used to correct it.

In EKNATHJI, it is written :
In 1946, he became Pranta Pracharak of Mahakoshal and Madhya Bharat. He used to tour wherever Sangh work was to start or was growing. An interesting incident took place once when he visited Satna. He found Sri Mukund Chande a Pracharak at Satna looking haggard and tired. Eknathji felt concerned. When Eknathji was leaving Satna, he asked Mukund, "Are you not all right? Any problem with your health?" "There is no health problem as such...", Mukund told haltingly. But, seeing him hesitant Eknathji insisted to know why he looked haggard.

Mukund then came out, "I am facing a peculiar problem. I visit many towns and villages in this district. I stay in houses of Swayamsevaks. Generally, the houses are small or in straight line. I sleep in the front room. In the night when I get up to relieve myself, I am not sometimes able to decide through which room I should pass through or I am afraid I may step on someone leading to misunderstanding not only about me but about the whole organisation. Therefore, I have stopped drinking water since afternoon; even then, if I have to relieve myself in the night, I have to control myself. So, I am not able to sleep properly", Mukund said.

"All right! Do not worry, next week you are coming to Pracharak Baithak to Jabalpur; at that time I shall take you to a doctor and get you cured." Touched by this simple but genuine problem Eknathji assured him.

Mukund felt relieved. He went to Jabalpur next week. Eknathji told Mukund with a twinkle in his eyes, "Come on; let us go to the doctor and get the right medicine for you". To Mukund's surprise, Eknathji took him to a general shop and purchased a small size torch. He told him smilingly, "keep this with you in the night". The solution was so simple. May be Mukund could not think of such a simple solution because in those days for a Pracharak possessing a torch was a luxury. The funds available to them also used to be meagre. From then on, keeping a torch became a lifelong habit with Mukund. For him the torch became symbolic of Eknathji who had showed light to him in times of difficulty.
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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