Saturday, 27 June 2015

Training of cadre

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Eknathji gives lot of importance to the proper selection of cadre for the progress of the organization. If the cadre is good and well trained and devoted to the cause of the organisation, the organisation would grow fast. Ekanthji says :
Persons who form the cadre of the organization not only propagate the noble thought and the ideology of the organization, but meticulously live and practice the principles they profess. They create the atmosphere and spread the ideology not only by words, but through their behaviour and conduct. In an ideologically motivated organization, the cadre must live the message which they want to deliver to the people.

Sri Ramakrishna Mission is such cadre based organisation. Sri Ramakrishna selected his cadre meticulously. Here is an anecdote which  Marie Louise Burke alias Sister Gargi writes in Swami Vivekananda in the West - The New Discoveries (Vol 5)

This "Little Cottage" in Ridgely Manor (afterward always called "Swamiji's Cottage" by Miss MacLeod) contained five small bedrooms on the second floor, all with pitched ceilings. On the ground floor were two small sitting rooms with fireplaces, a sizable dining room, a large kitchen, a small laundry, and a wide front porch. Almost certainly, Swamiji occupied one of the two front bedrooms and Swami Turiyananda the other. .. In connection with the Swamis' sleeping quarters a charming story was told in later years by Miss MacLeod to Swami Nikhilananda, who passed it on to me. Mrs. Leggett, coming to inspect the accommodations in the cottage, found Swami Turiananda's mattress and bedding on the floor of  his room. "What is the matter, Swami? she exclaimed. Is something wrong with the bed?" "No, no," he assured her; "the bed is fine. But, you see, I cannot bring myself to sleep on the same level with Swamiji - so I have put the mattress on the floor."
So great was the love and reverence that Swami Turiyananda always had for Swamiji and such mutual love and respect were the bonds that was the reason of the growth of Ramakrishna Mission.