Thursday, 1 October 2015

Skill in behaviour

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Eknathji with his personal experience tells us here as to how a karyakarta working in public domain has to be always watchful, skillful as though he sees the world with two eyes, the world looks at him with thousand eyes. A very interesting one indeed.
He says : Karyakarta should learn about the skill of behaviour from the seniors or if alone, then by self-efforts -To learn swimming there are various methods. One of them is, learning from the seniors. They tie a rope around the waist and slowly ask you to come in knee-deep water, then waist-deep water, then chest-deep water and when you get courage, they teach you and guide you properly. Gradually you learn the art of swimming. Thus, in life if there are seniors to guide, you learn more easily Prapya Varannibodhata- (Kathopanishad III.14). Otherwise you have to gain knowledge the hard way. I would like to narrate my experience. As there was none to guide and advise me, I had to learn things myself under great miseries.

I had to intervene in the quarrel of a couple in which the husband had left the house in a huff. He did not return for four days and then his whereabouts were traced. I was entrusted with the responsibility of bringing the husband back. I went searching for him and fortunately I could find him in a dharmashala at Indore. I kept a secret watch on him and at the most opportune moment caught him in his room. But he would not allow me to stir out. Somehow I had a telegram sent to his people through a student in the adjoining room. The telegram brought the man's wife with the children. Leaving the family to themselves, I stirred out with a sigh of success. But hardly had I gone a few steps when I noticed that I was being shadowed by a policeman. He approached me and took me to the police station. And there the whole account of my secret and guarded movements was narrated to me and I was questioned, who I was. It was a time when revolutionaries were moving in the State. With great difficulty I could convince them and got myself safely out of the ordeal. But then I realized how we were being closely and secretly watched by others of which we had the least idea.