Sunday, 22 November 2015

Idea -Thought - Efforts - Concrete Reality

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Eknathji says any great and noble achievement was just a vision in its primary stage. He expresses an eternal truth here. He says :Every great and noble achievement in the world was just a visionin its primary stage. It was a random will, a wanton dream, and an impossible ideal. There was nothing concrete about it. Landing on the moon was originally a vision only, perhaps the wishful thinking of a few fanatic ideologist physicists, and surprisingly for us, it has materialized in this very life. It has not remained a mere ideal. So also is the story of the Rock Memorial. It was only an idea originally, now it is a concrete reality. Thoughts, ideas and broodings over, remain as such if no strenuous efforts are put in to give them a shape and make them as concrete facts.

The gorgeous bronze statue of Swamiji repeats the same tale. We wanted a Swamiji who had observed the whole country himself, had entered into meditation, had finished his brooding and had with a steadfast determination marched on for the fulfillment of his mission. For this we made a frantic search to find out a master painter who could embody our ideas in colours on canvas. We even requested the artist to read the life and literature of Swamiji in order to have a mental image and a correct insight into the life of Swamiji. For we wanted a personality who would make a real Prince amongst the Sannyasis, and not one with a feminine, tender form. The mind of the painter must be fully-charged with Swamiji's sentiments and thoughts so that he could imagine Swamiji giving in stentorian voice the rejuvenating message of Uttishthata Jagrata Prapya Varannibodhata (Kathopanishad) to the whole nation. When the painter successfully accomplished his duty, he was specifically requested to sit by the side of the sculptor and transmit his ideas about the details of the statue as he had by that time not only acquired a deep knowledge of Swamiji's life but had almost become one with it. Thus, the mere idea in the brain materialized in the form of the lifelike bronze statue.


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The main theme of my life is to take the message of Sanatana Dharma to every home and pave the way for launching, in a big way, the man-making programme preached and envisaged by great seers like Swami Vivekananda. - Mananeeya Eknathji

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