Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Ready to change

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Eknathji now tells us how our daily routine should be there. What attitude we should have that will enable us to move onwards to the destination. He says the first thing which we should bear in our mind is our Attitude: Not "use me as I am" but 'I shall make myself usable for the organization'. Eknathji says :
The daily life of a worker of the Kendra is an important factor. We have to readjust our habits of living. We are accustomed to a certain way of life but now we have to change the same. We must have the will to change, and insistence that we will be what we were before, will not be beneficial. We have received certain training, we have cultivated some habits and there has been a pattern in our development. If they continue to be the same in the changed circumstances, then, they are of no use. There is a doormat made of coir with the words, "Use me"; we also say, "Use me". But you cannot be used unless you are changed suitably according to the situation.

People are proud about their habits and boast of taking certain vegetables, different dishes, tea in the morning etc. they claim that habit has become their second nature and that it cannot be changed. This change is essential but it cannot be brought about by any force. There must be willingness from within to give up old habits and adopt new ones. Adaptability is the best way. Intellectual people often speak of keeping late hours at night and getting up late in the morning. But there must be a conscious effort to re-pattern our life. People are in the habit of rejecting outright certain vegetables, but they forget that in doing so they expose a side of their personality. As a matter of fact, our attitude should be one of adjustment. We must be ready to relish all preparations with gusto. We should have no likes and dislikes when we are out for work. We will eat whatever is needed, whatever the work demands, whatever is proper. Old habits must yield place to new ones.
The aspect which Eknathji tells in the very first chapter of Sadhana of Service : willingness to change, ready to change is again insisted as we come to the end of the lectures given by him.