Monday 26 January 2015

Rolling stone gathers no moss

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||
Eknathji told

There are many people who have not decided about their goal even at the age of sixty, when it is the evening of life and death is just knocking at their doors. Life should not be like a person who goes to a huge library, sees so many books, reads none and gathers no knowledge. "Rolling stone gathers no moss".

Only fortunate people decide their goal at the dawn of their life. They have the satisfaction in the evening of life, that, they had not lived vaguely, and wasted time in searching for the goal. Life should be like an arrow hitting the target directly and not going off the mark.

Life is like the game of Kabaddi. One can show his skill and play a fruitful game only as long as the breath lasts. Otherwise one moves about here and there, shouts, dances and returns empty-handed. Futile is his play. One must have the full satisfaction of having accomplished one's goal when one breathes one's last. Otherwise, embittered by frustration, one will exclaim "life's morning and noon have already gone, the evening has crept in and now the sun is about to set. What have I gained?"

Swami Vivekananda understood the goal of life at the feet of his Guru. There are hard days and easy days too. But it is the time that will decide the exact mission of one's life.  There is no compromise and no concession in that. Life is full of obstacles and difficulties. It is like the river which has to reach its destination, the ocean. It is not an air flight. So Swamiji also doubted and doubted, and ultimately at this southernmost end of the country, at Kanyakumari, he discovered his mission. As a matter of fact, the mission dawned upon him. When such a mission is fixed for anybody there is only one road to reach it, all other roads are blocked for him.  Like a commander, decide the mission to be fulfilled and then plan the strategy, taking into consideration the power, the potentialities and the limitations. Think of the best manner in which the goal is to be achieved. 'Ifs' and 'buts' have no place in this. After a stern determination, not only the goal and the mission are fixed, but a master-plan will have to be prepared and all the strategy necessary to accomplish it must be settled. Then and then alone something noble can be achieved.

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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