Monday 25 May 2015

SYBOM thru letters

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Eknathji was making preparations to meet Sri Humayun Kabir with respect to his statement that any monument will spoil the natural beauty of the mid-sea Rock. In his letter to Sri Sankaran dated 20.08.1963, we find the example of SYBOM. Various points in it indicates how systematic was his thinking.
Initially he writes : A rough plan of my movements in Calcutta during the next 10-12 days is now almost ready in my mind. I have started meeting important people here since today. I hope to complete my first round of visits by Sunday the 25th. My next move is to address a Press-conference. Though I have not fixed up a definite date for the same as yet, I hope it can be conveniently held on Tuesday or Wednesday if Monday the 26th is considered a bit too early from the point of view of completing preliminary preparations prior to the conference.

I badly need your help in finishing up the said preliminaries.

Firstly, I need the new booklet the copies of which shall have to be distributed among the Press-representatives. The number of important Dailies and Weeklies is twentyfive here. At least an equal number of copies would be necessary for their distribution among other important persons. I, therefore, expect an air-parcel of 100 copies before the end of this week.

Secondly, if Shri Dattaji's present efforts at Kanyakumari actually produce any desired result and if it is at the stage of being purposefully utilised in the Press-conference, I would like to be posted with all details of the same before I meet the Press.

Thirdly, I am immediately in need of the photographs and the respective negatives about which I have already written to you. Apart from those mentioned in my previous letter I require the under described photographs and their negatives.

(1) A booklet by name 'Kanyakumari' published by Hari Kumari Arts, carries on its cover a photograph of the K.K. Temple and the V. Rock. As you know, it is actually a combination of two photographs taken separately. I require those two photographs with their negatives and also, if possible, a negative of the said combined photograph.

(2) In your album at Madras there is one quite a comprehensive photograph presenting to view the temple premises, the V. Rock, the Gandhi Memorial building, the minor rock near the shore, and even a part of a building on the other side of the road opposite to the Gandhi Memorial. I require the negative of this particular photograph along with other articles.

The idea is to prepare two big pictures, one depicting the Vivekananda Memorial in its entirety as it will look when completed, and the other presenting a comprehensive and panoramic view of the seashore-background of the V. Rock.

The newspaper cuttings, both of English and vernacular Dailies from Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ... if you send the file to me by Registered air parcel for being used in my contemplated tour from State to State, it would serve a very useful purpose. The responsibility of handing it over back to you when I return to Madras, of course, rests with me.
We find a very comprehensive view of the things that are to happen are given in the letter. It speaks to the reader what exactly was going on in the mind of Mananeeya Ekanthji and therefore, each one used to do their work with all perfectness.

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