काही कथा (भाग : ४ )


काही कथा (भाग : ४ ):



एका गरीब, आंधळ्या व वृद्ध स्त्रीला अनेक अडचणी होत्या. त्यांची गरिबी इतकी होती, की त्यांना रोजचं जेवणही मिळत नव्हतं. 

तिला एक लग्न झालेला मुलगा होता, मात्र त्याला मूल होत नव्हतं. त्यामुळं ही वृद्ध स्त्री सतत दुःखी असे. ती सतत परमेश्‍वराची प्रार्थना करत असे, त्याची करुणा भाकत असे. आपली परिस्थिती बदलावी यासाठी उपासतापास, व्रतं, वैकल्यं असे अनेक उपाय ती करत असे. 

एक दिवस तिला देव प्रसन्न झाला आणि म्हणाला, "मी तुझ्यावर प्रसन्न आहे. तुला काय हवं ते माग; मात्र एक लक्षात ठेव, तुला फक्त एकच वर मागता येईल."

देवाच्या या आज्ञेमुळं ती स्त्री विचारात पडली आणि काय मागायचं याचा विचार करू लागली. समस्या तर इतक्‍या होत्या आणि अडचणी तर प्रचंड होत्या; एका वरात सगळं कसं मागायचं? पण ती स्त्री हुशार होती. 

तिनं परमेश्‍वारकडं एकच वर मागितला तो म्हणजे "हे परमेश्‍वरा, मला माझा नातू आणि नातीला सोन्याच्या ताटलीतून दूधभात खाताना पाहू दे."

एका वरात तिनं परमेश्‍वराकडे सगळं काही मागितलं. तिला डोळे मिळाले, तिच्या सुनेला मुलं झाली आणि त्या स्त्रीच्या घरात ऐश्‍वर्य आलं.






एक प्राचीन लोककथा आहे. ज्या वेळी मनुष्याजवळ प्रकाश नव्हता, अग्नी नव्हता त्या वेळची ही गोष्ट आहे.

तेव्हा रात्र मोठी त्रासदायक वाटे. अंधार घालवण्याचे पुष्कळ उपाय लोकांनी शोधले; पण काही उपयोग झाला नाही. कुणी म्हणाले की, मंत्र म्हणा. तेव्हा मंत्रही म्हटले गेले. कुणी सुचवले की प्रार्थना करा तेव्हा आकाशाच्या दिशेने हात उंचावून प्रार्थनाही केल्या गेल्या; परंतु अंधार हटला नाही तो नाहीच. 

शेवटी कुणा तरुण तत्त्वज्ञान्याने म्हटले, ''आपण टोपल्यांमधून अंधार भरभरून खड्डय़ांमध्ये फेकून देऊ. असे केल्याने हळूहळू अंधार क्षीण होत जाईल आणि मगच त्याचा अंत होईल.''

ही युक्ती छान होती! सारी रात्र लोक टोपल्यांत अंधार भरायचे आणि खड्डय़ांमध्ये फेकून द्यायचे; पण बघतात तर काय तिथे काहीच नसायचे. शेवटी लोक फार कंटाळून गेले. कारण अंधार फेकून द्यायची एक प्रथाच पडून गेली आणि प्रत्येक माणूस रात्री कमीत कमी एक टोपलीभर अंधार तरी फेकून द्यायला लागला.

पुढे त्यांच्यामधला एक तरुण एका अप्सरेच्या प्रेमात सापडला आणि त्याचा विवाह त्या अप्सरेबरोबर झाला. पहिल्या रात्रीच वधूच्या सासरची जी शहाणी म्हातारी माणसे होती त्यांनी तिला टोपलीभर अंधार दरीमध्ये फेकून यायला सांगितले. ते ऐकून अप्सरा खूप हसायला लागली. 

तिने एक शुभ्र वात तयार केली, एका मातीच्या बुडकुल्यात तूप घातले आणि मग दोन गारगोटय़ा एकमेकींवर घासल्या. लोक विस्मयाने पाहतच राहिले. तेवढय़ात आग निर्माण झाली, दिवा जळू लागला आणि अंधार मावळला. 

त्या दिवसापासून लोकांनी अंधार फेकून द्यायचे सोडले. कारण ते दिवा पेटवायला शिकले.







प्रत्येक व्यक्ती म्हणजे एक आरसाच. सकाळपासून संध्याकाळपर्यंत या आरशावर धूळ साठत असते. आपला आरसा जसा असेल तसेच आपले ज्ञान असते. ज्या प्रमाणात आपण आरशासारखे असतो त्या प्रमाणात आपल्यातून सत्य प्रतिबिंबित होत असते.

एकदा कोणा एका माणसाने एका साधूला सांगितले, की विचारांच्या अति ताणामुळे त्याला अतिशय त्रास होतो. त्या साधूने त्याला आपल्या एका साधू मित्राकडे निदान आणि चिकित्सा करवून घेण्याकरिता पाठवले. पाठवताना त्याला म्हटले, ''जा आणि त्याची समग्र जीवनचर्या लक्षपूर्वक पाहा. त्यातूनच तुला मार्ग सापडेल.''

तो माणूस गेला. ज्या साधूकडे त्याला पाठवण्यात आले होते त्या साधूवर धर्मशाळेची जबाबदारी होती. तिथे गेल्यावर काही दिवसांपर्यंत त्या माणसाने  साधूची दिनचर्या पाहिली; परंतु त्यातून खास शिकण्याजोगे असे काहीच आढळले नाही. तो साधू अत्यंत सामान्य, चारचौघांसारखाच होता. त्याच्यात तर ज्ञानाचे कुठलेच लक्षण दिसून येत नव्हते. तो अत्यंत सरळ होता आणि लहान मुलासारखा निष्पाप वाटायचा. त्याच्या वागण्यात असामान्यपणा असा काहीच नव्हता. त्या माणसाने साधूची सारी दिनचर्या पाहिली. 

फक्त रात्री झोपण्यापूर्वी आणि सकाळी जागा झाल्यानंतर तो काय करीत असे हे मात्र त्याला समजले नव्हते. त्याने त्याला ते विचारले. साधूने सांगितले, ''मी तर काहीच करीत नाही. रात्री मी सारी भांडी घासतो आणि त्यांच्यावर रात्री थोडीशी धूळ पुन्हा साठते म्हणून सकाळी ती परत विसळतो. भांडी धुळीने भरलेली आणि घाणेरही नसावीत याकडे लक्ष देणे फार आवश्यक असते. कारण मी या धर्मशाळेचा राखणदार आहे ना.''

अत्यंत निराश होऊन त्या साधूकडून तो माणूस आपल्या गुरूकडे परत आला. त्याने त्या साधूची दिनचर्या आणि त्याच्याशी झालेले संभाषण आपल्या गुरूला सांगितले. 

त्याच्या गुरूने म्हटले, ''तू योग्य माणसाला भेटून आला आहेस, पण त्याला समजू शकला नाहीस. रात्री तू आपल्या मनाला घासत जा आणि सकाळी ते पुन्हा त्याला स्वच्छ कर. हळूहळू चित्त निर्मळ होत जाईल.''







चंद्रकांत... मुळातच हुशार. घरात प्रचंड गरिबी. त्याला एक कल्पना सुचली. 

घराशेजारी मोठ्ठा खड्डा खणला. गावातलं शेण सावडून त्यात टाकू लागला. दीड महिन्यानंतर ते शेणखत एका शेतकऱ्याला विकलं. त्या पैशातून दोन नारळाच्या गोण्या विकत घेतल्या आणि महाशिवरात्रीच्या दिवशी देवळासमोर विकत बसला. त्याला टिब्बल मुनाफा झाला. प्रत्येक धार्मिक उत्सवाला नारळ विकण्याचा सपाटा लावून पैसे बँकेत जमा करू लागला. अशा भरवश्यावर त्याने महाविद्यालयीन शिक्षण पूर्ण केलं. आणि एक दिवस त्याला मोठ्या पगाराची नोकरी लागली. 


मोफतच्या शेणाचे खत तयार करून विकणे ही कल्पना. त्या पैशात नारळ विकत घेऊन देवळाजवळ विकणे, ही बुद्धिमत्ता. तो पैसा बँकेत जमा करणे म्हणजेच उच्च मानसिकता. त्या पैशात शिक्षण पूर्ण करणे म्हणजेच सकारात्मकता. 

मनबुद्धीत कल्पना असेल, तर परमेश्वर त्याला कधीच कमी पडू देत नाही. त्याच्या पंखांना बळ देतो. मग झेप घ्यायला आकाशही कमी पडतं. 











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Wandering Destination: Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF), Jalgaon, Maharashtra (IN)


“On Gandhi: Don’t ever forget, that we were not lead by a saint with his head in clouds, but by a master tactician with his feet on the ground.” ― Shashi Tharoor

Wandering Destination: Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF), Jalgaon, Maharashtra (IN)
























About Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF):


Aerial view of campus [1]
It is the promoter of ‘Gandhi Teerth’ which is sponsored by Jain Irrigation and Bhavarlal Kantabai Foundation. The Foundation is the initiator and promoter of 'Gandhi Teerth', an international centre for Gandhian study, research and dialogue. Its core objective is to preserve and promote for posterity the Gandhian ideology and legacy. 'Gandhi Teerth' comprises Gandhi museum, Gandhi International Research Institute, Gandhi archives, publications, and various programmes for rural development based on Gandhian lines. GRF, was inaugurated by President of India, Pratibha Patil on 25th March, 2012 [2].




passages inside the museum [1]

Gandhi Teerth is a magnificent 65,000 sq. ft. sustainable structure located at Jain Hills, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India. The premise is beautifully landscaped with sprawling lawns and is adjoined by mango orchards with mounded sit-outs and serene walk-ways. The entire green complex nestles between 300 acres of lush, afforested hilly terrain, and is noise-free and pollution-free. Residential facilities for researchers and guests are housed within the complex [1].




Our system of education has three aspects. It leads to the development of the mind, the body and the soul. - M. K. Gandhi



Archives at GRF [1]

Highlights of the GRF [1]:


Audible information system 
‘Khoj Gandhiji Ki’ museum: A thematic, state-of-art, interactive multimedia museum conceived and commissioned to disseminate Gandhiji’s life-lessons and ideology, as also the saga of Indian independence movement. It takes at least 3 hours to complete the theme walk. Museum has more than 30 sections equipped with Touch screen, Bioscope, Digital Books, 3-D Mapping and Animation, amalgamating different modern technologies

A great experience with some interactive programs, guide, Audio-visual presentation, and displays about Gandhiji's life. Audio is available in three languages: Marathi, Hindi and English.


GIRI (Gandhi International Research Institute) : The academic arm of GRF which will award diplomas, degrees and facilitate research in Gandhian studies.  Part time and Full time Day Program on Gandhi, Nonviolence, Social Activism, Peace and Conflict Management.









Interactive awareness creation modules [1]
GRF Think Tank: A consortium of scholars who will deliberate on contemporary issues. It can independently study and opine on public policy matters such as peace, ahimsa etc.


Gandhiana : Collection, classification, indexing and synopsizing of publications by and on Gandhiji.


Gandhi Archives : Preservation of archival publications related to Gandhiji and the Indian Freedom Struggle.


Gandhinomics : Rural Development/Outreach Program based on Gandhian ideology



A model at GRF shocasing an ideal village from Sarvodaya concept of Gandhiji [1]





Facilities at GRF:


Library:
Library at GRF [1]
The foundation has a collection of 7350 books, 4090 periodicals, 4019 photographs, 75 films, 148 audio recordings of Mahatma Gandhi's speeches, and philately items from 114 countries. A complete digital data-base of the library’s collection can be instantly accessed through the central console. Desk-top and lap-top computing facilities with high speed, uninterrupted broadband internet connectivity are also provided in the library for individual use [2].



Auditorium:
Statue of Gandhiji. Skin made of Silicon.
 To make it realistic, 'sweating' is added feature   
It can house more than 300 people to showcase some of the rare footage of Gandhiji and footage related to India's freedom movement. I was lucky to see one 15 minute show, specially arranged for me. I was the only person watching the documentary in that big auditorium. Thanks to the Guide.



Shopping:
Books, collectibles, apparels made of Khadi and many other things can be purchased from the shop at the exit of the GRF. Pay by card is accepted. Complete list can be found here: http://www.gandhifoundation.net/publications.htm


Ashram (Bungalows reserved for foreigners / VIP's)

Ashram (reserved for foreigners / VIP's)



Rest house:
I must say, it is one of high-class facility. It has all the amenities a very good hotel should have. Several rooms are built near to the GRF. The complex is for GRF visitors as well as the farmers  / trainees. 
Guest house balcony
Swimming pool at guest house
Guest house lobby



Lunch place

Canteen / Mess:
A small canteen is provided near to the entry point. No water is allowed inside the museum. Lunch facility is available in the near by mess. Food and place is excellent.









Guest house / Training center rooms

Do's and Dont's:


  • Entry to museum / food is NOT free.
  • NO water during the museum tour of 2-3 hours.
  • Photography is NOT allowed inside the premises
  • Belongings must be deposited at the entry point (including mobile, pen, diary etc)
  • Lunch / Break fast / Dinner is served during specific timings.
  • Be patient, polite during the visit
  • Spare at least one day at GRF to understand and appreciate the concept 
  • Do not touch the exhibits at the museum.


You must be the change you want to see in the world. - M. K. Gandhi



Statue of Gandhiji located in front of GRF [1]

Fees / Charges:


  1. There is entry fee to the museum, varies for different categories. For adult visitor it is 100 Rs. Per day. 
  2. Food in canteen / mess as per the rate.
  3. Battery driven golf cart is available on paying rental.




How to reach:

The Foundation is housed amidst afforested Jain Hills, 12 kms. from Jalgaon city. Jalgaon is well connected by road and rail to the rest of India.It is 55 kms from Ajanta Caves, 140 kms from Ellora Caves and 160 kms from Aurangabad airport. Nearest international airport is Mumbai.









GRF complex [1]

Contact Info:

Gandhi Research Foundation
Gandhi Teerth, Jain Hills PO Box 118,
Jalgaon - 425 001 (Maharashtra), India
Tel. No.: +91-257-226 0011
E-mail: info@gandhifoundation.org

MONDAY CLOSED



Reference:

[1 ] Official Website: www.gandhifoundation.net
[2] http://www.mkgandhi.org/museum/grf_jalgaon.htm

Wandering Destination: JayVinayak Mandir, Jaygad, Ratnagiri


Wandering Destination: JayVinayak Mandir, Jaygad, Ratnagiri (MH, India)





On the way back from my trip round the Ratnagiri Taluka, I was hurry in making to home. I was driving my scooter and It was half past noon. I could'nt run my pleasure because of self proclaimed speed limitation of 50 Kmph. The lonely road with none trees beside was creating it tough to drive under the so bright sun assisted by hot wind. To add to it, the road was literally dug by the heavy vehicles commuting between Laavaganvadi port and Jindal Power Plant. After passing by Jindal staff quarters and Jindal school, I saw an area adorned with well maintained gardens. I noticed it absolutely was a temple on the other hand confusion inflated once I saw a watchmen cabin outside the doorway. It forced me to ask him if this place is public? He nodded and guided me on parking my scooter. It absolutely was the time to understand photographic chance I perceived simply when discovering the place. there have been several reasons for that.




This is a newly built temple of Vinayak, another name for Lord Ganesha. It was donated to public by Shri Jindal in the month of February 2003. Temple is enclosed by lush inexperienced green lawns, types of flowering plants and a little reservoir too ! It has sufficiently large parking place and a Helipad (?). for certain this place is half-dozen acres of enjoyment. Temple architecture uses pagoda type structure having three layers of roof. Temple has a tall, bronze coated idol of Lord Ganesh. Religious duties are performed by a local priest appointed on full-time basis. A bronze coated, 6 feet tall Lord Hanuman statue in the premises was a strange presence to me.

Considering the look and thought behind the design, no doubt it's so a decent place. but ought to that the aim...I had my very own doubts and a number of other queries un-reciprocated. These queries are obvious, natural and unbiased. It would be too early to comment and accountable, however it had been irresistible to put in writing down the thoughts for me!




Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another. Adam Smith


The entrance of the temple

Hanuman statue



The site of temple far from local village and near to Jindal staff quarters otherwise lonely, with a helipad presence made the purpose of building such temple bit doubtful. It is a lot of of a leisure place to the families of company-staff,  where they can spend the evening time. In the name of social responsibility and satisfying native leaders, huge firms typically build such large temples. Building temple may be a sensitive issue that is sort of un-opposed. Strong theist locals believes the businessman has similar emotions as they have. Ground reality is, typically unnoticed by the locals, building temple does not adds up to any development or native employment unless it is 'made'  renowned.  












I conform to such expense only when necessary infrastructural needs are fulfilled which includes roads, drinking water, local employment etc. Road connecting Ratnagiri to Jaygad is a disaster created by company trucks itself. The area near by the temple is open grassland and there is no tree plantation along side the road. Very few locals are employed by the company and this employment has not transformed the standard of living of the villagers. As it is power producing plant, it is not going to bring dependent industries to near by area (except for the port). A project at such a large must be all-inclusive and prioritizing local life. There are already environment related objections raised by the locals, which I am not going into details. 








To me, it is a folly and unsustainable development. Most Indian industry share the same story, is there any from your part of India, I request readers to share it in the comment. 









What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? Adam Smith


Location:

On Jaigad-Ratnagiri connecting road