4/10/2000 12:00:00 AM
The Art and Manner of Working
After Thakorji's darshan at 7.30 a.m., Swamishri was descending the main steps of the Akshar Purushottam mandir. A sadhu overlooking the construction cell pointed out to Swamishri, "The marble of these main steps will be replaced by white marble. Swamishri stopped briefly, and on looking at the steps said, "How thick will the new marble planks be?"
"One inch," replied the sadhu.
"But how thick is this marble?" Swamishri asked.
"It is two inches thick."
"Then won't the new ones be too thin?" Swamishri questioned.
"No Swami, we will place a strip and a good amount of solid stuff before placing the one inch marble plank. So there won't be any problem."
Swamishri gave his consent but then hesitated and said, "I feel that if we keep it two inches thick then how would it be? Because very often one inch thick marble planks break off at the edges and the steps always remain like that forever. Then it doesn't look good at all."
The sadhu agreed and said they will place two inch thick planks.
"And make the edge of each step round so that it won't hurt anyone," Swamishri added.
A couple of hours later at 9.45 a.m., Swamishri was scheduled to depart from Gadhada. After doing Thakorji's darshan, Swamishri showed the sadhu the chipped edge of a marble step.
"How thick do you think this marble is?" Swamishri enquired.
"About 1.5 inches."
"And how thick do you think that is?" Swamishri pointed to a step further away beneath the main dome.
"At least 2 to 2.5 inches," replied the sadhu.
"You can see that the edges of those steps are unbroken. Therefore you should keep the thickness to 2 inches, otherwise once its edges break off it will always remain so…"
Swamishri's keen observation, method of explaining and reasoning was absolutely convincing. Despite his hectic pace of activities his eye for perfection and good work is amazing. Everyone was profoundly appreciative at his humble, suggestive and concrete manner of working.