SADHANA PANCHAKAM PDF

Perform well the duties enjoined in them. By that let God be worshipped. Take your mind off the actions for material prosperity. Strive against the call of sins. Consider worldly happiness as leading to sorrow.

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Shankara Jayanti Special: Five Lessons from Sadhana Panchakam On the occasion of Shankara Jayanti- the birth anniversary of the great master Adi Shankaracharya, a brief look into some of his teachings as imparted in his small composition- Sadhana Panchakam. Indology Adi Shankaracharya is one of the most outstanding personalities that India has produced in last few thousand years.

He was a teacher, scholar, poet, saint, philosopher, yogi, bhakta, tantrika, a jivanmukta, and an avatara incarnation. He taught the high philosophy of the Upanishads- the path of Jnana to those who were eager to attain Atma-Jnana, he taught the path of Karma to those inclined towards the performance of actions, and he showed the path of Bhakti for those who were devotional in nature. He taught people both pravritti actions and nivritti renunciation , both Dharma and Moksha and showed how to travel from former to the latter.

In many a sense he was truly a Jagadguru- World Teacher, who went to great lengths to teach and re-establish Sanatana Dharma across India. But, commentaries by their very nature allow a commentator to only explain the teaching of the text on which the commentary is being written. Hence, one can say that there is a kind of limitation on the part of any Acharya to impart direct instructions to people while writing commentaries. As the name denotes, Sadhana Panchakam is a text consisting of five stanzas imparting teachings related to how a person must perform Sadhana spiritual effort in order to attain the highest goal of Moksha.

Let us briefly look into five important lessons that Adi Shankaracharya teaches, which, when practiced will help an individual to travel towards Moksha. It may be easily asked, why is the study of Vedas so important? Before answering the question, it is important to note that the term Veda here not only refer to the core Vedic texts of the Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and the Upanishads, but also to various texts like Itihasa, Purana, Dharmashastra, Smritis, etc. In other words, the scriptures are the ultimate Pramana source of knowledge regarding Dharma righteous duties and Moksha liberation and they prescribe a wide range of duties to people based on their age, gender, class, station, and inner inclinations.

The performance of these duties, will in-turn help the performer attain purification of the mind chitta-shuddhi and overall wellbeing.

This attainment of the purification of the mind through the performance of Svadharma forms the very first step towards Moksha. Practice Devotion After advising people to study Shastras and practice Svadharma accordingly, Adi Shankaracharya advises people to practice devotion.

Thus, cultivation of devotion is very important for attaining Moksha. Give up Desires Adi Shankara then advises people to give up desires and cleanse the stream of Paapam demerits attained due to past performance of Adharma.

Desire is the root of all demerits and bondage. One is entangled in the cycle of birth and death, because of the unending desires to experience worldly pleasure. Hence, as long as one remains attached to desires, one will keep performing Adharmic actions and will remain attached to worldly bondage. Only when one overcomes desires and develops Vairagyam- dispassion towards worldly enjoyment, will one be able to pursue his goal of Moksha without any distractions.

Thus, the great master advises people to give up desires. Develop self-restraint Another important quality that is crucial to attain Moksha is restraint of the senses and the mind. It is the nature of the mind and the sensory organs to grasp worldly experiences and gratifying those experiences will only increase attachment to worldly objects. Thus, indulgence in both pleasure and pain, both happiness and sorrow increases bondage to physical existence.

The only solution to overcome this bondage is the restraining of the mind and the senses from pursuing the objects of its desire. But, all of these are impermanent and only the innermost Atman, which is non-different from Brahman is permanent. Moksha or liberation is nothing but the first hand direct realization that one is not the body and mind, but is Infinite ever-free Brahman itself. Therefore, to attain this Moksha through direct realization i. And this is only possible when a person has purified his mind, given up desires, and has restrained his mind and senses.

For the interested, here is the full text of Sadhana Panchakam and a free translation of it into English by Swami Tyagananda.

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Shankara Jayanti Special: Five Lessons from Sadhana Panchakam On the occasion of Shankara Jayanti- the birth anniversary of the great master Adi Shankaracharya, a brief look into some of his teachings as imparted in his small composition- Sadhana Panchakam. Indology Adi Shankaracharya is one of the most outstanding personalities that India has produced in last few thousand years. He was a teacher, scholar, poet, saint, philosopher, yogi, bhakta, tantrika, a jivanmukta, and an avatara incarnation. He taught the high philosophy of the Upanishads- the path of Jnana to those who were eager to attain Atma-Jnana, he taught the path of Karma to those inclined towards the performance of actions, and he showed the path of Bhakti for those who were devotional in nature. He taught people both pravritti actions and nivritti renunciation , both Dharma and Moksha and showed how to travel from former to the latter. In many a sense he was truly a Jagadguru- World Teacher, who went to great lengths to teach and re-establish Sanatana Dharma across India. But, commentaries by their very nature allow a commentator to only explain the teaching of the text on which the commentary is being written.

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Sadhana Panchakam

Reflect ever upon the meaning of the Upanishadic commandments. Avoid perverse arguments. Follow the discriminative rationale of Sruti Upanishads. Renounce pride. Give up the delusory misconception — " I am the body ". Give up totally the tendency to argue with Those of Wisdom.

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