Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sadhana and Character

This morning's meditation.

It is said:

sādhu-saṅge kṛṣṇa-nāma ei mātra cāi
saṁsāra jinite āra kono vastu nāi

"Other than sadhu-sanga and the name of Krishna, nothing else is needed to cross over the ocean of birth and death."

The holy name is not dependent on anything, even sadhana. It is effective at any time and any place. It is not that it will only act if chanted a certain number of times or at a certain time of the day.

Similarly, sadhana is not an absolute requirement in getting the mercy of sadhu-guru. Mahaprabhu blessed the animals in the Jarikhanda forest, and Narada Muni blessed the hunter Mrigari. What sadhana were they doing to justify getting such mercy?

What then is the necessity of having strict daily practices in our sadhana?

What we do affects our consciousness. Similarly, our consciousness makes our character. Therefore maintaining strict daily sadhana will build our character and thereby give us qualification for getting bhakti.

As Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."


terrence said...

Justice is earned. Mercy is a gift. Sadhana does not bring mercy, sadhana brings sukriti, I would go so far as to think that even namaparadha brings sukriti (for who among us is chanting above that level?).

With sukriti one can get sadhu-sangha, and if one follows the instructions of sadhu, one is accepting sadhu's mercy.

Sadhu is not compelled to come to our aid, it is his nature to be of service, it is his nature to be kind, as Srila Prabhupada says, "Your ever well wisher".

To whatever extent you can follow the instructions of your sad-guru to that extent you are blessed, but like a snowball, if offences are avoided as much as possible, we lose the taste for evil and become endowed with a mood of service which is way beyond mere sadhana performed in the hope of some kind of liberation from material existence (even if we do convince ourselves that we are "serving guru"). Actually, how many of us would go to hell to serve, without any hope of gain for ourselves? We are indeed fallen.

Easy to discuss such lofty topics yet impossible to follow. To follow ... that is mercy

I don't anticipate that you'll print my comments, merely a communication of my thoughts. Tell me if you have realizations that you know I am wrong. I would be interested.

Mr Terrible

Madhavananda Das said...

Nice comments Tarun ji.


We just had a wonderful festival for Guru Maharaja's disappearance here in Mayapur. I wish you could have been here. It's been too many years since I've seen you.

Das anudas, Madhavananda Das