Elevate Yourself Through Devotion

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Date: 17th August 2021

Sadhana Karu Pyare is a unique philosophical compilation set in 54 lines arranged in the form of couplets. In these lines, Shree Maharajji has summarized the entire philosophy of the knowledge of God and Guru.

Swamiji explained the complete set of 54 lines, which we will explain in this series. 

साधना करु साधना करु साधना करु प्यारे,
साधना करु साधना करु साधना करु प्यारे ।

sādhanā karu sādhanā karu sādhanā karu pyāre
sādhanā karu sādhanā karu sādhanā karu pyāre

O Dear Soul! Please do sadhana (devotional practice)
O Dear Soul! Please do sadhana (devotional practice)

In this verse, Shree Maharajji says ‘”Pyare” or “Dear One”! Now who is the dear one? Is it the animals or the birds or is it the celestial Gods? Here, “Dear” means, “Dear humans”, “Dear devotees”. He is advising us strongly to do spiritual practice. We have received this human life only to do devotion. Just observe that all other living forms have horizontal or inclined spinal columns. Only human beings have vertical spinal columns. This is symbolic of the fact that we humans have the opportunity to elevate ourselves upwards, through the power of knowledge. Hence, Shree Maharajji says, an individual has got this rare opportunity to uplift oneself spiritually by practicing devotion.  

The scriptures say:

दुर्लभं मानुषं जन्म प्रार्थ्यते तृदशैरपी

durlabham mānuṣham janm prārthyate tridaśhairapi

There are 8.4 million species on earth and the human form of life is the rarest amongst them. It is so rare that even celestial Gods long to attain the human form. So do not waste this life in fulfilling the desires of these material senses. We have been doing this since eternity as we transmigrated in the 8.4 million forms.

आहार निद्रा भय मैथुनं च सामान्यमेतत् पशुभिर्नराणाम् ।

āhār nidrā bhay maithunañch sāmānyametatpaśhubhirnarāṇām

Even animals pursue the pleasures of eating, sleeping, defending and procreation. We have got this rarest of opportunities of having acquired a human body, and we must attempt to rise above the level of these four basic activities, by using our intellect. If we know the importance of this form of life, then we will not waste even a single moment of it.

kṣhaṇārdhamapi vyarthe naneyam

Chanakya Pandit said: The biggest mistake and act of ignorance in our lives is that moment when we forgot to remember Shree Krishna. We lose that moment, and it never comes back. So, we must speedily progress towards attaining the goal of human life. This is our golden opportunity, and we can make full use of it by utilizing every moment in remembering God.  One day, we will have to leave this human body and go, whether we like it or not. This body will never remain with us.

Shree Maharajji says:

अवसर बित्यो जात, अरे मन !

avasar bītyo jāt are man 

We are asleep in an illusionary trance created by our own mind. We are approaching death every day and yet we cheerfully celebrate our birthday. We do not realize that each day which is passing by, is not a joyful moment, but a matter of regret, that so much time has passed away and very little remains. So, without further delay and realizing that this body is temporary, we should start doing sadhana from this moment.

Some people say “Swamiji! You are right, we should surrender ourselves to God, but we will do it tomorrow.” Those who says like this can never surrender to God. Their tomorrow never comes. We have only today, not even today but “now”. The present is in our hands.  

जो कल करना सो आज कर, जो आज करना है सो अब
पल में परलय होयगी, फेरी करेगा कब

jo kal karanā hai so āj kar, jo āj karanā hai so ab
pal mein paralay hoyagī, pherī karegā kab

This present moment is the only gateway to reach God. The past has gone; the future has not yet arrived, so we must do devotion in this present time. In the olden days, people use to go for pilgrimage on foot. About 500 years ago, Shree Chaitainaya Mahaprabhu did padayatra (walked on foot) through the whole of south India and proceeded to Dwarika (Gujarat) before coming back to Puri. It took him two years to complete his journey. But these days, we get everything so easily. The austere practices people do today are nothing compared to the olden days. Yet, we do not attempt to do sadhana because of the inconveniences it brings to us. Sadhana is the pursuit of beating the mind and its fantasies. We must overcome the difficulties and discomfort faced during Sadhana by fighting the mind. We have spent countless lifetimes thinking about ways to attain happiness. Our mind does not like any discomfort.

Shree Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita:

मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदु: खदा: |
आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत || 2: 14||

mātrā-sparśhās tu kaunteya śhītoṣhṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ
āgamāpāyino ’nityās tans-titikṣhasva bhārata. 2:14

A true sadhak is one who continues spiritual practice even in adverse situations.

Shree Krishna says, “O Arjun!” Cold, heat, happiness, and sorrow – we experience these sensations because our material senses come in contact with the external world. But the one who remains undisturbed and calm in his mind always realizes the fact that he is not a mortal body but a Soul. He always keeps increasing his tolerance.  In our daily life, we use many luxurious and convenient objects to make our lives comfortable. We have been enjoying these material comforts and will continue to enjoy.  Real sadhana is when you stop complaining about external interferences, pain and discomforts and continue to remember God under all conditions.

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Hemraj
19/08/2021 9:21 pm

Outstanding commentary

Bandita Pradhan
Bandita Pradhan
07/09/2021 2:44 pm

Sadhana Karu Pyare is a unique philosophical compilation set in 54 lines arranged in the form of couplets.

Madhusmita Dash
Madhusmita Dash
08/09/2021 5:46 pm

Shree Maharaj ji is strongly advising us devotees to do spiritual practice.

Madhusmita
Madhusmita
08/09/2021 9:42 pm

Shree Maharaj ji is strongly advising us devotees to do spiritual practice.

Sasmita Pradhan
Sasmita Pradhan
08/09/2021 10:56 pm

Only human beings have vertical spinal columns. This is symbolic of the fact that we humans have the opportunity to elevate ourselves upwards.

Sanjay
Sanjay
09/09/2021 5:40 pm

Shree Maharajji says, an individual has got this rare opportunity to uplift oneself spiritually by practicing devotion.

sasmita sing
sasmita sing
11/09/2021 8:07 am

We have got this rarest of opportunities of having acquired a human body, and we must attempt to rise above the level of these four basic activities, by using our intellect.

Aryan Raj
Aryan Raj
12/09/2021 2:03 pm

Very nice and one of the most important knowledge. Remembering the graces we have got is one the tool to inspire us in this journey

santosh Taneja
santosh Taneja
14/09/2021 6:24 am

Real sadhana is when you stop complaining about external interferences, pain and discomforts and continue to remember God under all conditions.

Satish Sankar Sahoo
Satish Sankar Sahoo
14/09/2021 4:00 pm

Shree Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita: A true sadhak is one who continues spiritual practice even in adverse situations.

Srinibash Pradhan
Srinibash Pradhan
20/09/2021 10:20 pm

Shree Maharajji has summarized the entire philosophy of the knowledge of God and Guru, in Sadhana Karu Pyare.

Padmini Nag
Padmini Nag
20/09/2021 10:28 pm

We humans can elevate ourselves through knowledge.

Ashok Thakur
Ashok Thakur
20/09/2021 10:34 pm

The human form is so rare that even celestial Gods long to attain it Shree Maharaj ji advises us to not waste this life in fulfilling the desires of these material senses.

Anusaya Patel
Anusaya Patel
20/09/2021 10:52 pm

Chanakya Pandit said: The biggest mistake and act of ignorance in our lives is that moment when we forgot to remember Shree Krishna.

Prakash Sharma
Prakash Sharma
20/09/2021 11:32 pm

We are approaching death every day and yet we cheerfully celebrate our birthday, says Maharj ji.

Padmanav Kumar
Padmanav Kumar
20/09/2021 11:37 pm

Realizing that this body is temporary, we should start doing sadhana from this moment.

Sasmita Padhan
Sasmita Padhan
20/09/2021 11:40 pm

The human form is our golden opportunity and we can make full use of it by utilizing every moment in remembering God.

Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan
20/09/2021 11:43 pm

The past has gone; the future has not yet arrived, so we must do devotion in this present time.

Pratyush Pradhan
Pratyush Pradhan
21/09/2021 12:09 am

We have only today, not even today but “now”. Only the present is in our hands, and we must use it for Sadhana says Maharaj ji.

Radhika Tripathy
Radhika Tripathy
21/09/2021 12:12 am

Shree Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita: A true sadhak is one who continues spiritual practice even in adverse situations.

Manjushree Nanda
Manjushree Nanda
01/10/2021 2:12 pm

The true sadhana is one who continues spiritual practice even in adverse situation.

Manjushree Nanda
Manjushree Nanda
01/10/2021 2:16 pm

The true sadhak is one who continues spiritual practice even in adverse situation.

Chinmayee Bag
Chinmayee Bag
04/10/2021 1:26 pm

Shri Maharajji is strongly advising us to do Sadhana.

Sibani Naik
Sibani Naik
04/10/2021 3:07 pm

In the prayer”Sadhana kuru…”Shri Maharajji has summerised the entire philosophy of the knowledge of God and Guru.

Annapurna Das
Annapurna Das
05/10/2021 1:22 pm

It is a unique compilation arranged in the form of couplets.

UmaBag
UmaBag
08/10/2021 4:03 pm

We must speedily progress towards attaining the goal of human life. We can make full use of it by utilizing every moment in remembering God.

SUMIT RANJAN BAG
SUMIT RANJAN BAG
10/10/2021 9:26 pm

If we know the importance of this form of life,then we will not waste even a single moment of it.

Manasi Dash
Manasi Dash
11/10/2021 10:34 pm

Without further delay and realising that this body is temporary,we should start doing SADHANA from this moment.

Sasmita Pradhan
Sasmita Pradhan
13/10/2021 7:10 pm

One who remains calm and undisturbed in his mind ,always realises the fact that he is not a mortal body but a SOUL.

Bikash Pradhan
Bikash Pradhan
13/10/2021 7:27 pm

This present moment is the only gateway to reach God.

Puspa panda
Puspa panda
13/10/2021 7:48 pm

A true devotee is one who continue spiritual practice even in adverse situation.

Jyotsna mayee bag
Jyotsna mayee bag
13/10/2021 9:07 pm

Sadhana is the pursuit of beating the mind and its fantasies.

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