[Advaita-l] spiritual daily routines of the members
Siva Senani Nori
sivasenani at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 2 23:28:31 CST 2010
Dear Sri Bhaskar
In Mahabharata (Gita Press ed, 5-35-56 and 57, though missing in the BORI
critical ed whose 5-35-48 is the same as Gita Press 5-35-55), we have two slokas
(Vidura speaking to DhritaraashTra):
ijya adhyayana daanaani tapah satyam kshamaa ghriNaa |
alobha iti maargo'yam dharmasya ashTavidhah smritah || 56 ||
tatra poorvacaturvargo dambhaarthamapi sevyate |
uttaraSca caturvargo naamahaatmasu tishThati || 57 ||
(A rough translation: "Yajña (sacrifice), Adhyayana (self-study), daana, tapah
(austerities), satyam, kshamaa, ghriNaa (dayaa), and alobha (absence of greed)"
is said to be the eight-fold path of Dharma. Therein, the group of prior-four
(i.e. sacrifice, self-study, daana and tapah) is also performed to show off; the
latter-four do not reside in those who are not mahaatmas - na-a-mahaatmasu).
Actually we had read this in HitopadeSa, but I looked up the Mahabharata so that
a better reference might be given.
The point is that the first four might also be for the sake of 'damba', speaking
about them (as in I do this and this daily) would almost certainly amount to
damba. Such being the case, your question might not elicit replies from the
pious and learned who might be afraid that a reply would be indulging in damba.
I know you did not intend it to be so, but I merely point out an auxilliary
consequence of the question and wish to submit that such questions ought not to
be posed - in public or private. For, it would be damba for those who follow
vihita-karmas to reply, and shameful for those who do not follow, to reply (in
effect, it becomes damba on the part of the questioner).
Lest it be misunderstood that I am a great saadhaka and do not deign to reply,
my own routine is a study in violation of things that ought to be
done. Sandhyaavandanam is about the only routine that I can claim that I am
reasonably regular about. However, I hope to become more compliant by and by.
I used to have a strong desire to know what was written in all the
Saastra-granthas earlier about Brahman, aatman and so on; but nowadays, I see
that I have settled on an intermediate goal - to get buddhi to rule over the
manas, or the head to rule over the heart. I find that at the level of this
goal, almost all the religions of India say the same thing; and that this seems
to be the common factor amongst all great achievers - statesmen, politicians,
sportspersons, business leaders, musicians, scholars, artists, professionals and
so on. Even crooks actually - I find that this is true of the most corrupt
politician, the most immoral businessman, the worst scamster, rent-seekers like
Niira Radia and so on. The only thing missing with these crooks is the moral
compass. This quality of buddhi-controlling-manas is otherwise known as
discipline, which results in the famed 10,000 hours of practice that makes the
practitioners leaders in their professions.
What is convenient about this is that this kind of saadhana (observing and
theorising, not the 10,000 hours of practice) works best when the body is
horizontal, as P.G. Wodehouse once put it. Also conveniently, the saadhaka can
claim self-control, indriya-nigraha, and many would never know for a long time
:-). After all, satva and tamas both result in inaction :-).
For the record, and as my outbursts in the last few years show, I am no way near
that. And of course, where satva is laghu and prakaaSakam, tamas is guru (heavy
- I could tick that box) and varaNakam (covers things).
N. Siva Senani
From: Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com>
To: A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Thu, December 2, 2010 5:46:17 PM
Subject: [Advaita-l] spiritual daily routines of the members
praNAms to all prabhuji-s / mAtAji-s
Kindly share your daily spiritual routines with the list. Spiritual
routines of advanced sAdhaka-s & their guidance would certainly help the
neophytes like me to proceed meaningfully in spiritual path...Kindly
allow me to start with my routines :
In short, normally I wake up around 5 in the morning, after nitya daihika
karma-s, I do sandhyavandana, laghu devatArchana and vedAdhyayana for
about one and half hour (timings may wary if there is an early morning
live cricket matches in television :-))..I follow cricket matches very
closely and I am still playing cricket for my company) by 6-45 I go to
play shuttle badminton and by 8.30 I will be in office, till 6 or 6.30 I
will be here in office doing work...Leisure time during office hours, as
you all know I will be troubling you with my mails :-)) by 7 or 7-30 I
reach home do the sAyaM (ofcourse not so regular in sAyam sandhya as I
have to stay late at office during audit times) and shankara bhAshya
adhyayana with svatantra grantha-s of my parama guruji Sri SSS. Saturday
and Sunday are off for me, if there is no pooja / homa programme ( I am
also a part time purOhit/priest) I do spend my time in vedAdhyayana,
saptashati pArAyana, vedAnta chintana etc. Ofcourse, giving sufficient
time for my family for outing, cinema, functions etc. chess games,
cricket, badminton etc. Overall, nothing so special & worth
mentioning...It is a monotonous routine of the typical South Indian
smArtha brAhmin who is bit spiritual in his thinking. I must say here
there is no long duration japa, meditation in my routine and my spiritual
activity is just a part of my routine materialistic activity without any
special emphasization on it!!..
Kindly do share your spiritual routines...My special and humble request to
Sri Vidya Shankara prabhuji, Sri Jaldhar Vyas prabhuji, Sri Ravi
Mayavaram prabhuji, Sri Siva Senani Nori prabhuji, Sri Devanathan
(antaryaami) prabhuji, Sri Ananda Hudli prabhuji, Sri Subbu prabhuji, Sri
Srikanta prabhuji and ALL the elders, seniors, juniors & knowledgeable
members of this group.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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