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Sadhana Frees Us From The Bondage Of Prakriti

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13th May, 2022 11:57 IST

Sadhana, intuitional practice, can be learnt from a sadhguru, great preceptor. And, emancipation can be obtained by its systematic practice. Nothing can be achieved by merely depending on the preceptor without doing sadhana. Everyone should carry out intuitional practice.


Some people are under the wrong impression that they do not have to make an effort and that they will attain emancipation due to the grace of the preceptor.


To deserve the grace of the sadguru, one has to follow the system of intuitional practice with devotion and faith, and not assume that the great preceptor will freely give everything without any effort on the part of the disciple.


Some people think that since they are disciples of a great preceptor and the sadguru has come to elevate the fallen, the preceptor will take them all along when leaving, in the same way as a cowherd gathers all grazing cattle before leaving the pasture at dusk. This way of thinking is not correct. The great preceptor comes to liberate people, to elevate them to divinity. People must make a sincere effort to carry out their intuitional practice.


Sadhana is the effort to free oneself from the bondage of Prakriti. This subjugation is maintained due to the self-created distortions in the mind. To obtain liberation, the mind has to be restored to its natural state by removing these distortions. Emancipation is not possible until one has completely experienced the remaining reactions of one’s previous lives. Ordinary people experience these reactions in the normal way, and if any still remain when they die, they are reborn to exhaust them. Those who do sadhana don’t want to be born again to experience their remaining reactions. In their eagerness to attain emancipation quickly, they hasten to exhaust the balance of reaction in this life. So, they regard problems as a good sign, as they would speed up the exhaustion of one’s remaining reactions.


Sadhana is the effort to free oneself from the qualifying influence of Prakriti. Avidyamaya (the maya of ignorance), also a quality that has to be renounced. If a tenant has been occupying a house for a long time, it will be extremely difficult to suddenly evict him by force, particularly if he has been treated as a respectable tenant for a long time. You will have to fight against all his manoeuvres and only when you have completely defeated him will the bully allow you to enter the house.
Similarly, as one has been at the mercy of avidyamaya for many lives, it will not leave easily when one starts doing sadhana. Like the bullying tenant, avidyamaya will throw all possible obstacles across oneʼs path when one tries to destroy its influence.


Sadhana, as taught by a preceptor, is the way to remove avidyamaya. Only success in sadhana can make avidyamaya loosen its hold. So, the beginning of true sadhana is often marked by great resistance from avidyamaya, which, through the obstacles it creates, tries to compel one to give up the institutional practice.


Centenary celebration of Shri Shri Anandamurti is on May 16

 

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