Verse 27: The Preeminent Position

Summary: The ultimate aim of sadhana is to live life in harmony with our understanding drawn from past experiences (many a times we do not have the courage to do so). Once this stage is reached, the sadhana becomes sahaj, without any effort. Then, whatever we do in our life can be construed as sadhana.

Verse 27: Arth Bolachi Waat Paahe, Teth Abhiprawochi Abhiprayate Wiye, Bhaavacha Fuloura Hot Jaye, Matiwari.

Translation: In this position, the meaning gets understood as soon as the words are spoken. Further, the intended meaning (of the speaker) gives birth to even deeper understanding and the intellect takes pleasure in seeing the hidden truth in everything (happening around you).

We saw in the Verse 9 and Verse 18 the motivations for starting sadhana and the attitude with which we should do it. Now, in this verse, we are told about the results of such a sadhana. If we follow this path of sadhana, we will reach a stage where we will know exactly what is meant by doing sadhana. Not only that, we will then have the courage to live our everyday life in accordance with our understanding. This harmony of what is in our mind and how we are acting in the world will further enhance our understanding. This new and deeper understanding gives enormous joy and we continue our sadhana with more vigour. Thus we enter in a sort of perpetual forward motion in which the previous step gives the impetus for the next step.

How far can our sadhana take us? If the ultimate truth is not dependent on anything, how can doing sadhana help us realise it?

Once our sadhana is well established, these questions sooner or later come to our mind. This verse is trying to answer these questions. The state described in this verse is the ultimate state one can achieve by sadhana. In this state, our everyday living itself becomes a sadhana where all the things happening around us are helping us to understand the truth behind it. Our life becomes a peaceful coexistence with all the elements in the world. This wonderful state is all that can be achieved by sadhana and Guru-Krupa. This state can be likened to the removal of debris and moss on top of a pond so that the crystal clear water, in which the ever-shining sun is reflected, is finally visible. The point is: we cannot make the sun shine in the clean water. We can only clean up the pond. Unless the sun was existent independent of our effort, its reflection will not be seen. Just like that, by sadhana, we cannot achieve or reach or alter the truth behind our existence. By our sadhana, the mind and senses with which we see its reflection becomes so clean, pure that we can perceive it as clearly as the reflection of the sun in the water. This example also explains the need of doing sadhana till our last breath. Just like moss covers up the water as soon as we stop our attempt of pushing it aside, our mind gets cluttered with predispositions and prejudices as soon as we stop our sadhana/effort. Then the sun is no more seen in the pond.

Finally, we should feel satisfied in knowing that in just three verses the whole process of what is sadhana and its final outcome can be explained. This should make us feel that taking sadhana to its utmost limit is not that difficult after all! Lets stop on this positive note!!

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2 Responses to “Verse 27: The Preeminent Position”

  1. swarup kumar mohalik Says:

    The 3 notes beautifully explain Sadhana – why one should should do it and
    how. Am I right if I feel that this Sadhana is completely independent of the day-to-day tasks we do?

    For example, in a project I have(?) to do, I have to start with a goal and always keep the goal in mind while doing the tasks needed to accomplish the goal. We change approaches when we know we are not going towards the goal (getting stuck). So the action of doing the tasks cannot become a goal by itself. Is there a way to harmonize the bread-and-butter world and the spritual world?

    Another question: knowledge-for-knowledge’s sake is not considered good. But Sadhana for Sadhana’s sake seems to be the right way. Is there a justification? Or, do we again come back to the dichotomy of spiritual and normal world?

  2. Shreedhar Says:

    Dear Swarup,

    In Sadhana, we START OFF with a goal (for example, trying to understand inconsistencies in our life, trying to obtain happiness in our life, or trying to get some supersensory experiences (like flash of light or vision of our Ishta Daivat etc.). This is the only way we can start anything in our life. That is how we are conditioned. However, as our sadhana progresses, our aim or goal also changes naturally, we seem to see the superfluity of our previous aim and set ourselves a different, (what we think as better) aim. You can think this as setting a better target for employees when they achieve their first target. ULTIMATELY, we see that not setting a goal, but just doing sadhana for its own sake is the grandest of all goals. Thus, just like in every day life, we progress from various stages of setting goals to this `goal of not setting any goal’.

    Now, in general, any desire, fear is a bad thing. However, there is an exception. The `desire of not having any desire’ or `the fear of having fear’ are different than the normal desire or fear. By doing sadhana for sadhana’s sake we finally aspire for such an exceptional desire, which does not harm our spiritual progress.

    Shreedhar

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