Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.
This week we look at the fourth of the saadhana chatushtaya. For most seekers, starting the journey or even some way along the road, this one can seem a bit esoteric; even more so looking from the culture of the West. Certainly, it is addressed to the seeker of intense spiritual experience and those with advanced philosophical leanings. It is included as the fourth element, however, as once the 'project' is begun it is this which pulls us along and then becomes our driving force. It can also be argued that there is an element of this already within the seeker who has found their way to vedanta; even if they are only at the fringe.
This is such an important aspect Adi Shankaraachaarya, in the Vivekachoodamani, allots two shlokas and Gurudev provides extensive commentary. (In fact there are four shlokas concluding the advices on saadhana chatushtaya, but the latter two are of a general guidance nature and will be offered in our workings-day section in due course.) As it is impossible to better the explanations of Gurudev, the relevant pages have again been copied here. Do not falter over the first of these, dear follower! Read on and be heartened by the second. (Please forgive scribbles, the book is much loved and much used.)
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