18 February @ 9:00 am - 23 February @ 12:00 pm IST
Towards the end of his life, the disciples of Sri Adi Sankaracharya requested him to give them a summary of his approach towards spiritual life. It is then that he composed a short text containing only 5 verses – the Sadhana Panchakam.
The text contains 40 instructions, furthering one’s journey on the path to liberating oneself. It goes beyond any philosophical engagements and offers practical means into the very essence of Sadhana at every stage of one’s spiritual life. For this reason, Sadhana Panchakam is also known as the Upadesha Pancharatnam, meaning the “Five precious gems of advice or teaching”.
These 40 instructions are presented in a systematic and sequential manner. Thus, it is also known by a third name, Sopana Arohana Nyaya, which means “A logical climbing ladder in Sadhana”.
The present study and reflections with Rabindra Sahu on the instructions given by Adi Sankaracharya may significantly help us all in gaining clarity on our spiritual practice.