Discipline and meditation, and devotion to the Lord, are essential1 min read

Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 49

“One should practise mental control to the utmost and continue hearing and cogitating, until the deep sense of the sentence ‘I am Brahman’ is clearly and firmly understood.”

Commentary

Discipline and meditation, as well as devotion to the Lord, are essential until the Self is fully realized.

Many people relax their discipline when they begin to study Vedanta and are misled by such ideas as ‘Even discipline and devotion are unreal’.

They overlook the fact that the unreal is cancelled by unreality and forget the importance of discipline and devotion.

It is further to be noted that even after the attainment of jivan-mukti one has to continue with discipline and devotion.

The freedom of the jivan-mukta does not lead him to the realm of nescience. Sattva becomes his very nature and he does not deviate from truth, compassion, devotion and further and further study of the holy truth.

In order to set an example to others Shri Dada used to do his worship and meditation every day for several hours.

If there is any joy in the world of limitations, it is in the practice of discipline, dharma and devotion, though this joy, too, is from the Self and not from nescience.

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 50