Guidance to Proceed

 

 Begin

Attend

  1. Attend one or two 7 days ‘Preliminary Introduction’ workshops (प्राथमिक परिचय शिविर) – preferably by a different facilitator to get a different perspective. You can get a quick overview of these workshops at this site.
  2. Next, attend a ‘Vikalp/Adhyayan Bindu Parichay Shivir’ (See Topics of Study). This is essential in order to get a view of the core syllabus of Madhyasth Darshan. This is where the ‘real-stuff’ begins. Download & read the original hindi ‘Adhyayan Bindu’. 
  3. You can get regular sms updates on coming workshops/shivirs or get them on email/ android phone calendar.

 

Read

  1. Download the introductory workshop/shivir notes ( only to initially revise the intro workshop contents -by students)
  2. Download and read the introductory set of writings
  3. Read the following in this order:
    1. ‘Vikalp’/ The Alternative;
    2. Topics for Study;
    3. Jeevan Vidya an introduction (English) or, जीवन विद्या एक परिचय (हिंदी);
    4. Materalism –  समाधानात्मक भौतिकवाद ;
    5. Humanism – व्यवहारात्मक जनवाद,
    6. Spiritualism –अनुभवात्मक अध्यात्मवाद.
  4. Read Articles by Shri Nagraj in Hindi here. These are written in easier language than the books themselves.
  5. You can download the books here or order printed copies. Ongoing English Translations are available here.

 

Watch & Listen

  1. Watch an introductory video by Shri A Nagraj (15 hrs, Hindi – recommended)
  2. Choose an introductory workshop video by one of the Students (2 hrs to 40 hrs)
  3. Watch all available Audio & Video by Shri A Nagraj. These are extremely useful in understanding the books. The dialogues on ‘अध्ययन प्रक्रिया’ are particularly useful for clarity on how to proceed with study.

 

Move ahead to serious Study

  •  The next step after attending the ‘Introductory’ workshops is attending the Study Shivirs (अध्ययन शिविर). The various workshop/shivir stages are given here.
  • The book ‘Samvaad‘ (about 3 parts, currently only in Hindi) has selected  discussions with Shree A Nagraj. These have been transcribed from the available audio-video content (not the entire content). Go through the ‘book of Dialogues’ – संवाद -१  and संवाद-२ . The content is conversational in nature and easier to follow.
  • You can download the books here or order printed copies. Ongoing English Translations are available here.
  • Go through the detailed Method of Study

 

People Connect

People, peers play an important role in our study & living. Connect with others and learn from and share your journey:

Get Introduced:

  • Talk to someone close to you and meet them. Some locations have weekly meetings and study circles
  • Attend the yearly Confluence (वार्षिक जीवन विद्या सम्मलेन). This gives an opportunity to meet up with a wide range of people. A Sample sammelan format is here.

Visit a Study Location

  • Contact and visit one of the study locations to know more about the study programs and how people are practicing this in various dimensions of their living – behavior, inter-personal relationships, nature-friendly production techniques, etc.
  • Join a part time (7 days every 3 months for 3 years) or full time program (6 mths, 1 yr) to get to know others

Join a whats-app group

Contact:  Ashok at 89639-13018;   ashokgopala [at] gmail [dot] com

  • General Meaningful Discussion (जनवाद)
  • National Curriculum Development
  • Production & Exchange

Join a Discussion Group (Goshti)

Contact Shriram: 99077-94154, shriram@live.in

  • The next step after completion of the ‘Adhyayan Shivir’ are the discussion groups or ‘Goshti’s‘. This is where what we have read/ understood can be deepened, and verified. Adhyayan does not ‘end‘ with the Adhyayan Shivir’s, it ‘starts‘.
  • If you are in the process of reading,  attend a study discussion (अध्ययन गोष्ठी)
  • If you feel you have completed reading and analysis of all the books and would like to share, verify and further your understanding, attend a अभ्यास गोष्ठी

 

Things to keep in mind

 

Living

  • ‘Adhyayan’ is not just about ‘reading at a desk’. Reading & Analysis is the first step in the Study Process.
  • Study & Practice also involves ‘Self-Evaluation’ and ‘Living accordingly‘:
    • as Behavior & fulfillment of relationships with other Humans (in Family, friends, etc) and
    • Work‘ with the rest of nature.
  • Practice of ‘Living’  according to ‘intellectual-law'(बौद्धिक नियम) , social-law(सामाजिक नियम) and natural-law(प्राकृतिक नियम) is an integral part of Practice. Read the method of study

 

Meet & Sharing with people

  • ‘Adhyayan’ or Study is not an ‘isolated’ exercise. While reading and other media are important, guidance is ultimately only from a Human Being (Teacher) who has understood/ realized, hence it is important to be in touch with someone you feel has this understanding.
  • You may want to ‘share’ what you have ‘learned/ understood’ with others – via small discussions or even conducting full-introductory shivirs yourself. Keep in mind that we are doing this for ‘our practice’, and to ‘test & deepen’ our own understanding. Not to ‘change the world’. The world will be properly benefited, only when we are ourselves complete, have had ‘Realization‘ ourselves. Sharing what we have learned benefits the world anyways. Hence, this is not primarily a ‘social change’ program. Rather, it is a process of having knowledge and living with humane-conduct ourselves, and change percolating to others via our understanding & living.

 

Not ‘Mixing’

  • The study of reality according to Madhyasth Darshan does not include any  ‘ prevalent meditative-practices’, ‘need to close ones eyes’, ‘chanting’ or ‘mystical-experiences’. This is being mentioned here in order to avoid confusing this with existing theories, where the words like ‘Shravan, Manan, Nididhyasan’, etc used are similar, but with a totally different intended meaning. See definitions.
  • ‘Study’ also does not mean ‘comparative studies’ with other philosophies/darsanas
  • Hence, Madhyasth Darshan needs to be studied and practiced in its own right, and not on the basis of any current / past practice, or some ‘hybrid-method’ we may come up with. The method to achieve anything is provided by one who has crossed that path, not the student that is on the path himself.

* See here for Original guidance by Shri A Nagraj (in Hindi).

 

– shriram n | student | jan 2013
Madhyasth Darshan