Guidance

 

Navigating …Your journey!

The information & websites available on the darshan are vast, and this can be daunting! So here is a quick guide that maps the journey to help you along!

  1. Attend an Introductory Workshop/Parichay Shivir First
  2. On completing the first shivir, go through the introductory resources available here
  3. Next, attend an Advanced Introduction or adhyayan bindu parichay shivir. Also see useful resources on the same page.
  4. Next, complete the Overview Module or अवलोकन Module and also attend the 12/15 day Shivir.
  5. Join a Residential Study Program or see Online Self Study Resources. 
  6. Join one or more of our various groups on WhatsApp, Telegram etc, via the Connect Center

Darshan Roadmap view

Things to keep in mind

Living –जीना

  • ‘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 (Vyavaharabhyas) & fulfillment of relationships with other Humans (in Family, friends, etc) and
    • Work‘ with the rest of nature. (Karmabhyas)
  • 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 –  सामाजिकता

  • ‘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, hence it is important to be in touch with a competent person you feel can guide you.
  • 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 ‘Understanding’ 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 own understanding & living.

 

Not ‘Mixing’ – बिना मिलावट का अधययन

  • The study of reality according to Madhyasth Darshan does not include any  ‘ prevalent meditative-practices’, ‘need to close ones eyes’, ‘chanting’ or ‘mystical-experiences’.
  • ‘Madhyasth Darshan’ does not derive from, nor related to Vedanta, the YogaSutras by Sage Patanjali, Buddhism or any other Darshan in any way, albeit one will find many similar sounding words and overlapping concepts.
    • 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 that connect these words to reality.
  • ‘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.

 

** Remember, stick to the ‘Original Guidance’ by Shri Nagraj in matters related to adhyayan vidhi and jeevan jagriti!

 


– shriram n | student | jan 2013 – updated Feb 2022

 

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