Begin -Introduction – परिचय
- Attend two ‘Preliminary Introduction’ workshops preferably by different facilitators to get a different perspective. You can get a quick overview of these workshops at this site.
- Next, attend a ‘Adhyayan Bindu Parichay Shivir’ (See Topics of Study). This is the core syllabus of Jeevan Vidya. This is where the ‘real-stuff’ begins. Read the original hindi ‘Adhyayan Bindu’.
- You can get regular sms updates on coming workshops/shivirs
- Download the introductory reading material -प्राथमिक पठन सामग्री
- Read easy articles by Shri Nagraj in Hindi here.
- 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 10 basic books for study or order printed copies. See Translations in English, Kannada and other languages.
- Suggested first order of reading – Jeevan Vidya an introduction (जीवन विद्या एक परिचय) > भौतिकवाद > जनवाद > आध्यात्मवाद > कर्म दर्शन भाग ३
- The online adhyayan sessions by students with reading and explanations are useful for home-study.
Watch & Listen
- Watch an introductory video by Shri A Nagraj (15 hrs, Hindi – recommended) or see the official ‘Madhyasth Darshan’ YouTube channel.
- Download preliminary Audio (प्रारंभिक ऑडियो) and preliminary Video (प्रारंभिक वीडियो). These are extremely useful in understanding the concepts in the books. The dialogues on ‘अध्ययन प्रक्रिया’ are particularly useful for clarity on how to proceed with study. See below for the entire Audio-Video set.
Move ahead to serious Study (अध्ययन)
- The next step after attending the ‘Introductory’ workshops is attending the Study Shivirs (अध्ययन शिविर). The various workshop/shivir stages are given here.
- Go through the detailed Method of Study
- See here for Original study related guidance by Shri A Nagraj (in Hindi).
- सम्पूर्ण अध्ययन सामग्री देखें – नागराजजी के सम्पूर्ण ऑडियो, वीडियो, लेख, विद्यार्थी शोध सामग्री
Things to keep in mind
- ‘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 – 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/ 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 ‘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’ is not related to Vedanta, YogaSutras by Sage Patanjali, or Buddhism 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.
- ‘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.