Man either make progress or slides downwards. It is good to make progress but to save himself from sliding down, the sadhaka should submit to some Sattvik vows.
Take some pious vows for daily observations in your life.Write the vows on a piece of paper.
To make the mind serious in observance of the vows, touch the paper to the Barhdada (sacred banyan tree in the Ashram infused with divine potency by Pujya Bapuji) or to the rostrum (व्यासपीठ from where Pujya Bapuji delivers satsang) and keep it with you.
You can touch the paper to the place where you offer prayers or meditate at your house.
Take some vow like-
- ‘I will do japa for so many counts of the rosary;
- I will do so many Pranayamas;
- I will observe silence for so many hours in the week,
- I will reserve one, two, or five days in a month for intensive spiritual practice;
- I will live in complete solitude for so many days in the year;
- I will spend so many days in the year for spreading the messages of dharma;
- I will employ my time and resources in Gurudev’s divine endeavours in order to propitiate Him and to attain to the Supreme State…’
If the sadhaka takes some pious vow of this nature on the Vyas Purnima day desiring to see Maharshi Veda Vyasji in the form of a God-realized saint adorn the throne in his heart, his effort will be aided by the good wishes of gods and the grace of Gurus and his goal will be accomplished sooner rather than later.
There is improvement at times and deterioration at others in one’s spiritual orientation; one happens to be in good company at times and in bad company at others. The animate beings other than man are subjected to bearing the fruits of their past actions but God has given some freedom to man. Man can go up also and he can slide down as well. He should try to make progress but should definitely strive not to slide down and to that end should observe some pious vows in life.
The true and worthy disciples apply themselves whole-heartedly in body and mind to worshipping the Guru. If the disciple maintains the attributes required of a disciple, the gift of assimilating Guru’s spiritual experiences is bestowed upon him. If the Guru is a true Guru and maintains the attributes of a Guru, he can bless his disciples with the gift of realization.
Those who deserve to be granted the gift of God-realization are sadhakas or disciples and those who are capable of granting such true such gift are Gurus. The congregation of such true disciples and Satgurus is the festival of Vyas Purnima.
On this day,
- the sadhaka takes moderate and light food like milk and fruits and
- with the help of activities, selfless service,
- remembrance of God,
- observing silence(मौन) etc.
makes a firm resolve to awaken his latent potencies (शुषुप्त शक्ति).
By and by as he is blessed with the gift of realization within, he becomes sinless. This is a festival of becoming sinless of being blessed with the gift of realization within and in due course of time of bridging the gap between Guru and disciple, God and the devotee, breaking the cycle of birth and death and realizing the Supreme Consciousness, the Ulitmate Truth beyond the power of nature.