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Sadhana Panchakam

Sadhana-panchakam is a prakarana-grantha written by Sri Adi Sankaracharya. Through five potent and powerful verses, he gives us the great spiritual path to the Truth.

Beginner Course Medium: English

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More about the Course

Sadhana-panchakam is a prakarana-grantha written by Sri Adi Sankaracharya. Through 5 potent and powerful verses, he gives us the great spiritual path to the Truth.

Sadhana-panchakam specifically elaborates the aspect of sadhana, the spiritual practices that a seeker should abide by in order to reach the ultimate Truth. The course is structured in accordance with the text to give the student clarity on specific sadhana that is to be undertaken in each stage of their life, viz., Brahmacharya (student life), Grhastha (household life), Vanaprastha (retired life) and Sannyasa (renunciate life).

A total of 25 audio sessions by Swami Advayananda divided into 8 lessons are made available to the registered participants.

What You will Learn

  • Purpose of prakarana-grantha, sastra and introduction to Vedas
  • Different stages of life keeping the spiritual goal in mind
  • Details of sadhana processes to be followed in each stage of life
  • Evolution of a seeker from lower to higher sadhana levels (mapped to stages of life) along with the entry and exit criteria
  • The ultimate goal of Liberation and its results

Course Details and Duration

  • The course comprises 8 lessons covering 25 audio sessions and 8 objective type questionnaires
  • The recommended duration for completion of the Sadhana-panchakam course is 4 months. The suggested maximum duration is 7 months.

Course Access, Query Resolution Process, Grading and Certification

  • Students can access the course following the User Guideline document that is also sent to registered students to their email address.
  • Students have to attempt the lessons sequentially. For each lesson the student should watch the audio or video file and then attempt the questionnaire.
  • All questionnaires are objective based and on completion of each Lesson/ questionnaire the marks and grade for that lesson will be displayed to the student on the dashboard.
  • Students can download the answer key on completion of a questionnaire.
  • In case of queries or doubts on the subject matter students are encouraged to use the discussion forum. Details of the same will be sent to students on registration. A detailed query resolution process guideline will also be provided.
  • The Course is deemed complete on completion of all lessons /questionnaires, and a final grade will be awarded.
  • Grading system for certification.
    • 80% and above 'O' Grade
    • 60% and above 'A+' Grade
    • 50% and above 'A' Grade
    • Below 50% 'B' Grade
  • Those who successfully complete the course will be given a ‘Course Completion Certificate’ of merit signed by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide. The digital copy of the same will be sent to your registered email ID.

Why should I do this Course?

The course has something for everyone:

  • Beginners will understand the fundamentals of sadhana
  • Advanced students will get clarity on the concepts of sadhana and steps to fine tune their existing sadhana pattern.
  • To gain clarity on the preparations required to embark the journey of realisation

How do I Purchase the Text?

Students are recommended to purchase a copy of Sadhana-pancakam published by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT).

Purchase a copy of the text:

  1. Sadhana Pancakam (English)
  2. Or
  3. Contact: Sri M. Jayaraman Nair

    In-charge, Chinmaya Vani, Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF)
    Ph: +91 92077 11138 / WhatsApp: 9207398313 / Email id: cifpublications@chinfo.org

A soft copy of the verses will also be made available to all the registered students on the dashboard which can be referred in case of non-availability of the book.

Requirements

  • Some basic knowledge of Sanskrit may help, but is not a prerequisite for comprehension
  • Good internet connection

Course Content

Sadhana-panchakam comprises of 8 lessons. A brief description of what is covered in each lesson is given below:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Brahmacharya-ashrama
  • Lesson 3: Grhastha-ashrama
  • Lesson 4: Vanaprastha-ashrama
  • Lesson 5: Sannyasa-ashrama – 1 (Guru-upasadana)
  • Lesson 6: Sannyasa-ashrama – 2 (sravana and manana)
  • Lesson 7: Sannyasa-ashrama – 3 (nididhyasana)
  • Lesson 8: Sannyasa-ashrama – 4 (samadhi and summary)

Click here for a detailed Course Content

Course Contributors

Brni. Bharati Chaitanya

Arvind Kannan

Sumedha Kulkarni

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