This chapter is the English translation of Gujarati Book
               Title   -  Sadhak and Sathi
               Author  -  Shri Atmanandji (Dr. Soneji)

      CHAPTER - 6

      (Samayano Sad-upayoga)

      It is a fact known to us all that with every minute of our
      life that passes, we are all moving nearer and nearer to
      death.  Despite this, only a few persons think over this
      fact and make good use of this best opportune time with a
      view to truly achieving truth and divine bliss.


      Time moves on continuously.  Nobody has the ability in this
      universe to stop it.  There are now deep oceans where there were
      high mountains.  There were empires of rulers whose cry made the
      earth shudder, today the dilapidated remains of their kingdoms
      are no longer regarded.  The rich become penniless, the healthy
      turn diseased, youth is quickly overcome with old age.
      Physical charms and health come to an abrupt end and are often
      replaced by weakness and lusterless pallor.  Thus, every
      existing object in this universe is suffering from the fright of
      the destructive dance (Tandavanrutya) of the horrifying demon
      that is time.

      Is there any remedy for this?  The answer is affirmative.  There
      is a method to conquer this vast ocean of time.  This can be
      achieved by a cautious and well planned use of every moment of
      our life.  With every drop of water, the tank gets filled; with
      every pebble, a well gets erected; with every brick a huge
      mansion is constructed.  In a similar manner, the wise man who
      properly utilizes his time for higher purposes can accomplish
      advancement and prosperity in this life and the life hereafter.


      In our life, the desired goals are attained by good use of time.
      The student who works hard on his daily lessons, gets good
      grades; the housewife who gives up laziness and looks after the
      house, keeps her house neat and clean; the farmer who is
      constantly watchful of the crop sown, reaps a bumper crop.
      Thus, generally speaking, one can acquire wealth and high
      position by good use of time in day-to-day life.

      In the path of salvation however, it is indispensable for a
      Sadhaka to be constantly alert and awake with regard to the
      good use of time.  For this reason the saints have advised
      to remember God every moment.

      If one were to get merged in Sadhana only for the time when one
      practices it, how can one attain higher pursuits?  No doubt, one
      must be completely merged in Sadhana with all concentration
      during the time of the practice of Sadhana, but at other times
      also, the aim of self-betterment and self-purity are not to be
      lost sight of.  "I must be alert and awake to see whether or not
      I pass my time in proper pursuits even when I am busy with other
      work in the morning or noon; evening or night; in the house or
      outside the house; in a temple or holy place or in a place of
      self-study".  Thus ponders the vigilant aspirant.

      If the aspirant wants to form the excellent habit of
      utilizing his time well, he should in all stages of his
      development, keep a diary of spiritual pursuits.  This will
      mean keeping a clear record of how his time passes everyday.
      By doing this, he will remain informed of the actual utilization
      of time, so that he can well plan the better use of time and
      thus improve upon the shortcomings in his life.

      Let us closely observe and analyze the lives of great men
      who have attained to the highest status in this world.  We
      will easily concede that the key to their astonishing
      success lay in the excellent use made of every moment of
      life which was at their disposal.  If we respect time, time
      will respect us and help in higher achievement.


      1. Every moment of human life is extremely precious.  The moment
         that has passed away cannot be regained by any effort.  Let a
         person therefore make his human life meaningful by the good
         use of every moment of life that God has presented to him.

      2. "Time and tide wait for none".

      3. Water placed in one's hands, slowly trickles out and is
         eventually lost.  In just the same way, every moment of
         person's life passes and life comes to an end.  If therefore,
         we do not pay attention to purification of the self, we would
         soon be in a state where all that we had has been lost.

      4. One who knows the preciousness of every moment of life that
         he has acquired and makes himself engrossed in its excellent
         use, conquers all calamities, becomes the leader of all noble
         souls, acquires the capability to write great scriptures
         (Shastras), is enabled to submit ever-new arguments in
         discourses and in learned assemblies and is endowed with the
         strength to shatter the whole chain of powerful enemies
         namely "Karmas".

      5. Our salutations to Time.  Having fallen to its rule
         everything becomes eventually only a matter of antiquity (old

      6. Time does not wait to consider whether or not a person has
         completed the mission of his life.  It just finishes those
         who come under its sway; regardless of whether he is an
         emperor or a beggar, a fool or a scholar, or anyone else.

      7. Time should be conquered by continuous efforts, while
         learning should be acquired through the practice of humility.

      8. The continuous ticking of a clock constantly suggests to a
         person that his life is being cut short with the passage of
         every moment.  Let a person therefore, quickly accomplish all
         the noble deeds he wishes to do.

      9. One who postpones the work of the morning till the evening,
         and the work of the evening to the next day, is adjudged a
         lazy, procrastinating fool.  Such a person achieves no
         success in life and is lost.

     10. Lord Mahavira preached to make good use of time to his
         disciple, the great man Gautama Swami.  Let this fact make us
         alert about what we should do.

     11. One who is vigilant of one's own spiritual progress, should
         be absolutely regular in studying the scriptures, praising to
         holy people, devotion to God, practice of meditation, and in
         one's devotion to his preceptor.

      12.  One who wastes time, will himself be wasted away by time.



      Shrimad Rajchandra (1867 - 1901) was a great spiritual leader of
      the last century.  He attained the knowledge of his previous
      births at the age of seven.  He had a remarkable memory and
      could attend one hundred different incidences at a time!  He had
      super-sensuous knowledge and he was a self-realized soul.  He is
      considered as a spiritual guide by Mahatma Gandhi.

      As a great scholar and spiritual prophet, he wrote very valuable
      and subtle spiritual literature which is useful to all seekers
      of truth, irrespective of caste, creed, or religion.  He has
      followers and institutions in his name in many parts of western
      and southern India.  He practiced meditation and scriptural
      studies in lonely places in many parts of Gujarat State of

      Monk Chaturlalji and Monk Mohanlalji were two of the seven
      ascetic disciples of Shrimad Rajchandra.

      This event relates to Shrimad Rajchandra's life.  Once Shrimad
      asked Monk Chaturlalji, "What have you acquired up to today from
      the day you became a recluse (monk)?"

      Monk Chaturlalji submitted his experience and observation in
      these words, "In the morning we take tea brought as alms.  Then,
      at the proper time (Jain religion term "Vohorvun") we beg food
      and eat it.  We go to sleep after recapitulating our sins (Jain
      religion term "Pratikramana").

      Shrimad Rajchandra said, "Getting tea and food as alms, taking
      these and sleeping, is this the right faith, knowledge, and
      character of the religion?" He then addressed the head monk Shri
      Lalluji Maharaj, that the other monks pass their time in
      self-study and meditation and not waste any time in ordinary
      things.  He also asked him to see that all monks take food only
      once.  He also expected the monks not to bring tea and snuff
      without reason.  He insisted that they study Sanskrit and pass
      their time in Sadhana.

      Monk Mohanlalji pleaded, "Maharaj Shri Lalluji Swami and
      Devkaranaji are of elderly age.  How would it be possible for
      them to study?  Shrimad replied, "Queen Victoria is old and yet
      she studies the languages of other countries.  One should make
      use of his time in good things like study, understanding
      scriptures and meditation with a firm determination and
      discarding laziness."


      Shri Dayananda Saraswati is famed as a great upholder of Aryan
      Civilization in the last century.  His native place was Tankara
      near Morbi in Gujarat State, India.  He travelled around the
      whole country and established a new Hindu sect known as

      Once he was in the city Shahjahanpur in the state of
      Uttar-Pradesh.  He noticed that the employees of one big
      organization were leaving their duties half an hour earlier.  On
      seeing this, Swamiji said to the employees, "We have forgotten
      the great importance of time.  If a doctor were to say, that the
      patient would have been saved if I had been called five minutes
      earlier, but now, the patient cannot be saved. It is here
      precisely that we realize the value and importance of time."


      Let us note two more examples of how great men are alert
      about time.

      1. During war, Napoleon personally gave orders to his
         commanders, on all fronts and he also slept on horse-back
         making good use of the time.

      2. Haider-Ali was the Sultan (King) of Mysore in southern India
         in the eighteenth century.  He was highly intelligent, a
         great warrior, and an able administrator.  His grasping power
         was so acute that he used to hear the complaints of ministers
         of different departments all at a time, during his morning
         duties.  He took immediate decisions and issued necessary
         orders.  Thus, he completed much of his work as a Sultan,
         just in the early morning.

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