All lectures at Chanakya begin with the Upasana (उपासना) and end with our Prarthana (प्रार्थना)

Why Upasana and Prarthana?

Modern science has shown the efficacy of prayer and meditation: which forms the core of education at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar. Chanakya Mandal Pariwar programmes start with meditation – ‘Upasana’ and end with Prayer. Two together represent India’s universal message which transcends all boundaries of class, caste, religion, language, sex…. even nation.
Dharmadhikari Sir with his eyes closed for Upasana

Dharmadhikari Sir with his eyes closed for Upasana

Upasana (उपासना)

The Words –

हरि: ॐ, ॐ, ॐ, ॐ, सह नाववतु सह नौ भुनक्तु सहवीर्यं करवावहै तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति:

ॐ, ॐ, ॐ गुरुब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु: गुरुर्देवोमहेश्वरः गुरु: साक्षात्परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रॆर्गुरवेनमह:

ॐ, ॐ, ॐ सर्वेत्र सुखिन: सन्तु सर्वेसन्तु निरामया: सर्वेभद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित्दु:ख्माप्नुयात ॐ तत् सद्, ॐ तत् सद्, ॐ तत् सद् ॐ शान्ति:, शान्ति:, शान्ति:

The Meaning – OM – is the symbol and primal intonation that represents ‘one’-ness of the Universe, the existence.   Shloka 1 – We all shall be one. Everything from meals to conquest, shall be done by us together. Unitedly and brilliantly shall we study. We shall not despise one another. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.   Shloka 2 – Guru is the Brahma(the creator), Guru is the Vishnu (the sustainer), Guru is the Shankar (the destroyer). Guru is the manifestation of the Supreme being.   Shloka 3 – Let everyone on this earth be happy. Let everyone enjoy good health. Let everyone see and experience goodness. Let no one be in pain. Om, Peace Peace Peace.

Prarthana (प्रार्थना)

*This prayer is a modification of an orginial poem that ‘happened’ to A.B.Dharmadhikari Sir when he was selected in the IAS. He wrote to himself about the kind of officer – the ‘Karyakarta Adhikari’ that he wanted to be. Now in its modified form it is our prayer at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar.

The Words –

नव्या वैभवाचीच स्वप्ने सजावी मनी हास्य लेऊन मुक्ती जगावी हवी फक्त उन्मुक्त निर्माणशक्ती

अहंता गळावी अभंगास म्हणता तपस्येत तल्लीन आतून होता प्रतिभेस मस्तीत आकार यावे उरी उत्तमाचेच ओंकार गावे

जरी एक अश्रू पुसायास आला तरी जन्म काहीच कामास आला जरी अश्रू विस्फोट होऊन सजला तरी मुक्त ज्वालामुखी जन्म झाला

Students with their eyes closed for Prarthana

Students with their eyes closed for Prarthana

The Meaning – Stanza 1 – Lets celebrate the dreams of new richness (in all forms – the material, psychological, intellectual – and of course spiritual). Lets live liberation with smiles in our mind. May we posses free spirited creativity. And an ever fresher faith and devotion(like prahlad). *Last 2 lines are to be sung as dhrupad of our prayer.   Stanza 2 – May we conquer our ego, as we sing the songs of devotion, as we are devoted to our hardwork. May our creativity come from within, find spontaneous form and our hearts sing (the omkar) the songs of excellence. And with all this…   Stanza 3- If we can wipe even a single tear from a single weeping eye, only then life has true meaning. (But wiping a tear is not enough). If we awaken the explosive lava hidden in those tears, then free, liberated volcano of creative energy shall burst.