Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love's Pearls of Wisdom - Mahavatar Babaji

Once, in England, a sadhaka I know was fond of making apple wine (cider). He was renowned for the high quality taste of his gift, as he called it. His fame came from the care he took in growing and distilling his special apples, which were his secret. One day, much to his chagrin, he fell sick in body and spirit and was no longer able to produce his apple wine for which he had gained name and fame. Lying in bed doing his sadhana, stripped of all his identity, he became enlightened. Should the Divine ask this of you, will you capitulate, surrender? This apple wine maker is a brother to you all.

-Mahavatar Babaji

Sadhaka: A sādhaka (Sanskrit) is someone who follows a particular sādhana, or a way of life designed to realize the goal of one's ultimate ideal, whether it is merging with the Divine, or realization of one's personal deity. The word is related to the Sanskrit sādhu, which is derived from the verb root sādh-, to accomplish. As long as one has yet to reach the goal, they are a sādhaka, while one who has reached the goal is called a siddha. In modern usage, sadhaka is often applied as a generic term for any religious practitioner. In medieval times it was more narrowly used as a technical term for one who had gone through a specific initiation.

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