The Udasin Tradition
Posted on Thursday,October 18th, 11:12 pm
Wriitten by shrikalyanika
The ancient Indian tradition, which is known as sanatana tradition, advocates a four-fold value system, in order to strike proper balance and to harmonize the life full of conflicts. The various systems of philosophies or the religions followed and practiced in the world try to solve the problems of the human society. If any system or religion does not look forward to these problems then that particular religion or system would hardly hold any value for humanity.

According to the ancient sanatana tradition, there are some discriminative factors, which distinguish a man from rest of the animate beings, because on the surface all animate beings perform certain activities that are similar in nature, so the human being is also identified as one of them. The unique concept of liberation (moksha) was given by the ancient sanatana tradition to end the cycle of miseries, which comes through constant practice resulting in self-actualization (Therefore, in order to be happy and content, it is important for all of us to be inquisitive about liberation and put efforts to realize our real Self. Here liberation means freedom from ignorance). Because the apparent self is temporary and true pleasure comes through permanence, but as we, all know through our sensory experiences that the world is full of afflictions. We all want happiness and put continuous and cautious efforts towards that then why we all end up being sad, happiness seems to be eluding us and if at all, we become happy then why does it vanish so soon, simply because the place where we are searching for happiness is not the right place. As extraction of oil is impossible from sand, likewise to be happy from the worldly sensory experiences is not possible. Then where should one go because to be happy is everybody’s right and that joyful state of bliss is indeed exhibited in the lives of enlightened beings. Even an iota of that bliss can make us content and happy.

We are in a constant process of evolution, constant process of progressive manifestation of Nature is known as evolution. So there is a constant movement up rise. One gets to see a moving flux around them, when we closely observe, we find out that everything around us, changing and transforming itself in the tune of the Nature. And we also as different and cumulative beings are changing. Everything in this world is taking birth, growing and sustaining and then dying in the end and this very thought that we are also approaching death brings sadness and misery, then we want to attain a state of permanence, we want something that is beyond this ever-changing phenomenon. Every religion and sect pondered over this problem, did research, and came up with a solution, an omnipotent, omniscient, immutable God.

Vedanta says from which this world comes out, sustained and into which it gets dissolved is the Supreme “Brahman”. Vedanta defines it as the very source of the entire worldly existence. Samkhya says that there are two primordial elements responsible for the creation of this Universe. One participates actively and the other remains neutral, they are Prakriti and Purusha. Prakriti is the active principle that is also known as Nature, like mother she gives birth and sustains the growth of everything consists of biotic and non-biotic components of the Universe. At the same time she also care for her own realization through the constant and successive expression of her secret potentialities that are latent in her. It is like a subsidiary of a river, which takes a different path and then again finally comes to merge with the main river. So there is nothing permanent in the scheme of Nature and we all want permanent happiness and bliss and at the same time become victims of our perception, which are impotent in terms of pursuing that state of happiness that is permanent. Sage Patanjali in his treatise says that sensory happiness is followed by raga (sense of attachment) and this again culminates into dissatisfaction because no attachment is permanent and remains there forever. Krishna in Bhagavad Gita gives an account of this kind of happiness and sorrow as something, which is highly volatile and is temporary in nature so He says that a wise man should be aware of his cravings and sensual temptations. Through this constant evolution, Nature seeks that state of permanence and goes though transformation.

Udasin is one of those sects that believes in the complete transfiguration and evolution of humanity and advocates that a man can become perfect and can even attain that state of divinity which consists of existence absolute, consciousness absolute and the bliss absolute (Satchidananda). Ut means above and asin means sitting. It means that state of divinity, which is beyond sense perception. The optimum level of evolution is free of egoistic tendencies and desires. For this there is no specific way of Sadhana or spiritual practice, this is rather a state of Self- Realization, which is beyond sectarianism and a state that could be attained by anyone.
Tags: brahman, Indian culture, Liberation, Moksha, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Patanjali Yoga Tradition, Prakriti, Sage Patanjali, Samkhya, Sanatan, Sanatan tradition, Sanatani, Satchidananda, veda, vedanta
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