COMMENTARY BY SRI SRI RAVISHANKARJI OF ART OF LIVING ON SHIVA Sutra 24

"Prayatnah sadhakah"

“प्रयत्नः साधकः”

This sutra tells us to put in our full effort. Our mind does not wish to hold on to high road. We become lazy. One learns pranayama, but there is too
much laziness to actually practice. Some people ask,” Do I have to meditate twice a day?” The point is where your priorities lie.

It is stupid to think there is no time. Nobody, right from prime minister to labourer, has spare time. Yet they do different
work. How is it possible that some people are able to accomplish so much? It is only an excuse to hide laziness. The misery that bothers you is due to your laziness. That is why we have to put in effort.

Prayatnaha sadhakah -Distance yourself from laziness. We
cannot even describe how far our laziness extends. As conveniences increase, diseases also increase. Observe a person who has worked hard. He enjoys a good rest.

One who is on the path, a sadhak, should put in good efforts. Make these efforts
sadhana. We should put in 100 percent effort. Then the mind becomes quiet.

We need to be a little awake to see whether we are putting our full efforts. Rest & sleep can wait till after death. While we still breathe, let us not waste our time sleeping in bed.
When the mind is in agreement with any work that we do, we do not feel tired or find pain or misery in it. It does not matter whether you succeed or fail in it. You will be free- that is certain!
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