Guidelines To Be Followed by An Acharya And A Sishya
It is well known that Swami Desika’s masterpiece ‘Srimath Rahasya-thraya Saaram’ optimally covers all the salient features of the Visishtaadvaitha philosophy. The treatise consists of four parts — Arththaanusaasana (import of important tenets), Sthireekarana (sorting things out), Padha-Vaakya Yojana (syntax, semantics and etymology) and Sampradaya Prakriya (adherence to tradition).
The last-named section comprises three chapters —obligations of the mentor, obligations of the disciple and the conclusion. We shall take a brief look at the first two.
The mentor-disciple relationship is the cornerstone of Srivaishnava Sampradaya. The Saasthras have prescribed the ideal qualities of the Acharya and disciplines to be followed by the Sishya.
Obligations of a mentor
- The primary obligation of an Acharya is to master the philosophy.
- The logical end to the above is imparting the wisdom so attained to eligible and deserving students.
- Passing of such knowledge must be discrete and direct, as provided in the Saasthras. It should not be heard by those to whom it is not intended.
- He must ensure that the wisdom is shared only with disciples of impeccable character.
- He must remember that he is in possession of a unique treasure (knowledge) and strive to keeping it in tact.
Duties of a disciple
- He should strictly uphold and follow the principles and values of our tradition.
- He should look to gain knowledge out of passion and dedication.
- He should not share his knowledge with anyone for the sake of money or rewards.
- He should not share the benefits of his learnings to detractors.
- He must all the time keep his Acharya’s thoughts in his mind and recall with gratitude his benediction when he teaches his students.
- He should never try to learn through self-study and approach an Achaya for the same.
Following the above guidelines whether one is a mentor or a disciple is of paramount importance and it will not only enhance the value of our Sampradaya but also individually benefit us in our spiritual pursuit.
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