Panca Sutram: 0. Preface

Published: 09.01.2017

Pancham Sutram is an important contribution of Acharya Tulsi in the modern world. Present generation is craving for the freedom or liberation. The disobedience towards bondage or dependence is at highest peak, which might not have been earlier. Present generation has such an extreme reaction that he is not enthusiastic but eager for not accepting the set of arrangement. Few question arises with regard to this situation, Can the society safeguard its existence by breaking the disciplinary system? Isn’t the violation of the arrangement is a question mark in front of social life? Acharya shri  has replied these question in context with nonviolence. It has spontaneously become the moral for the present era. Acharya shri believes discipline and arrangement as most essential ingredients of social life. According to Acharya shri discipline is not a hindarance but an inspiration in the pace of life. With this intention he has written.`


Discipline is a supplement to self-discipline. The lesser is self-discipline, the more is discipline. As self-discipline grows, discipline decreases.

The importance of discipline is not absolute but it is relative in the view of  Acharya shri. When we want to reach up, we need staircase. Similarly discipline’s necessity is also relative. It is acceptable that after sunrise the lantern or electricity bulb is not required for the light but how can it be accepted that during the dark moonlight night the lantern or electric light is not required? Discipline and arrangement also come under this family pattern.

There are five Sutras in Pancham Sutram

  1. Anushasan Sutra
  2. Vyavastha Sutra
  3. Charya Sutra
  4. Alambana Sutra
  5. Shant Sahavas Sutra

The requirements of a monkhood according to modern thinking are presented in the above Sutras.

As the chariot of the present era moves ahead, the wheel of time draws a line of present over the past. The one who do not get matured by the social moral or time moral cannot be benefited by the present.

In this world, the one, which exists, is also eternal, but the world of senses is not eternal. Senses recognizes-touch, taste, smell, colour and odour. This is the world of modes. Modes are not eternal.

In the existing world the one, which exists, is truth and in the practical world, the truth is what is right now. Which is not today is a truth of yesterday and which will be tomorrow that is also truth of tomorrow. In today’s truth, there exists the truth of past and future, but in practical, the truth is what is today. The achievement of the senses is the thought of mind. The thinking is not only experiential. It is full of circumstances and experiences.

Title: Panca Sutram
Publisher: Adarsh Sahitya Sangh
Edition: 1976, 2nd
English Translation: Samani Shashi Pragya, 2017
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