Panca Sutram: 2. Vyavastha Sutra

Published: 10.01.2017
  1. Truth is attained through proper arrangement. Bliss is attained through truth. Where there is bliss, there blossoms beauty naturally on its own.
  2. People sitting in the same line looks beautiful. Only because of proper arrangement their heads seems to be in equal line. Improper or Mismanagement is embarrassing.
  3. Acharya Bhikshu gave priority to proper arrangement that’s why the beauty of terapanth is seen everywhere.
  4. Acharya Bhikshu told that there should be one acharya in terapanth sect and others must be followers. Through this principle of arrangement and management he really threw away the very route cause of quarrel.
  5. Acharya Bhikshu solved the greed of initiating one's own followers among the monks and centralised the pure power which aroused through the humbleness of the monks.
  6. The sun does not reach everywhere but its rays reaches everywhere and destroys the darkness of the world.
  7. Likewise Acharya also can’t reach everywhere but his disciples, the essential part, monks and nuns reach everywhere in different places and destroys the darkness of ignorance among the people in the world.
  8. Each group should wander by accepting one as leader among themselves. This arrangement is undertaken for continuous growth of sect and development of righteousness.
  9. The rayness of rays lies in the fact that they engross themselves in the sun. The water raised from the ocean, again engrosses in the same water of the ocean.
  10. The group leaders’ highness lies in the fact that they engross themselves in the Acharya. Through this indifference is achieved for example, in advaitvada brahma and soul are engrossed with each other.
  11. Monk shouldn’t show ones ownership or right on the books rendered by Acharya for reading, and other things of the order.
  12. The group leader monk/nun shouldn’t have attachment with one's own follower monks/nuns. This kind of nature of monks /nuns are really well followed/excepted.
  13. After the completion of chaturmas (monks and nuns staying in one place for four months) each group leader weather monk/nun should express the words of dedication. Just after the darshan of Acharya (They say - I am present, my followers are present, wherever you keep us we will stay there. These books are also present before you. Wherever you tell to keep them, there only it will be kept.  
  14. The utterance of words of dedication shouldn’t be merely verbal expression because verbal arrangement can never be useful.
  15. Improper arrangement (vyavastha) is better than mere verbal arrangement because in that case, ‘he is not such’, this kind of feeling is seen clearly. So that will not make our mind entangled.
  16. It is very essential that the arrangement should be energetic. If the arrangement is not energetic the dream to remove the greed of the followers can’t be fertilized.
  17. According to ones needs, Acharya planes for all the monks and nuns/each and every monk and nun. Which monk will stay with whom - this arrangement (vyavastha)is done. The disciples (monks and nuns) should help the caring Acharya in this regard.
  18. This kind of help should be rendered to Acharya by all the monks, whether they are group leader or the co-followers.
  19. The necessary change made by Acharya should be voluntarily accepted by each and every disciple. Thus the work of Acharya becomes simple.
  20. According to the indication of the Acharya monk should go to big or small villages by keeping the feeling of equanimity.
  21. The arrangement (vyavastha) for systematic food made by Acharya time and again, that must be obeyed as it is because for us present arrangement is only authentic.
  22. Earlier the food collected from different houses equally for all the monks and nuns but now-a-days, due to Acharya’s instructions all the monks and nuns bring alms for themselves in gocari. Bringing alms little by little from different houses without hurting anybody.
  23. This systematic planned arrangement is undertaken for the comfort of all the monks and nuns if required, this arrangement can be changed.
  24. The work of Samuccaya must be carried according to the initiation series. This arrangement is not novel but traditional.
  25. All the monks and nuns weather they are spiritual journey or in mobile, must render service happily to ailing monks and ailing nuns.
  26. The monk who walk barefooted from village to village, their service is called mobile service (cara seva) and the old monks and nuns are kept in a particular place, rendering service to them is immobile service (Sthira Seva). Both the types ofservice must be rendered by all the group leaders and by co-followers.
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  28. Earlier there was a system of writing gatha for monks and the preparation of rajoharana (sweeping broom) for nuns. But at present I have arranged compulsory duty of (seva) service for all the monks and the nuns, because service (seva) is eternal religion. Service is removal of discrimination. Service is self-dedication and service is the only great reward of knowledge.
  29. As a matter of fact both knowledgeous and meditating monks are great but the monks  dedicated to service is greatest of them.
  30. The threading /weaving of service in sangha (sect) increases the oneness and when the thread of that weave breaks, the sangha also scatters.
  31. The monk who served the ailing monk without any expectation, he has truly served me, as said by tirthankar.
  32. So all the monks and nuns should willingly take up this sacred act of service. This is a beautiful system of great upliftment.
  33. The monks and nuns who are closer to the acharya their sitting and sleeping arrangement is also organised according to the hierarchy of their initiation.
  34. Acharya can change this according to requirement, is the great system of all the systems.
  35. According to the suitability of gana, acharya may or may not appoint anybody in any work or in any system. Acharya is free and independent in this regard.
  36. In ancient period, there was a tradition of allotting various posts in any religious organization/order. When Acharya Bhikshu was asked about the different posts in his own religious organization, he said, ‘I myself perform the work of all the posts’.
  37. From his time onwards, in our religious organization no more such posts are executed. But Acharya Bhikshu never restricted to execute such posts in future.
  38. Today our Terapanth sect has been widely spread. The different activities of sangh is also increased. So I feel there is necessity of other posts too.
  39. A far-sighted, man of great intellect and great fundamentalist Shri Bhikshu words as understood by me, I wish to begin a new arrangement.
  40. This new arrangement is divided under four heads namely management (prabandha nikaya), spiritual (sadhana nikaya), Education (shiksha nikaya), Literature (sahitya nikaya).
  41. The four nikayas are again arranged under the four vyavastapakas and they will surely act as a means in the progress of the gana.
  42. The nomination of head of the nikaya saciva post and vyavastapakas (organisers) post will be carried on by the Acharya.
  43. The one who possesses the five qualities will get the post of nikaya saciva they are as follows:
    1.Deepest love towards Acharyas actions
    2.Extremely trustworthy to Acharya
    5.Unshakable faith towards the sangh.
  44. Nikaya saciva will receive instructions from the Acharya and will put it into action through nikaya vyavastapaka and other helping monks and nuns.
  45. The great Acharya will practice this system and according to the system’s need. He is completely independent for this.
  46. Acharya may sometimes execute such arrangement and sometimes may withdraw but shasana sevi muni shouldn’t apply logic in this regard.
  47. The four nikaya are again arranged under the four vyavastapakas and they will surely act as a means in the progress of the gana.
Title: Panca Sutram
Publisher: Adarsh Sahitya Sangh
Edition: 1976, 2nd
English Translation: Samani Shashi Pragya, 2017
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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Bhikshu
  3. Acharyas
  4. Bhikshu
  5. Brahma
  6. Chaturmas
  7. Darshan
  8. Equanimity
  9. Greed
  10. Muni
  11. Sadhana
  12. Sangh
  13. Sangha
  14. Seva
  15. Shiksha
  16. Soul
  17. Terapanth
  18. Tirthankar
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