By Acharya Sachidananda on 21-08-2017

‘The term ‘Tyagarchana’ consists of two constituents: ‘Tyaga’ and ‘Archana’. ‘Tyaga’ here means to sacrifice something dear to one’s heart voluntarily. ‘Archana’ here implies offering something with loving devotion to God. Hence, the concept of ‘Tyagarchana’ implies sacrificing something dear to one’s heart voluntarily and offering the saving from such voluntary sacrifice to God with loving devotion. It is an inter-religious sadhana, spiritual exercise that integrates divine grace with human endeavor….

‘Loving devotion to God is best expressed through selfless service to our own needy fellow human beings. The Spirit of God dwells in all human hearts. Hence, in every human person we should strive to see and experience the living presence of God. This inherent divinity of every human person is the true basis of human dignity and equality. It demands of us to respect and love all human beings. ‘Madhav Seva, Manav Seva’, that is, ‘service to God is service to humanity’ is a dictum given to us by the saints and sages of our land. Loving service to fellow human beings, especially to the poor and needy, is the best form of devotion to God that we can offer. All religions and their saints and sages teach us this truth….

‘A 100 Rupee note has just the monetary value of 100 rupees. But when this amount comes from the loving sacrifices of one’s own poor mother, it has a much greater value than just the monetary value. This ‘spiritual value’ added to the monetary value by loving sacrifices has within itself the power to inspire and transform others, especially the beneficiaries of the service rendered by that amount. Money with only monetary value has no inspirational or transforming power…..

‘Similarly, when an amount of hundred rupees with just the monetary value of 100 rupees is used for selfless and loving service of the needy fellow beings, it also acquires great spiritual value. This is the basis of ‘Nishkama Karma’….

‘Thus, we can add spiritual value to the monetary value of any amount if the amount is saved from our loving sacrifices. We can also add spiritual value to the monetary value of an amount of money if it is used for rendering selfless service to our needy fellow human beings. This is a spiritual principle which also holds good in case of the services that one can render….

‘Any selfless service rendered with love has great spiritual value and has healing and transforming power added to it. Doing service without love, or with personal or political motive, has no spiritual content and will not heal or transform anyone…..

‘Saving money through voluntary sacrifices, and using that amount for rendering loving service to the poor and needy fellow human beings will double the spiritual value and transforming power of money and service. All your temples can promote this among their devotees……

‘Money with spiritual value, if used for helping undeserving people, will lose its healing and transforming power. ‘Do not cast pearls in front of swine’, taught Sadguru Jesus Christ. Money saved through voluntary sacrifices is like pearls. It is to be used only to help really deserving poor and needy fellow human beings with love, if it has to produce the desired results……

‘The ability to add spiritual values to money and service is perfectly within the power and reach of every human person. No one can take away from us this God-given ability to add spiritual power to money and service. This is the foundational principle of ‘Tyagarchana’ which can find innumerable practical expressions, maharaj……..

‘Skipping one meal and using it for feeding a poor and hungry fellow human being with love is a simple act of Tyagarchana. Giving up some luxury item or celebration, and using the saving to help a poor person is Tyagarchana. Surrendering all our pains and sufferings to God with love and devotion following the example of Sadguru Jesus Christ is the highest form of Tyagarchana….

‘One can simply send out positive thoughts to the world with love in one’s heart. This is also Tygarchana. Grand parents can take good and loving care of grandchildren as Tyagarchna. Family members can spend prime time with one another. Parents can give up their own comforts and restrict their ambitions for the sake of their children. Spouses can spend more prime time with one another…

‘Everything done voluntarily with love becomes Tyagarchana. The old, the sick and the poor can undertake Tyagarchana by simply surrendering their loneliness, sickness or poverty with love to God or by praying for others with love…..

‘Children can practice Tyagarchana by serving their parents with love and gratitude…

About The Author

Acharya Sachidananda Bharathi

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.