Sahajiyās

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sahajiyas, SahajiyAs, Sahajiyaas


Sahajiyās

The Sahajiyā is a cult that had its origin in the Sahajayāna school of Buddhism. It is closely associated with the Caitanya sect of Vaiṣṇavism.

Sahaja literally means that which is born along with birth. It stands for the original basic nature or quality of a thing at its birth or origination and persists throughout, unchanged. It may be considered an equivalent of Brahman of Advaita Vedānta or the Sīīnya of Nihilistic Buddhism.

The love of Rādhā towards Kṛṣṇa is

the mode of sādhana (spiritual discipline) recommended.

The Sahajiyās reject all kinds of vidhis or rules and regulations, normally followed by the society.

They are against vegetarianism and austerities as recommended by the gosvāmis of Vaiṣṇavism.

Another important feature of this system is the highest place and honour given to the guru.

It is interesting to note that some techniques of calming the mind have been adopted by them from the Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.).


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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Sahajiyās The Sahajiyā is a cult that had its origin in the Sahajayāna school of Buddhism. It is closely associated with the Caitanya sect of Vaiṣṇavism. Sahaja literally means that which is born along with birth. It stands for the original basic nature or quality of a thing at its birth or origination and persists throughout, unchanged. It may be considered an equivalent of Brahman of Advaita Vedānta or the Sunya of Nihilistic Buddhism. The love of Rādhā towards Kṛṣṇa is the mode of sādhana (spiritual discipline) recommended. The Sahajiyās reject all kinds of vidhis or rules and regulations, normally followed by the society. They are against vegetarianism and austerities as recommended by the gosvāmis of Vaiṣṇavism. Another important feature of this system is the highest place and honour given to the guru. It is interesting to note that some techniques of calming the mind have been adopted by them from the Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.).