Sadhana Panchakam of Sri Shankaracharya

The sādha­na pañ­cakam of Sri Shankaracharya is a clas­sic text on spir­i­tu­al prac­tice. Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda has giv­en a lec­ture series on this text.
Lis­ten to the sādha­na pañ­cakam chant­ed by Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda:

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   ॥साधन पञ्चकम्॥
वेदो नित्यमधीयतां तदुदितं कर्म स्वनुष्ठीयतां
  तेनेशस्य विधीयतामपचितिः काम्ये मतिस्त्यज्यताम्‌।
पापौघः परिधूयतां भवसुखे दोषोऽनुसन्धीयतां
  आत्मेच्छा व्यवसीयतां निजगृहात्तूर्णं विनिर्गम्यताम्‌॥१॥

सङ्गः सत्सु विधीयतां भगवतो भक्तिर्दृढाऽऽधीयतां
  शान्त्यादिः परिचीयतां दृढतरं कर्माशु सन्त्यज्यताम्‌।
सद्विद्वानुपसृप्यतां प्रतिदिनं तत्पादुका सेव्यतां
  ब्रह्मैकाक्षरमर्थ्यतां श्रुतिशिरोवाक्यं समाकर्ण्यताम्‌॥२॥

वाक्यार्थश्च विचार्यतां श्रुतिशिरः पक्षः समाश्रीयतां
  दुस्तर्कात्सुविरम्यतां श्रुतिमतस्तर्कोऽनुसन्धीयताम्‌।
ब्रह्मास्मीति विभाव्यतामहरहर्गर्वः परित्यज्यतां
  देहेऽहंमतिरुझ्यतां बुधजनैर्वादः परित्यज्यताम्‌॥३॥

क्षुद्व्याधिश्च चिकित्स्यतां प्रतिदिनं भिक्षौषधं भुज्यतां
  स्वाद्वन्नं न तु याच्यतां विधिवशात्प्राप्तेन सन्तुष्यताम्‌।
शीतोष्णादि विषह्यतां न तु वृथा वाक्यं समुच्चार्यतां
  औदासीन्यमभीप्स्यतां जनकृपानैष्ठुर्यमुत्सृज्यताम्‌॥४॥

एकान्ते सुखमास्यतां परतरे चेतः समाधीयतां
  पूर्णात्मा सुसमीक्ष्यतां जगदिदं तद्बाधितं दृश्यताम्‌।
प्राक्कर्म प्रविलाप्यतां चितिबलान्नाप्युत्तरैः श्लिष्यतां
  प्रारब्धं त्विह भुज्यतामथ परब्रह्मात्मना स्थीयताम्‌॥५॥

Transliteration

   ||sādha­na pañ­cakam||
vedo nitya­mad­hīy­atāṁ tadu­di­taṁ kar­ma svanuṣṭhīy­atāṁ
 teneśasya vid­hīy­atāma­pac­i­tiḥ kāmye matistya­jy­atām |
pāpaugh­aḥ parid­hūy­atāṁ bhava­sukhe dośo’nusandhīyatāṁ
 ātmec­chā vyavasīy­atāṁ nijagṛhāt­tūrṇaṁ vinirgamy­atām ||1||

saṅ­gaḥ sat­su vid­hīy­atāṁ bha­ga­va­to bhaktirdṛḍhā”dhīyatāṁ
 śān­tyādiḥ par­icīy­atāṁ dṛḍhataraṁ kar­māśu santya­jy­atām |
sad­vid­vānu­pasṛpy­atāṁ pra­tid­i­naṁ tat­pā­dukā sevy­atāṁ
 brah­maikākṣara­marthy­atāṁ śru­tiśirovākyaṁ samākarṇy­atām ||2||

vākyārthaś­ca vicāry­atāṁ śru­tiśi­raḥ pakṣaḥ samāśrīy­atāṁ
  dus­tarkāt­su­vi­ramy­atāṁ śrutimatastarko’nusandhīyatām |
brah­mās­mīti vib­hāvy­atāma­hara­har­gar­vaḥ par­itya­jy­atāṁ
  dehe’haṁmatirujhyatāṁ bud­ha­janairvā­daḥ par­itya­jy­atām ||3||

kṣud­vyād­hiś­ca cik­it­sy­atāṁ pra­tid­i­naṁ bhikṣauṣad­haṁ bhu­jy­atāṁ
  svād­van­naṁ na tu yācy­atāṁ vid­hivaśāt­prāpte­na san­tuṣy­atām |
śītoṣṇā­di viṣahy­atāṁ na tu vṛthā vākyaṁ samuc­cāry­atāṁ
  audāsīnyam­ab­hīp­sy­atāṁ janakṛpā­naiṣṭhurya­mut­sṛjy­atām ||4||

ekānte sukhamāsy­atāṁ paratare cetaḥ samād­hīy­atāṁ
  pūrṇāt­mā susamīkṣy­atāṁ jaga­di­daṁ tad­vād­hi­taṁ dṛśy­atām |
prākkar­ma prav­ilāpy­atāṁ citibalān­nāpyut­taraiḥ śliṣy­atāṁ
  prārab­d­haṁ tvi­ha bhu­jy­atā­matha parabrah­māt­manā sthīy­atām ||5||

Translation

1. Study spir­i­tu­al texts (“Vedas”) reg­u­lar­ly and put into prac­tice their teach­ings. Wor­ship the Divine in that man­ner and give up the thought of desires. Wash away the neg­a­tive habit-ener­gy and exam­ine the defects of world­ly excite­ment. Hold on to the aware­ness of the Atman and leave at once your own lim­it­ed iden­ti­ty.

2. Remain in the com­pa­ny of the holy (thoughts, words, deeds; books, music, art; peo­ple) and strength­en your devo­tion to God. Cul­ti­vate the qual­i­ties such as self-restraint and give up all work prompt­ed by self­ish desire. Approach those who are wise and holy, and serve them. Seek only the Imper­ish­able Being (“God”) and hear
the words of the scrip­ture.

3. Reflect over the mean­ing of the scrip­ture and take refuge in its per­spec­tive. Keep away from vain argu­ments and fol­low the rea­son­ing of the scrip­ture. Always be aware that you are Brah­man and com­plete­ly give up all ego­ism. Elim­i­nate the thought of “I” con­nect­ed with the body and don’t argue with the wise ones.

4. Through the dai­ly med­i­cine of alms, treat the dis­ease of hunger. Don’t han­ker after deli­cious food; be con­tent­ed with what­ev­er comes of its own. For­bear the polar­i­ties such as cold and heat and do not utter use­less words. Do not expect kind­ness from oth­ers and aban­don all harsh­ness toward oth­ers.

5. Live hap­pi­ly in soli­tude and focus the mind on the God. See care­ful­ly the infi­nite Self and notice how it elim­i­nates this fleet­ing exis­tence called the world. Through the pow­er of con­scious­ness, dis­solve your past kar­ma, remain unaf­fect­ed by your lat­er kar­ma, and expe­ri­ence your present kar­ma. In this way, remain estab­lished in the aware­ness of the Supreme Self.

(Trans­la­tion by Swa­mi Tya­ganan­da)