Salient Features of the Jeevanvidya Philosophy

Secular, universal and eternal

  • Jeevanvidya philosophy is secular, universal and an eternal philosophy.
  • It is secular because it is intimately related to human culture and not to any religion.
  • It is universal since it is useful to the whole of mankind.
  • It is eternal because it is based on the Universal Laws of Nature.


Jeevanvidya teaches man to accept the truth that he alone is responsible for all his actions and also the results or
reactions that boomerang from such actions; in other words man himself is responsible for creating his own destiny.
Satguru’s entire philosophy revolves around his important message that, “You are the architect of your destiny”.
Jeevanvidya philosophy stresses on the importance of making efforts as opposed to becoming victims of fatalism. In
fact, Satguru maintains that, “Efforts have the potential to achieve everything in life including “Self-realization” and,
therefore, efforts may be considered even more important than God”.Therefore, the common man has been empowered
to change his destiny with the guidance of Jeevanvidya and can experience peace and happiness in his life.

Equal emphasis to material development & psycho spiritual progress

Jeevanvidya gives equal emphasis to material development as well as psycho-spiritual progress of human beings.
Traditionally, spiritualism has neglected and discouraged material development since it was considered to be a
hurdle in the path of spiritual progress towards Self-realization. Further, people who were drawn to spiritualism often
became escapists from the world or turned into fatalists. Satguru Shri Wamanrao Pai rejected this negative world-view
and asserted that both material development as well as psycho-spiritual progress were absolutely essential if Man is
to lead a successful and happy life. In fact, Jeevanvidya philosophy emphasizes that, “Just as a bird needs two
wings to fly happily in the sky, similarly man too needs the two wings of worldly life as well as spiritual life to dwell
blissfully and gracefully in the ‘sky’ of life

Boon to the poor, strong support to the rich and extremely useful to the whole world

Rich people have at least enough money to depend on but poor people are even deprived of this support. Further, a
majority of poor people are illiterate, superstitious and wallowing in utter poverty and, therefore, they hanker after
Godmen, perform futile rites and rituals, etc. in the belief that they would be delivered from their troubles. In the process, the poor are invariably cheated and fooled. Satguru was deeply pained to see this happen and wanted to empower the
common man so that he could learn to depend on himself and have the tools by which he could overcome the difficult
circumstances and achieve progress, peace and happiness in his life. The Jeevanvidya philosophy which he evolved is
a boon to the poor, a strong support to the rich and extremely useful to the whole world

Absence of Blind faith

There are neither any superstitions in Jeevanvidya philosophy propagated by Satguru nor are false assurances given
nor false miracles performed to mislead people. Instead Satguru teaches the seeker how a beautiful harmony can be
maintained between worldly life and psycho-spiritual life.