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Thought on Sadhana

Thought One

Just because we all know how to breathe it does not mean that we know how to live. Just because most of us get married it does not mean that we know how to be a good spouse. Just because, we have children it does not mean that we know how to be good parents. Living, marrying and Parenting require 'Sadhana'.

There are no universal answers to the meaning of life. I like to believe that it is a journey to the Source...its ups and downs are a lesson...Yet all journeys start with the first step...the first step towards the philosophic quest is the enquiry: "Athato Brahmn Jignasa"...

Then starts the sadhana, which is the spiritual effort the seeker puts in. The word sadhana is derived from the root word 'sidh' which means 'to be accomplished' in 'seeking divinity' The quest starts 'out' (pravritti marg) and must end 'in' (nivritti marg) and in the knowing that there is no 'separation'...

Some time ago, I  spent two days on a Spiritual Sadhana Camp.  A few youngsters on the camp asked me what 'Sadhana' means. I explained that it meant 'Discipline' plus 'Perseverance'.

Whatever path of Spiritual Practice you  prefer to belong to, be it 'Karma' (The path of Righ Action), 'Bhakti' (The path of Devotion), Dhyaan (The path of Meditation) or 'Gyan' (The path of Knowledge), 'Japa' or chanting to still the mind, fasts, long ritualistic prayers, they are all Sadhanas. They all require discipline and perseverance. The aim of Sadhana is Spiritual uplift.

Scriptures prescribe five Maha Yajnas (Supreme Spiritual Practices)

which may aid us in our Spiritual Movement.

Brahma or Rishi Yajna: Reflecting on Scriptures, meditation and chanting.

Deva Yajna:  Fire ritual in which offerings are made to gods with recitation of mantras.

Atithi Yajna:  hospitality towards guests, travelers...

Pitri Yajna:  Feeding the poor/priests in honor of, and remembering fore-fathers who have passed on...

Balivaishva Yajna:  feeding animals and birds.

Shammi Paranjape says:

Continuity of practice and regularity are important elements of sadhana; sporadic efforts will yield no result. The goal is attained stage by stage. Avoid extremes and keep your sadhana pleasant and moderate. The aim is to enlarge vision and enhance experience, and not mortify the body.

If life essentially is a pilgrimage to return to our own self,  then sadhana is our means to get there.

Our worldly works earn us a living and our inner work (sadhana) earns us the bliss of an enlightened life.

According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev:

Meditation is a way of manufacturing what we call ojas (subtler energies)...The quality, intensity and volume of ojas makes the difference between one human being and another. Why one person's presence seems to be strong and transforming, and another's weak is simply because of the ojas he carries with him...

On Bhakti, Devotion, Love Sadhguru says:

Love essentially means somebody else has become more important than yourself…The moment you say: “I love you” you can no more do what you want in your life.

…Yet love is pleasant, sweet, it drags you in…If you do not annihilate yourself, you will never know love. Some part of you must die. If you don’t let this happen, there is no love, only calculation…however if you get very unreasonable, the other person will slowly back off…But devotion, bhakti is unreasonable love. It  is one sided madness. That is the beauty of loving God because you don’t have to have a relationship—you can just love. And if you have a relationship. It’s all on your terms…

When people don’t love they are rigid…when they love, they are willing to surrender their likes, dislikes…you could call it annihilation, liberation, destruction, nirvana…the above is a fantastic spiritual process…

…The idea of looking up and loving Krishna, loving Jesus, having something up there or loving a guru is because you need not have any fear of entanglement from the other side. That is the beauty of devotion. Without some sense of love in you, without some sense of self-annihilation you cannot meditate. If you pull down the whole of what you call as :  “myself” you will become absolutely still and transcendent.

 

According to Sathya Sai Baba, Sadhana is:

"Anything that awakens the awareness of the universal, the infinite, the transcendental...and any work which takes you out of your narrow self into the vaster magnificence...Ideals must become higher and grander. Desires must become more and more sublime. Attachment must be transmuted into nobler and subtler emotions...

 

 

 

Read: Nisaadhanta

 

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