I come from India. It is said to be one of the oldest civilizations dating back to 7500 BC. One of the many things that are fascinating to me about the culture is Sanskrit terms. The meanings usually do not have a definite end. These words carry an ongoing essence of the way of life. Sadhana is one word that I have been resonating with lately.
Here are some of the few definitions of Sadhana:
Wikipedia: Sadhana is a generic term coming from the yogic tradition that refers to any spiritual exercise that is aimed at progressing the sādhaka (someone who follows a way of life designed to realize the goal of merging with eternal source) towards the very ultimate expression of his or her life in this reality.
Sadhguru: When we say sadhana, we are not talking about any particular aspect. We are talking about using every aspect of life – both internal and external – so that it is a continuous nurturing for your life. Because the very nature of a human being is such, unless there is some dynamism, some movement in his life towards betterment within and outside of himself, he will feel frustrated. He has to keep moving to a newer and newer possibility. Sadhana is that which facilitates that.
From the limited perspective of my own understanding and journey at this moment, I try to define this difficult term
– “Sadhana is a practice that I can effortlessly perform daily that inspires me to create joy, growth, and impact.”
Now the question that you might ask me is –
What is your Sadhana?
But before that, it is important to answer a simpler question: Are you prepared for Sadhana?
I tried to reflect on how I can prepare for Sadhana. Some more (not exhaustive) questions popped up:
- What practice can nurture my spirit?
- Would it require me to grow?
- Can I find the discipline for this to be easy?
- Am I committed to this practice for life?
- Is the practice helping someone else and the world?
I realized that finding answers to the above questions is difficult. However, it is important to begin somewhere. A simple way is to start small.
For example: Let’s say you say you start with breathing.
- Does breathing nurture your spirit? Yes, breathing is the link to your body and spirit
- Would breathing help you grow? Yes, breathing allows you to live, so you are growing
- Can you find breathing to be easy? Yes, it happens automatically
- Are you committed to breathing for life? Yes, how can you live without breathing
- Is my breathing helping someone else in the world? Hope you answer ‘Yes’ – and sorry for some dark humor there!
So easy, isn’t it? Not true.
Here’s how the term Sadhana has so much depth – As Sadhguru recalls, “Sadhana says the nature of a human being is such that unless there is some dynamism or movement in your life towards betterment within and outside yourself, you will feel frustrated.”
To create this dynamism, let’s add another term, that’s more popular now in the West – ‘Conscious Breathing’.
Now, let’s answer the same set of questions:
- Would conscious breathing nurture your spirit?
- Would conscious breathing require you to grow?
- Can you find the discipline for conscious breathing to be easy?
- Are you committed to conscious breathing for life?
- Is conscious breathing helping someone else and the world?
You might say it’s a little difficult to answer these questions with conviction.
Yes, you may begin with adopting a 10-minute conscious-breathing practice from a random online course. And then your Sadhana will take you further. Would you practice conscious breathing every day? With the utmost discipline?
Possibly, for an hour every day? For days?
Are you committed to the practice of conscious breathing for eternity?
That’s the depth Sadhana will take you to.
And that’s the beauty of Sadhana. It allows you to feel dynamic, uncomfortable, and yet, incredibly powerful forever!
So now, let me ask this question back to you. What is your Sadhana?
From my limited understanding and perspective, I am now excited to write the In-Pulse newsletter daily. Is this my Sadhana? That’s too early to say. However, it does help me answer some of the questions with conviction.
Write in the comment one thing that you can inculcate every day in your life that adds fulfillment and utmost devotion. That will lead you towards your Sadhana.
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