What is Sadhana? It is a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.
– Yogi Bhajan
This ego transcending spiritual exertion is undertaken to attain some level of spiritual realization – enlightenment, pure love of God, liberation from the cycle of birth and death or a particular goal such as the blessings of a deity. It is a personal spiritual effort, the main tool used to work on oneself to relate to the infinity within oneself.
There are three important aspects of sadhana: choice, commitment and aspiration.
The first stage of sadhana is to choose a practice. Even the simplest act will be challenging to the newcomer. Consider the act of lighting a candle every night, then immediately blowing it out – nothing more or nothing less. Do this for ninety days. You will observe the mind coming up with every reason why you shouldn’t do it and every excuse why you missed a few (or many) nights. Yet, by accepting it as a sadhana, you make a choice to do it and it becomes a spiritual practice.
The second aspect relates to regularity –doing something at periodic intervals. This typically would be at the same time in the same place every day. Yet it doesn’t have to be everyday; it could be every other day or every Tuesday and Thursday, as long as it is regular. Doing a practice irregularly is not sadhana. Once the schedule is selected, the challenge is to stick with it –not to miss the appointed time. This is the first measure of commitment. The second measure is to make a commitment for a specific period of time; that is, choose to do the practice for thirty days, sixty days, ninety days or however long you decide. Notice the level of your success, then take a break. Decide upon another practice (or the same one) and make another commitment.
Choice and regularity are not the only aspects of sadhana. The final key to a successful sadhana is conscious intention. This is where the power is generated – when the intention becomes a goal. In order for any practice to be a sadhana, intention is necessary, represented by a simple statement. For instance:
This is all I have to do to evolve spiritually.
This is the only practice I must do to spiritually grow.
This is the only act that I need to do to develop as a spiritual being.
With any of these words, not only is an intention created around the practice, but an aspiration as well. For one moment each day, one becomes consciously aware of having a spiritual goal, of being a spiritual being. The practice itself is inconsequential. It may challenge the mind and the ego, but to keep it from becoming mechanical, an intention such as above, is required.
An immediate result of sadhana is the remembrance of “who we are” rather than “what we are” during the brief moments the discipline takes place. Start with a simple sadhana to build your confidence. Repetitively remembering our inner nature is at the heart of all spiritual growth. With perseverance, there will come a day when our spiritual essence will be remembered in every moment. This is a realized state. It begins with the simple practice known as “sadhana.”
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
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Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111