साधन | A means of accomplishing something | Sādhanā

It is a practice that expresses «a means of accomplishing something,» undertaken in the process of achieving a specific spiritual goal.

Thus, a sādhaka, or practitioner, is someone who resorts to the mind and intelligence for a specific spiritual purpose. This process brings a particular type of enrichment in terms of spiritual realization, liberation from the cycle of birth and death, or pure love for God.

It is a recurring concept in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh traditions.

Sādhanā is a spiritual or religious practice aimed at cultivating inner growth, spiritual connection, and self-realization. It can take various forms depending on the beliefs and specific practices of each tradition. In the Hindu context, sādhanā may involve the recitation of mantras, meditation, yoga practices, reading sacred scriptures, and more. In Buddhism, it can include Vipassana meditation or other forms of meditation to attain enlightenment. In Jainism, sādhanā may be linked to soul purification and liberation from the cycle of birth and death (samsara). In Sikhism, sādhanā can encompass meditation on the name of God (Naam Japna) and studying the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib.

Sādhanā is regarded as a serious and devoted practice, involving a deep commitment to the chosen spiritual path. It aims to transform the individual by cultivating qualities such as patience, compassion, wisdom, and divine love. Sādhanā is a path towards enlightenment and self-realization, offering the possibility to transcend the limitations of the material world and unite with the ultimate reality or universal consciousness.

Référence :

  1. “Sadhana of the Heart: A Collection of Talks on Spiritual Life” by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda: This book is a collection of talks on spiritual life given by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, a spiritual teacher and leader in the Siddha Yoga tradition. In this book, she shares teachings on topics such as meditation, devotion, the spiritual journey, and the practice of sadhana (spiritual discipline). The book offers insights on how to live a fulfilling spiritual life and develop inner connection.
  2. “Awake: The Life of Yogananda” (2014): This documentary explores the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian yogi and spiritual teacher who helped popularize yoga and meditation in the West. The film traces his spiritual journey, his meeting with influential figures and his quest for self-realization. “Awake” highlights his impact on global spirituality and his approach to spiritual practice and Sādhanā.

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