Sadhana is a Sanskrit word that translates as “a means of accomplishing something“. The path of Sadhana is more commonly known as a yogic tradition in which a person such as yourself, follows a particular way of life or discipline that entails observation and self-reflection, in order to achieve a spiritual goal and create well-being.
One of my favourite spiritual teachers and yogi Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev defines Sadhana thusly:
“Everything can be sadhana. The way you eat, the way you sit, the way you stand, the way you breathe, the way you conduct your body, mind and your energies and emotions ? this is sadhana. Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity, sadhana means you are using everything as a tool for your wellbeing.“Jaggi Vasudev
The Spiritual Goal of Sadhana:
The goal of Sadhana differs per religion, however, specifically in Hinduism, this refers to a devotion to, and love for, a personal god or a representational god by a devotee.
The following terms are used to describe an individual who is on the path to Sadhana:
Sadhu – masculine
Sadhvi – feminine
Sadhaka – feminine
Yogi – masculine
Yogini – feminine
The Path of Sadhana:
The path of sadhana is that of realising one’s self, God, spiritual enlightenment, freedom from external labels and restrictions – culturally or otherwise – shedding of the ego, and from the self-identity to that of the cosmos or oneness which includes releasing the concept of birth and death.
The cycle of birth and death is called Samsara in Sanskrit and views
What does the spiritual path entail?
Sadhana can involve many practices, including meditation, chanting mantras and devotional worship. In Hinduism, people worship a deity – a practice known as puja . We can also follow the specific instructions of a guru, most commonly found in Buddhist traditions.
The Buddhist traditional Sadhana path is influenced by some Indian Tantric traditions that involve an initiation – this is believed to ensure that sadhakas can obtain moksha – spiritual freedom – and obtain siddhis – esoteric powers.
?What is initiation? It is the beginning of the experience of meditation and concentration, of penetration into the nature of the reality of all phenomena. Initiation leads us into the mandala of a deity and into the totality of the experience of that deity. It is an antidote to the dissatisfied, samsaric, fanatical, dualistic mind. During initiation we should completely let go of our preconceptions and fixed ideas of who we are, of our limited self-image. Instead, we need to identify with the wisdom-mind of the deity, which is our own perfect potential.?Guru Lama Yeshe
Individuals may also develop their own spiritual practice without participating in a formal group or organisation. This is actually how my journey began whilst learning about the wisdom of spiritual alchemy.
How Will The Path of Sadhana Help Me Achieve a Spiritual Goal or Create Well-being?
Whichever route you chose or are currently undergoing, from my understanding, achieving well-being is a consequence of undertaking a spiritual journey. In yogic sciences, the focus is more on the journey and not on the goal itself, however, I accept that without a focus, in the beginning, it leaves the untrained mind chaotic and can create the opposite effect.
From my personal experience, starting with meditation results in a profound awakening to the concept of identity. Who you identify as or with is integral to the spiritual path. For example, in some parts of India, a child has to come to a spiritual knowing that they identify with oneness
It is believed that empowering a child who identifies with self only, causes harm and destruction as the world is currently fighting over whose identity is more valuable, important and or worthy of power.