What Is Sadhana? By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

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Dear Harsha,

I have come across the Sanskrit term “Sadhana” in many articles on Eastern spirituality. What is the true meaning of “Sadhana” and what is the goal?

A Seeker

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What Is Sadhana? By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

Dear Harsha,

I have come across the Sanskrit term “Sadhana” in many articles on Eastern spirituality. What is the true meaning of “Sadhana” and what is the goal?

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Sadhana, Ardhana, Pradhupati: By Pieter Schoonheim Samara

As you continue your daily sadhana, something new will begin to emerge, which Yogi Bhajan
calls ardhana, where the experience of sadhana seemed to take on a more etheric dimension,
and you begin to experience a sublimation of the minds outward flow of attention to the
changing polarities of the mind, as though there are periodic jumps in the overall atmospheric
pressure of the energy consciousness in and through the neutral body (4th chakra), physical
body (5th chakra), arc line (6th chakra) , auric body (pineal gland – crown chakra), pranic
body, subtle body, radiant body (energy pulses down through the tenth gate and up through
the crown expanding a golden hue radiance over 9 feet from the body).

The idea of raising Kundalini from the base of the spine to the crown, begins to become an
afterthought, as the overall satvic pressure seemed to open every system, from the Kandal to
the ida and pingala and sushumna, to the gold cord and centers in the brain, to the One Star in
the heart and right major vagus nerve to the Crown – as through there was a continuing influx
or infilling of what one might call a feeling of inward pulling (like gravity) and
expansive/pervasive light from inside and outside, even dissolving the notion of
inside/outside. Subject without a seer. Action without a doer.

All this to say that you shouldn’t feel surprised in your daily practice of Sadhana to begin to
notice similarly a sense of the pure indwelling light of your own infinite being, quietly shining
through the thoughts and images in your mind, as the sense of “I” disengages from attention.

These words will become meaningful: As you begin to find yourself abiding as single
unconditioned pure living light, “the screen upon which moves the kaleidoscopic picture
composed of mobile and immobile objects of the Universe” (from The Cream
of Emancipation verse 144) – the experience of “pradhupati” or crystallization that Yogi
Bhajan talks about – that over time prevails through the waking state (opaque), then the dream
state, as dream sleep becomes less (semi-precious gem), then the unconscious state, as you
awaken to the ever present awake awareness of the Self of Its Creation (gem state), and then
beyond, the Turya state – the purely crystallized consciousness, like a flawless diamond.

Sadhana and daily practice comprises

  1. KY exercises and kriyas
    • [Tappa – to generate heat and electricity on the body field]
    • What we’ve called the Yoga of Light that elevates the minds vibration above
      the frequency of thoughts and images, filling the nadi’s with energy
      consciousness (Prana) that has an effect like the tightening of guitar strings so
      that the whole body resonates and radiates

      • Meditations on radiance through short Kundalini Yoga exercises with a
        dynamic aspect of posture, movement and breathing, followed by a
        static aspect of watchful awareness of he flow of etheric radiance in
        and through the body
      • Meditation on the force of “will,” which produces a powerful single
        sense of Self, resulting from the persevering and enduring of long
        periods of stress in maintaining a posture, movement and breathing,
        followed by an equally long period of feeling the sense of abiding as
        single Self Witness.
  2. chanting mantra
    • [Jappa – to generate radiant/resonance that links the conscious mind to the
      pervasive Naad vibration of the universe]
    • What we’ve called the Yoga of Sound that takes hold of the 72,000 charged
      nadis, releasing their energy into a crescendo of radiance exponentially greater
      than the vibration produced by the Yoga of Light

    Tappa and Jappa together producing laya, i.e., expansive radiance that absorbs
    identity to thought and impressions

    Producing a decoding of the habits and impressions stored and bound throughout the
    body field and

    Substituting the re-imprinting of sacred sound of the mantra that links the body and
    mind to the unexcelled experience of simran/ Naad/ anahat (unstruck sound)

    • and
  3. slow controlled repetitive breath
    • Sanjam – resulting in simran, the attunement to the soundless sound of the
      infinite being

    Producing pratyahar – a singular stillness of “simran” from and within
    which thoughts and impressions are seen to rise and fall without the least trace or
    effort to grasp them or hold them within the mind’s power of attention

    • and
  4. Study – reading (without thought, conjecture or opinion, but just to “hear” (sunia /
    sravana) the sacred words of Saints and Saviors (Sat Gurus) describing their
    experience, recollection and abidance in and as the Self, that Light that lights each of
    us from and through the Heart (Hrdayam/One Star)

    • scripture, such as Jaap Ji, Jaap Sahib and other non-dual texts and Gitas
    • which results in the Self “hearing,” recollecting (as though coming out
      of an amnesia) and abiding in and as Its True Identity,
    • which we experience as our own Self
    • which we call the Nam
    • where hearing and recollection refer to the soundless sound of the “I”
      pulsing as “I” and abiding refers to cessation, final relinquishment,
      dissolution of ideas of seer and seen.
    • and
  5. the words of Yogi Bhajan about all this in your TT Manual and other sources.
    As your sensorial experience expands, these words read over from time
    to time will fill in with a new meaning and depth, and moreover that it
  6. is possible to become pure and in that purity “hear” the Truth. Pieter
    https://luthar.com/kundalini-yoga/

Purification of the Buddhi and Self-Sadhana: By Tony O’Clery

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Purification of the Buddhi, or the individualised version of the universal Mahat, is necessary for spiritual progress. The Buddhi is an aspect of the Vijnanamayakosha or Awareness Sheath, it is the Inner Mind or Antahkarana. When it is turned inwards it pierces through Maya and leads to Moksha or Liberation. When it is turned outward it only succeeds in enhancing the power of the Lower Mind or Manamayakosha. This part of the mind is turned out to desires and satisfaction of the senses. A Buddhi turned outwards is a distortion of its function. For man can manipulate his mind to enjoy the senses, out of season, so to speak. Unlike the animal,which only operates instinctively within its Dharma.

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