sadhana
(Sanskrit = practice, usually spiritual practice)

The repeated physical techniques used to pursue spiritual goals. For example, the repeated use of meditation and postures to achieve enlightenment.

Notes
1. Yoga is the chief sadhana used by the Astika and Nastika schools.

2. To succeed with a sadhana, you need an experienced guide, hence the need for gurus.

3. "Sadhana is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal. Abhyasa is repeated practice performed with observation and reflection. Kriya, or action, also implies perfect execution with study and investigation.

Therefore, sadhana, abhyasa, and kriya all mean one and the same thing. A sadhaka, or practitioner, is one who skillfully applies...mind and intelligence in practice towards a spiritual goal."
(BKS Iyengar)
Categories: hinduism yoga



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