Thursday, 6 April 2017

The power of Svadhyaya

What is Svadhyaya?

Svadhyaya is a compound Sanskrit word composed of two terms sva and adhyaya. Sva means “one’s own”. And adhyaya derives from root dhyai cintayam, which means “contemplation” and “reflection”.

The term svadhyaya has a two meaning:-

as one’s own study and as study of one’s self.

In first instance, it refers to the Vedic student’s duty to study the prescribed Veda or the recitation of different stotras and scriptures.
In the second instance, a deeper and more mystical approach comes up, that of “study” or contemplative reflection of one’s own self. Thus, in the Vedic tradition, svadhyaya is understood as both study of the self and as sacred scriptural study and recitation.


When used as a formal part of Vedic scriptural study, svadhyaya involves repeated recitations of the Veda for the purpose of mastering the mantras with their accurate pronunciation. In this context, the affix sva denotes the atmakulaparampara or the family lineage one belongs to and adhyaya denotes the specific branch of the Veda. In this sense, svadhyaya is “one’s own study,” that is, the fulfillment of a brahmacari’s duty to study and master the specific branch of the Veda to which he belongs by repeated recitation as instructed by the Guru.

Another meaning of svadhyaya in the Vedic tradition is to regularly recite a scriptural text in praise of the Lord.

This is to say that svadhyaya is considered a form of Japa or repetition of mantra. In this case, the chosen scripture for recitation is considered a mantra.

How Svadhyaya supports you to achieve the supreme!

Svadhyaya is infused with the power of the divine, hence through the practice of recitation one’s whole being becomes attuned with the divine. Through regular recitation of the scriptures, the mind and the senses are purified and abhedabhava, the awareness of unity in the midst of diversity, arises in the practitioner.

As a process of self- reflection, the affix sva in svadhyaya corresponds to “the inner self” and adhyaya corresponds to “reflection.” One contemplates, for instance, the questions: “Who am I? What is my true nature?” The goal of this aspect is to realize svabhava, one’s identity with the supreme reality.

Enlightenment via Svadhyaya

Svadhyaya is the common spiritual practice. Recitation helps us to steady our mind, which will further support us to focus on the highest goal. Scriptures itself emphasize the importance of doing svadhyaya in pursuit of the goal of spiritual life; i.e. realization of the Self. In his Yogasutra, sage patanjali explains the importance of svadhyaya as one of the practices to be observed by a seeker. He explains that the study and reflection of sacred texts leads us towards the realization of our own divinity.


The daily recitation of the scriptures or mantra gradually start changing your energy and so that everything. The regular hymn to God creates positive vibrations inside your body; the words which are lead to the path of God repeated daily will absorb in your conscious gradually. These vibrations support you to be healthy and positive throughout the day and this will lead to mystical change in your life.

Many seekers do this practice of svadhyaya with unfailing regularity and commitment, no matter how their daily routine may be. It is considered as the back bone of spiritual path. On spiritual path, students recite several scared texts and scriptures. The experiences of the seekers who daily recite mantra are magical and they have become one with the self with this simplest tool of sadhana.

Begin the practice of svadhyaya with these small steps:

1.  Prepare your clothes and place for the recitation. Clothes should be light colored and loose. Place should be clean and quiet. It’s advisable to choose same place for spiritual practices.

2.  Place an aasana beneath you every time, it can be a blanket and should be white colored. It is advisable because, spiritual practice invite a lot of positive energies, with the touch of the earth, all the energy directs into the earth. Energy should stay in your body so we should put a layer between us and ground to conserve the energy inside us. This energy heals our body and soul.

3.  Sit in a firm and comfortable posture.

4.  Pray and create intention for the svadhyaya.

5.  Recite the mantra.

6. Sit quietly after the recitation for some time to experience the vibrations inside you. Do not start your daily course immediate after the recitation; it will not give time to the power you absorbed from nature to settle down in you.

7.  Write down your experience in your journal. It is very important to note your experiences, it will help you to track your growth and also you can revisit your past experiences and take motivation from them.

Let’s get started.


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