The Foundations of a Spiritual Practice

March 12, 2020

The bottom or bottom layer of your spiritual practice is called Sadhana. To raise your mansion to a very high level, you need a strong pillar. In your spiritual practice, these people are Satsang, Seva and Simran.

Your inner is a lamp – the light of consciousness. If you nourish this light, it will always stay lit and increase brightness. Instead of doing this externally, you do the following:

Introspection (Gyana Yoga)
Devotion (Bongai Yoga)
Ceremony, spell, sharing, unity (Raja Yoga)
Selfless action (karma yoga)
Although at first your practice may be fragmented and fragmented, as time goes by, they merge into a continuum of ease, reflected in everything you do.

Sadhana is your daily spiritual practice and can contain many different things:

Yoga pose
Breathing mountain breathing exercises
Learning (mental teacher, seminar, book)
How is your life
In the end, Sadhana is the way to live, so it includes the Yamas and Niyamas of the Patanjali Yoga:

Yamas: non-violence, real, not stealing, no waste of energy, avoiding greed
Namas: pure, contented, austerity, learning, dedication
Sadhana can achieve any specific spiritual goal, but it is often considered a journey of self-discovery. This is your path from ignorance and restriction to freedom and enlightenment. This is a personal practice, but it can be done collectively. However, this is done for your own personal growth – self-fulfillment, rather than impressing others or getting any external rewards.

What you choose to include, and what can bring the greatest spiritual gain and a sense of accomplishment. Your approach will change as you grow and evolve, so you shouldn’t be the same. The Vedas say that infinite flexibility is the key to eternal life. You must learn to listen to your body and intuitively feel right.

Road to Sadana
In the Indian tradition, Sadana has two recognized paths:

Head of household
The hermit withdraws from the regular secular activities and engages in his or her genius. Many people wandered from one holy place to another in their lifetime, never staying anywhere for more than a few days. Some people live in gathering places, or they can live alone in remote areas. Others take austerity policies, such as staying upright or holding one hand up for years. Sometimes this approach is used when a person fulfills his or her regular family responsibilities but is chosen by a young person.

The hidden road is obviously not suitable for ordinary people who choose the path of family households and combine their own spiritual practices in family life, occupation, family and other world life. This path is usually distracting, but the right attitude and the purpose of concentration can also be harvested. No matter which path you choose, no matter which path you choose, you should always do your best and be true to yourself.

Sadhana helps you re-adapt to Dharma, which is the real purpose of your life. Karma is expressed as memory and desire and often distracts you. Sadhana matures the karma, causing them to fall from the tree like fruits, allowing you to move freely.

The most powerful tool to support your Sadhana is the personal mantra, which is properly learned and used. The personal mantra is a reflection of your essence, that is, universal. It is the ultimate focus of light, sound, meaning and intention, and maintains and reflects the entire universe.

It is important to remember that Sadahana did not create an Enlightenment. Enlightenment and perfection will always belong to you. Your Sadhana will peel off the layers that cover it for too long. Sadhana lets you live a true glory and magnificence again.

Sand pond
It is not uncommon for people to feel isolated on their own spiritual path. When in doubt, community members who are similar targets can provide the support they need. Meet other like-minded people and seek the truth of life. This is Satsang. It can be a gathering of spiritual seekers, with good/righteous partners, or gatherings of people with the same knowledge to share their understanding. Satsangs may include:

Listen or read the holy scriptures
Reflect, discuss and absorb their meaning
Consider the source of these words
Find ways to bring wisdom into everyday life
Satsang can also mean sitting in front of a master or an enlightened teacher. This can also be called Darshan. This provides a great opportunity to listen to those who have completed the journey and can now help you guide you through the obstacles to spiritual progress you may encounter. The ancient wisdom of the Upanishad tells us that the advanced students and the enlightened teachers “sit close and sit”.

Organizing a Satsang
You don’t have to be a teacher or have a great spiritual understanding to organize a Satsang—anyone can do it. Just assemble a group of somewhat like-minded friends. One person should be chosen to direct the discussions and keep things on track, but everyone should have the opportunity to speak and share their thoughts. It’s good to start with a shared intention between group members, maybe a particular theme or context to spark some spiritual insights. Your Satsang could include doing a meditation, chanting, reading sacred texts, or listening to a recording of a teaching.

Solo Satsang
When you sit alone to read and study the teachings of a great enlightened master, you create a Satsang with him or her. Even though you can’t ask questions and enter into a discussion, the Grace and Truth of the teaching will enter your hearts.

Inner Satsang is to sit quietly with yourself. This could be to contemplate the answers to questions such as:

Who am I?
What is my purpose?
What are my spiritual goals?
When you practice your silent meditation, to raise your consciousness to a level of realization, this becomes a Satsang with your own Soul.

Seva means selfless service or actions performed without the expectation of any reward. Actions that uplift by understanding the needs of others and random acts of kindness can all be considered Seva. These acts could be for another person, a group of people, or society in general.

When you accept or appreciate that the same divinity is within everyone, serving other people becomes a devotional practice of indirectly serving the Divine. Ultimately, selflessly serving your fellow humans and serving God are the same.

Some spiritual communities expect people to perform Seva. While offering Seva opportunities falls within the definition, expecting someone to perform Seva as some form of payment misses the point.