Swadhyaya – Study of the Self
Swadhyaya is the fourth step of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras', called Niyama's and represents one of the most important aspects of yoga. Sva refers to the ‘individual self’ and adhyaya means ‘study’ or simply ‘education’. The literal translation of this word then, is ‘self-study’, which has been interpreted in various ways. Through swadhyaya the yogi comes to understand the inner workings of his/her mind and uncovers his/her true nature and potential.
Swami Muktananda wrote: Swadhyaya performed in a melodious voice confers spiritual knowledge, meditation and it baptizes the heart. It is a lofty spiritual practice. The truth is that man is an embodiment of sublime love, equanimity and peace. The Supreme Being dwells within you in His fullness. He witnesses the feeling, faith and love with which you chant, and He listens from within. He examines the quality of your devotion, love and faith. Therefore, sit for Swadhyaya in a disciplined manner, full of love for the Lord, feeling that He is sitting by your side. Let your attention be concentrated on the mantras and their goal, on the sound of the chant, on your own Self; do not permit the mind to wander away. Do not think the Lord is far away. He is exceedingly close to you - closer than your own breath. To learn more about the benefits of chanting mantras: https://www.templepurohit.com/the-benefits-of-chanting-japam/.
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A light breakfast will be offered of fruits, cereal, milk, coffee and tea.