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Yoga Sutras
Sutra 2.44

svādhyāyād iṣṭa-devatā-samprayogaḥ

By study of spiritual books comes communion with one’s chosen deity.

Translated - Swami Satchidananda

The term "Svadhyaya" is derived from two Sanskrit words: "sva," meaning "self," and "adhyaya," meaning "study". While it can be interpreted as self-study, it is more commonly understood as the study of scriptures or texts that offer insights into the nature of the self and the spiritual realm. At its essence, svadhyaya encourages us to turn inward. It involves introspection, self-reflection, and contemplation on the deeper aspects of our being. By delving into our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, we gain valuable self-awareness and uncover hidden patterns and conditioning that may influence our actions and perceptions. However, svadhyaya goes beyond introspection and self-analysis. It involves engaging with sacred texts that carry spiritual wisdom from various traditions. These texts contain insights and teachings on the nature of reality, the purpose of life, and the journey towards liberation or enlightenment. Through the study of these sacred scriptures, we gain a deeper understanding of universal truths and timeless wisdom that transcends cultural and religious boundaries. Whether it's the Bhagavad Gita, the Quran, the Bible, the Dhammapada, or any other revered scripture, each offers a unique perspective on spiritual growth and self-realisation. Furthermore, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras do not impose a specific deity on practitioners. Instead, they invite us to choose a personal deity (divine figure) that resonates with us on a deeper level. This chosen deity becomes a focal point for connection to the divine. By immersing ourselves in the study of these texts and aligning with our chosen deity, we open ourselves to transformative insights. Svadhyaya nourishes the mind, heart, and soul, fostering a deeper connection to our inner self and the higher consciousness that pervades all of creation.
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