Niyamas – Sva Dhyaya – Self Study

This practice we will focus on the 4th Niyama, Svadhyaya: Self-study, self- inquiry, it is to observe the self, understand it and self-reflect on it. It is the study by and of oneself, along side of the study of spiritual scripture and teachings. Reading, listening and reciting mantras. Through repetition we learn, deepening the knowledge and opening to true wisdom.

Sva means own or self. Dhyaya means lesson, practice, teaching. The word literally means ‘placing it within your own’ or ‘own- ing’ the lesson, the teaching own the lesson as you focus on what is arising right here and now.

In practice we take it all in, whatever arises in our field of experience. Welcoming it all as teachers, make the understanding and experience your own, place yourself within it. This is where your light of intelligence (Prajna), discernment (Vikeka) and your intuitive wisdom (Buddhi) gathered insight into what is arising in practice in the form of thought, emotions and sensations.

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Published on May 13, 2024