What is swadhyaya?

“Swadhyaya = swa + adhyaya” means learning by yourself
“swadhyaya” also means studying the self.

“Reading about metaphysical subjects is necessary. Books are undeniably a swift short cut to Enlightenment.” -Linda Goodman

Study of spiritual literature written by awakened beings like:

  • Valmiki
  • Veda Vyasa
  • Carlos Castenada
  • Richard Bach
  • Paramahamsa Yogananda
  • Brahmarshi Patriji
  • Osho Rajneesh
  • Jane Roberts
  • Ramtha
  • Lobsang Rampa
  • Linda Goodman – Star signs, Sun signs
  • Theosophical society – Madame Blavatsky, C.W.Leadbeater, Annie Besant
  • Swami Rama
  • Raymond Moody, etc.

Swadhyaya as one of the three jewels of spiritual progress.

  • Dhyana
  • Swadhyaya
  • Satjana Sangathya

Study of one’s own self like:

  • Body/Cells
  • Breath
  • Thoughts
  • Words
  • Deeds
  • Most beloved friends/family
  • Biggest enemies
  • Meditation Experiences
  • Past Lives
  • Dreams
  • Observing/Being

Swadhyaya is like a honey bee collecting honey from all kinds of flowers..
Swadhyaya makes an individual to gain clarity about meditational experiences..

Benefits of swadhyaya.

Understanding one’s own self and others in a much better way
Looking at life in a new perspective
Learning something from many points of view (author, self and third person)
Knowing one’s inner essence and your qualities/abilities
Knowing one’s positive and negative traits and how to transform them
Knowing one’s purpose of life

Swadyaya cultivates the mind and intellect which is an important step in the spiritual growth of an individual

“Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man” -Sir Francis Bacon