Sri Sri Ganesh. My Beloved Pathfinder. One night, in a dream many moons ago, Lord Ganesh gave me sadhana shoes. They were red, beautiful and they fit me perfectly.
He asked me to put them on and dance with him around the fire. I did as he instructed. It was the most fantastic dream I've ever experienced.
At the time of the dream, I didn't even know the meaning of the word sadhana. Now, my whole life is devoted to spiritual practice, by studying, teaching and practicing yogic philosophy.
The energy of the deities is real and it exists as a vibration throughout the Universe.
The mysteries of the Cosmos can bring us peace when we surrender to it, when we detach from the outcome of things and when we realize that we are not the doer. We are the observer.
Without the interference of our mind and ego, the Creative will do the work with perfection.
Our job is simply to love and be loved.
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Mahesvara, Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah.
The guru is the creator, Lord Brahma; the guru is Vishnu, the preserver; the guru is Mahesvara, the destroyer. The guru is the supreme Brahman himself. I offer my salutations to such a Guru.
This is the chant with which we begin our sadhana. I call it Invoking the Guru. This mantra is a traditional Indian chant and it is very powerful. It is centering and brings the presence of the guru into the sacred space. The guru is the one who leads one out of darkness. It is important to call forth the guru's presence during spiritual practice. Remember, the energy of the guru is real and exists in all dimensions of time and space. The guru is unhindered by the boundaries of this world and moves about the Universe at will. The guru is available for all devotees simultaneously. Feel confident when invoking the guru that your will and your love for their presence is enough to manifest their energy. When one takes discipleship vows with a guru, they are brought into the ray of their guru's lineage. This is no small thing. Our energy becomes magnetized to the energy of a great line of masters. Find comfort in this and trust that it is real. Even if one has yet to take discipleship vows with a guru, one may invoke the guidance of the Universe and the energies of the deities. Taking the vows of discipleship is a serious commitment. Your greatest teacher is already alive within you! With willpower, you will be able to tap into your divinity - to the spark of creation that is you!
Our Kriya Lineage
Spiritual practice, sadhana, is at the heart of realizing the god self. Through sadhana, a yogi acquires the discipline and the transcendant skills to attain self-realization. Spiritual practice is the joy of all joys! We raise the vibration of the whole, entire Universe when we commit ourselves to spiritual practice. When one is serious about creating a life full of divine love and happiness, we must begin and maintain a concentrated focus on our spiritual life through sadhana. The practice of yoga is a sadhana.
Begin by building a sacred space for yourself. Start today and map out a place for communion with The Divine. A corner in a room will do. Any flat surface will make a fine altar. Find items that have deep meaning for you and place them on the altar. Provide at least one candle to light as part of the ritual you perform each time you sit for sadhana. Place fresh flowers on your altar to beautify your space and to provide a fragrant offering to Your Beloved. Use your intuition and surround yourself with only items which lift your vibration; things which bring you peace inside. These items may consist of pictures, gemstones and crystals, perhaps animal offerings such as feathers, bones and/or teeth. This will be your sacred place where you discover cosmic concentration and the place where you meditate. Through discipline, this may be the place where you reach bliss consciousness!