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Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Sadhana

A person once said about sadhana: "Once sadhana is done, nothing should happen to you." I said, "No, when sadhana happens, everything should happen to you, and you should come out as a winner, you should come out victorious." That is what sadhana give you. I doesn't give you a written guarantee from God. The one who does sadhana builds himself such a powerful personality, he can conquer anything!
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

Sadhana is an exertion of self-will to steady the projection of your personality towards the positivity of life. Sadhana is a meter which tells us when our will is weak. Sadhana is where you have a triumph over time and space. It is where your majesty comes to display and you conquer the temptations around you.
11/30/79

If you stop doing Sadhana, it will not make you to progress on the spiritual path. And for a while you can get along, but later on your past will catch up and eat you up. Therefore, I request you to re-shape and reformulate yourself and start regrinding yourself so that you may remain polished and shining and beautiful.
1/25/79

Sadhana is the ultimate victory of the self. There is nothing equal to it.
3/25/78

Your power is not in the body or the muscles. Your power is your mind—the intuitive mind, the neutral mind—and you cannot have a neutral mind unless you do sadhana and clean your subconscious and unconscious. It's a house cleaning.
11/29/91

What is sadhana? It’s a committed prayer. Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.

Group consciousness in morning sadhana is to help each other. If I am trying to sleep, another is not sleeping. If, in this whole group, one person opens up to God just once, we will all be blessed in his openness. 
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

When a person gets up in the morning and does the sadhana, you know what accompanies that person? All the angels, all saints and sages come to listen. Their souls fly to those places to listen where God is chanted.
10/4/77

Sadhana means a given time and space in which you practice a technology to enhance your spirit. That's called sadhana.
3/25/78

Getting up in the morning to do your sadhana does not mean you will become God. No, getting up in the morning, you will become you! 
6/27/93

Sadhana gives us sensitivity to know, to feel, and to touch. It gives us intuition to touch reality.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

The greatest reward of doing sadhana is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is a self-victory, and it is a victory over time and space. Getting up is a victory over time, and doing it is a victory over space. That is what sadhana is.
7/6/81

You are supposed to go through self-evaluation every day. That is what sadhana is. On one side is God, the superiority of you; on one side is you; and on one side is the inferiority of you. Between the three you have to assess yourself.

Sadhana is the technique to discipline yourself. It is a scientific way to live.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

When you do a sadhana in the sangat, you enrich yourself in multiple ways. First, the isolation which can hit anybody and make them go totally crazy is defeated. Secondly, when all of you meditate on God, the total effect of your sadhana becomes multiplied by the number of people participating.
7/6/81

If one has walked into sadhana with heart and soul in a prayerful mind, we will all benefit. That is the power of the group sadhana.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

We get up early in the morning, we rise, we do our sadhana so that we can match up with the day, with absolute reality. Face reality with reality. Don't face reality with laziness and slowness. You will never be successful. You are your own enemy. You can't make it. Those who want to punish themselves during the day, and do not want to match up with reality as reality...and do not want to prepare themselves...are afraid to face the day and they have that fear. They are always afraid of sadhana and shall continue to be so.
1/7/90

Your electromagnetic radiance should be continuous and should be creatively high. That's why there is discipline. That's why we do sadhana. That is what dharma is. A dharmic woman will be radiant, very shining, very bright-faced, very attractive, very real. Don't do sadhana for your husband, and don't do sadhana for anything else. Do sadhana for yourself. If you cannot get up in the morning at 3 o'clock, if you don't take your cold shower, if you don't massage your body, if you don't do all those things, you pay during the day. Everything is in balance. If you don't sharpen the knife, what do you think you can cut with it? If you don't sharpen your mind, if you do not shine your soul, what are you going to do during the day?
7/31/84

Sadhana is a means through which you can defeat all your miseries, misfortunes, and handicaps. It is a very personal thing which does not relate to anybody except yourself.
7/6/81

Sadhana is where you sit, dwell in the thoughts and words of the soul, and peel away all your non-reality with the vastness of your spirit.
-The Mind, Recognize Your Reality

One part of sadhana should stay constant long enough for you to master, or at least experience, the changes evoked by a single technique. Each kriya and mantra has its individual effects, although they all elevate you toward a cosmic consciousness. Learn to value the pricelessness of one kriya, and all others will be understood in a clearer light.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

On some days, I am dead tired. I feel I can't do my sadhana. Then what do I do? I go to the bathroom, I take cold water, and I wash my face again and again, and again and again, until I understand that I am fully awake. When I am doing my sadhana, sleep sometimes wants to overtake me; I get tired. Sometimes I get home late and I have to get up very early. Then I do pranayam and I apply some yogic locks. I do a lot of things that I have learned and I go through it as gracefully as I can.
8/23/78

It seems that on a daily basis, when you do sadhana, nothing happens. But you don’t do it out of greed. You do it to conquer your laziness, your ego, your stupidity, with your essence of commitment. That’s all sadhana is. We don’t do it to get anything.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

Sadhana, Aradhana, Prabhupati. Those who do sadhana and do it—they put their whole self into it. Wholehearted sadhana is called aradhana. Prabhupati is you become the master of the Almighty God which created you.
1/7/90

Sadhana is nothing but where one prepares for the day to become kind and compassionate for everyone, including the enemies.
7/26/90

For the mind to work for you for the whole day, it must be fresh and clear; it must be made livable. That is why it is a requirement to rise early in the morning when nobody can disturb you, when you can be yourself.

If you must do sadhana by yourself, then while you are chanting, imagine a million others all around you. Hear them all chanting, with you in the middle, not moving at all. Feel that you do not chant physically, and yet are leading the chant and letting the chant lead you.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

Sadhana is what nourishes you and shapes you into a powerful, meditative, constructive human being. It is what you need most in life, and you drop it.

Bring your children along to sadhana and put them in your lap to sleep. The idea is to keep them in sadhana to live in those vibrations.
-Beads of Truth, June 1974

Out of the Karma grows the kindness and it becomes Dharma. Out of that grows the compassion and that is called Siddhi; that's called power. From that comes the word sadhu: one who has controlled himself through all aspects of life. And that is what we call Sadhana.
6/25/87

The little act of sadhana will contain your mind and make your consciousness the ruler.
-The Mind, Recognize Your Reality

Sadhana is nothing but where a disciplined one, the love, talks to one’s own soul.
7/26/90

If your Sadhana is more important to you than your neuroses, you are fine. If your neuroses are more important to you than your Sadhana, you are not.
1/22/91

Sadhana has only one purpose: you face the day with strength and victory.
11/29/91

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan