The Practice of Recitation on the Siddha Yoga Path

Each week in March, selections of svadhyaya verses will support your study of Gurumayi’s teaching from A Sweet Surprise Satsang 2017: You will benefit immensely.

The practice of svadhyaya, the study and recitation of sacred texts, has a rich history. In India, Brahmin priests have preserved the Vedas for thousands of years through the tradition of oral recitation. The Upanishads extol the practice of svadhyaya as a pathway toward understanding the true nature of reality. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras explain that svadhyaya will lead a seeker to discover the Divine.

On the Siddha Yoga path, svadhyaya is an essential practice and a pillar of the Ashram Daily Schedule. Each day Siddha Yogis and new seekers all around the globe engage in this practice in Siddha Yoga Ashrams, meditation centers, and homes. Svadhyaya is both a form of worship and a form of study, and by reciting these texts aloud and with great focus, a seeker becomes steeped in the knowledge contained within them.

Take time to read, recite, and study these verses. Reflect on what you have learned, and record your experiences in your journal.

An Excerpt from Shri Vishnu Sahasranama An Excerpt from Shri Guru Gita An Excerpt from Shri Bhagavad Gita
An Excerpt from Shri Rudram