Svadhyaya is a highly respected practice that dates back before recorded history. Although the word svadhyaya is a Sanskrit term, this practice is prevalent in religious and cultural traditions throughout the world, and is known by many different names. It is one of the most effective means to enter into the sacred realms.
The Sanskrit word svadhyaya is formed from two words: sva and adhyaya. Sva means “one’s own self” and adhyaya means “studying,” “reading,” and “reciting.” The practice of svadhyaya has two aspects: first, study of one’s own self; and second, studying and reciting scriptural texts to know the great Self.