Sadhana: Faith and Devotion in Spiritual Practices
by Swami Amar Jyoti
Sadhana is a Sanskrit word that means spiritual practices, but it is more than that. It is practices done with faith and devotion. You may do other practices, such as physical exercises, that do not require devotion, but sadhana is never just mechanical. We are devoted and dedicated to the Goal for which we do sadhana. Not only so, we surrender ourselves to that Goal, to God or the Light for which we do sadhana.
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