I was wrong (or at least only half right).
When I wrote about Svadhyaya about a year-and-a-half ago, I did reveal the big yoga truth about this elusive Niyama. (You’ll have to read the blog to find out…but it’s not what you think. Really.).
Within the concept of Svadhyaya lies the practice itself and in so doing, a new truth–a deeper truth–has been revealed to me and, once again, changed everything.
The big discovery: the letter S.
While what I am about to say doesn’t negate any of the original points in my blog (read it!), it does shift the meaning significantly.
You see, the “Self” in Self Study has a capital S.
And that changes everything.
In yoga, the self is your ego, the you that is separate from the universe around you. The Self is your shared consciousness, your oneness with the universe.
So, when we say Self Study (still read the other blog!!!), it means we are studying our Self, the big S one. I thought it was self study, as in, we take it upon ourselves to study (read the blog already!!!).
Here’s what’s so awesome cool and worthy of a new blog post: it’s Svadhyaya itself that brought me to the realization of what Svadhyaya itself really, really is. And it is through Svadhyaya that I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a Part Three to this series one day…maybe sooner than later.
Learning and growing is part of our Tapas, always dedicated to the effort of getting closer to the Divine. To Ishvara Pranidhana.
It would be impossible for me to count the number of times I have read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and various commentaries. Same with the Torah. And no matter how many scores of times I read the same exact text, deeper, more extraordinary meanings come to me with each revisit.
If you study your bible, (be it the Torah, the New Testament, the Qur’an, etc.), you will always find a new parable, a new life lesson, a new message. Sure, you can read the text just once, but there is no way the full richness of the tapestry will unfold for you.
Want to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime? (Duh.) Always be a student. There is a whole world of profound realization waiting to reveal itself to you…to your true Self.