Sadhana is a Sanskrit word for discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a goal. Although sometimes used for describing an exertion for temporary pleasures, it generally refers to a systematic training of the mind in order to receive spiritual blessings. Studying, meditating, reciting mantras and performing rituals (puja) for the objective of love are direct practices in the bhakti path. Additionally, sadhaka or one who is aiming at evolving consciousness also connects the gaps in between which we often consider trivial – bathing, eating, earning livelihood, recreating and sleeping – to the progress.
Winter or summer, I go for a morning walk between six and seven o’clock, as a part of my daily routine. While strolling, I process what I’m currently opening up to, learning and contemplating. Usually there isn’t much to report; although I may hear a cuckoo bird, see a fox and inhale freshness, I’m fairly absorbed internally. Two days ago was an exception; the nature invoked a boon I couldn’t miss.
It drizzled. Masses of fine droplets knitted a soft shawl, enshrouding the horizon in mist. Because it looked like the directions were wrapped in cotton candy, I selected a longer route to the Baltic Sea. The distance that normally takes twenty or thirty minutes stretched to three hours. The magical display of greens stunned me. When I finally reached the shore, I couldn’t tell if I had arrived at water or sky.