Svadhyaya – Studying of the Self

English, Yoga

I am a great believer of the soul and that we have an infinite divine being inside us. I can feel it during my meditations and when I can “live the moment” just as it is described in Power of Now written by Echart Tolle (highly recommended if you haven’t read it yet). There is a power inside, which has the wisdom and knowledge of the universe.

Even though I always felt that there was a power inside me, I couldn’t define what it is before I bumped to this book. My best friend recommended me to read the book and I started reading it one year ago. However, the knowledge only can come to you when you are ready and when you demand to receive it. Otherwise, even if you have the knowledge on the tip of your nose for a long time, you won’t be able to get it in.

So, this book was just there for a year. I started reading it and actually loved it, but I was always finding excuses not to finish it. I am a fast reader and the book is not that long but I couldn’t finish it for a year. I postponed reading it or found other books to read which were more “important” than that one. After a while, I decided to read the book and while reading, tears were coming from my eyes, because I felt that these principles were the ones that I was feeling the whole time but I couldn’t find the words to describe. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone to read this book and implement these principles to their lives – but I also know that even if I say it a hundred times, only the ones who are ready to receive this knowledge will get the book and read. AND ofc, only the ones who are ready, will get the correct information after reading, among all the others who read the book. The name of the book is:

“Omni Reveals the Four Principles of Creation” – by John Payne

If you like reading such books, another book that I can highly recommend would be:

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart – by James R. Doty MD

which is telling these principles through a brain surgent’s perspective. This book would be better for people who deem themselves as realistic.


Definition – What does Svadhyaya mean?

Svadhyaya is a Sanskrit word that is used in Hinduism to signify the study of one’s self. The term comes from the Sanskrit roots sva, meaning “self” or “own,” and adhyaya, meaning “lesson,” “reading” or “lecture.” It can also be interpreted as coming from the root dyhai, which means “meditate” or “contemplate.” Both interpretations connote a close study of the self.

Practicing yoga is one means of engaging in svadhyaya, as described in “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.”


Me, as a yoga instructor and a student, I always read and study on yoga. Svadhyaya is very important but I think finding the right books and articles to read is the most difficult part of Svadhyaya.

I hope this post would be useful for you to decide on what to read and to connect your divine selves.


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