Why Sadhana Brings Challenges and Clarity

Good morning, Lovely Souls!

Today, I want to share a beautiful revelation that’s been brewing in my mind for a long time. It’s a story of questions from my childhood that the universe finally answered in the most unique way.

As a kid, I was hooked on religious TV serials like Ramayan, Mahabharat, and Shree Ganesha. Sunday mornings were my binge-watching marathons from 8 AM to 11 AM. But amidst those mythological tales, a question always lingered in my young mind: Why do people who practice sadhana (spiritual practice) face so many difficulties? Why does life seem easier for those who don’t engage in sadhana?

This question puzzled me as I grew up, got busy with studies, and eventually, my career. It wasn’t until 2023 that I got the chance to be part of a transformative 45-day Deep Meditation Practicum with The Himalayan Meditation group in Dandi, Navsari. This experience was a game-changer, flipping my life around in the most positive way.

During this time, those childhood questions resurfaced, nagging me incessantly. Despite seeking answers from various sources, nothing seemed to satisfy my curiosity.

But, as they say in Bollywood, “अगर किसी चीज को शिद्दत से चाहो तो पूरी कायनात तुम्हे उससे मिलाने में लग जाती है” (If you want something passionately, the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it).

“Stay focused on your sadhana, and one day, like a lotus that rises from the mud untainted, you’ll find yourself untouched by the world’s chaos.”

In my second 45-day deep meditation practicum which was held in 2024, I shared a tent with my best friend Abhijit and met a new friend, Sagar. Both were deep thinkers with a knack for spiritual discussions. One night, we delved into the very question that had been bothering me: Why do people who practice sadhana face so many obstacles?

They shared an insightful analogy that hit home. They said, imagine a person working in a mine, covered in dust from head to toe. At first, any new dust doesn’t seem to affect him because he’s already filthy. But once he takes a bath and puts on clean, white clothes, even a tiny speck of dust becomes highly visible.

Similarly, when we begin sadhana, it’s like taking a bath and cleansing our soul. Our previously dusty selves might not have noticed small disturbances. But as we purify ourselves, even minor distractions become glaringly obvious. This heightened sensitivity isn’t a sign of more problems but rather a testament to our progress in becoming more spiritually aware.

The answer I found was profoundly simple yet powerful. It’s not that sadhaks (practitioners) attract more negativity, but that their newfound clarity makes them more aware of even the smallest disturbances. So, don’t be disheartened by these challenges. Stay focused on your sadhana, and one day, like a lotus that rises from the mud untainted, you’ll find yourself untouched by the world’s chaos.

I hope this insight resonates with you all. If you’ve had similar realizations, or if you’re still on the journey, remember to practice daily. Consistency in sadhana will eventually shield you from life’s dust.

What are your thoughts on this theory? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to share this intriguing perspective with your friends and family!

Stay blessed and keep meditating!

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2 thoughts on “Why Sadhana Brings Challenges and Clarity”

  1. Jinalee Solanki

    you have written beautifully to touched my soul & also got to know the answer of my questions which repeatedly comes in mind.

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