Reaping the Benefits of Sadhana Pada
The time between Guru Pournami in July and a few days after winter solstice in December is known as Sadhana Pada in the yogic tradition. This is the time in the Northern Hemisphere when sadhana yields its best results. Sadhguru explains how there is a way to “swing with the planet, not against it.” This allows an individual to make use of the natural movement of energy that the planet has, to push their sadhana up to new level.
Sadhguru: Hello? In the yogic system, (the) time between summer solstice and winter solstice is generally referred to as sadhana pada. Particularly… (Audio Check: Hello?) Particularly between, starting from the guru poornima, which is the first full moon after summer solstice, or the southern run of the sun, to winter solstice, or few days after that, till probably fourth of January, or fourth or fifth, of January. This phase is referred to as sadhana pada, or time to do sadhana. At a time, particularly in the northern hemisphere, when sadhana yields its best results. After the fourth or probably the sixth of January, this is known as a kaivalya pada - that means this is a time to harvest. This is a time to reap the benefits of one’s… one’s sadhana. Now that we’re coming to the last phase, Pournami is starting on sixth… is… is from sixteenth… is on sixteenth. So we’re coming to the last phase of the sadhana pada. You may be studying through the year, but it’s at the examination time that you really… it really picks up pace (Laughs), isn’t it? So similarly, this is the time to rev it up a bit.
There are many aspects to this. But the most important being the shift in relationship between the sun and the planet has a certain impact on the system. The whole tradition of how to make use of these changes which are happening to our planet, of which we are just a part - to swing with the planet, not against it. The nature of human consciousness is such you can do things without considering whatever movements that are happening in the natural scape. But, that is… (Audio Cut) That is usually for those who are on the ascetic path. Even the Adiyogi himself made changes for the seasons, considered the natural movement of energy and impact that the planet has and kind of fine-tuned his own sadhana. It doesn’t matter who we are, still it’s relevant. The choice is either to swim against the current or with it. It is sensible to go with it. It is not that you cannot swim against it. You can, but unnecessary effort. What could be done with ease, if you do it with a lot of difficulty - if I say… If I ask you how much is two plus two, if you go through a great struggle to arrive at the answer, then people will say he is a fool. (Laughs)
So whatever can be done with ease, if you do it with great difficulty, that’s what it means. So in the ashram, I think the coming month you must really rev up the sadhana. It will pay off. Anyways, it’s not necessary that in the northern run of the sun, the uttarayana, this year you’re going to get enlightened - not necessary. But if you could be one notch above where you are right now, that itself is a great blessing - that itself is a tremendous possibility. And that possibility is definitely there for those who really give themselves and learn to ride with the winds, learn to ride with the natural forces, which are assisting us in a certain way. So, for those of you who’re willing, we will set up a… a small, little bit of rev up for your sadhana. Those of you who wish to do that can start off from the sixteenth of this month, which is the full-moon day. It will be available to everyone irrespective of what, you know, what category you fall under - whether you’re a Brahmachari, or a resident, or a volunteer, or a VIP, whatever. (Laughs) If you’re human, you can make use of it. (Laughs) All the other categories don’t mean much to me. (Laughs)