Saptasādhana

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Saptasadhana, SaptasAdhana, Saptasaadhana


Saptasādhana literally means ‘seven fold spiritual path’.

The works on Haṭhayoga like the Gheranda Samhitā[1] describe seven exercises for purifying the body and the mind, and making it fit for yogic sādhana. They are:

  1. Śodhana - purification
  2. Dṛḍhatā - strengthening
  3. Sthairya - steadiness
  4. Dhairya - steadiness produced by the restraint of the senses
  5. Lāghava - lightness
  6. Pratyakṣa - direct perception
  7. Nirlipti - isolation


References

  1. Gheranda Samhitā 1.9
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore