6 Things that help you progress on the Spiritual Path (Sadhak Tattva)

6 Things that help you progress on the Spiritual Path (Sadhak Tattva)

In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the most
important scriptures on Hatha Yoga, they also talk about six things that can help you to
be firmly established in yoga, to help you on the path of yoga. They are called “Sadhak Tattva”, those
things that support you in your sadhana. It says: Utsaahaad Saahasaad Dhairyaad TattvajnaanaadCha Nischayaad Janasangha Parityaagaad Shadbhir Yoga Prasiddhyate. It says ‘Utsaaha’, enthusiasm; so this
is not excitement, excitement is short-term. Enthusiasm, maintaining that enthusiasm. You start something with a lot of enthusiasm
but then after some time you leave it, you become less enthusiastic, it goes to the background. So being able to maintain that enthusiasm
is the first thing. Then “Saahasa”, courage. You need courage. Sometimes you make big plans, you have a bigger
vision, you think ‘I want to do something bigger’, something for yourself or for the
society, and then the mind comes: i“Oh, this s not possible” or “How will I manage?” So having that courage, having the courage
to do something different, something bigger, do what is right. “Dhairya” is determination, being determined. Yes, you have taken a sankalpa, now let me
do this; and seeing it through. “Tattvajnaana”, having the right discrimination,
the knowledge of what IS, what is Truth, what is changing and what is permanent, what is
temporary and what is real. Having that right understanding, the right
discrimination is very important. And “Nischaya”, being clear about what
you have to do. Having faith in the knowledge of the Master,
the words of the Master, the Guru. That there is no doubt there. It is very clear: yes, my Master has said
this, this is the right thing. Or this is what the scripture says, we have
to follow this. And then last, “Janasangha parityaaga”,
leaving the company of people. That doesn’t mean you have to be all alone
all the time, on a mountain somewhere. But again, choosing the right company and
limiting you interactions. Most of the time the things we do, the words
we speak are not really useful. Rather, they just tire us, or they create
more confusion, more craving aversion in our mind or the minds of other people. So limiting the company of people and having
the right company of people. If one follows all these six things, it can
help you to be firmly established in yoga.


  1. Awesome knowledge to really move forward. Thanks Swamiji for sharing in such a clear, simply inspiring way.

  2. Thanks from the bottom of the hearte swami ji ……,great explanation in simple words about maintaining the principles to be firmly established in YOGA πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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