Discipline is a part of Sadhana. It helps to train the mind along with the body. That is why once we take a sankalpa, to see our sadhana successfully through we must ideally follow the same routine everyday. If you can’t maintain the discipline then sure, please do Japa and Yagya. Small steps help us get closer to our goal.
The morning before sunrise is a good time to begin. If not, you can do this first thing in the morning before noon at any time that is convenient for you. If we consider the night as the period from sunset to sunrise, then the last quarter of the night is the Brahma Muhurta time – anywhere between 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. depending on the time of sunrise. Brahma Muhurta means the time of the creator. It is the time when you can create yourself. The nature of the planet’s relationship with the sun and moon is such that certain physiological changes happen in the human system at this time.
This is scientifically researched that the entire body is in a certain conducive state, and there is a natural production of what is called melatonin, which is a secretion of the pineal gland. We want to make use of this because the pineal gland is secreting at its maximum during Brahma Muhurta, which means you can stabilize. Post sunset time is most conducive for Shanti Karm and Tantric invocations.
You can do any ritual on the app or a physical form during your periods. And this is in sync with the Vedas. There is no mentions in the Vedas of women having to miss any sadhana because of her periods. So please don’t worry at all.
It is better to restart the sadhana if you missed a day for any reason.
If you no longer get triggered by the same tendencies, people and situations, know for a fact that you are progressing on the path with a slow but steady and subtle transformation in your consciousness. Sadhana aligns your energies and brings inner purification.
Any ritual or sadhana is for deep inner purification, a way of feeling close to our deity or the Divine force and receiving grace. It is a relationship we build with them. It is an inner journey and it takes time. External ingredients and offerings can be impure but a devotee’s pure bhaav is an unalloyed offering of love and surrender which forms the basis of all Mental (Mansik) Pujan/Sadhana. It is a notch higher than physical worship. So you are not merely pressing buttons. You have to involve your Mann, Buddhi and Chitta to mentally offer the purest of your bhaav with each offering made in your mind to your Bhagwan.
Your Ishta is your Anchor for life and the science of Mantras is based on the potency of the sonic vibrations of the mantras. The sound has the power to align your energies and bring deep inner transformation. We invest years to attain the right education for earning our bread and butter. Likewise to earn and build the cosmic life force energy of God also takes time. Patience, unwavering faith and complete surrender is what is needed to stay course on the path of sadhana. It has worked for all the siddhas of Sanatana Dharma and this is what our scriptures talk about. You may walk the path and discover it for yourself.
You may commence your journey with a Ganesh and Gayatri Sadhana.
Ishta Devta is the deity with whom you have a special bond, the one you are naturally attracted to or the one to whom you are able to surrender completely. You can find yours by reflecting on the abovesaid.
If you don’t know your Ishta. we recommend taking up a Ganesh and Gayatri Sadhana sometime in the future. It will lead you to guidance from within in to your beloved form of God.
Ideally an asana should not be changed but if there is a medical issue then please go ahead.