What is a Sadhaka?
The word “sadhaka” has several meanings in Hinduism and Buddhism. The word sadhaka comes from the Sanskrit root “sadh,” which means “to strive, to reach, or to accomplish.” It can refer to a spiritual seeker, someone who is pursuing enlightenment or liberation. It can also refer to a practitioner of yoga or meditation.
In some traditions, a sadhaka is someone who has taken on a specific spiritual practice or discipline in order to grow spiritually. This can involve many different practices and disciplines, including yoga, meditation, study of religious texts, and service to others.
A sadhaka typically has a guru, or teacher, who helps them on their spiritual journey. The relationship between guru and student is considered very important in Hinduism and Buddhism. The guru is seen as a guide who can help the student find their way to enlightenment.