Sravana is a Sanskrit word that has a range of translations, including “ear,” “hypotenuse of a triangle,” “the act of hearing” and “fame.” In Hindu philosophy, however, sravana is the process by which individuals reflect on the secrets of the Upanishads in order to gain insight and understanding after first hearing them from their guru. Sravana, therefore, is the mental activity that needs to take place in order for the yogi to know the truth about Brahman.

Some say that by hearing the teachings of the Divine through sravana, the yogi’s mind will begin to merge with Divinity. To listen to teachings in this way is considered a form of Bhakti yoga.

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