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Svadhyaya

Yoga Sutra
II.44: svadhyayad ista-devata-samprayogah
 “Self-study leads towards the realization of God or communion with one’s chosen deity”1
Svadhyaya means "self-study".  The practice of svadhyaya includes the study of scriptures and mantra repetition.

Svadhyaya, like tapas, is found in two separate contexts in The Yoga Sutras: first as the second step in Kriya Yoga and then again as the 4th niyama

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