The Meaning of the Spiritual Name Sahajananda
On July 14, 2010, Claudiu Trandafir was given the spiritual name of “Sahajananda” in a traditional Hindu ceremony. Lalit Mohan Vyas, the priest of the Dev Mandir Hindu temple in Bangkok, Thailand, performed the ceremony.
Of course, from the non-dual perspective, such a ceremony has only a relative character since it is based on “nama-rupa” (“name and form” – a concept which refers to the relative and transitory nature of the individual existence, in which any object can be characterized by a form and a name). Ultimately, the Divine transcends objectivity, and is beyond name and form.
Nevertheless, the devotion and adoration of the Absolute has been expressed in various manners. For instance, the Hindu text Sahasranama lists 1000 names by which the Divine Presence should be invoked with reverence. Merely reading and repeating the names is considered a transfigurative way of opening the heart in deep devotion.
Sahaja means naturalness, spontaneity, innate.
The word sahaja is etymologically derived from saha (“together”) and ja (“to be born”). It suggests the fact that atman, our fundamental nature, is not something external or located somewhere far away in the “Heavens.”
Therefore, the relative, phenomenal world, samsara, and the Supreme Transcendent reality, nirvana, are “born together,” and despite personal limitations, there is a Reality that contains everything: our Essential Nature.
It is That which we are Here and Now.
He who understands that the Spiritual Heart is the ultimate, silent, and essential substratum of the entire existence finds a state of naturalness and spontaneity—sahaja.
This Realization does not deny or exclude the world.
Ananda means beatitude. It is a suffix that is often part of Hindu spiritual names.
Therefore, may the word Sahaja remind everyone of the spontaneity and naturalness of Pure Conscious Existence.