Gurupurnima 2017

An Invitation in Honor of Gurupurnima

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I have been offering dakshina for many years, but not regularly. However, about a year ago, I signed up for the Monthly Dakshina Practice. I was very excited to make this commitment because I knew that by doing so, I was opening myself up to a deeper experience of this spiritual practice.
Lately, I have been engaging more consciously with the practice of dakshina, and this has been very powerful. On the day of the month when my dakshina is received, I set aside some time for a special ritual. I sing the Shri Mahalakshmi Stotram, I meditate, and I visualize myself offering dakshina to the Guru. Then, I journal about my experience.
By engaging with the practice of dakshina in this way, I am diving deep into its mysterious benefits to my sadhana.  I experience my heart expanding, and I enter the sacred space within my being where I am one with my Guru. I feel so fortunate to be able to support the Siddha Yoga mission in a concrete way by offering dakshina.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

A sense of wonder arose in me when I read this invitation. For I realized how extraordinary it is that in the course of my decades of Siddha Yoga sadhana, it has become normal for me to keep the company of poet-saints like Keshavdas! Even more extraordinary is that I too have come to share, in my own way, their experiences of "reaping the bounty of love" and tasting "the nectar of knowledge."
Immediately following this sense of wonder, the feeling of boundless gratitude washed over me: gratitude that I should be so fortunate as to have a Sadguru in my life who guides and supports me at every step of the way to the ultimate goal. Truly, this invitation has reawakened my appreciation for the priceless gifts I have received from the Siddha Yoga path, and in this way has deepened my commitment to—and understanding of—the practice of dakshina.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

As I practiced Gurumayi’s Message for 2017 and focused on the breath, I realized that just as I have the physical need to exhale, I have the need, on my soul’s behalf, to render support for the ways in which the teachings are conveyed to me. I receive Gurumayi’s grace through so many avenues. Offering dakshina, for a soul like mine filled with gratitude, is a powerful way to express that gratitude.

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA