A Sweet Surprise 2014

Preparation for A Sweet Surprise
Glossary

Dakshina
Lit., “a gift offered to the Guru or God.” Dakshina is one of the essential Siddha Yoga practices. Siddha Yoga students practice dakshina by offering money or financial resources to the Guru without expectation of personal gain and without stipulation for its use. Dakshina is the act of offering as well as the offering itself.

Darshan
Lit., “seeing, perceiving, knowing.”  “Darshan” is a Hindi word, derived from the Sanskrit “darshana.” It means being in the presence of a holy person. In Siddha Yoga, darshan is the inner experience of the Guru’s presence. It is seeing, perceiving, knowing the Guru within.

Kundalini Shakti
The inner spiritual energy. The dormant form of this spiritual energy is represented as lying coiled at the base of the spine. Kundalini Shakti is awakened and guided by the grace of a Siddha Guru and nourished by the seeker's disciplined engagement with spiritual study and practices.

Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay
In the Siddha Yoga tradition, this Hindi expression in praise of the Guru is often recited at the beginning and completion of an activity, as an invocation of auspiciousness and an offering of gratitude.