A core spiritual practice on the Siddha Yoga path. Through the practice of dakshina, making a monetary offering, Siddha Yogis acknowledge the wisdom, guidance, grace, and blessings they continuously receive from the Guru. Siddha Yogis offer dakshina with regularity and discipline as part of their sadhana.
Lit., “seeing, perceiving, knowing.” Derived from the Sanskrit darshana, darshan is a Hindi term that means “being in the presence of a holy person.” On the Siddha Yoga path, darshan is seeing, perceiving, knowing the Guru through being in the Guru’s presence or having the experience of the Guru’s presence within.
The Goddess Kundalini; also, the power of spiritual evolution in a human being. The dormant form of this spiritual energy is represented as lying coiled at the base of the spine (kundalini means "coiled one"); when awakened and guided by the Guru and nourished by the seeker’s disciplined effort, this energy brings about purification of the seeker’s being at all levels and leads to the permanent experience of one’s divine nature.
The day on which a saint leaves his physical body and merges with supreme Consciousness. The anniversary of this sacred day is a time to honor and pay tribute to the saint’s teachings and attainment. Baba Muktananda took mahasamadhi on the night of the full moon in October 1982.
A sacred invocation; sacred words or divine sounds invested with the power to protect, purify, and transform the awareness of the individual who repeats them. A mantra received from an enlightened Master is enlivened by the power of the Master's attainment. The Siddha Yoga mantras include Om Namah Shivaya, Guru Om, and So’ham.
Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay
Lit., "Hail the Lord of true Gurus, the great king!" A joyful invocation of the teacher of the highest Truth, both in embodied form and residing within each heart. In the Siddha Yoga tradition, this phrase is often recited to invoke auspiciousness at the beginning of an action or activity, and to express gratitude at the end of an action or activity.
Spiritual practice; also that which leads straight to a goal or is a means of accomplishing something. The sadhana of Siddha Yoga students includes active, disciplined engagement with the foundational Siddha Yoga practices of meditation, chanting, seva, and dakshina, along with focused study and contemplation of the Siddha Yoga teachings. The goal of Siddha Yoga sadhana is spiritual transformation, leading to liberation.
Lit., “descent of power.” On the Siddha Yoga path, shaktipat is an act of grace—the initiation (diksha) by which the Siddha Yoga Guru transmits divine energy to an aspirant and awakens their Kundalini Shakti, the inner spiritual energy. Shaktipat diksha signals the beginning of Siddha Yoga sadhana, an inner journey that culminates in liberation.
The SYDA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that protects, preserves, and facilitates the dissemination of the Siddha Yoga teachings. The SYDA Foundation also guides the philanthropic expressions of the Siddha Yoga path. These include The PRASAD Project, which provides health, education, and sustainable development programs for children, families, and communities in need; and the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, which helps to preserve the scriptural heritage of India.