Arati

An act of worship during which a flame, symbolizing the light of the Self, is waved before the form or image of the Guru or a deity. Also, the name for the specific devotional hymns sung in praise of the Guru or the deity, which traditionally accompany the waving of the flame. Each day in Siddha Yoga Ashrams, arati is performed to the Guru.

Blue Pearl

The point of pure Consciousness within each individual that is the core of our true identity and the source of all our powers of perception and action. It is depicted as shining in the space in the crown of the head; a vision of the Blue Pearl is considered to be an auspicious glimpse of the innermost Self.

Chitishakti

A Sanskrit term that means “the power of Consciousness.” The all–pervasive dynamic power of supreme Consciousness that creates, sustains, and dissolves the entire universe; also, the power that conceals and reveals the Truth in human beings. Often personified as the Goddess, and sometimes more specifically as Kundalini Shakti, the power of spiritual evolution in a human being.

Consciousness

The luminous, self-aware, and creative Reality that is the essential Self of all that exists; a name for God, the Absolute, the supreme Truth.

Kundalini Shakti

The primordial shakti, the power of spiritual evolution as it manifests in a human being. The Sanskrit word kundalini literally means “coiled one” because the dormant form of this spiritual energy is represented as lying coiled at the base of the spine. When awakened and guided by the Siddha Yoga Guru, and its progress aided by the seeker’s own disciplined effort, this energy brings about purification on all levels, physical and subtle, and leads to the permanent experience of one’s divine nature.

Mantra

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.

Pranam

To bow; to greet with respect.

Raga

In the Sanskrit language, raga literally means “color.” In Indian music, a raga is a series of five or more notes upon which a melody is based. It is traditionally described as that which “colors the mind and heart.” A raga evokes specific qualities and moods in both the listener and the performer.

Sadhana

A Sanskrit word that means “leading straight to the goal; a means of accomplishing (something); spiritual practice.” The sadhana of Siddha Yoga students includes committed engagement with the essential Siddha Yoga practices and focused study of the Siddha Yoga teachings. The goal of Siddha Yoga sadhana is spiritual transformation that leads to liberation.

Samadhi Shrine

The final resting place of a realized yogi's body. Such a shrine is a place of worship and spiritual practices, permeated with the saint's spiritual power and alive with blessings. Baba Muktananda’s Samadhi Shrine is in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Maharashtra, India.

Satsang

A Sanskrit word that literally means “the company of the good; the company of the Truth”; by extension, “the company of spiritual seekers.” A gathering of seekers for the purpose of meditating, chanting, listening to scriptural teachings, and discussing spiritual topics. A seeker can also have satsang by keeping his or her own good company through doing spiritual practices, holding good thoughts, and cultivating the virtues.

Self

The pure Consciousness that is both the divine core of a human being and the essential nature of all things.

Shakti

Power, energy, strength. Also, a specific power or energy, such as a power embodied in a particular goddess or within an aspirant. When capitalized, Shakti is the creative power of the divine Absolute, which animates and sustains all forms of creation.

Shakti Punja

A Sanskrit term that means “a gathering of spiritual energy”; the name of the archives area of the SYDA Foundation.

Shaktipat Diksha

A Sanskrit term that means “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.