The Dhyana Saptah begins with the lighting of the lamp. This practice of kindling a flame represents the inner awakening that takes place by the Guru’s grace. These kindled flames represent the light of the Heart.
Chanting the mantra Om Namah Shivaya ignites the light within as well. On the day Baba Muktananda received shaktipat initiation from his Guru, Bhagavan Nityananda, he also received the mantra from him. This sacred mantra Om Namah Shivaya means “I honor Shiva, my own Self.” During the Dhyana Saptah, the mantra is chanted in the Shuddha Bilaval raga.
Siddha Yoga meditation teacher Swami Akhandananda gives a dharana, a centering technique that provides a focus for the mind and in turn prepares one’s whole being for deep meditation.
Meditation is accompanied by the sound of the tamboura, a stringed instrument from India that looks like a long-necked lute or mandolin.
Performing arati is another sacred practice on the Siddha Yoga path. The arati consists of both offering a flame to and singing in praise of one’s chosen deity. On the Siddha Yoga path, this is the Guru.
Note: As with all Siddha Yoga teaching and learning events, there are surprises to be discovered in this Dhyana Saptah in honor of Baba Muktananda’s Divya Diksha.