Dakshina is a core practice on the Siddha Yoga path and a part of Siddha Yoga sadhana and studentship.
In the practice of dakshina, Siddha Yogis make monetary offerings to the Guru. This practice is rooted in an ancient tradition of honoring the Guru, the source of grace and knowledge, through giving. Dakshina is offered without specifying its use or expecting personal gain.
The SYDA Foundation is responsible for receiving and administering dakshina offered by Siddha Yogis outside of India. The charitable trust of Gurudev Siddha Peeth holds this responsibility for dakshina offered within India.
Siddha Yogis practice dakshina in several ways:
How to make offerings
- With regularity and discipline by participating in the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice
- During darshan in a Siddha Yoga Ashram, meditation center, or chanting and meditation group
- In honor of Siddha Yoga holidays, teaching and learning events, and occasions of personal significance
- At all ages and as a family
- You can include your children in the practice by speaking about the practice with them and engaging in the practice together