I have been participating in the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice since 1988. I have always loved this practice, and on the day my offering is received, I perform puja at home.
One sunny morning a few months ago, I was kneeling in front of my puja. It was clean and sparkling. I waved an arati tray, adorned with a flower and a candle, to Gurumayi’s image. I offered pranam and then carefully placed a pink paper heart on my puja, with the amount of my offering written on it. This was a way of illustrating how, through the practice of dakshina, I was giving my own heart to the great Heart.
As the paper left my fingers, I experienced an inner rush of bliss. My mind went still, and “I” became a vibration of love. My awareness was firmly seated in the Heart, and I experienced happiness, peace, and a profound sense of connection. I felt that I was catapulted into an ocean of divine love.
This experience is one example of how, by practicing dakshina monthly, I am reminded again and again of my connectedness to the Guru. My steady practice of offering to the source of divine love has strengthened my ability to experience love, and give love, in my day-to-day life.
A Siddha Yogi from California, USA