I’d been participating in the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice for about three years when I was inspired to change the way I select the amount of my monthly offering. I wanted to offer a percentage of my income. In this way, as my income increased, my offering would also increase.
I was moved to offer dakshina in this way because I realized that all the good fortune in my life was a result of Gurumayi’s grace, love, and guidance. The splendor of what I experience on a daily basis, the qualities of my inner state, and the many wonderful ways I am able to express myself with love in this world—how I behave, how I treat people, how I work, and how I serve—were all springing from the divine well of the Siddha Yoga path.
So, after considering the inestimable value of the Siddha Yoga path in my life, and the other ways that I must responsibly allocate my finances, I set the intention to offer ten percent of my income. At the time, this did not feel easy. It took effort to organize my finances so that I would be able to offer dakshina in this way. I created a new budget and re-arranged my spending so that I could make this offering.
As I engaged with this practice in a steady way, I came to realize that I benefit even more than I could have anticipated. By placing my Monthly Dakshina Practice offering as the first item in my budget and the first priority in my spending, I not only experience the joy of giving, I am also continually reminded of where I place the significance of the Siddha Yoga Gurus and their teachings in my life. They are number one! This, in turn, supports me to approach other areas of my life—and their associated triumphs and challenges—with more love, equipoise, and detachment. Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I know my highest priority. Through practicing dakshina monthly, I cultivate a more constant remembrance of what I hold dearest in this life.
A Siddha Yogi from New York, USA