Young Adults Share About the Practice of Dakshina
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When I started to practice the Siddha Yoga teachings as a young adult, I remember wondering how I could express my gratitude for the Guru’s life-transforming teachings. During a satsang I learned about the practice of dakshina, and as I progressed in sadhana I felt inspired to commit to a regular practice—much like I commit to my meditation and chanting practices.

The practice of dakshina connects me to a space of gratitude, and the more I offer, the more I become aware of the source of grace and of how much I have received. I feel more receptive and able to recognize all the wonderful experiences in my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Vancouver, Canada

Early in life I was given the worldly advice to save money by putting away a little each month. To do so successfully, I was encouraged to deduct that little amount first rather than hope it would be left at month’s end. By doing so, I developed a level of trust that I could thrive within my means. When I began the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice, this outlook provided a perfect foundation, and the practice has led me to a far greater treasure.

Through practicing dakshina, I have come to know that the ease and joy in my life unfolds naturally from my steady commitment to implementing the wisdom and teachings imparted by my Guru. Even when the glass looks half empty, nothing sustains me more than the Guru’s protection. The practice of dakshina fulfills my heart’s longing as yet another way to devote myself to my spiritual path. I am eternally grateful to Gurumayi for her clear guidance on how to actively engage with all the practices on the Siddha Yoga path.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

On the 20th of each month, I come before my puja, close my eyes, and visualize a courtyard in a verdant garden as the sun is rising. Gurumayi is seated in the courtyard. I come before Gurumayi, make my offering of dakshina, and pranam. I then give space for my gratitude to arise. Experiences from sadhana and daily life come up in words and images as I connect to my gratitude. After my visualization, I sit for meditation to assimilate my practice of offering.

My monthly practice of dakshina provides a space in the fluctuating experiences of life where I can draw on my dedication in sadhana, whether it is being steadfast while facing challenges as I build my career, or a feeling of serenity as I work in my garden. Having a regular practice of dakshina inspires me to give more to my sadhana and strengthens how I apply the Siddha Yoga teachings in my daily actions.

a Siddha Yogi from Vancouver, Canada

Here is the way I engage in the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice. I begin by taking a moment to relish how priceless Gurumayi and the Siddha Yoga teachings are to me. After invoking these feelings of love and gratitude within, I visualize myself in front of Gurumayi’s chair at the Siddha Yoga meditation center that I attend in Miami. Before me, is a big, beautiful photo of Gurumayi that is lovingly surrounded by photos of Baba Muktananda and Bhagavan Nityananda. With a serene and joyful feeling, I make my offering.

The Monthly Dakshina Practice means a lot to me for many reasons. One of them is that I understand the consistency, discipline, and steadiness of regular practice as an expression of my firm devotion. To me, this steadfastness in sadhana exemplifies what it means to be yogic. In addition, the sweet discipline of my dakshina practice fortifies my engagement with other foundational practices of Siddha Yoga sadhana: meditation, chanting, and seva. In this way, I have come to experience the practices dancing together within me and around me.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

On the day my monthly dakshina offering is received, I perform puja. I clean my room and wave a stick of incense before my puja, consciously connecting to gratitude for the blessings in my life—my family, friends, home, body, breath, mind, and my Guru who is guiding me towards the constant experience of my innermost truth. Then, I chant Shri Mahalakshmi Stotram and meditate.

Honoring the Guru’s tremendous grace as I practice dakshina has expanded my awareness of the Guru’s presence in each moment. Now, no matter whether I’m teaching students, writing, singing, holding a conversation, walking in a park, performing the Siddha Yoga practices, or sitting on the subway, I feel intimately connected to the Guru’s shakti. With each passing day, I feel increasingly aligned with my highest Self no matter what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, or with whom I’m interacting.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I started my monthly practice of dakshina while serving as a visiting sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram in July 2017. During this visit, I participated in a study session about the exposition on the Siddha Yoga path website entitled The Transformative Cycle of Giving and Receiving. In contemplating the teachings about the cycle of giving and receiving, I had a new understanding about the practice of dakshina. I realized that in giving, I honor my connection with the Guru. At the same time that I’m offering, I’m opening to receive. From this connection, unexpected treasures come.

One time while I was in the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple in the Ashram, I perceived a golden light rain springing out of Bade Baba’s murti and showering upon my head, along with a feeling of profound bliss. Today, as I offer dakshina monthly through an automatic transfer on the 20th of the month, I visualize myself offering dakshina at Bade Baba’s feet. As I remember that golden bliss, the experience of the Guru’s presence becomes more and more tangible. The last time that I did this, I felt the loving hug of Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy

I have been engaging in the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice for about two years. Knowing that I am making a regular offering to my Guru gives me great joy!
 
Practicing dakshina has helped me become more mindful about my relationship with money. I perceive money as a form of the Guru’s grace; through it I am able to support myself, my family, and sometimes even my friends. Instead of spending money on frivolous things for myself, I have come to value my choices to use money in beneficial ways. For me, the most beneficial and important way to use money is to make an offering to my Guru, who has graced my life with invaluable fulfilment.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

As a young adult born to parents who follow the Siddha Yoga path, I truly appreciate the connection I’ve experienced, throughout my life, with the Guru’s love and teachings. I was fortunate to participate in the practice of dakshina with my family as a child.
 
My commitment to the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice as a young adult has given me an even deeper experience of my gratitude and inner connection to the Guru. The Monthly Dakshina Practice also provides a clear structure for disciplined practice, which I find quite helpful and important, especially at this stage in my life.
 
As I’ve reflected on and studied the significance of dakshina, I am particularly moved by the understanding of the natural cycle of giving and receiving in the universe, as described in the expositions on dakshina on the Siddha Yoga path website. Remembering that my own dakshina practice is aligned with the forces of the natural world, I feel connected to the divinity that exists in all things.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your infinite love and light in my life.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA