As the month-long satsang
in honor of Shubh
Gurupurnima is coming to an end, I have been contemplating this exquisite exposition by Ami Bansal on the tradition and practice of dakshina.
What arose in me is that there is more for me to dig into! Even though I have been practicing dakshina
for many years, I feel I have only been perceiving the surface of this mysterious and subtle practice.
I am learning now that the inner attitude with which I offer dakshina
is important. The gratitude I feel toward the Siddha Yoga Gurus could be more expansive and pervade all my daily activities.
I discovered gem after gem as I read and reread this thorough exposition. I came to the conclusion that dakshina is not a mere offering to the Guru. It is mainly a gift from the Guru, a gift of knowledge. What is offered as dakshina by the seeker is a channel through which divine knowledge is transmitted.
Through dakshina, I offer the cup of my existence to my Guru to fill it with the knowledge of the Truth so that I may enjoy in my heart the blissful rasa of the Self.
has been a very natural practice for me ever since my first Siddha Yoga satsang
in 1988 in Geneva. Since then, I have always experienced offering dakshina
as a way to build a strong and indestructible connection to my beloved Guru. It allows me to express my gratitude for the many blessings, teachings, and breakthroughs that I have received on this path.
When I read this exposition (using my beginner’s mind), I discovered that one of the meanings of dakshina
is “an offering made by the student to the teacher through which the student becomes established in the knowledge that has been imparted.” From this I understood that dakshina
is not, as I had thought before, simply a way to pay back, but also a means to abide in the knowledge imparted by the Guru, to abide in the supreme wisdom, and truly make it mine.
From now on, I will offer dakshina
with the intention to consciously abide in knowledge. Each month, as I offer dakshina
, I will choose one specific form of knowledge and attempt to dwell in it.
After offering dakshina
this morning, I sat quietly for a moment. As I turned within, I experienced feelings of love and gratitude for my Guru and for all that I have been given over the decades. These feelings led me deeper and deeper within, until I felt waves of light and love flowing all throughout my being. It was as if I was immersed in a waterfall of blessings and love. I knew without a doubt that my Guru and I are one.
New Mexico, United States
What stood out for me in Ami’s elucidation of bhava
—as illustrated in the story of Satyakama—is that his offering was a symbol of his devotion, effort, and humility. It was a tangible offering, imbued with his love, commitment, and intention. What a marvelous example to contemplate.
For me, it is an honor to offer dakshina
. In my experience, the bhava
when doing so contains humility, sincerity, worthiness, openness, and unity. I believe that the Guru receives my offering not for her sake, but for mine. To me, dakshina
is a divine act that opens my heart.
California, United States
I recently took some time to reflect on the spiritual practice of dakshina
, as I wished to understand it on a deeper level.
First I thought about my monthly offering and how I would like to connect with that. I realized I want to offer with open hands; I want to offer gently, serenely, and fully connected to my heart.
At another point, I sat in my meditation posture with the intention of fully connecting with my heart as I offered dakshina
. As I did this, I saw myself with my hands open, with coins flowing freely through my fingers from me to Gurumayi. I had the sense that this exchange was actually love flowing directly from me to Gurumayi, and then from her to me.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
How wonderful to read the story of Satyakama Jabala! What stood out for me especially was the description of how Satyakama came before his Guru for the second time, embodying humility “in equal measure to the knowledge he possessed.” How inspiring and moving it has been for me to reflect on the auspicious presence of such humility. To me, it shows that Satyakama had truly imbibed the teachings he had received.
I understand from the story that the care with which Satyakama nurtured the gift of cattle his Guru gave him—with the intention of eventually returning them to his Guru as dakshina—awakened in him the capacity to receive teachings from “everyone and everything” around him.
I am taking away the understanding that the practice of dakshina nurtures my capacity to receive wisdom from everything around me, and to imbibe the Guru's teachings directly.
After reciting Shri Guru Gita
, I prepared to offer dakshina
via the Siddha Yoga path website. Slowly, consciously, and with much love, I clicked through the online fields and submitted the payment. Then I meditated.
In meditation, a great energy filled me. I realized that this energy is the support of my life. I realized how much the teachings of Siddha Yoga and the grace of Gurumayi hold my life together. They protect me and help me navigate safely through the challenges and obligations of my worldly existence.
For filling my life with freedom, light, and love, I am infinitely grateful to my Guru.
Long ago, I began a practice of dakshina
through automatic withdrawals from my bank account. But I essentially ignored it; I didn’t pay attention to this as a practice. Then one day I realized that dakshina
is part of sadhana
. I appreciated that whatever I am today is because of the Guru’s grace. Since then, I have continued the regular practice of dakshina—
but with awareness. This brings me peace and happiness.
Alabama, United States
was the first practice I did when I began following the Siddha Yoga path. The act of giving was very natural for me in every area of my life.
As I practiced dakshina
, I began to understand that it was not only giving that was important, but also the capacity to receive. Dakshina
has taught me to be open to receive what the Guru is giving me: grace, love, and wisdom.
The practice of dakshina
is, for me, a matter of great joy and love. I feel honored to participate. I feel that my offering is supporting the realization of Baba’s intention to bring a meditation revolution to the whole world.
For me, offering dakshina
is the most practical way to sustain Gurumayi's work for the benefit of all and to express my eternal gratitude for having received shaktipat diksha
and a splendid and luminous new life.
I began the practice of dakshina
decades ago by arranging for an automatic monthly withdrawal from my bank account. It has been so effortless, without me thinking twice about it, that I began to worry I was not consciously focusing on my practice every month.
However, in a recent meditation, I had an upsurge of happiness that totally consumed me. I experienced the profound joy of my beautiful life! I became aware of how blessed the flow of my life continues to be. My heart expanded with a sense of deep appreciation for the path of Siddha Yoga and the teachings of the Guru.
I am so grateful for my practice of dakshina
—what an honor!
Georgia, United States
I had to learn about offering dakshina
; it didn’t come naturally. I didn’t want to give unless I fully understood the meaning of what I was doing. So I held back and gave spasmodically.
It was the “holding back” that was the real lesson here for me. Was I holding back in other areas of my life too? How was the holding back impacting the flow of abundance in so many aspects of my life?
I’m not holding back any more. I have found a way to follow the impulse of my heart and my whole being in offering—whether it is dakshina,
or something else, such as time, energy, love, compassion. The list is endless. The grace is endless. The abundance is immeasurable.
I first began a Monthly Dakshina Practice long ago. I filled out a card for Monthly Dakshina Practice and offered it in darshan
at the meditation center I attend. Over time, I realized I needed to contemplate my practice to make it true worship. I then began to contemplate the meaning of each offering of dakshina
before and after offering. In time, my understanding of the spiritual significance of dakshina
has grown in my heart, and my practice has also grown. Every time I give, I feel that I go deeper inside.
Virginia, United States
The practice of dakshina
not only supports me in honoring the teachings I receive from Shri Guru, but also inspires me to surrender all my actions to God. In this way, I engage myself in a graceful, nourishing cycle of selfless offering.
I no longer take the kindness and generosity that I receive for granted. I can now perceive the ever-present touch of grace in the myriad of small blessings I receive every day: a young neighbor carrying my groceries home on a rainy day, my husband placing a steaming cup of coffee next to my computer, my younger son showing up with a bunch of flowers, for no reason at all. I once wondered, "How could I repay an act of kindness?" I have found the answer in giving—
generously and unconditionally.
As a result, I truly enjoy the experience of dakshina
, a practice that has given me the opportunity to tangibly express my gratitude to the Guru for her blessings, and also opened my heart to the graceful path of giving.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I have been following the Siddha Yoga path my whole life. Because of the amazing Siddha Yoga teachings, I have learned how to get through difficult times that come up in my life and to celebrate how great my life is and how great I am.
Just as a seed needs water and sun to grow into a tree or flower and be there for years to come, I recognize it is my dharma
to care for and protect the Siddha Yoga teachings so the world can flourish under the light of these gems.
I am so happy that I know about the practice of offering dakshina
, so I can express my gratitude to Gurumayi for the amazing tools which the Siddha Yoga teachings bring to my life.
Thank you, Gurumayi!
through the Siddha Yoga Monthly Dakshina Practice has had a powerful effect on my life. I have learned that wealth is a gift from God and that I need to use money wisely and generously. I’ve realized that the world is supported by a blissful cycle of giving and receiving, and that when I act selfishly, I interrupt this cycle. I’ve also felt that offering dakshina
is a precious gift to myself—it supports me to connect with the bliss that is always bubbling inside.
I offer my deep and sincere thanks to Gurumayi for the wonderful changes I’ve experienced in my understanding and in my life through this practice.
As I offered dakshina
this morning, I imagined I was standing in front of the awesome statue of the Goddess Durga in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. During my prayers, I saw a beautiful flame inside me—just like the fire I remember burning next to the statue.
I am in awe and deeply grateful for the benevolent grace we are receiving on this divine path of Siddha Yoga.
From the very beginning of offering monthly dakshina
more than 25 years ago, I felt I was part of a sacred circle of giving and receiving that joined me and Gurumayi. This circle has established me in an unbreakable bond of gratitude. Offering dakshina
is one of the ways I thank Gurumayi for being my Guru and for the unfathomable gift of shaktipat
Massachusetts, United States
I have come to experience dakshina
as offering and receiving love—an exchange between me and the Guru. The practice makes me conscious of the bounty of my blessings.
Florida, United States
I began a monthly dakshina
practice shortly after beginning to attend a Siddha Yoga meditation center 20 years ago. Over the years of practicing dakshina
, I have observed that my sense of self-worth has become increasingly grounded in my inner value, rather than based on my actions or possessions.
Colorado, United States
What a beautiful gift the practice of dakshina
has been for me. Through the practice of dakshina
, I have discovered the power of giving. Through giving, I have learned to open my heart and be open to receiving. Since the beginning of my practice of dakshina
, I have become more generous, compassionate, and more comfortable with myself and my interaction with the world around me.
When I think of dakshina,
I remember the prana
—the life force. Breathing in, breathing out, the most natural thing in the world, the natural exchange of receiving and giving that perpetuates life. When I offer dakshina
, I feel that I am in tune with the natural process of life.
As I have practiced dakshina
over the years, I have always felt such gratitude for what the Guru has given me. I now find that as I practice dakshina
, I feel not only gratitude, but also so much more joy. I am more fully immersed in each moment of my life, experiencing love and enjoying the abundance and good fortune that have been given to me.
Texas, United States
Years ago, after listening to a talk about dakshina,
I realized that I had been viewing the domain of money as separate from my spiritual life. While I had always behaved practically in attending to financial matters, that practicality did not always keep me from worrying about my finances. What I learned from the talk was that the best approach for me would be to combine that practicality with a deep trust in the Guru's grace and protection.
Since then, I have practiced dakshina
steadily—as a key component of my spiritual life. I now experience dakshina
as a sacred vehicle through which I can express, day in and day out, my profound gratitude to the Guru for all of her blessings.
Oregon, United States