The Siddha Yoga Practices
We perform the Siddha Yoga practices to touch and expand the inner mystical state, until over time we become established in our experience of yoga or oneness with God. The Siddha Yoga practices include meditation techniques, chanting, service, retreats, and others.
Each of the practices gives us another taste of our essential nature—the serenity and heightened awareness of meditation or the sweetness and joy of chanting, for example. Each practice develops our virtues such as detachment and love from serving selflessly, and generosity from offering dakshina. Continuous study and contemplation of the teachings provides the understanding of our experiences and inspires us to delve deeper. Each of us finds our own unique combination of these practices according to our own inner wisdom.
The mystery of the Siddha Yoga practices is that they are enlivened with the awakened energy of the Siddha Yoga Guru. Thus our own effort is magnified as we apply ourselves to the practices.
Many Siddha Yoga students also discover that performing the practices with a community of seekers, at Siddha Yoga meditation centers, ashrams, and Siddha Yoga retreats, enhances the effect of the practices.
Through right effort in the practices, supported by grace and good company, we continually step closer to living a truly spiritual life.