Benefits Of Sidha Yoga And Principles
| January 6, 2009
Siddha yoga has four basic principles. The first one believes that God is in each of us and we must honor ourselves in order to worship God. We must also see God in each other. The third principle says that the heart is a sacred place and we must explore this sacredness in each of us. The fourth principle believes that nothing that is not Shiva, does not really exist.
Siddha yoga aims at bringing alignment in the lives of practitioners through meditation. It aims at bringing about divine consciousness. Siddha yoga practitioners also practice other things like chanting, dakshina, seva, hatha yoga, retreat and satsang for achieving enlightenment.
Siddha yoga teaches people to live life in the exact way and practice correct actions in all situations. It is about internal development and self improvement. It is believed that people can change their own destinies through Siddha yoga since this practice brings about a change in a person’s attitude and actions. Siddha yoga is also said to make a person healthier by curing physical as well as mental diseases. This is based on an ancient belief that the sufferings that we face now are a result of the karma of our past lives.
The Tenets Of Siddha Yoga:
Meditation, seva, chanting, dakshina, intensives and satsang are the main principles of Siddha yoga.
- While meditating, the practitioner is supposed to focus on a mantra that he or she is chanting. Om Namah Shivaya is the mantra that is usually chanted during meditation. One can also chant Nama Sankirtana and read the Gita and perform arati (circling of a lamp around images of God) in the morning and evening as well as do Shree Rudram and the Kundalini Stavaha.
- Practitioners are also supposed to do seva or selfless service by volunteering at organization or at an ashram. Seva is also a way of making an offering to God.
- Dakshina means a gift to one’s teacher or guru. Dakshina is a way of showing appreciation and gratitude to one’s teacher for imparting spiritual teachings and guiding one on the path of spirituality.
- Satsang are group meetings where people chant, meditate and sing devotional songs. Satsangs are also places for devotional talks.
- Intensives are gatherings where people get spiritual energy. According to Siddha yoga, intensives are held twice a year.
Siddha yoga is actually a way of life and the principles prescribed in this can help us lead an austere yet happy and contented life.