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Siddha Yoga Philosophy & Culture

Imagine looking at the world you live in and recognizing divinity in everything you see and everyone you meet. Imagine facing every situation in your life with the unwavering strength and delight that come from the certainty of the divine presence within you. The Siddha Yoga tradition embraces the universal principle of love and respect for one another, as expressed in one of the core teachings of this path -- See God in each other.

The Siddha Yoga philosophy asserts that this attainment is not only possible, it is our birthright. The goal of the Siddha Yoga path is Self-realization — the unceasing experience of yoga, or unity with God. Within each of us, behind the mind, the body, the ego, is a divine power. We practice yoga to recognize this divine power, the Self, and harmonize all our actions, thoughts, and words with it. The key to this divine vision of ourselves and the world is shaktipat, or spiritual awakening. When we receive shaktipat, we gain entry to our inner spiritual realms. Then, through our self effort in the form of spiritual practices, together with the grace of the Guru, our own spiritual awareness unfolds.

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, as head of the Siddha Yoga lineage, continues a sacred tradition of making shaktipat available to spiritual seekers. Under the guidance of her teachings, Siddha Yoga students embrace the spiritual practices of yoga including meditation, chanting, contemplation and study, and selfless service (seva), as the means to the goal of Self-realization.

The Siddha Yoga philosophy springs from the timeless scriptural traditions of Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta, as well as from the experience of the enlightened Siddha masters. Study of the texts of yoga deepens our understanding and appreciation of our inner experiences and helps us apply what we learn in our daily lives.

Siddha Yoga philosophy is made easily available to seekers around the world through the work of the SYDA Foundation. If you are new to Siddha Yoga meditation, you may find books by the Siddha Yoga Gurus helpful. These books and other items are available from the Ashram Bookstore and the Siddha Yoga Online Bookstore.

 

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