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 are meditation, chanting, study and contemplation of scriptures, seva, dakshina and hatha yoga.
Each of the practices brings us closer to realizing our true nature. For example, the heightened awareness of meditation or the sweet joy of chanting encourage virtues like detachment and equipoise, serving selflessly gives rise to love, and offerings made through dakshina inspire generosity. Continuous study and contemplation of the teachings help us understand our experiences, constantly guiding us towards the Siddha Yoga mission, to constantly impart the knowledge of the Self. 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.