Thursday, March 11, 2010

Siddha Yoga

Siddha Yoga is a religious path of discipline, of mastering the mind and senses with teachings and practices instilled with grace. The Siddha Yoga was founded by Gurumayi's ancestor and Guru, Swami Muktananda in 1970’s.

Siddha Yoga was previously used as a Sanskrit term. The term ‘siddha yoga’ is documented in 1948 by Swami Vishnu Tirtha.  The yoga of Kundalini is known as ‘Mahayoga’. It is also sometimes called ‘Siddha Yoga’ because it can be acquired only through the favor of a perfect master (Siddha Guru) without any effort on the part of the initiated.

The teachings of Siddha Yoga are stated in the scriptures like ‘Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Yoga Sutras’ of Patanjali, ‘Bhakti Sutras’, the ‘Mahabharata’, ‘the Ramayana’ etc. The main practices of Siddha Yoga include meditation, chanting, seva, dakshina, satsang and intensives. The form of meditation practiced is the silent focusing on a mantra and on the flow of breath. The mantra used for meditation is ‘Om Namah Shivaya’.

Siddha Yoga is a new religious movement that is based in part on the Hindu spiritual traditions of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. It has ashrams and meditation centers in several countries like India, the United States, Australia, Great Britain and Japan.

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