GSSY - Guru Siyag's Siddha Yoga
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Key Points for Practitioner

Silencing the mind

Beginners find it difficult initially to hold their wandering mind on to one spot and focus on Guru Siyag's form. Sounds around the spot where a practitioner is meditating – honking of cars in traffic outside, songs blaring out of TV/radio sets or noisy machines working in the neighborhood, those present around conversing loudly, wind rattling the windowpanes or rain drumming on the roof, etc.- can easily detract the meditating person. Greater distraction is caused by waves of thoughts constantly crashing through mind.

           However, a practitioner needs to go on practicing patiently without getting upset or losing hope. He will soon realize that his concentration is improving very fast. External sounds or thoughts begin to give way to a new calm. Some then begin to see the image of Guru Siyag or other divine entities during meditation. As the practitioner progresses on the path of meditation, he gradually reaches the stage when he can achieve Samadhi, a trance-like state. Samadhi is an important milestone in yoga as it prepares the practitioner to begin to feel and perceive subtle forces active in the universe around us.


Practice of GSSY

Siddha Yoga is very simple to practice for anyone who is interested in it. No previous knowledge or experience of yoga is necessary; no special tools, aids, dress code and/or the presence of a yoga instructor are required; no rituals are required to be performed.
No practitioner of Siddha Yoga is required to give up his religious belief or change his life-style and dietary habits. All that is required of a practitioner is complete faith and devotion to Guru Siyag to achieve good health and spiritual progress.
A person who has formally become Guru Siyag's disciple through a Diskha program is required to practice Siddha Yoga regularly, preferably daily. The daily practice includes constant and silent chanting of divine mantra and 15-minute meditation sessions 2-3 times a day. The chanting of the mantra can be done at all times of the day and while performing various activities: while working, studying, driving, in the bathroom etc.
A practitioner can meditate at home or any other place he/she finds suitable for meditation. For a beginner, a quiet spot where meditation is not likely to be interrupted would be ideal. He/she should meditate daily in the morning and evening or at any time that is suitable or convenient.
Since meditation is to be done with eyes closed, beginners usually worry about overshooting the 15-minute time-limit and delaying their daily routine. However, they should know that Siddha Yoga works with divine help, which ensures that the meditation lasts only until the time limit mentally set by the practitioner before commencing meditation. So no need to set up an alarm-clock here.
Chanting of the Mantra is key to successful practice of Siddha Yoga. Practitioners also worry about being able to sustain efforts to chant the Mantra. However, they should know that sincere and concerted efforts for this purpose are needed only for a short while. The chanting of Mantra becomes automatic when it is repeated continuously over a certain period of time. This however depends directly on the degree of intensity and sincerity with which the chanting is done. In some cases the chanting becomes automatic just over a week while some other cases it takes a fortnight or even few months. The practitioner is strongly advised not to give up if he/she finds the progress to be slow.