It is said that there must be an energy exchange for receiving spiritual teachings. Based on an ancient tradition: empty handed you come; empty handed you go. Das Vandh means sharing one tenth of what you earn. This is a popular practice through many spiritual traditions, as a way of acknowledging that all our prosperity comes from God.
Yogi Bhajan took this one step further for teachers of Kundalini Yoga. He instructed that 11% of what is earned through teaching be given back to the source of the Teachings – this could be your local NKYTA, or to the Library of Teachings or another nonprofit in the 3HO family. This donation is called Gurudakshina.
In this way, our community is supported to grow, to invest in projects that assist with developing the teachings, and to be prosperous.
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