799 – Diksha

Diksha Initiation is like that extra burst of energy, which is required to propel you into space between you into the infinite space between you and the self. – Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Diksha is a Sanskrit word which comes from the root ‘diksh’, which means ‘to dedicate oneself’ and is actually derived from a combination of two words,’diks’ which means to consecrate, or dedicate, and ‘daks’, which means to grow, to become strong or to expand. It could also mean to expand one’s consciousness, through a process of discovering one’s own self, and receiving from the guru. Diksha also means to see and when one receives the power by which one begins to see, the goal or path of inner life. It makes the spiritual path visible by casting internal light. We see with the inner eye due to the awakening and discovery of spiritual energy and the self. The more we can dedicate ourselves to the inner quest, the more we shall see. – Swami Vibhootiananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga

Diksha in Vedic Bharat was the rite performed prior to the Vedic sacrifice in order to consecrate its patron or sacrifice.

What are the advantages of receiving Diksha? It is believed to include spiritual growth, guidance and a deeper connection to one’s chosen path of spirituality.

Mantra Diksha is what we are all familiar with. In mantra diksha one recognizes the power of sound. Mantras are sacred syllabic sounds which resonate with spiritual significance. These are very ancient sound vibrations which are believed to carry transformative energies that can elevate consciousness and align the sadhaka with the divine. It is the Guru who shares the mantra with the disciple, and the mantra is a source of energy, associated with the chosen mantra. Mantra Diksha marks the beginning of a transformative journey.

Regular chanting protects the disciple and leads one on a journey of spiritual awareness. If one does not have a Guru, then one can ask one’s Ishta Devata (chosen form of one’s Divine) and it will be given. It is also possible to chant the name of one’s Ishta Devata. One can also follow the Jivanmuktas (liberated beings) like Swami Sivananda and chant the mantra which they favored.

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