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Mantra Initiation

Mantra Initiation: Commitment to One Lineage

Finding the one yoga lineage is not easy.  There are many beautiful teachers and traditions to learn from, each offering something unique.  Finding unity with your spirit is like finding a life partner.  After all, it is a lifelong union you plan to make.  Until you find it, you need to experience "dating" other yoga traditions.  Dating yoga traditions is great fun.  It will help you find one that suits your personality, your lifestyle, your temperament, and your purpose in life.  You will know you have found "The One" when your soul resonates with it and you feel complete.  Your heart opens.  You feel at home.  Once you have found it, stick to it.  Dig deep. Get initiated into that tradition.

Initiation is a ceremony where a spiritual teacher gives the student a specific mantra to use for Japa meditation.  A mantra is a cosmic sound vibration.  A mantra allows the mind to tune into a higher wavelength, creating a connection with the Guru's spiritual energy -- something like a weak battery receiving current from a fully charged battery, in order to run again.  The student makes a commitment to repeat the mantra, which allows the energy to set in physically and mentally, deepening the nature of one's spiritual practice and taking it to the next level.

Receiving initiation from a lineage means that you have accepted that spiritual guide as your Guru.  You become committed to the teachings of your lineage.  If you already have a mantra, stick to it.  There is no need to collect mantras from different traditions, as it will not serve you.  Your mantra is all you need to tap into your inner Guru.  The mantra is your tool to steady your mind with the Guru's guidance and energy.  Initiation is a very subtle but effective spiritual technique, which is why it is only for those who are serious on the path and very interested to know the benefit of it.  My beloved Gurudev used to say, "There's no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places.  Decide on one place and dig deep.  Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down.  If you leave that to dig another well, all the effort is wasted and there is no proof you won't hit rock again."  

Sri Swami Satchidananda says, “If you get initiation from a person, you should treat that person as your guru, because initiation is a very subtle, but effective spiritual technique. In a way, you have a commitment to that… By initiation, you receive a part of the Guru… not just a mere mantra. Giving a mantra itself is not the initiation. If that were so, I could mail it to you… During the initiation, you receive a part of the vibration, a part of the Guru himself, planted in you… The minute you accept someone as your Guru, you have decided to commit yourself to his or her teaching. It’s for your benefit. We [the teachers] don’t lose anything if you come or go, but you lose the benefit. So that is why, initiation is only for those who are very, very serious, sincerely interested, and who know the benefit of it. Otherwise, it’s better to wait until you know what initiation is and why a mantra should be repeated.

Guidelines for Preparation

Mantra initiation is an important and beautiful experience. The following hints will help you to properly prepare for the solemnity of the occasion and receive the maximum benefit:

  1. Prepare the day of initiation by washing yourself fully and fasting all day (preferably on water if possible). If you must eat for any special reason, eat light and vegetarian only.

  2. Wear white clothing that is fresh, clean, comfortable and light. If whites are not available, any light colour is acceptable.

  3. On the day of Initiation, bring fruits and/or flowers and anything else you would like to offer for the puja. These can be handed over to the person in charge.

  4. Please bring Mala beads to the blessed during the ceremony. If you do not have any, you can purchase one from any Buddhist shop or ask Hersha for one.

  5. Silence will be maintained throughout the Initiation. Should you have any questions, they will be answered during the explanation part.

  6. Your monetary offering can be any amount according to your means and your heartfelt feelings. The proceeds will all go towards YAMA Foundation. It should be placed in an envelope and submitted prior to Initiation.