The Sanskrit word ‘initiation’ or ‘diksha’ originates from the root ‘diksh’, which signifies ‘to devote oneself, and is really gotten from a blend of two roots. ‘Diks’, which signifies ‘to bless’ or ‘commit’; and ‘daks’, which signifies ‘to develop’, ‘to wind up solid’ or ‘to extend’. It could in this way be said to signify ‘to grow (one’s cognizance) through a procedure of devotion (to finding one’s own particular self)’. Diksha includes both giving and accepting – giving of one’s self, and getting from the guru or master.
“Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah”
Meaning of ‘Guru Mantra’:
“The Guru is Brahma (The God of Creation)
The Guru is Vishnu (The God of Sustenance)
The Guru is Shiva (The God of Annihilation)
My Salutation to such a Guru, who is verily the Supreme God”
‘Initiation’ or ‘Diksha’ likewise signifies ‘to see’, and when one takes ‘diksha’ one gets the force by which one can start to “see” the objective or way of inward life. It makes the otherworldly way unmistakable by throwing inward light. We “see” with the ‘internal eye’ because of the enlivening and revelation of otherworldly vitality and the self. ‘Initiation’ or ‘diksha’ is coordinated towards that revelation. The more we can commit ourselves to the inward mission, the more we might see.
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‘Initiation’ has an extensive range of significance and suggestion. It traverses numerous levels of comprehension, from the outside, formal function, which happens on the gross level (and which is principally typical of the inward process), to the boundlessly more inconspicuous measurement of transmission or ‘shaktipath’, which can be given by the master to the ‘shishya’ or follower in various courses, as per the otherworldly progression and thirst of the pupil.
When a mantra is taken from a book, the outcomes would not be precisely the same as though gotten specifically from a master, nor will it be an exercise in uselessness either. God’s name has its own energy. Lit up souls clarify that if an ambitious person gains from a master who carries on with the life, who has advanced a bit, the outcomes will be more prominent. One gets to be persuaded it is conceivable to acknowledge God subsequent to having seen such a spirit before one’s own eyes. Accordingly, to keep up the battle and support an enthusiasm, one must connect with the sacred person. That is another advantage of having a ‘guru’ or ‘master’.
In the process of initiation a ‘guru’ or ‘master’ transfers the spiritual power to his disciples along with mantras which need to enliven by chanting it regularly. After a certain period, that enliven mantra starts to bring changes in the disciple’s body and mind. With energizing his or her mind, the power of mantra also take part with bio-chemical changes in the body, because there is a tremendous relation belongs between human body and mind.
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There are many examples of people who became famous and succeed in his venture after taking initiation from a compatible ‘guru’. One of the greatest examples is ‘Swami Vivekananda’. Many of us know the story of ‘Narendranath’ who gradually became an aura of ‘spiritual power’ after taking ‘initiation’ from his ‘guru’ Shri Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa of Dakshineswar, Kolkata. So ‘initiation’ or ‘diksha’ is a power that protects a human being from various odd and ends in course of life like hardship, tough time, unexpected events etc. and make an environment for smoother life with improvement to attain four permissible goals like ‘dharma’, ‘artha’, ‘kama’ and ‘moksha’ according to Hindu religion. ‘Guru’ is such an entity who can take you from darkness to light of knowledge, as we say –
Cakssur-Unmiilitam Yena Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah”
“(Salutations to the Guru) Who Removes the Darkness of Ignorance from our Blind (Inner) Eyes by applying the Collyrium of the Light of Knowledge.
By Whom our (Inner) Eyes are Opened; Salutations to that Guru.”