Can anyone explain about it with good examples?

What are the different types of Shaktipata?


Shaktipata is the most essential part of the the Tantrik Deeksha Samskara. It literally means the transfer of energy from Guru to the disciple.

In KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva clearly says, that Deeksha where Shaktipata is absent fails to bear any fruits.

ShaktipAtAnusArena Shishyohanugrahamaharti |
Yatra Shaktirna Patati Tatra Siddhirna JAyate ||


According to Shaktipata a disciple receives Guru's anugraha. There is no siddhi (accomplishment) where there is no Shaktipata.

KulArnava Tantram, Chapter 14, Verse 38.

And, this transfer of energy can be achieved by mainly three methods as given below:

SparsakhyA Deeksha

This is also known as Sparsha Deeksha or simply Sparshani. ( Sparsha means touch). In this , the Guru meditates on his own Guru as Parama Shiva in his own hand. Then he performs Mula Mantra Shadanga Nyasa, Matrika Nyasas etc and then places his right hand on the shishya's head. After that Mantra upadesam is done. This is called Sparsha Deeksha and its extremely fruitful (siddhiprada).

Drik Sanga Deeksha

This is also known as Drik Deeksha or simply Chaksushi. (Drik relates to vision ). Here the Guru contemplates on Paramatma Shiva with closed eyes and after having vision of Him he opens eyes and views the disciple with eyes filled with joy. Then with a happy mind (prasanna chitta) he initiates the disciple into the mantra. This Deeksha is also known as Phaladayini Deeksha and is highly fruitful.

MAnasAkyA Deeksha

This is also known as Manasa Deeksha or Mano Deeksha or Vedamayi Deeksha. ( Manas is mind). Here the Guru meditates on the Kulakundalini Shakti which is situated within the four petaled lotus in the disciple's Muladhara Chakra. And meditating thus, he moves the Shakti upwards by piercing the Shatchakras and unites it with Shiva who is in the Sahsrara Chakra. By doing so, by the Guru's order, the disciple gets rid of three Pashas namely Sahaja, Agantuka and Sangsagika. The disciple is then filled with Shivatva and becomes like no other than the supreme Shiva. This Deeksha is considered as the one to give the quickest results among all and also as the most fruitful among all Shaktipata Deekshas.

Lord Shiva mentions about these 3 kinds of highly beneficial Deekshas in the following verse:

SparshakhyA Devi DriksangyA MAnasAkhyA Maheswari |
KriyAyAsAdirahitA Devi DeekshA TridhA SmritA ||

Devi, Hey Maheswari, Sparsha, Drik and Manas, Deekshas are of these three kinds. In these three Deekshas elaborate rituals (Ayasha and Kriya) are not needed.

Kularnava Tantram, Chpater 14, Verse 34.

As an additional note, elaborate rituals are needed for Deekshas called the Kriyavati Deeksha which are the ones that are usually practiced. Descriptions related to them are found in the same chapter of the aforementioned Tantra Text.

  • Are there any examples like someone in ancient or in modern times got initiation by Shakti pata , like someone whome we all know. May 8 '17 at 6:32
  • In ancient times Shaktipata was always practiced. In modern times however its not all always practiced. There must be many examples like Sri Ramakrishna gave Shaktipata to his disciples.
    – Rickross
    May 8 '17 at 6:36
  • Ok :).......... May 8 '17 at 6:42
  • @SwiftPushkar plenty in maharastra. Kaka maharaj dhekane, Gulvani maharaj, swami nityananda and muktananda of ganeshpuri etc. May 8 '17 at 11:36
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    @RakeshJoshi - Yes , you are correct ,as I often heard about this through discussions and from articles written in various spiritual magzines :-) May 8 '17 at 11:40

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