Most, if not all, of the sampradayas of Vaishnavism, Saivism, Shaktism etc. have an initiation or diksha process for even common folks to be part of the particular sampradaya they are attracted to/meant for. Now, at least in the southern states to my knowledge, there are many smartha families that claim to be followers/devotees of one of the 2 major mutts associated with Adi Sankaracharya. My question is how do people/families in general claim lineage or association with a particular mutt if there was no initiation done? How to they accept either of the Sankaracharyas as their Guru? Because, to my knowledge, the sankara sampradaya does initiation process only for sanyaasis. Has Adi Sankaracharya given any instructions in this regard?

  • Yeah, there is. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Dec 6 at 14:41
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury you would like elaborate on that in an answer? – Ambi Dec 6 at 14:56
  • You hv to contact the Mutt people for tht to see if they give Mantra Diksha or not. Sannyas Diksha and Mantra Diksha are not the same. – Rickross Dec 6 at 16:48
  • @Rickross I know that. But my question is on whether there is a process of mantra disksha that has been instituted by Adi Shankaracharya. To my knowledge, the answer is no (but I wanted to see if more learned people here can clarify here). Which then leads to the question on how the advaitins/smarthas consider lineage or association with any mutt. – Ambi Dec 7 at 1:58

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