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The process of initiating a person with a mantra by a guru is called initiation. This is called Deeksha in common usage.

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Does chanting a kavacha require initiation?

Basically the question. I have heard varied opinions on this. Kavachas from the puranas, I'm assuming (without evidence yet) are quite safe to do. But there are a lot of kavachas like the Vatuka ...
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What does scripture say regarding post humous diksha?

Recently I have come across the life story of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Maharaj from the Gaudiya Vaishnav Sampradaya. It was stated that in 1918, he accepted sanyas diksha from the photograph ...
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Which mantra/s can be chanted after initiation?

I have recently read that mantras cannot be chanted before initiation. I am aware that during initiation, a guru will give a mantra in the ears of the disciple. My question is, can the person ...
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Mantra Japa without a Guru

Namaskaar, Can i perform Navarna mantra Japa without initiation by a Guru. Can i request any random Poojari from a Maa Temple to help me in this initiation? What would happen if I have already ...
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How does one can be initiated with Mahamantra?

How does a non Vaishnava get initiated with hare Krishna Mahamantra? What Vaishnava Acharyas are there in the world today who initiate people?
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Does the Hanuman Chalisa require Guru Diksha for it to be effective?

If one wants to chant the Hanuman Chalisa does that particular individual need need to undergo Guru Diksha?
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How to get initiated in Shaiva Agamas? What to ask and to whom?

I live in New Delhi. Are there any mutt nearby? Regardless of if there are... (I can travel some distance) then what do I tell them? How do I ask? Do I simply say "I want to learn Shaiva Agamas&...
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Is Mantra diksha (initiation) possible online?

Is it possible to have mantra Initiation online? How to know hoax among real Guru? How to know that mantra you will be given is initiated?
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Shakta mantras that do not need initiation

Is there any mantra like om namha shivaya or om namo bhagvate vasudevaye for shakta that can be chanted without initiation?
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Any hanuman mantra which can be recited by anyone without any guru. Also let me know the source

Kindly let me know any Hanuman mantra which does not need initiation or Guru
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How can a westerner be initiated into Tantra?

I'm a westerner with a deep love for the indic wisdom traditions. How does someone like me go about being initiated into Tantra? Does doing so block me from being initiated into Buddhist Tantra?
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How could I’ll be initiated with a mantra Japa when living in Belgium and not knowing any guru personally. I’m a fervent seeker of Sw Sarvapriyananda [closed]

To well pursued my quest towards self realisation I need to be initiated to a mantra Diksha and have not be able to found a guru in my home town
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How Sanyasis are eligible to be initiated into Sri Vidya?

As per verse 66 from Ullasah 11, Kaularnava Tantra, Shastra clearly forbids Sanyasa प्रायश्चित्तं भृगोः पातं संन्यासं व्रतधारणम् । तीर्थयात्राभिगमनं कौलः पञ्च विवर्जयेत् ।। ६६ ।। Five actions and ...
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Is there a ritual in Hinduism when son leaves parents house?

I'm just wondering, is there a ritual in Hinduism, where a son leaves the house of the parents if he is going to live in his own house alone?
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Who is the source of Deeksha?

As discussed in this question’s comment section It is clear that the recital of (deity specific) mantras are not ”sanctioned”(I don’t know what implications follow if someone does recite without ...
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Recital of mantra by initiated vs non initiated person

I have heard that mantras are taught in guru shishya relation,where the disciple receives mantra Diksha(initiation). If this is actually true,then what are the differences between when a Dikshit ...
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Can a Beeja Mantra be pronounced in a slightly corrupted form? Will it count as an initiation? [closed]

The modern meditation discipline of Transcendental Meditation is taught by an official teacher over a course of four or five consecutive days at the beginning of which there is a Puja of the ...
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How to become a disciple of Devi and see her as Guru?

This question the accepted answer to which further links to this blog post details a procedure for one to became a disciple of Lord Dakshinamurthy. This discipleship is mainly for the purpose of ...
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Do you need diksha to offer to kali?

I heard you do and that you must only offer purified food?
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Can anyone chant Om Namo Narayana?

Or do u need initiation? Mantras from Smritis don’t need initiation. Not sure where this mantra falls?
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Can you reverse a diksha?

I took a shiva diksha today at my local temple. I have been a non-vegetarian all of my life. Today the priest at the local temple who initiated me told me that I had to give up eating meat. I agreed ...
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Saraswati mantra for recitation and need for guru

What is the meaning of the following mantra? (om) वद वद वाग्वादिनी स्वाहा । Does this Saraswati mantra need a guru's initiation to recite (without om)?
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How to know if the chanting a phrase, require initiation or not?

I know that Mantras require initiation, especially those ones with Beeja Mantras. but how do I know if a phrase is Mantra or Stotra or Shloka? Is there any list of Mantra or Stotra which require ...
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Taking initiation from a guru [closed]

Namaskaram I am not from a Brahmin varna and a married female from a Hindu family. I’m currently involved in Krishna consciousness and bhakti and service to Bhagavan. I hear a lot of upanasam from ...
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Can one receive initiation from a (physically) dead GURU? [duplicate]

Can one receive , in some way, initiation by a Guru who is physically dead even in absence of His/ Her Disciples ( if they exist)????? Within ISKCON and Gaudyia Math one can find the example of ...
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Prayer for requesting forgiveness from GOD?

Are there Mantras, stotra, anything; to seek forgiveness of God, for ignorance, for the Sins committed, or Sins your gonna committ. पापमोचन, क्षमा Especially If you chant Mantra wrong or wrong ...
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Is it necessary to have a guru to be hindu?

Where in Shruti (Vedas, Some Upanishads) texts say you must have a guru to be a hindu? Besides, one tells every Hindu has a guru by default : his father. So does it mean that everyone has actually a ...
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Exceptions from adherence to strict rules of mantra chanting

While reading a book "Ancient Science of Mantras" by Om Swami, I have come across a chapter called exceptions. According to this book Shiva at one occasion found a devotee wrongly chanting the Maha ...
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Can i chant nama of lord Rama without initiation?

Is it ok to chant ramanama without initiation? I am chanting without initiation until now. Is it ok to chant ramanama without tulasi beads?
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Is taking deeksha important in current situation or time?

Is taking deeksha important these days? Because according to some scriptures it was said that without talking deeksha, your worship will be incomplete.
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Does guru get good karma of disciple?

The question Side effects of Initiation by a Guru?. As per the question above, guru gets bad karma of disciple. What about good karma of disciple? Does guru share good karma and enjoy as well? ...
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Side effects of Initiation by a Guru?

The guru at the time of initiation takes on himself the sins of the disciple and suffers so much from physical maladies. My question: Is this true? Is this why many gurus suffer from various ...
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Can yantra and mantra work without diksha from guru?

If I write a yantra and chant mantra for that yantra without guru diksha will it work ? Is Guru-diksha necessary for all yantras or some particular yantra's?
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What is the difference between sAdhAarA diksHA and nirAdhArA diksHA?

What is the basic difference between sAdhArA and nirAdhArA diksHA as per the scriptures?
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Can woman give diksha to others as per scriptures?

Can women give diksha to either man or woman as per Hindu scriptures? If no, what is the reason? If yes, why don't we see woman gurus who give mantras to others much? Do dharma shastras allow women ...
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Is initiation of tantrik mantras of many people together in a hall permitted by the scriptures?

Gurus of many organisations across the globe nowadays initiate many individuals collectively in a hall by the same beeja mantra. Very often, these mantras seem constructed and so have no specific ...
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Can a person be a guru for his own wife?

Is it allowed for a person to be a guru for his own wife? Does any scripture disallows it?
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Some queries about initiation into Vadakalai Sri Vaishnavism [duplicate]

How can a Macedonian national initiate into a Vadakalai mutt? And do initiates get a new name which will be in Vaishnava spirit, related to Vishnu and Lakshmi or this name stays?
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What is the initiation process for the Dvaita sampradaya? In what aspects does it differ from the Panchasamskara done by Srivaishnavas?

I was hearing a upanyasam about the Taapa part of the panchasamskaram which comes under Samaashrayanam for Srivaishnavas. It was mentioned that Dvaitins also have a similar procedure but instead of ...
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What happens when mantra initiation is done by an ineligible guru?

Siddhi for many mantras will happen only if the person who is reciting them undergoes initiation of mantra by a guru. Does the siddhi of a mantra occur if initiation is done by a guru who is not ...
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Is chanting “OM” naam japa or mantra japa?

does one need some form of Diksha to chant OM or can it be chanted by anyone? Are there any benefits of simply chanting OM?
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What is initiation of Mantra?

What is initiation of Mantra? Why is it required for it to be actually effective for the reciter? I've read that people without initiation of the mantra would recite it for the whole lifetime and ...
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Is there a process of initiation in the sampradaya of Adi Sankaracharya for common people who are not or don't intend to become sanyaasis?

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/...
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Are there any scriptures which talk about Mantra Diskha?

I have heard that only few people are able to initiate someone with a mantra diksha where a student is given a particular mantra with some “secret syllables” in it. My questions is - how is it ...
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What are the age limits for an Agamic initiation? Can a very old person be initiated as well?

For the Vedic initiation (the Upanayana) the prescribed ages(when to perform the initiation) are given in various scriptures like the Manu Smriti etc. And, the age limits till which the disciples can ...
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Why Guru mantra is given in right ear?

In Hinduism, there is long and very common tradition of making a saint/sage or an enlightened person, one's Guru. One of Guru's role is to be spiritual mentor to his/her disciple and ensure disciple’...
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Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diksha to get moksha?

Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diskha or Mantra Daan in Hinduism to get Moksha as per Hindu scriptures? Is Mantra Diskha is mentioned in Vedas or Darshan?
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Can I have more than one Guru?

Can I have more than one spiritual Guru in my life? Can I take Mantra Diksha from two Gurus? If I take Mantra Diksha from two Gurus then which Guru will be considered as superior?
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Is initiation/diksha carried over to the next birth?

When we are on the path of self realization we know the first step should be to get initiated/diksha from a guru, but my question is if the person/soul was initiated in the previous birth and before ...
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What are the prerequisites to get initiated in Shaiva or Shakta Agamas?

I wanted to know the qualifications or qualities one should possess to get initiation in Shiva or Shakta agamas?
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