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Can I have more than one Guru?

Yes you can have. See the following verse which i have used in this answer: MadhuluvedhA yathA bhringah pushpAt pushAntaram vrajet | JyAna luvdha stathA shishyah guro gurvantara vrajet || ...
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Is it a sin to chant mantras without initiation?

In Agamas DikshA or initiation is given utmost importance. Mantras should be taken from a bonafide Guru only. If one chants mantra by obtaining it through some other sources (like books etc) then ...
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Can I have more than one Guru?

As per tantras, You can change until your purnadiksha (higher/highest initiation). I.e in the initial initiations it is allowed to change. But it is recommended to have a single guru. But today there ...
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Side effects of Initiation by a Guru?

Quoting the verse from this answer: Mantridoshascha rAjAnam jAyAdoshah patim yathA | TathA prApnotyasandeham shishyapApam gurum priye || Just like a king gets affected by the sins committed by his ...
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Is chanting “OM” naam japa or mantra japa?

Om is a Mantra, so chanting Om constitutes Mantra Japa. Other names for it are Pranava Mantra, TAraka Mantra etc. Om represents the Adi Dvani (primordial sound) and is an Ekakshara Bija Mantra (mono-...
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What is initiation of Mantra?

Why is it required for it to be actually effective for the reciter? The reason is - "the scriptures say so". That Mantra Japa is fruitful only if the Mantra is Guru-given and otherwise it is not. ...
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Can unenlightened person initiate people?

In the most ideal situation, a Guru himself should be self-realized. Because, the end-result of all forms of initiation (DikshA) is Mukti or liberation and one who himself is not self-realized can not ...
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Procedure to make God(s) our Guru

This page gives a reasonably easy to follow and a scriptural method by which one , who does not have a Guru Diksha but desperately in need of one, can make Lord Dakshinamurthy his/her Guru. As ...
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Did Ramanuja do a mass initiation of people at Srirangam?

Did he actually did this as given the above paragraphs? Now, this is a purely historical question and which i am not answering. I will be answering only two of your questions that can be addressed ...
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How Sanyasis are eligible to be initiated into Sri Vidya?

While commenting on Kularnava Tantram Chapter2; Verse 31 (it has the word Samayachara) commentator (of the hard copy that I possess) says the following: In Saubhagya Bhaskara, Bhaskararaya says" ...
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What is Dīkṣā (दीक्षा)?

I am answering only this part: What is Diksha? Definition of Diksha or initiation is described in Devi Bhagavata Purana, 12th Book, Chapter 7 as follows: 4-41. Nârâyana said :-- O Nârada! Listen. I ...
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What is Dīkṣā (दीक्षा)?

So can I initiate myself, if possible how? NO. See what Lord Shiva says on this: VinA dikshAm na mokshah syAttaduktam shivashasane | SA cha na syAdvinAchArjya mityAchArjyaparamparA || ...
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What are the prerequisites to get initiated in Shaiva or Shakta Agamas?

As regards caste, sex etc there are no such restrictions. Everyone can be initiated. Even an Antyaja or Sankara or mixed caste person reserves the right to be initiated. Shudra sankarajAti nAmAdi ...
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Why was rAmAnuja refused initiation for 17 times?

The story of Ramanuja being initiated into the Vaishnava Mantra after being turned down by Thirukkottiyar Nambi 17 times is well-known. Ramanuja never understood the reason for the refusal and was ...
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Is initiation/diksha carried over to the next birth?

Krishna answers this in Gita chapter 6, verses 37-45. The Lord says (Swami Nikhilananda translator): Arjuna said: A man who is endowed with faith, but not with steadfastness, and whose mind has ...
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Is taking deeksha important in current situation or time?

Yes, it is true that taking Dīkşā or initiation is mandatory. But to know the importance of Dīkşā, one must know the greatness of Guru. Guru is embodiment of Mańtras, Śabdabrahmaman and consciousness; ...
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What are the prerequisites to get initiated in Shaiva or Shakta Agamas?

ATTRIBUTES OF THE DISCIPLE (SHISHYA LAKSHANA) Just as tantra lays down great standards for the Guru and prescribes divine attributes, it also prescribes the attributes of a shiShya. The competent ...
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Can I have more than one Guru?

Yes. Lord Dattatreya had 24 (not mantra gurus though)! But it has some risks. If you step back and see what's the pros/cons of having 1 or more than 1 guru(s) Pros of 1 Guru: Single line of ...
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Can a person be a guru for his own wife?

According to the Tantras it is usually not ok for the husband to initiate his wife. But if the husband is Siddha Mantra (mastered a Mantra) then he can. The Brihat TantrasArah quotes the following ...
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Is it mandatory to have Mantra Diksha to get moksha?

Darshanas are not the kind of Texts that are supposed to mention about DikshA. MokshA is the epitome of spiritual realization and all sorts of spiritual advancement start with the Guru DikshA. This ...
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Is taking deeksha important in current situation or time?

The so called "bad Gurus" or the "incapable ones" are present in every age. But probably in today's time they are the majority. Even the scriptures admit that there will always be Gurus of that ...
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Prayer for requesting forgiveness from GOD?

For this purpose we don't have Mantras but we do have Stotras. From this page you can learn for example the Shiva Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram, which is asking for forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the ...
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Why Guru mantra is given in right ear?

It is not necessary that every time during DikshA, the Guru must speak the Mantra onto the disciple's right ear. The rule, as to which ear, depends on the Varna of the disciple and the gender. The ...
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Can woman give diksha to others as per scriptures?

It's only in the Tantras, that the concept that a woman can be a Guru is allowed. In scriptures like Smritis (Manu Smriti etc) women are not even allowed initiation. So, the question of women becoming ...
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What is the difference between sAdhAarA diksHA and nirAdhArA diksHA?

In one of the comments, you said that Niradhara=without rituals and Sadhara=with rituals. Then, Sadhara is clearly what is called the KriyAvati DikshA in KulArnava Tantram. Niradhara can be of three ...
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Can anyone chant Om Namo Narayana?

Om ithyagre vyaahareth nama ithi paschath. Narayanasa ethyuparishath. Om ithyekaksharam. Nama ithi dhwe akshare. Narayanayethi Panchaksharani. Ethadwai Narayanasyashtaksharam padam. Yoha vai ...
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Do you need diksha to offer to kali?

It depends on what you actually mean to do when you say "offer to Kali". Before performing a formal worship, following the methods laid down in scriptures, accompanied with the use of ...
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Can a Beeja Mantra be pronounced in a slightly corrupted form? Will it count as an initiation?

In the 12th Patala (Chapter) of the Matrika Bheda Tantram, Goddess Chandika asks Lord Shiva that when Mantra initiation immediately results in bliss why in certain cases it results in madness and ...
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Recital of mantra by initiated vs non initiated person

Talk 8, Talks with Ramana Maharshi D: “Can anyone get any benefit by repeating sacred syllables (mantras) picked up casually? M.: “No. He must be competent and initiated in such mantras.” Maharshi ...
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