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
illustrated this by the following story: A King visited his Premier in
his residence. There he was told that the Premier was engaged in
repetition of sacred ...
In Shankara sampradaya deeksha is given by acharyas to deserving candidates. Sringeri periyava and mahaperiyava both have initited devotees into mantras of different devatas including sri vidya deeksha. Even to grihastas acharyals have given upadeshams of various mantras . We come across many stories of such initiations in their biographies. Especially in ...