After a week of highly auspicious events, this phase opened with yet another uplifting moment. Rajita Sivananda, formerly Judith Cornell, enter the Saivite Hindu religion through the name giving ceremony known as the “Namakarana.”
Rajita sits before the sacred fire….
Then she reads out her oath of allegiance to the Hindu Faith, which we copy below in full.
Hindu Name-Giving Sacrament
I, Rajita Sivananda, formerly known as Judith Cornell, having declared of my own volition acceptance of the principles of the Sanatana Dharma, and having formally severed all previous non-Hindu religious affiliations, attachments and commitments, hereby humbly petition entrance into the Saiva sect of the Hindu religion through the traditional namakarana samskara and plead for recognition by the community of devotees witnessing this sacred rite of this irrevocable adoption of or conversion to Hinduism. I have completed a study of the Hindu teachings and hereby proclaim my acceptance of the following nine beliefs of Hinduism and my promise to fulfill to the best of my ability the pancha nitya karmas: worship, upasana; holy days, utsava, virtuous living, dharma; pilgrimage, tirthayatra; and rites of passage, samskara. I now avow to the nine beliefs by reading them aloud. Aum.
1. I believe in the divinity of the Vedas, the world’s most ancient scripture, and venerate the Agamas as equally revealed. These primordial hymns are God’s word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal religion which has neither beginning nor end.
2. I believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.
3. I believe that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation and dissolution.
4. I believe in karma, the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds.
5. I believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and moksha, spiritual knowledge and liberation from the cycle of rebirth, is attained. Not a single soul will be eternally deprived of this destiny.
6. I believe that divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments as well as personal devotionals create a communion with these devas and Gods.
7. I believe that a spiritually awakened master, or satguru, is essential to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, pilgrimage, self-inquiry and meditation.
8. I believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice ahimsa, noninjury.
9. I believe that no particular religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine religious paths are facets of God’s Pure Love and Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.
Signature: former name: Judith Cornell
Hindu name: Rajita Sivananda
It is Hereby Certified that this devotee, Rajita Sivananda, was at a namakarana samskara held at the temple known as Kadavul located in Hawaii on the auspicious day of November 17th, 2009 duly given a Hindu name in accordance with the traditions of Sanatana Dharma before the Deity, the Mahadevas and the devas and the congregation of devotees. This person is thus bound eternally and immutably to the Hindu religion as a member of this most ancient faith with full rights of access to all public Hindu temples, shrines and institutions throughout the world from this day onward. Through this magical Vedic ceremony guardian devas have been invoked from the Antarloka to protect, guide and defend this devotee.
Rajita writes her name on a tray of rice which is passed over the flame and the devotees all pronounce in unison
“Let this devotee’s name be established! Tad astu!”
“Let this devotee’s name be established! Tad astu!”
We all welcome Rajita to our global Hindu family!
8 Responses to “Auspicious Day — New Hindu is Born”
As it is one year since the naming ceremony of my dear friend and mentor Rajita Sivananda, I would like to say thank you to all at the temple in Kauai for being such a wonderful support and source of joy for her during her last year in her body. I would also like to show my gratitude to the Universe for the gift of having Rajita in my life. I ask you to hold that I and the many mandala facilitators that she has trained, be a beacon for others to spread her wonderful and powerful work to others. Namaste” Rosie
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta