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Spiritual Initiation

A few days ago Ramai Santhirapala received her Samaya Diksha, hearing the sacred Panchakshara Mantra and special instructions for daily japa sadhana from the lips of the Satguru. In the Saiva Siddhanta tradition this moment of diksha is considered a crucial point in the long journey of the soul, when the Lord Siva's Power of Revealing Grace comes down to the devotee through the form of the Satguru, opening the door and the opportunity and means to liberation. Ramai has been working hard to prepare herself for this day and will take the blessings back to her Ganga Niliyam in London. Jai to our Beloved Gurudeva! Jai to our Light-filled Bodhinatha! Jai to our Grace-giving Mahalingeshvara!

From Gurudeva's Saiva Dharma Shastras:

Samaya diksha, also called mantra diksha, is the fundamental Saiva initiation, for through it the devotee is formally connected to a particular lineage by virtue of the preceptor's spiritual power and authority. The sutras of Living with Siva carefully prepare the novitiate for samaya diksha. All initiates instruct newcomers not just intellectually but more by example. Novitiates are instructed in how to transform themselves by themselves through daily puja, temple worship, attending festivals, tithing, vegetarianism, pilgrimage, scriptural reading, Gang sadhana and more. Samaya diksha is the blessing and empowering to enter the kriya pada and perform certain daily sadhanas, including chanting the Panchakshara Mantra, Aum Nama Sivaya, each day at least 108 times on a mala of rudraksha japa beads.

17 Responses to “Spiritual Initiation”

  1. Pethuraja says:


  2. Adi Sankara PERUMAN says:


    Heartiest congratulation to Ramai.
    Regards from Mauritius

  3. Jigisha says:

    Aum Namah Shivaya Ramai

    Congratulations on your journey

  4. Easan says:

    Congratulations, Ramai! You and your family making such great lifetime strides up the Siva Neri! We feel honored that you are in our extended family. Aum Namasivaya!

  5. Shanthi Suresh says:

    Congratulations Ramai!! Best Wishes
    Aum Namasivaya 🙏🏼

  6. Bhavani Param says:

    Aum Namah Sivaya,

    Congratulations Ramai for receiving samaya diksha from our beloved Satguru. Such an important and profound step on the path.

    Jai Bodhinatha!

  7. Niraj says:

    Jai Ganesha!
    Congratulations Ramai. Aum NamahSivaya

  8. Namrata Ragade says:

    Many Congratulations, Dearest Ramai on this big, profound step! Aum Namasivaya

  9. Vani Chenganna says:

    Many congratulations on your spiritual initiation, dearest Ramai – such a momentous step in your spiritual journey and beautifully captured. You are an inspiration to many of us and we are proud of your achievements!

  10. Rajeshwari Parasivam says:

    Many congratulations dearest Ramai on your spiritual initiation. You are an inspiration. Best wishes on your spiritual journey ! Aum Namasivaya !

  11. Jegadessa Chenganna says:

    Congratulations Ramai. Welcome on board on this direct and safe flight to the Sivalogam. You will be taken care of by enlightened Souls. Relax and enjoy your spiritual journey. Aum Namah Sivaya

  12. Purany Ponniah says:

    Congratulations Ramai on your spiritual initiation. This is truly inspiring.
    Aum Namah Sivaya !

  13. veena kunniah says:

    Congratulations Ramai on your spiritual journey! Aum Namah Sivaya

  14. Sankuthi says:

    Jai Jai Shree Maha Ganesh!
    Thank you Swamis for this post. Of all the journeys a human being can take/make in one’s lifetime, the Spiritual journey guided by a Satguru is the most important one. You have begun this journey and may Lord Siva, the Satguru and all the Swamis guide you, help you, and travel with you. Congratulations and hope to meet you one day in London at the Highgatehill Murugan Temple.
    Jai Sri Mahalingeshwara!

  15. Srilakshmi Rathakrishnan says:

    Congratulations Ramai 💐💐💐Aum Namasivayam 🙏🙏🙏

  16. Sivajnani Nagappan says:

    Anbe Sivam. Om Namasivaya.
    Congrats and valtukal Ramai

  17. shakti mahadevan says:

    congratulations to a beautiful soul and person! I am so glad we got to spend time together!

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