A Spiritual Master (the Enlightened One), like the Pole Star, guides the Ship of Life. Life without a true Spiritual Master is Life gone waste. In ‘Sri Ram Sharnam’, the Enchanted Mantra which dawned upon Swami Satyanandji on Guru Poornima in 1925 at Param Dham Dalhousie is the Seed Mantra, the Ram Mantra. Swamiji started giving Deeksha in 1928.In Sri Ram Sharnam, Deeksha is based strictly on the lines of Swamiji.
Gurudev Pujya Swami Satyanandji Maharaj in his lifetime, ordained Pujya Bhagat Hansrajji Maharaj (Pitaji) to spread the name of God, and give Deeksha. When Swamji Maharaj graced Pitaji Maharaj, he asked Pitaji to give Deeksha to the deserving ones, as this seed of “Raam Naam” once sowed in the subconcious is bound to sprout and frucitfy. In the Holy tradition, Pujya Pitaji Maharaj futher passed on the responsibility of spreading the name of God to Pujya Shri Krishanji and Pujya Smt. Rekhaji on 16th July, 2000, the most auspicious day of Guru Poornima.
And on 31st December, 2000 Pujya Pitaji Maharaj ordained both Pujya Shri Krishanji and Pujya Maa Rekhaji to Vidhivat give Naam Deeksha. Since then, Pujya Krishanji and Pujya Rekhaji have been giving Deeksha to initiate the seekers. The milling crowds of Sadhaks indicate the spiritual hunger and thirst. Our Gurujans are spreading Ram-Naam on the pristine lines of Swami Satyanandji at Shree Ram Sharnam Gohana and various Prarthana Sthals in India and Abroad. Naam Deeksha is usually schduled at various Shree Ram Sharnams when Pujya Gurujans are gracing the satsangs.
The way ‘Naam Deeksha’(initiation) is given and received in our satsangs is mystical in nature. In this particular way of Naam Deeksha , the Name or the Word, (Ram Naam) is a living and wake-up Mantra which is subtly placed in the subconscious mind of a person. That is why, the veneration of this Mantra is considered to be more comforting, more pleasurable and more fruitful than other spiritual practices.
In this discipline, ‘Shree Ram’ Himself is the guide who helps the disciple as ‘He’ himself is the Founder Lord of this Mantra. A person reciting the ‘holy mantra’ must develope a resolute faith that as he recites the mantra he is taking himself closer to Shree Ram (The Lord) and is gradually becoming a subject of His Grace. A disciple who recites the Mantra with this conviction will ultimately become one with the Brahm (the Celestial).
All the aspects of spiritual growth are present in the Mantra exactly in the same manner as the entire configuration of a tree is present within a small seed. Once the seed of Naam is sown, the process of internal growth begins to take place on its own. It is not at all a devotee’s concern to worry about the level of progress that he makes during his spiritual endeavor. His task is only to concentrate on the rumination of the Mantra (Jaap) with deepLove & Devotion. Because the ultimate responsibility of his spiritual growth lies with the Lord of the Mantra as ‘He’ Himself is the presiding Lord of the Mantra.
Bestowal of Guru Mantra
At the time of initiation there are no preconditions or restrictions imposed on the devotee. The only factor that matters is that the devotee should have faith in God and His benevolence and that he should keep himself beyond all whims, superstitions and fears.
The holy Word is revealed and installed in the hearts of the Deeksha-aspirants. The methodology or process of daily practice of Simran(Repeating the Holy Name or Jaap) and Dhyana (Rumination and Meditation) is explained in simple and clear terms. Mala ( a woolen string of beads) and a copy of Amritvani (a spiritual primer) are handed over to all the recipients of Deeksha.
The Word or the Name becomes pivotal in the life of the Sadhak. Just as a plant bears fruit as a result of the cojoining of water, soil and climate, similarly a Sadhak, too, makes a step-by-step progress towards Spiritual Growth. A total dedication, a singular love, a firm belief, an unshakeable faith in God and above all a Sat-Guru(True Spiritual Guide) are essential for the descent of Ram Kripa (Grace of God). The initiated devotee must undertake Jaap most vigorously and dedicatedly.