प्रेम ही ईश्वर है
Love is God.
God is Love.
Samaya Sanskar Initiation Process
Samaya Sanskar or Sanskar is the karma (an action or rite) performed by Guru to purigy the heart of disciple in order to weaken the bondage and set the disciple completely free from bondage.
Guru first of all worship God (Ishta Deva) with his disciple. Then the Guru fulfilled with grace on disciple, prays God, " O God ! O Merciful ! Be happy on me ! Please enter in my body and set this disciple free from bondage."
After that Guru gets permission of God as " I will sure do it." and then make disciple sit near himself. Then again guru pray God and fulfills with the ego as "I am the (name of Ishta Dev) God." for example, "I am Lord Shiva", "I am Lord Vishnu". Guru places his hand charged with divine power of Ishta Deva on the head of disciple and recite mantra of that God, With the same hand Guru touches all the parts of disciple's body. Disciple also bow down to earth in order to salute the God appeared in the form of Guru.
After that, Guru breaths-out and concentrate to enter in the body of disciple. Then Guru induce and pacifies sequentially emotions of Vaishyatva (business or trade), Kshatriyatva (warrior/heroism) and brahmanatva (brahminhood) in the mind of disciple. In detail, Guru takes out - pacifies emotions of vaishyatva and induces kshatriyatva then pacifies kshatriyatva and induces brahmanatva and then pacifies brahmanatva and induces Ishwaratva (godhood) in the mindof disciple. According to Hindu Caste system, in vaishya (businessman) disciple, guru sets emotions orderly from vaishyatva to kshatruyatva, kshtriyatva to brahmanatva and brahmanatva to ishwaratva. In kshatriya disciple, he sets emotions from kshatriyatva to brahmanatva and bramanatva to Ishwaratva. In brahmin disciple, he sets emotion to Ishwaratva only. Then guru cincentrates and meditate that the spark like atman of disciple is situated in his (guru's) own atman. Then guru breath-out by same naadi (nostril) with reciting mantra and enter into the heart of disciple by same naadi. Guru contemplates the conscious of disciple as a blue colored point and concentrates on "disciples all impurities are vanished by my brilliance (tej), and this disciple is fully illuminating now." After this guru unites the blue colored pointed conscious of disciple by the way of same naadi, and with breathing-in accompanied to samhar mudra. After that guru consecrates (abhishek) the disciple with meditation of Ishta Dev and recitation of mantra. The disciple then wear new clothes.
After that guru in the form of God, meditate aasan of Ishta Dev on the head of student with matrikanyasa and invoke the ishta dev there, and then do mental worship of the deity there. Guru pray the deity "O Lord! Reside here always!" This way guru concentrates and meditates that disciple is illuminated by the brilliance of Ishta dev. Then again guru worship ishta dev and after getting his permission he slowly recite mantra in the ear of disciple. Then disciple slowly recites that mantra and devotes the mind to Ishta dev (The God).
Then with permission of guru, the disciple fulfilled with devotion pronounce Initiation Vow near guru, ishta dev and fire, "It is better to die, but i will not eat anything before worship of God."
Thus adhering and following to this rule, a devotee student worship the deity with loyalty and dependence on him. By doing this God himself take responsibility to protect the means (sadhan) of yoga practice (sdhana) of disciple and to make him realize the Supreme-Self.
Lord Krishna says in Gita:
"Ananyaschintayanto mam ye janah paryupasate, Tesham nityabhiyuktanam yogakshemam Vahamyaham" || 9.22 ||
He, who solely/completely devoted to me and who always engaged in devotional practices without any desires or attachment and full of love for me, I personally take care of yoga (realization of myself) and kshema (the means of devotional practice) of those my beloved devotees.
Following this ritual the disciple is named as "Samaya", that's why it is called as Samay Sanskar. In sanskrit Sa means God and maya means "comprise of", therefore samaya means "comprise of God". After that the guru gives idol of ishta dev, rosary (mala), and other means of homa, japa, and worship to disciple with reciting mantra and doing karnyasa. The disciple receives them with respect and then he worship God according to wish either at home or at ashram (monastery). Disciple hear, study, holy books and scriptures, contemplate and meditate on God with the permission of Guru.
Many devotees try to find appropriate Guru, but they are not succeed. Those devotees should not become hopeless. They can assume God himself or Ishta Dev or any form of God (Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali etc.) as guru and start devotional/yoga practice. A devotee who is detached completely from all actions (karmas), see all actions painful, having faith in divine incarnation's sports and plays, and know that all enjoyments and desires are sufferings and painful, but still not able to give-up these all, He should ejnoy the pleasures but truly and heartily consider them very painful and condemn these enjoyments and pleasure in mind, and consider it as his own misfortune. Accompanied this, he should recite name, songs, hymns of God with wholeheartedness, love, strong determination to get liberated from this dilemma. He should pray God, "O God! Please with me! O Merciful! Please enter in my body and kindly set me free from this bondage." When a devotee pray like that with full of love and devotion, the God enters and sit in the heart of devotee. All the desires with their all impressions (sanskars) destroys completely as soon as God sits in heart, and devotee is able to see and realize the self or God. As soon as devotee realize the self or God, the knot of bondage becomes weak and finally breaks-up, all the doubts are cut down and desires in actions becomes weak.
(---Srimad Bhagwat Mahapurana, Eleventh Skandha, Cha. 20 verse 27-30.)
In Gita Lord Krishna explains the process or form of initiation as :-
"Aham sarvasya prabhavo mattaha sarvam pravartate, Iti matva bhajante mam budha bhava samanvitah. || 10.8 ||
Macchitta Madgatprana bodhyantah parasparam, kathyantascha mam nityam tushyanti cha ramanti cha. || 10.9 ||
Tesham satatyuktanam bhajatam pritipurvakam, dadami buddhiyogam tam yena mamupyanti te. || 10.10 ||
Teshamevanukamparthamahamajnanajam tamah, Nashyamyabhavastho jnanadeepen bhasvata. || 10.11 ||
I Vasudev, is the very cause of creation of whole world, and the whole world acts at my wish, the devotees, who fulfilled with this elementary knowledge continuously remember me all the time with deep faith and devotion, those who surrender their minds and breath (prana) to me, satisfied in my sacred stories by telling each other effects of my divine powers and always remember and meditate on me. I give them the knowledge of Supreme-Self through which they are liberated from bondage. To favor (or to repay their obligation) those devotees I personally enters and sits in their heart as integrated soul, and destroys the darkness of ignorance by the lamp of knowledge of supreme-self. || Gita, 10.8-10.11 ||
Thus, on assuming any form of God as guru and doing devotional/yoga practice and prayers when a devotee even slightly feel the presence of God in heart, then he should pray "O God! Please reside here in my heart forever." After theat meditate on him and concentrate that "I am illuminated by the brilliance of God." Then God purifies the heart of devotee by intuition, spiritual enlightenment, self-realization and many other means and methods. Devotee should understand signals sent by God and act accordingly.
After Samay Sanskar, Shadadhvashodhan is performed during initiation. It is also known as Bhuta Shuddhi or Purification of elements.
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