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Modalities of the Initiation process (Diksha)

In an era suffering from an overabundance of Gurus and Avatars, it  has become difficult to distinguish the real from the fake, especially when these Gurus are surrounded by a retinue of adoring, immature minions who tend to conflate coincidences with miracles and fervent imagination with spiritual experiences.  Whose story should we believe?   Various ancient Hindu scriptures speak of the different methods by which a Guru may  initiate a disciple, and these signs can provide a test for discernment.  We briefly cover the modalities of this initiation process (called Diksha in Sanskrit) with a few examples from some modern-day seers. Continue reading