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Welcome to Adiyen Sri Ramanuja Dasan !

" Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha !"

divyam jnanam yato dadyat kuryat papasya sanksayam; tasmat dikseti sa prokta desikais tattva-kovidaih.

"Diksha is the process by which one can awaken his transcendental knowledge and vanquish all reactions caused by sinful activity by the causeless mercy of the living Spiritual Master. A person expert in the study of the revealed scriptures knows this process as Diksha."

ato gurum pranamyaivam sarva-svam vinivedya cha;
grihniyad vaishnavam mantram diksa-purvam vidhanatah.

"That is why the prime duty of every human being to surrender to a bona fide Vaishnava Spiritual Master in any of the four authorized Vaishnava sampradayas. Giving him everything - body, mind and intelligence - one must take Diksha Initiation from him into Vaishnava Mantras."

The Bhakti-sandarbha (298) gives the following quotation from the Tattva-Sagara:

yatha kanchanatam yati kamsyam rasa-vidhanatah; tatha diksha-vidhanena dvijatvam jayate nrinam.

"By chemical manipulation, bell metal is turned into gold when touched by mercury; similarly, when a person is Initiated by a bonafide Vaishnava Spiritual Master, he or she acquires the qualities of a brahmana or second birth."

"The Mantras given by the Guru itself act as the Guru, and the Guru is a direct manifestation of Lord Hari. If one pleases the Guru, one directly pleases Lord Hari."

The Vedic mantras are eternal representations of God in the form of sound, shabda brahma. By repetition of a particular Mantra under authorized guidance a purified person can realize the spiritual purpose of the Mantra.

The Narada-pancaratra, Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya, Hari-bhakti-vilasa, and many other scriptures explain that the potency of a mantra fully manifests when it is received from a bona fide Spiritual Master and recited without impurities. Although one may see Mantras written in books, and then try to chant them, these Mantras will produce themost powerful results only when received from the Spiritual Master through Diksha.

Mantras are like seeds in that they contain vast potencies within them, but they need outside factors to manifest their power. The tiny seed of a banyan tree contains the form of a huge, full-grown tree. Placing the seed directly into the ground, however, will not produce a tree. But if a sparrow eats the seed and passes it on the ground with its stool, then a majestic banyan tree will grow forth. The banyan seed must be processed in this way to give results. Similarly, if one begins chanting a Mantra after randomly hearing or reading it in a book, it may not give the highest benefit. But if one receives the Mantra by hearing from the Guru, then that Mantra, which is coated with the Guru's love and realizations for the Lord will produce love in the heart of the sincere disciple.

"A Mantra is purified when chanted with proper knowledge." (SB 11.24.32). In the purport to this verse Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, "A Mantra becomes very effective when it issues from the mouth of a bonafide Spiritual Master who instructs the disciple in the method, meaning and ultimate purpose of the Mantra."

"It is confidential in this sense: one may receive a published Mantra anywhere, but unless it is accepted through the Vaishnava Spiritual Master in the chain of disciplic succession, the Mantra may not act fully.

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