Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He is also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He has authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali's Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.
"The first stage in guidance is an initiation into a specific mantra... The word mantra means that which liberates the mind from all griefs, sorrows and agonies. A mantra consists of one or more words chosen specifically for leading a particular aspirant to the final Truth. Not every word can be a mantra. Mantras are not composed by the initiator. They have been handed down to him through his tradition, having been revealed to great Yogis and Seers while they were in a superconscious state. The science of mantra is very exact, but very few people know or understand its significance. Once initiated the disciple repeats and meditates upon his mantra throughout his life. And gradually the mantra leads him to the stage of samadhi." - Swami Rama, Lectures on Yoga.
For more information about the significance and process of initiation, please go to "Mantra - What and Why" written by Swami Veda Bharati. https://www.hymla.com/index.php/43-blog/yoga-in-daily-life/413-mantra-what-and-why
Preparations for Mantra Initiation (taken from the AHYMSIN "Request for Mantra Initiation" information)
FOUR CONDITIONS FOR MANTRA INITIATION
1. Keeping a fixed daily meditation time.
2. Living a life conducive to meditation.
3. One must renounce alcohol and the use of all mind-altering substances. In some cases, the would-be initiate may be asked to wait a few months if he/she has been taking such substances.
4. Completing a course of classes in breathing, sitting, and other preparations of Yoga Meditation with the teachers so to establish ability in the basic practices.
PREPARATIONS IN YOGA MEDITATION CONSIST OF:
1. Joints and glands exercises
2. Training the legs
3. Sitting correctly: with a straight spine
4. Relaxation procedures
5. Diaphragmatic breathing
6. Breath awareness
7. Breath awareness with so-ham
PRESCRIBED READINGS PRIOR TO INITIATION
1. "The Himalayan Tradition" by Swami Veda Bharati, https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Himalayan-Tradition/what-is-the-himalayan-tradition-for-yoga-meditation.html
2. "Mantra What and Why" by Swami Veda Bharati, https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/mantra-what-and-why.html
3. "Mantra After Initiation" by Swami Veda Bharati, https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/mantra-after-initiation.html
4. "Special Mantras" by Swami Veda Bharati, https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/special-mantra.html
1. Meditation and Its Practice by Swami Rama, p. 4-6
2. Path of Fire and Light, Vol. 1 by Swami Rama, p. 130-132
3. Path of Fire and Light, Vol. 2, chapter 9,"The Science of Sound"
4. Mantra and Meditation by Pandit Usharbudh Arya/Swami Veda, chapters 5, 10, 11 & 13
Recommended audio recordings:
1. Superconscious Meditation series by Swami Veda
2. Mantra: Its Use and Meaning by Swami Veda
REQUEST FOR A MANTRA AND INITIATION PROCESS
The request may be made by submitting the application to the resident preceptor/initiator who will note the date and time well in advance.
The request for initiation includes these affirmations: I subscribe to the meditation philosophy and the general guidelines of life as taught in the Himalayan Tradition, I intend to keep a fixed time of meditation and refrain from mind-altering drugs, I agree to practice regularly and report periodically on progress in spiritual practice, and my fixed will be ______ (specify hour and AM or PM).
Your monetary offerings in appreciation for mantra initiation are not personal to the preceptor/initiator, nor are they mixed with general funds. They are used to fulfill certain spiritual wishes of Gurudeva, H.H. Swami Rama. At the time the particular funds from mantra initiation offerings are reserved for serving sadhus in need of medical care and other help.
After being initiated, an initiate may make an inner spiritual commitment for helping with the Guru's work.
ON THE DAY OF INITIATION
1. Please arrive at least half an hour before the appointed time. Sit in meditation.
2. Keep the stomach light.
3. Keep the mind peaceful and pure, preference towards silence.
4. For married persons, previous night's celibacy is recommended.
5. Come without bodily perfumes or powders.
6. Bringing an offering of fruits, flowers and such is common in all the spiritual traditions.
7. You will be guided to your initiation where you will sit in correct meditation position with your right ear towards the initiator.
8. During initiation only listen to the mantra without reciting it. Remain in silence and the preceptor will guide the initiation and instruction. A copy of the mantra initiation will be given to the initiate by the preceptor.
After the initiation, remain in touch with the preceptor/initiator and come for additional instruction and guidance when teachers of the Tradition are at your Center
THE CEREMONY OF INITIATION
The ceremony of initiation in the Himalayan Tradition involves certain traditionally established procedures. These are described in the article "Mantra - What and Why" written by Swami Veda Bharati, https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/mantra-what-and-why.html
THREE STAGES OF INITIATION
"There are three stages of initiation given according to our tradition. First, mantra, breath awareness and meditation; second, inner worship of Srī Vidya and Bindu Vedhan (piercing the pearl of wisdom); third, Shaktipāta and leading the force of kundalini to the thousand-petalled lotus called Sahasrāra Chakra.
Shakti means “energy”; pāta means “bestowing the energy, lighting the lamp.” Shaktipāta is only possible with a disciple who has gone through a long period of discipline, austerity and spiritual practices. It is true that when the disciple is ready, the master appears and gives the appropriate initiation. When a student has done his practice with all faithfulness, truthfulness and sincerity, then the subtlest obstacle is removed by the master. Shaktipāta is the grace of God through the master." – Swami Rama, Living with the Himalayan Masters
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