Shaktipat is also known as Initiation is a Sanskrit word in the Hindu spiritual tradition that refers to the act of the spiritual energy being conferred on a disciple or student, by a guru or spiritual teacher in whom it is already active. Śakti is translated as spiritual energy and pāta as heredity, Shaktipat can be performed by spiritual teachers through the transmission of a secret energy such as sacred words or mantras, views, thoughts or touches. Touch from Guru is usually given to the crown or to ajna chakra . Shaktipat can be transmitted directly or remotely, through certain intermediary objects.
Saktipat or initiation is an act of Divine Grace (Anugraha), completely undetermined. It cannot be forced to come by any action but it always comes of the free will of Siva. However, the attitude of the recipient must be open towards such influx of illuminating Sakti, otherwise it will not be imposed by force as every human being is endowed with free will, including the freedom to reject God.
The guru passes his knowledge to his disciples by virtue of the fact that his purified consciousness enters into the selves of his disciples and communicates its particular characteristic. In this process the disciple is made part of the spiritual family (kula) – a family which is not based on blood relations but on people of the same knowledge.
Levels of intensity of Shaktipat
In Shaivism, depending on its intensity, Shaktipat can be classified as:
1. Tīvra tīvra śaktipāta – Super Supreme Grace : Produces immediate identity from Siva and Shakti and union towards liberation, this is an extreme intensity of grace. They usually have a certain Sidha which later him becomes a Guru and bestows his grace to the next prospective student who deserves it.
In Bali, this is mainly the one who gets the award (Paica) directly, it can be because of doing Ngiase in a temple due to a certain condition, then he gets the Award from Sesuhunan Pura Dalem (not his plan, his servants or not the subjects of his subordinates), but an immediate gift from the Devi known as Hyang Nini Bhatari Dalem ( Durga) as his Siva Shakti, and generally the type of gift that is in Bali that he gets is very secret. Most people of this type have a certain Siddha which is subsequently for the enlightenment of his students or subsequently inherited.
2. Tīvra madhya śaktipāta – Supreme Medium Grace : Such a being becomes spiritually illuminated and liberated on his own, relying directly on Siva, not needing initiation or instruction from other exterior guru. This is facilitated by an intense awakening of his spiritual intuition (pratibhā) which immediately eliminates ignorance.
This one is also widely found in Bali. People like this are generally without a Scale Teacher, but with a Teacher who is from within himself. this is generally born innate, or indeed there is a special spiritual talent or descent or become ‘Ngiring Sesuhunan’ as his teacher or .. there are special gifts when a special event befalls him that triggers his spiritual awakening. Most of these types of people learn a little spiritual things immediately respond and skyrocket.
3. Tīvra manda śaktipāta – Inferior Supreme Grace : the person who received this grace strongly desires to find an appropriate guru, but he does not need more instructions, From a Guru touch, a look, simply being in the presence of his master is enough to trigger in him to the state of illumination.
And this type is also widely found in Bali, because of an “anxiety or examination” he gets hints indirectly sometimes meets a teacher who takes him to the level of enlightenment. Generally this type of person does not directly (physically) devote himself to his Guru, but he always remembers or respects his Guru in his inner mind as his guide. The inner soul or intuition always leads himself.
4. Madhya tīvra śaktipāta – Medium Supreme Grace : A student who receives this grace then requires direct instruction and initiation under a Guru (physical teacher), in time he becomes enlightened but he is not fully absorbed into this condition during his lifetime and receives a permanent fusion condition with Siva until the end or during the period of his life.
This is common thing, one who seeks the Master and devotes himself to the Master until total enlightenment.
5. Madhya madhya śaktipāta – Medium Middle Grace : Such a student will receive initiation from his teacher and has a strong desire to achieve liberation, but at the same time he still has the desire for various worldly pleasures, after nearing the end of his life, he goes on to higher learning or the level of Swah Loka where he fulfilled all his wishes and after that he received another initiation realizing permanent union with Siva.
This type is also common thing, a person who seeks a teacher here and there which he always considers inadequate even more than one to get initiation and up to several times at the activists until old age, he is aware of it and only attained enlightenment after getting more activists .
6. Madhya manda śaktipāta – Medium Inferior Grace : Similar to the above except that in this case the student still relies heavily on worldly desires more than on union with Siva, he needs to be reincarnated as a spiritual seeker to attain liberation.
Impression is modest while living life … And this is mostly done for the sake of something that is in the community, or roughly it does not fully carry out its spirituality as it should, only serve as a mere rule of rules that must be fulfilled, while in daily life it still acts for worldly benefits.
7. Manda – Inferior Grace : For those who accept this level of grace, the ideal of being united with Siva is present only in times of distress and suffering or in certain circumstances. The grace of the Master through Siva needs to work in them for many lifetimes before spiritual liberation occurs.
This is not good, he is looking for Master to initiate / in Dhiksa only if there is an interest due to something that has happened to him
Diksha – The Initiation
Diksha (Sanskrit: दीक्षा, dīkṣhā) is a procedure of initiating a disciple by a Guru in order to follow the traditional spiritual discipline. The word in Sanskrit etymology is derived from the Sanskrit root dā (to give) plus kṣi (to destroy) or alternately from the verb root dīkṣ (to consecrate) or the letter ‘dī’ signifies the realization of the divine wisdom and the ‘kṣhā’ indicates annihilation of the ignorance.
Obtaining Diksha from an ascetic (Yogi) is good, Diksha from a virtuous householder is better, Diksha from a Monk (Sanyasi) is far better, Diksha from a Paramahamsa Sanyasi is the best of all. Without the proper diksha of a Guru a person will have difficulty to achieving self-realization.
Diksha is of various types, Mantra Diksha, Tantric Diksha, Shaktipat Diksha, Yoga Diksha etc. with different objectives, and are given by different procedures: through sight, touch and word etc. DIksha is the greatest gift a Guru can give to his disciple as a kindle of light, as a seed of grace, as a transmission of pure love.
1. Mantra Diksha
Mantra Diksha is a process of giving a sacred utterance, mystical sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words to awaken the dormant power. Accordingly, to the choice of disciple or of the Guru, the mantra is initiated with different objectives of different deities.
2. Shaktipat Diksha
Shaktipat is the grace descended by Guru to his disciple as a blessing for the mystical journey of spiritual world. The infusion of energy from the Siddha Guru to his disciple bring an awakening of the inherent spiritual power. Shaktipat is highly praised in the tantric and yogic scriptures as a grace and initiation that awakens the folded Kundalini Shakti within, which leads to the process of inner awakening towards the inner realms. Few chosen ones are eligible for the Shaktipat Initiation in our tradition.
3. Tantra Diksha
- Shree Vidya Diksha. Of all the tantras Shree Tantra is the Queen tantra, the most mystical and the most occult. Linear to all other tantras so far, the Shree Tantra always has remained in the crown, not only with the tantric ground but as well with the yogic, philosophical and ritual aspects. This single tantra describes all. It is said only with the will of the very deity an aspirant is initiated in this vidya. Shree Vidya Diksha is a Kram diksha, which means it is given in stepwise order of mantras, starting from one syllable to the advanced multi syllable mantras. A earnest and intense aspirant takes about 12 years time of study and practice to become a master of Shree Vidya. Swamiji is a unique Shree Vidya practitioner with deep knowledge of this tantra, its mystical meanings and enigmatic understanding of this occult science. He is in the lineages of Shakaracharya tradition from Singeri Math. For the best aspirants, Swamiji has initiated many in this vidya tradition.
- BagalaMukhi Vidya Diksha. Out of The Ten Great Vidyas of Tantra, the eighth Vidya under Shree family is the Bagala Mukhi Vidya. This is the great historical “Brama Astra Vidya” praised in the Indian history as well in Tantric world. The Brama Astra Vidya means the great weapon of destruction in the Universe, destruction of external and internal enemies that are hindrances of life – gross or subtle, spiritual or material. No other yet know deity or mantra can face this tantric weapon, and its examples are popularly seen in the great epic of Mahabharata. This vidya always had remained concealed in the tradition and hidden as well in the tantric texts, and until today only in lineages given through mouth to ear tradition by Guru to a disciple with its complete unsealing methods and rituals. As of the Shree Vidya, this Vidya as well is a Kram Vidya given in stepwise manner from one syllable to final multi syllables of Five Astra Vidyas.
4. Yoga Diksha
Yoga is an eight limbs structure philosophy that aims to the enlightenment (Kaivalya) through Samadhi. Other than theoretical yoga, the practical aspect of yoga had always remained hidden and secreted in Himalaya tradition. From Yogi to Yogi, in Guru-disciple tradition so far until today the deeper spiritual meaning of yoga is transferred which leads to the salvation from birth and death. An aspirant can attain the highest goal if one pursues the systematized eight steps. Swamiji’s unique revealing in yoga philosophy is not only enigmatical but as well empirically modern. The Yoga Dikhsa is given to the beginner as well for the advanced Yogi accordingly to their eligibility.
5. Kechari Mudra Diksha
Kechari Mudra is most mystical and most advance mudra in Yoga. It is a yogic technique of folding and placing the tongue into the nasal cavity. Practitioner of this mudra is rare, and yogis who have successfully mastered in it are rarest. Swamiji is an advanced kechari mudra practitioner and have successfully mastered in it with years of vigorous practices; he was able to collect all the existing techniques that were being practiced traditionally in yogic and tantric world from all different sects and lineages. This mudra is highly praised not only in Yoga and Tantra but as well in Upanisads and Veda. Well known in the yogic world as a mudra for drinking the nectar of ambrosia that flows from the crown of head. Just mastering in this mudra is enough for a yogi to accomplish Samadhi and awakening of Kundalini. Swamiji initiates in Kechari Mudra order for a genuine and earnest seekers who are seeking higher and advanced attainments in Yoga and Samadhi.
6. Brahmachari Diksha
An Ascetic who decides to pursuit the monastic life and want to get entrance into the life of renunciation is granted the Naishtika Brahmachari Dikhsa. Accordingly to their eligibility they are given saffron or white robes. This is a diksha given prior to the Sannyasa Diksha where the Brahmachari prepares himself through study, meditation, service, and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification in order to achieve self-realization under his Guru lineages.
7. Sannyasa Diksha
The Bramachari who is competent to change the contemporary time in which he lives is granted the Sannyasa Diksha. The highest order of all the dikshas – the Paramahamsa Sannyasa Diksha. An unique individual who was able realized the ultimate truth and able to penetrate all the trials of spiritual tests; who is capable of holding the torch of the tradition for to continue the lineages as a light in the world is granted with this most honorable initiation.
It can also mean, for those on a specific path with a connection to a particular deity, to be in the presence of an image of that deity. Being in that special being’s presence could invoke a state where the recipient can “see” as they “see”, or feel as they feel.
During darshan, I have experienced enlightened energy transmission from spiritual teachers, and I have experienced it directly from Source during meditation and yoga practices.
This term darshan overlaps with the term “Shaktipat” – an intended transmission of awakening power from adept to aspirant. In Siddha yoga and Kundalini yoga cultures, Shaktipat can be meant as a deeper and permanent transmission, not just “seeing” but “becoming”. Shaktipat is also generally associated with teachers of enlightenment from various traditions, where the emphasis is on a felt or experienced kind of knowing, beyond “book knowledge”. These types of receivings can occur within many cultures and lineages, and such experiences vary in how they unfold.
Darshan, shaktipat, Diksha, Initiation whatever term used, can be experienced as having found the thing you’ve been most longing for all your life, on the deepest level. A single taste could begin to shift a person, and such an experience could remain a source of faith and knowing for the rest of one’s life – particularly when cultivated with consistent spiritual practice.
Wordless transmission can occur from person to person or from Source to person, and can be more intense or less intense. It can happen while hearing words spoken by a significantly enlightened being, or reading their words. It can happen sitting alone during silent meditation. It can happen during Kirtan (call and answer singing names of God). And, Wordless Transmission from Source, leading to to awakening can happen from profound life experiences such as giving birth, near death experience or for no obvious reason.
The actual volition and internal execution that causes transformation is a somewhat mysterious process. It is an expression of how life force itself operates, and the mechanics of that movement may seem hidden. Each person is unique in how they find their way in (to greater Consciousness) or their way out (from overly conditioned existence). Or we can say, their “liberation” (in Hindu terms “Mukti”). Ultimately, one must find the way of their own unique heart’s path, even when performing a systematic method.
But one is not alone. There is an aspect of Grace, meaning: the Divine Source of all of us, which will partner with you and open doors at a time that could seem spontaneous or sudden. We cannot know the full mystery of the workings, but we practice on the mat and in life and benefits come, many of them ordinary benefits such as concentration ability or increased social kindness. It all works together, and in subtle and obvious ways, wordless transmission is part of what’s happening . This is true Initiation – not necessarily a ceremony, that is symbolic – it happens inside. Some masters have called it “remembering” “waking up” or “going home”.
In this article I will refer to all forms of wordless transmission from master to recipient or Source to person as “WT” (Wordless Transmission).
A yogi once said “It is better to learn to love things than to try figure them out”. And indeed it is a wonderful play, enlightened energy flowing between human beings, and from source to beings, through mentorship, music, prayer, child rearing and so on – the love that passes through all, and the moments of Wordless Transmission that lead to God.
And that brings us to the issue of believers and non-believers. One quality I have noticed about people who have experienced this wordless transmission, either from a teacher or in some other way, is that they are more interested in loving things, “feeling” things, as a priority over merely figuring them out with logic only. Buddhism teaches that wisdom is made of equal parts insight and compassion.
Facts are facts and Truth is Truth, but they are not the same thing”. “Truth” here is meant as Unity Consciousness/God/Pure Consciousness. The Truth of that as a basis of all else, the Truth of feeling it, being in it. This is Truth (“Satya”), as referred to by spiritual adepts, tens of thousands of them, in hundreds of thousands of documents, prayers, artistic works and mantras over thousands of years.
The debate between the evidence-based/materialist and the spiritual yogi is difficult to resolve if they haven’t both experienced this wordless transmission. Knowing Truth will help one understanding facts, but understanding facts alone is unlikely to reveal Truth, it is more likely one will uncover additional facts, to feed the inquiry machine. And so, we have a pragmatic and beautiful purpose for wordless transmission.
These various transmissions are not all at the same “level” of Conscious energy. The highest pure energy of the universe is One Presence, one stuff.
Hindus have names for different contexts, for example: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (AUM) from which all things are formed as a separation of transitions.
Shaktipat has been described as increasing the presence or movement of this form-changing energy (Shakti), opening the chakra and finally meeting with Shiva’s energy and becoming another one that results in the realization of Peaceful Happiness.