What is Initiation?
Initiation is the ceremony in which the student is instructed in spiritual practice by a spiritual teacher or guru. It can also include a transfer of energy to the student by the master. The initiate often receives from the guru a special blessing, a mantra, or prayer formula, and a prescribed method of worship.
Initiation rituals are an important part of Hinduism. They mark the transition from one stage of life to another, and often involve special ceremonies and rites of passage. Initiation can take many different forms, depending on the individual’s age, gender, and social status. In some cases, it may involve a simple blessing from a guru or priest. In others, it may be a more elaborate ceremony, involving fasting, prayer, and specific rituals.
Initiation is often seen as a way of welcoming the individual into the Hindu community, and of ensuring that they are properly prepared for the responsibilities that come with their new stage in life. It is also seen as a way of requesting the blessings of the gods, and of asking for their protection and guidance.