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Hinduism - What Are The Two Hindu Initiation Ceremonies Of Upanayana Samskara And Diksha?

 

In general, an initiation is a ceremony in which a person is bestowed with new powers, abilities, and responsibilities.

There are two main ceremonies of religious initiation in the Hindu religion.

The upanayana samskara, also known as the "second birth," is a teenage religious initiation performed on a "twice-born" male—that is, a member of the brahmin, kshatriya, or vaishya group.

The second form of initiation, diksha, is bestowed on a person at the discretion of a guru or religious preceptor and has no restrictions on who may get it or when.

 


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Hinduism - What Is Diksha?



(“initiation”) The name is claimed to be derived from the verb dis, which means "to point out," and refers to a religious initiation including the receipt of hidden religious teachings. 

The teenage religious initiation known as upanayana, the ritualized "second birth" given on young males from the three "twice-born" groups—that is, brahmin (priestly), kshatriya (martial), or vaishya—has a distinct meaning than diksha (mercantile). 

Both are religious initiations that include the development of new abilities and rights. 

However, diksha is a religious initiation in which the novice receives hidden knowledge from a religious instructor (guru), generally in the form of spoken syllables known as mantras. 

Unlike upanayana, which occurs when a guy is adolescent, the timing of diksha is determined by a person's desire and preparation rather than their physical age. 

Diksha is a particularly significant idea in tantric ritual, as such customized initiations are the means of passing along the heritage from master to pupil. 



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