The diksha of Gayatri-Mantra Sadhana and the yagyopavita samskara (thread ceremony) are intermittently linked with dedication to a noble Guru. The Gayatri mantra is referred as the Guru Mantra. In the times of yore, the children used to go to the gurukuls for comprehensive education and training and ideal personality development. The learning of Vedas used to begin there with the diksha of Gayatri as the Guru Mantra. Today we may find lots of fake gurus and their variegating, arbitrary guru mantras. But in the ancient age of the divine Indian Culture, the Gayatri Mantra alone was revered for diksha.
Dedication to the spiritual master (guru) helps cultivation and development of Saraddha and vishwasa as the essential elements for the success of Gayatri Sadhana. The activities associated with the rituals of upasana would be sheer mechanical acts if devoid of saraddha and vishwasa. Without the inner support of these two, the observance of the desired disciplines too would only remain like daydreaming. The sublime linkage between the guru and the disciple is sustained and strengthened by the saraddha and vishwasa of the latter. This is what enables the progress and accomplishment of the sadhana. As the initial practices with bows and arrows gradually helps a warrior develop into an intrepid archer, the initial sentiments of saraddna and vishwasa on the guru also grow and endow the disciple's heart with immense devotion to divinity and thy love.
In some scriptures, there is a mention of a a curse of Maharshi Vashishtha and Vishwamitra on the (sadhana of) Gayatri Mantra and it is said that only those who remove this constraint could proceed with Gayatri Sadhana. This rhetoric description signifies the secret that Gayatri Sadhana should be endeavored with due disciplines under the protection and adept guidance of an experienced, spiritually elevated guru. The word Vashishtha means outstanding sagacity, pious excellence. Those accomplishing the sadhana of 125 lacs of Gayatri Mantra Japa were bestowed with the title of Vashishtha in the Vedic Age. Liberation from the curse of the great vedic rishi Vashishtha implies that the diksha of Gayatri Mantra should be taken from a guru who is endowed with the qualities and experience of the level of Vasistha. Vishwamitra means the mitra (friend) of the vishwa (whole world). The aforesaid rhetoric scriptural saying further implies that the noble guru for the diksha of Gayatri Mantra should be an altruist, duty-bound saintly sadhaka who loves all and cares for global welfare.
Diksha blessed by such a siddha guru who possesses the virtues of being Vashishtha and Vishwamitra, alone can activate the Gayatri shakti in the mantra. Gayatri Sadhana endeavored as per his teachings would be perfect and beatified. Shraddha and vishwasa and devout practices of mantra japa too would not be complete unless initiated by such a noble guru of Gayatri Vidya. Having the beatitude of a siddha guru of Gayatri Vidya is like a propulsion that almost flies the disciple half the path of dedicated sadhana in the beginning itself. This is what is reflected in the poetic phrase of emancipation from the curse. There should be no doubt or misinterpretation of the scriptural mention after the aforesaid decipheration. It is indeed a perennial truth that no power in the cosmos could curse or restrain the Omnipotent, Absolute, Adi Shakti Gayatri.
Gayatri Sadhana initiated by the diksha through noble guru proceeds with extraordinary spiritual support. In the twentieth century, Vedmurti Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya is revered as most authentic, pre-eminent, siddha guru for the diksha of Gayatri Mantra. His life was absolutely devoted to Gayatri Sadhana. He had scrupulously accomplished the devout sadhana of twenty-four mahapurashcharanas - a divine endeavor attempted on this earth for the first time since the Vedic Age of Vashishtha and Vishwamitra. The thinking, feelings and deeds of this noble spiritual master, saint and sagacious scholar were unified with the altruist sentiment of global welfare. His heart breathed to love all beings. This pioneer of the renaissance of the almost lost or forbidden Gayatri Vidya was indeed the Vashishtha and Vishwamitra of this era. Millions of sadhakas were enlightened and blessed by him in Gayatri Sadhana without any discrimination of sex, caste, cult or social status.
After voluntarily shedding the sheath of his physical body in 1990, this angelic devotee of Gayatri, is active with ever stronger and expanded spiritual force in his subtle and astral body. Devoted disciples and seekers of absolute knowledge of Gayatri constantly experience and receive his subliminal guidance, protection and guidance. Likewise the millions of sadhakas across the globe, who were blessed by his sublime power after 1990, all aspirants of Gayatri Vidya may receive the mantra-diksha from his divine presence in the diksha-samskaras organized by the enlightened representatives of the Gayatri Pariwar. And commence the Upasana- Sadhana of the Gayatri Mantra with inner faith.
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