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Deeksha : power of initiation

Disciple simply sits in the Master’s presence in a receptive and unclutched mood, and the experience itself is directly transmitted from the Master’s bio-memory to the disciple’s, without any effort from the disciple’s part, it is called initiation

 What is Deeksha?

Deeksha means ‘initiation’ or the direct transfer of spiritual energy by an avatar through a touch, a word or a look.

As millions of people are discovering every day at Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s life-changing programs, an avatar can, with a single gesture, cause a spontaneous, incredible transformation in us on every level. Miraculous healing of diseases, intellectual clicks, mystical experiences and the wiping out of lifetimes of karmas can happen in a matter of days – sometimes minutes!

Teaching, technique, process, initiation

When the transmission of knowledge happens entirely by the disciples’ effort, it is called a teaching. When the master puts in some effort and the disciple puts in most of the effort, it is called a technique. When the same knowledge is transmitted with only a little effort on the disciple’s past, it is called a process. When a disciple simply sits in the Master’s presence in a receptive and unclutched mood, and the experience itself is directly transmitted from the Master’s bio-memory to the disciple’s, without any effort from the disciple’s part, it is called initiation.

This experience could be anything – it could be physiological changes or psychological transformation or just conscious ecstasy or deep restful awareness.

 Deeksha – the ultimate gift from the master!

Deeksha is revered in the Vedic tradition as the ultimate gift that a master can confer upon his disciple on the spiritual path. In the ancient text Rudrayamala Tantra, Lord Shiva says:

The one who is not initiated does not attain liberation nor a better future. So by all efforts, one should get initiated by Guru.

Deeksha is the most effortless and blissful way to raise our spiritual frequency. 

Deeksha is the most effortless and blissful way to raise our spiritual frequency. A moment’s deeksha received in a mood of intense surrender can bring about more irreversible transformation in your life than years of meditation and spiritual practice.

Three kinds of initiation

The avatar initiates you in three ways – through a look (nayana deeksha or chakshu deeksha), through a word (mantra deeksha) or through touch (sparsha deeksha).

For highly receptive disciple, even a side-glance from the Master’s eyes is an initiation. Such a glance is revered in Vedic tradition as ‘guru kataasksham’. Thanks to modern video-conferencing technologies, devotees gather everyday in Nithyananda Vedic temples and satsang centers around the world for nayana deeksha, waiting for the master’s glance to fall upon them. Every nayana deeksha is followed by reports of spontaneous healing,  intellectual ‘clicks’ and spiritual clarity, proving that time and space are no barriers to the power of an avatar’s initiation.

Vibrations of the mantra straightaway penetrate your being and start working on you, even if you don’t understand their meaning.

In the East, language has always been used not only to communicate information, but to transmit certain vibrations. Sanskrit, the world’s oldest living language, is highly phonetic in nature. Certain syllables or combinations of syllables in Sanskrit are called mantras. Each mantra carries a unique vibrational power. When a Avatar gives you mantra deeksha, he transmits the vibrational power of the mantra to you. The vibrations of the mantra straightaway penetrate your being and start working on you, even if you don’t understand their meaning.

Certain specialized kinds of initiation, like the initiation into becoming a spiritual healer, require direct physical contact for the transmission of bio-memory. This kind of initiation usually involves the guru placing his hand upon the disciple’s head, heart chakra, bliss chakra or brow chakra and forcing the energy to move inwards and upwards.  This is known as sparsha deeksha – initiation through touch.

 Redesigning your software and hardware

Deeksha works on three levels – the conscious mind, the unconscious mind and the physical body.

Even in the absence of a master, the conscious mind can be cleared by the right teachings, by removing the wrong ideas and taking in clear and correct ideas. The unconscious mind can be cleansed by meditation techniques. But ultimately, for the software change to be permanent, the hardware also has to change. The very brain grooves have to change to hold and radiate the experience of living enlightenment. This can happen through deeksha.

When you have the grace of the master, both the hardware and software can be totally changed.

When a master touches and initiates you, not only is the software of enlightened physiology downloaded into you, but the hardware, the brain itself, will be tuned to hold this new software by the grace of the master. If you are completely open during the touch, the software of enlightened physiology can be downloaded into you, changing your very physiology. Your body learns that it can be better than what it is now! When you have the grace of the master, both the hardware and software can be totally changed.

Deeksha and Kundalini Awakening

Deeksha results in the spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini, our own highest inner potential energy. Research in neuroscience has proved that deeksha floods the body and brain with Kundalini energy.

When Kundalini ascends the spine through the sushumna nadi (the main channel of subtle energy), it results in a huge energy influx into the brain. As it flows from the thalamus to the cortex, Kundalini sets up a powerful energy loop within the brain which awakens the latent, non-mechanical parts which we have never used before. With increasing levels of coherence, the whole brain comes alive, turning into a super-conductor of conscious energies that heal, empower and transform our lives. Enhanced awareness levels, greater creativity and extraordinary abilities start to express through us like levitation, teleportation and materialization. This influx of superconscious energy also visibly slows down the ageing process and improve immunity to disease.

Science of Deeksha

Deeksha is a deeply mystical process, but it can be explained to some extent by the principle of entanglement.

Entanglement is a term used in quantum theory to describe the way that particles of energy/matter can become correlated to interact with each other in predictable ways, regardless of how far apart they are. Which means that the state and actions of one of these particles can influence the state and actions of the other through the process of interference.

Entanglement happens when the receiver is mentally in tune with the source and is open to receiving the energy.

Entanglement is the principle behind all processes involving energy transfer, whether spiritual healing, kundalini awakening, levitation, teleportation or materialization. An enlightened being has the power to raise others into his own elevated state by the subtle pressure of his presence. When the mind of the receiver comes in touch with the no-mind (thought-free mind) of such a being, a process similar to entanglement happens, and thoughts subside in the mind of the receiver. Entanglement happens when the receiver is mentally in tune with the source and is open to receiving the energy. eg. during spiritual healing.

When entanglement happens at the deeper level of muscle-memory, Nithyananda gives it the name ‘Entrainment’. During Kundalini awakening, entanglement can happen irrespective of the mental state of the receiver.

During initiation, entanglement penetrates the bio-memory of the receiver. That is why initiation has permanent physiological and psychological effects. Nithyananda calls this Enlightenment, in the sense that during the moment of initiation, the receiver actually experiences a space identical to that of the enlightened being. But lacking the yogic body and nervous system to retain this space, the receiver gradually loses the experience through energy ‘leaks’.

With repeated initiations, the powerful positive experience is bolted into your body and becomes part of your bio-memory, releasing you from negative mental patterns that you have carried for many lives.

Initiation and the Brain

Neuroplastic science says that your brain has the ability to create new grooves and pathways. Which means that the possibility for becoming a new consciousness exists.

Initiation can change not just your mind, but your very brain. With initiation, your brain develops subtle grooves to hold  and radiate the energy of enlightenment. If it is only a psychological transformation, it could leave you after a  few weeks or months. But initiation is not just psychological but physiological transformation. The experience becomes your very bio-memory, so there is no more scope for conflict.

Apart from the brain and neural pathways, we have a network of 72,000 nadis or energy channels through which Kundalini energy and the subtle information essential to our conscious evolution can be transmitted. Of these, the koorma nadi, a channel running from the tip of the middle finger right up to the heart is the koorma nadi, the nadi through which the glimpse of enlightenment is released by the Master and received by the disciple during initiation.

Initiation awakens your DNA

Medical science has established that we have 12 strands of DNA, but only two of these strands are active!  An avatar is a being who has awakened all 12 strands of his DNA. Through initiation, an Avatar can simply alter your existing DNA and activate your unused DNA strands. The true purpose of this so-called ‘junk DNA’ is to support a multi-dimensional consciousness, and initiation awakens this possibility.

When your DNA is activated, the knowledge and consciousness and information in the avatar’s  bio memory can be effortlessly transmitted to you without any conventional methods.

initiation is like a intense downloading into you. When your DNA is activated, the knowledge and consciousness and information in the avatar’s  bio memory can be effortlessly transmitted to you without any conventional methods. With every new strand awakened, you start experiencing freedom from negative engrams, intellectual and spiritual clarity, physical health, anti-ageing and the expression `of extraordinary powers.

Karmic cleansing and reprogramming

Every deeksha at Inner Awakening is an extraordinary spectacle of energy play that could last for hours . During deeksha, Nithyananda creates an explosion of superconscious energy, using divyashareeris (mediums or energy channels) to intensify the spiritual process. Releasing more than 15 times the usual power through his body, he channels it through the divyashareeris to reach the participants from every angle.

Nithyananda says, “When the energy channels sit in a circle around me in a mood of deep devotion and surrender, I am able to penetrate right through their physical bodies. They become divyashareeris, extensions of my own physical body. So when a participant enters this elevated space, he is enveloped by my physical body itself, not just my energy body. If he is totally open and receptive, I can use that high-possibility moment to simply wipe out his negative bio-memories and create a blissful, strong bio-memory through karmic cleansing and reprogramming. To the extent that the participant is receptive, he can experience physical and mental transformation.”

The group energy during deeksha is so intense that more than 80% of the participants receive the initiation spontaneously, even before they are touched and initiated! For most participants, deeksha is a never-before experience of intense kundalini awakening in a perfectly safe environment.

 At INNER AWAKENING, the yoga & meditation program conducted a Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam’s international headquarters in India, participants receive a series of powerful initiations on 21 consecutive days. This ensures that the physical and mental transformation experienced during the program are rendered long-lasting or even permanent.

 Why do we need a living master?

Only from a fire can another fire be lit.

Only from a living master can the transmission of the lamp happen.

Only a living bio-memory can share its experience directly with yours through a look, a word or a touch of initiation.

 A master who is on the subtle plane may be able to offer you spiritual guidance, but for the experience to settle in you as a physical reality, it has to be transmitted from a body which is vibrating at the same frequency as your own. Only the already reprogrammed DNA of the living master can transmit that frequency and reprogram your DNA. Only a living bio-memory can share its experience directly with yours through a look, a word or a touch of initiation.

Initiation manifests your deepest desires

Initiation has the power to open up your real desires and empower them to become reality.

If your blueprint is carrying a desire  for money, it will open up and fill you with money, if your blueprint is seeking for God or for Guru you will have that, if your blueprint is searching for extraordinary powers you will have that.

Initiation is like hatching the egg that you are – into the bird that you can be.

The Master hatches you through all these three- through his teachings, through constant remembrance of you wherever you are, and through his initiation. He hatches you into a new being. He makes you into very his Self.

Initiation is the final push

No matter how much knowledge you have gathered, no matter how many spiritual experiences you have, the ultimate breaking open of the limited identity does not happen without deeksha. The ego will never be ready to commit suicide! That final push has to happen from the Master. When an avatar initiates you,  he pushes you into the same state, the same highest conscious coherence  as he is established in.

On your part, it is nothing needs to be done but opening your being to the Master. For a disciple who is available to the Master, a single moment of initiation can destroy many  lifetimes of conditioning. Initiation is like setting  fire to an enormous pile of  cotton.  No matter how enormous the pile of your karma, it takes only a single spark of initiation to destroy it.  All you need to do is allow it to be burnt!

Benefits of group initiation

Paramahamsa Nithyananda says:

Group initiation is a tremendous experience! When a cohesive group of people sit together in a mood of meditation and receptivity, their systems fall into a deep harmonious resonance with each other. The whole group is like one organic entity. Moreover, each of you is individually in entanglement with me, with the Source. Each of you is like a spoke of the wheel, all attached to central hub which is the source of cosmic energy. So every time I initiate once person in the group, the same energy is instantaneously transmitted to the entire group.

So when you sit in 21 sessions of Inner Awakening, as part of a group of 100 participants, you are actually receiving 2,100 initiations!!

Group initiation has one more benefit. When I initiate you, I loosen and activate your bio-memory, preparing it for learning new things. So when you see somebody else expressing an extraordinary power like levitation, your bio-memory learns that such a possibility exists. Within a few days, your bio-memory picks up that particular power – even if you have not received that particular initiation from me! When you live in a sangha or spiritual community where many such powers are continuously expressed, your bio-memory simply opens up and starts living its highest possibilities.


In a breakthrough series of studies conducted in 2011, the benefits of Kundalini initiation were systematically recorded under controlled conditions in close to 600 individuals attending an intensive yoga and meditation retreat at Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam’s international headquarters nearBangalore,India.

Apart from daily yoga, pranayama and other supportive practices, participants of the 21-day INNER AWAKENING program were exposed to a total of 21 personal initiation sessions from Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

The study was based on a similar study conducted by Jeffery A. Dusck atHarvardMedicalSchooland published in Public Library of Science in July 2008.  Recordings were taken on Day 0 and Day 18 of the program.

The parameters studied included:

    • Cellular energy levels
    • Physical health & immunity levels
    • Psychological and emotional health
    • Neurological changes in the brain
    • Genetic transformation, if any
    • Expression of any extraordinary abilities


1.       Cellular energy levels assessed through mitochondrial tests:

Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of the human cell. Mitochondrial activity in the cell is a precise indicator of the individual’s metabolism rate and energy levels.

In this study, blood samples from a group of Inner Awakening participants aged above 50 years were subjected to a well-known protocol called MTT Assay for assessment of cellular energy levels.

Such an increase is clearly impossible through any other known means, such as exercise, yoga or fitness training, which can effect a maximum of 50% increase in cellular energy

100% of the participants in this particular study recorded a drastic increase in energy levels, averaging 967%. Studies have shown that such an increase is clearly impossible through any other known means, such as exercise, yoga or fitness training, which can effect a maximum of 50% increase in cellular energy.

Comparison of the change in MTT Assay at Day 0 and Day 20 in study group

*Denotes significant difference

In the study group, there was an increase in mean MTT Assay from Day 0 to Day 20. The increase in MTT Assay from Day 0 to Day 20 in Study Group was found to be statistically significant (P<0.001).


  • It is well known from previous studies that it is possible to increase Mitochondrial activity in target organs through specific techniques devised for the same. Usually, following Yoga or exercise, the Mitochondrial activity shows increase in skeletal muscles, usually in the range of 50 %.
  • In this program , the study group consisting of IA participants, many of them first timers showed a 967%increase in mitochondrial activity. The control group, consisting of ashramites and others who had spent longer periods of time in Swamiji’s presence, showed a 1200 % increase in mitochondrial activity
  • The cells (tissue) studied in this program were white blood cells, and not skeletal muscles. This suggests that the increase in mitochondrial energy is global rather than tissue-directed
  • The only abnormal activity in both groups during the recording period was the daily initiation by Swamiji. This strongly suggests that initiation was the cause of this significant increase in mitochondrial activity in both the groups.

2.     Healing of physical ailments

 Rapid recovery from a range of physical ailments was observed, also indicating enhanced immunity levels:

  • 100% of participants recorded significant weight loss
  • 100% of participants recorded recovery from eating disorders
  • 100% of participants recorded recovery from chronic fatigue
  • 92% of participants showed marked recovery from rheumatoid arthritis
  • 78% of participants showed marked recovery from osteo-arthritis
  • 79% of participants showed marked recovery from asthma
  • 71% of participants showed marked recovery from chronic headaches

Participants also recorded lowering of fasting blood sugar, decreased BMI and improvement in psychosomatic illnesses and auto-immune diseases.

 3.     Healing of psychological disorders

Decreased dependency on medication and enhanced sense of well-being

  • 97% of participants reported recovery from depression
  • 89% of participants reported freedom from phobias
  • 82% of participants reported freedom from anger and frustration
  • 88% of participants showed marked recovery from insomnia
  • 76 % of participants reported recovery from panic attacks
  • 76% of participants reported freedom from insecurity
  • 73 % of participants reported an increase in mental focus
  • 71% of participants reported freedom from mood swings


 Neurological changes through QEEG studies

A series of QEEG studies were also conducted on participants who had Kundalini initiation to study the effects of Kundalini Awakening on electrical activity in the brain. The same studies were also conducted on a control group. These included:

QEEG studies of participants showing high incidence of delta waves, indicative of deep relaxation

  1. Short term effects observed at the moment of initiation by Paramahamsa Nithyananda
  2. Long term effects measured through post-activation assessment of various mental and cognitive functions



  1. At the moment of initiation, certain instantaneous changes were recorded in all participants who had active Kundalini awakening, including:
    •  sharper focusing abilities
    •  higher alertness levels
    •  extremely rapid multi-processing
    •  better short-term memory

Significantly, the brain waves of subjects during the activation showed a high incidence of delta waves, indicating that they were in a state of deep relaxation comparable to sleep. In Vedic science, this state of intense restful awareness is known as Samadhi.

Post-activation assessment conclusively showed:

QEEG studies of participants showing high incidence of delta waves, indicative of deep relaxation

    • Better problem-solving abilities
    • More effective decision-making
    • Enhanced interpersonal relations
    • Warm and positive personality trends

4.     GENETIC TRANSFORMATION – breakthrough results

DNA is as essential molecule found in all human cells, which controls the body’s growth, structure, metabolism and immune functions. It carries the genetic information passed on from generation to generation.

Human beings have about 25,000 genes, of which only 5% are actively expressed and functional.

Differential gene expression studies conducted on Inner Awakening participants before and after the program registered the spontaneous expression of new genes – a phenomenon that is impossible to reproduce through any other known means.


    • Greatly increased immune modulation
    • Increased immunity to cancer
    •  Clinical improvement in rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
    • Significant recovery from asthma
    • Significant improvements in memory

5.     extraordinary abilities – materialization – breakthrough results

Materialization is the creation of matter from energy. In the only known instance of materialization on our planet today, a vast range of objects were materialized by Paramahamsa Nithyananda, channeled through the bodies of receptive individuals. Materials ranging from vibhuti (sacred ash) and kumkum (holy vermilion) to solid objects like diamond, pearl, solidified mercury, etc. were produced through devotees who were either physically present or communicating with Paramahamsa Nithyananda through video-conferencing.

Three different scientific tests were conducted on a volunteer through whom Nithyananda consistently materialized objects:

  1. Whole body CT scan
  2. Simultaneous QEEG of Paramahamsa Nithyananda and the subject


    • Whole body CT scans taken before and after Kundalini Awakening clearly shows the sudden appearance of a radio-opaque foreign body in the oral cavity on repeat scan without any delay or repositioning after the energy transfer from Nithyananda to the subject.
    • QEEG recording of both Nithyananda and the subject done showed “Entrainment” (Synchronicity) in the brain waves of both individuals during the process of materialization, showing that a process of attunement was indeed taking place at the time.




Brahmanya, Student, CA, USA

There are very few rare moments in the life, that are as filled with wonder, content and

fulfillment. Energy darshan is all those moments in one moment and much more.

Initiation is the culmination of a lifetime of yearning that I felt. It is the ultimate moment

that gives life the ultimate momentum!


 Dasarathi, engineering manager-hardware

San Jose, California, USA

During Darshan when he reads my letters, I see tremendous compassion with

which he answers and blesses each of my prayers and says I will take care, I am

with you. Its such a melting feeling and a protective feeling like a mother taking

the child in her hold.


Nithya Lokanayaki Ananda, Business Owner

Diamond Bar, CA, USA

My life was struggle after struggle, always seeking happiness in the wrong areas. Once Swamiji initiated me, my shattered life came together as a whole. Now I can say I am alive!


Ma Nithya Sarvasmarana, Yoga Instructor


Even if you don’t ask Him a question verbally, He answers! It’s an indescribable cosmic connection.


 Mahima Reddy, Physician’s assistant

Apple Valley, USA

 During Healer’s initiation, I experienced a huge ball of light entering my Ananda Gandha chakra.


Ma Nithya Atma, AitaLoma, CA, USA

During initiation, Swamiji would just look at me or touch me lightly, and everything would go blank. I would be conscious only of tremendous joy. If I was struggling with something, it would simply dissolve.


  1. I am glad that you very much like swamiji’s teaching. Please spread a word. I am happy that, i could be of little help to spread his teachings or work on his teachings.

  2. Swamiji talks about the power of initiation. It is like sharing his own space… He walks through us in a more scientific explanation.

  3. Swami ji ke charno me mera sastang pranam.main aap se deeksha lena hai.aasirvad de.kaise kya karna hoga.aadesh ki prateeksha main.

  4. Swami ji pranam please bless me &my both sons

  5. So how do I recieve Diksha? i want to help people and be a healer/teacher/pujari. I would greatfuly and openly recieve such a blessing if only I knew how to get this initiation. THere is much happening in the world that i want to be a more effective part of and Deeksha seems like such a perfect aid in the ascension/liberation/healing process for not just myself but the people around me. THank you Namaste. 🙂

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