Sri Narayani Dheeksha Programme for Devotees
Spiritual Initiation for all leading up to Proclamation Day MAY 8, 2021
Beloved Amma has blessed every devotee to take part in Narayani Dheeksha initiation in their own home this year.
For those new to Amma, this is an initiation into Sri Sakthi Amma becoming their spiritual teacher and to the mantra, Om Namo Narayani. For those already connected with Amma, Narayani Dheeksha will deepen and strengthen their connection to Amma and the mantra, Om Namo Narayani.
All are welcome to take part in this special Narayani Dheeksha – including children.
Guidelines to wearing the Narayani Mala on the 1st day of Deeksha
1) On April 30th morning at 8 am place theyellow mala and a glass or pot (copper, steelor brass) of theertham (holy water) at youraltar.
2) Perform your Narayani Dheeksha pooja (seeprocedure on page 3). At the end of the pooja,after all the offerings and aarathi, sprinkletheertham on the mala and wear it. The head ofthe family can offer the mala for each of thefamily members.
3) From April 30th to May 7th, perform yourNarayani Dheeksha programme twice a day (everymorning and evening). On May 8th only performthe pooja in the morning. Please follow theguidelines below.
4) The blessed mala must stay on the devotee forthe entire duration of the Narayani Dheeksha(ending May 8th). Do not remove the mala for anyreason, such as bathing, sleeping, swimming etc.
5) For women on their monthly cycle: Amma hasadvised to continue chanting the mantras duringthis time, however they should not perform thepooja during the first three days of their cycle.They can begin on their fourth day.
6) Do not use your Narayani Dheeksha mala forcounting the mantras. You may use another mala for counting.
7) On May 8th, devotees will perform the Narayani Dheeksha pooja and then remove their mala andplace the mala on Amma's photo. Do not wear themala again after this. Amma has asked all devotees to leave the mala on the photo on your home altar until further instruction from Amma.
How to make theertham:
a) Place your right hand over the glass or potof water (if possible, add a tulsi leaf orcardamom pod to the water).
b) Chant Om Namo Narayani and invokeAmma’s Grace, Energy and Blessings into thewater. This is a simple way to maketheertham
Guidelines to be followed by all devotees completing the dheeksha
1. You must take a bath or shower before each pooja (twice a day, once before the morning pooja and again before evening pooja). Please wash your hair once a day in the morning. This is COMPULSORY.
2. Do not consume any non-vegetarian food (this includes eggs), alcohol or tobacco products.
3. It is important to donate food (anna dhaanam) during your Dheeksha, you can do this by donating food with Amma’s Anna Dhanam programme at Peedam. Amma has blessed that each devotee contributes for 50 people which works out to Rs 100 x 50 = 5000 rs. You can donate to Peedam account or to Sri Sakthi Amma’s charities overseas. (See right column for details.)
4. Couples need to remain as brahmacharis / brahmacharinis for the entire period.
5. No entertainment – this means no movies, no television or parties. No computer or phone use outside of your professional work. Only read books, watch programmes or listen to music of a devotional and spiritual nature. This is a time to immerse oneself in positive, Divine thoughts.
6. Avoid negative emotions and talk. This includes negative emotions within yourself and the environment around you.
General local account
Om Sakthi Narayani Siddar Peedam Charitable Trust
AC NO: 8563101050001
Thirumalaikodi, Vellore, 632055
IFSC CODE: CNRB0008563
Om Sakthi Narayani Siddar Peedam Charitable Trust
Thirumalaikodi, Vellore -632055.
Bank A/c details: 1129101026793
DP Code: 1129,
IFFC No: CNRB 000 1129,
Swift Code: CNRBINBBMFD
Chennai RO, Foreign Division, Canara Bank, Red Cross Building,
Officer’s line, Vellore Main, Vellore - 632004.
Home Altar Set up & Procedure
HOME ALTAR SETUP
- A photo of Amma and Narayani together decoratedwith either flowers or a flower mala or garland.
- One ghee lamp to light on the altar
- Incense sticks
- Camphor and brass ladle or aarathi lamp to holdcamphor
- Loose flowers
- Fresh fruit and milk for each pooja. Use a differentfruit for morning and evening. If fruit is cut, it mustbe kept covered along with the milk, until time foroffering to Amma. Place these on a tray on the altar.
1. Take your bath/ shower and wear a fresh set of clothes each time. Do not wear the previous day’s clothes without first washing them.
2. Light the altar lamp and incense.
3. Begin chanting the mantras:
Guru Gayatri Mantra - 3 times Sri Narayani Moola Mantra - 3 times Narayani Dheeksha Mantra - 108 times
4. Perform aarathi with the camphor to Amma's photo.
5. Offer neivedyam (blessed offering) to Amma: uncover the fruit and milk, and symbolically offer to Amma with your love.
6. Perform aarathi to Amma's photo.
7. After aarathi, offer flowers to Amma to complete the pooja.
8. Once pooja is complete, consume the prasadam (blessed fruit and milk). You may also share this with others.
9. In the evening, have another bath or shower and repeat the pooja and chanting
Guru Gayatri Mantra
GNANA ROOPAYA VIDHMAHE
SAKTHI AMSAAYA DHEEMAHI
THANNO SAKTHI AMMA
Sri Narayani Moola Mantra
SARVA MANGALA MANGALYE
SHIVE SARVAARTHA SAADHIKE
SHARANYE TRYAMBAKE GOWRI
Narayani Deeksha Mantra
OM NAMO NARAYANI
Frequently Asked Questions
AMMA: Just as we wear certain clothes for a wedding and a different set of clothes for temple, during deeksha wearing the mala is necessary to physically remember that, “I am in deeksha”. When a doctor works in a hospital, they will wear a white coat. What is the significance of the white coat? Purity. If we see a person in a white coat in a hospital, we know that they are qualified to talk about certain problems. When the doctor wears the white coat, they will also feel a greater sense of responsibility, “I am here to serve others”. So when we are in deeksha and we wear the mala, it reminds us, “I need to serve and connect with the Divine.”
Amma says to offer one’s heart.
Amma suggests attaching an Amma pendant onto a mala. And if you do not have a pendant, then wear a mala.
It is a reminder to yourself that you are practising Amma’s teachings through your discipline during this period.
You can choose your own timing according to your own schedule.
Even though you are in the privacy of your own home you are performing pooja in front of Amma's photo. In addition to wearing a clean set of clothing each time, devotees should wear modest, spiritually appropriate clothing. Devotees should avoid shorts or revealing clothing
After each pooja, devotees should consume the fruit and milk. It can be shared with anyone else in the family. Fresh offerings should be provided at each pooja. Once fruit has been offered in one pooja, it cannot be offered in another pooja
No, the milk cannot be offered to the environment. It must be consumed by another human. If you are allergic to milk or cannot consume it, candies or chocolate may be a substitute.
Sarva Mangala Mangalye The Mother Who gives all things auspicious Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike You are Shiva (here also meaning auspiciousness) The One Who fulfills all our needs Sharayanye Tryambake Gowri Sharanye – I surrender to you Tryamabake – combination of the Three Goddesses: Durga Lakshmi Saraswathi Try means three, Ambika means Goddess Narayani Namosthute I surrender to that Mother. Let Her accept my worshipful respect.