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Swamishri sanctifies the janoi during the Diksha ceremony

All youths receive a janoi as part of the Diksha ceremony

 Swamishri with all newly initiated youths

Swamishri blesses all those present in the Diksha ceremony

    With all the comforts and amenities provided by the modern world, it is often easy to lose oneself in these pleasures. Yet, on the morning of the Murti Pratishtha ceremony in Houston, six individuals renounced these pleasures of the world to live according to the words of God. These six intelligent and talented youth were given diksha, or were initiated into the sadhu-fold.

    Prior to Swamishri's morning puja, a Vedic mahapuja was conducted to commence the initation ceremony. Immediately after Swamishri completed his puja, the rituals continued when Swamishri sanctified their janoi. After this, they were given the customary new kanthi, upper cloth, and pagh by senior saints, and Swamishri applied chandan and gave them the guru mantra and their new name.

    One youth, Dipam Patel (BBA) was given Bhagwati Diksha, or saffron garments, and was given the name Sadhu Gnanmunidas. The remaining five youth were given Parshadi Diksha, or white garments. Yogen Patel (BA in Economics) was given the name Janak Bhagat, Yogi Patel (BA in Economics) was given the name Harishchandra Bhagat, Dhaval Trivedi (MA in Management Information Systems) was given the name Parikshit Bhagat, Anush Patel (BA in Finance) was given the name Dhruv Bhagat, and Rahul Patel (JD) was given the name Virat Bhagat.

    Swamishri blessed the new initiates and commended their parents for sacrificing their sons, some of whom gave up their only children, and some gave up both sons. He stated that the new initiates, instead of helping just a few or the local community, would inspire hundreds and thousands to follow the path of God.

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