Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
Does mantra initiation usually involves some sort of special ritual performed between the Guru and the disciple?
More important than any ritual is the faith of the person who receives the mantra. One with faith can receive a Siddha’s mantra in any place, at any time, under any circumstances, and that mantra is guaranteed to bear its fruit. A Siddhapurusha’s mantra (Sri Seshadri Swamigal) is no inert one – it’s fully conscious and not bound by time, space, or ritual. Through the Siddha’s grace, it bears fruit immediately. Ordinarily, there is a ritual for mantra initiation, but the main ritual is faith. Where there is no faith, ritual becomes pointless, where there is great faith, ritual becomes unnecessary.