Shakti is the Sanskrit word for the activating force of nature (prakriti).
Shakti initiates all action. Shakti is often translated as power, spiritual
power or initiation.
Shaktipat means shakti-giving, and is often translated
as initiation as it is shakti that initiates any and all action.
The transmission of shakti can initiate spontaneous meditation, kundalini awakening
and spiritual transformation, depending upon the preparedness of the
Shaktipat Diksha (dee'-ksha)
Shaktipat diksha means "shakti-giving initiation." Diksha (pronounced
dee'-ksha) refers specifically to initiation in the
sense of showing, informing or bestowing something upon someone.
Shaktipat diksha is often likened to lighting one candle with
another candle. This allows for the bound life energy in the body (prana)
to be released and set free. Once this energy released, the evolutionary
force, kundalini, can awaken naturally.
Why Do I Need Shaktipat From Durga Ma?
You don't. You don't need to get shaktipat from anyone. You may
have already had shaktipat without realizing it. Shakti is
everywhere. She is Divine Energy, the activating force of nature, nature's
go-power, the animator, the primordial power that makes things happen.
Your own shakti can be ignited through physical exercise, dance,
deep study and concentration on your art, your science or your skill,
by understanding Truth, though loving devotion to God and guru (teacher),
or by transmission from the guru to the student.
A shaktipat teacher transmits shakti by means of any of
the following: thought, sound, touch, gaze. The benefit of taking initiation
from a shaktipat teacher, even if you have already had shaktipat spontaneously,
is to forge a relationship with someone qualified to guide you from that
point. You can either boot-strap your own way or use a teacher qualified
to initiate and guide you.
Shaktipat and Shaktipat