samasrayanam
WHAT IS SAMASRAYANAM ?

Samasrayanam, also known as “Mantra Initiation” or “Pancha Samskaram” is taken out of faith in the Sasthras and in the lineage of our acharyas, brought to light by Jagadacharya Bhagavad Ramanuja.
One will be given 3 Mantras by Acharya (Narayana Ashtakshari Maha Mantram, Dvaya Mantram, Charama Slokam)
Pancha Samskaram involves 5 important Vedic techniques for overall upliftment of the soul.
The process burns the effects of karmas of the past, protects from future janmas, reduces the effects of karmas of current janma thereby making the soul pure and eligible for Serving all beings as Service to God.
After Samasrayanam it is up to us how we lead our life & upkeep our soul.

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE ?

Samasrayanam is a 5-technique Vedic process, usually done in the morning.
The whole process will last for about 2 to 3 hours after which you can take prasadam.
Until the process is completed one cannot eat or drink anything that day.

WHAT ARE THE PRECONDITIONS FOR GETTING SAMASRAYANAM ?

Anybody who is willing to get uplifted from current state of life to a pure state is considered eligible.
Men or Women should not be in the state of impurity. (like 10 nights of birth or death or periods time etc)
On the previous night, one needs to do upavasam (no food, only water allowed).
If that is not possible due to any reason (like health etc), one should have light vegetarian-only snack (like idli/upma etc).
The following day, the day of Samasrayanam, one should take head bath, wear traditional clothes:
Men – Traditional pancha & uttareeyam/kanduva;
Women – Traditional saree;
Male kid – Small pancha & uttareeyam/kanduva;
Girl kid – Traditional ethnic dress.
One should abstain from food/water on Samasrayanam day, until the whole process is completed (which should take about 2 to 3 hours).

WHAT DIET SHOULD I FOLLOW AFTER SAMASRAYANAM ?

After Samasrayanam (Pancha Samskaram), to maintain pure thoughts, to develop Satvik qualities, one needs to abstain from Onion Garlic, Onion Garlic present food items, pungent items like Radish etc.
One needs to consume only food offered to Lord Srimannarayana as prasadam.
In case one is travelling or is outside, one can sprinkle water on the food chanting Dvaya Mantram, then offer the food to Lord present in onself as Antaryami through one’s thought (uttering Sarvam Sri Krishnarpanamasthu silently within oneself)
If water is not available or situation is not ideal, then, one can think of sprinkling water on the food chanting Dvaya Mantram, then think of offering the food to Lord present in onself as Antaryami through one’s mind (uttering Sarvam Sri Krishnarpanamasthu silently within oneself)
Based upon the love and concern we have on God it is recommended to follow strict diet restrictions. Just as how the quality of the soil is based on the food (through plants) it provides, so does the ability of our body depend on the type of food given to it.
To grow Satvik qualities, Satvik food is essential. If one does not follow it then it means he/she is not interested in Satvik qualities and thus he/she need not consider themselves a devotee at all.
Our actions speak accurately about our thoughts than our words and feelings. Hence diet plays an important role in being a real Vaishnava. (Seeing Lord in everything & everyone, with compassion & Service unto all beings as Service to God)

SHOULD I DO PUJA DAILY ?

After Samasrayanam, it is recommended that one does Puja (called as Thiruvaradhana) to Lord everyday.
Doing physical puja alone may not prove oneself to be a Vaishnava.
One should transform oneself through good knowledge, devotion, good thoughts, good actions which should happen automatically with love, which then makes every activity as an Offering to Lord, which is actual Puja.
Our mission at Jeeyar Educational Trust is thus to encourage “Worship your Own, Respect All” & “Serve all beings as Service to God.”

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC OF A TRUE VAISHNAVA ?

“Sarvam Vishnumayam Jagath”
A True Vaishnava always practices to See Lord Srimannarayana in everything & everyone.
A True Vaishnava is always in abundance with compassion towards plants, animals, nature, humans, everything & everyone as he/she sees everything & everyone as part of The Supreme Lord.
Hence, a True Vaishnava’s heart always bleeds for others upliftment & welfare as he/she feels the relation with God in all respects.
A True Vaishnava always believes in “Worship your Own & Respect All”
A true Vaishnava always follows “Serving all beings as Service to God”