Initiation ? What are the essential pre-requisites for Initiation ?

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Initiation is a specific term. It means introducing a person to the principles or tenets of some science. It is not something merely formal explaining of the subject orally. It has a deeper meaning too. The term carries with it the idea of adopting a person into the life and spirit of what is explained. Thus, initiation has a two-fold aspect: theoretical and practical. First comes a clear understanding of the true import of the Science taught and then a practical demonstration of the Truths thus inculcated. In the terminology of the Saints, it means, actually imparting the Life-Impulse by a Master-Saint, for nothing short of it counts in the Science of Soul or Spirit, which is a Live-Principle.
An intense longing to meet the Lord during one's lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. Seek, and ye shall find, is the law. Next comes strict observance of dietary regulations by eliminating all preparations containing meat, fish, fowl, eggs both fertile and, infertile and alcoholic intoxicants and stimulants. Last, but by no means the least, is life of righteousness (right thinking, right speech and right action), continence and chastity which constitute stepping stones on the way to spirituality. Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. This is what the Masters proclaim. One has to outlive and forget one's past whatever it be, and assiduously pray and strive for an Adept who can lead him Godwards.