On Friday, Oct 5, 1979, a full moon day, Haran Aiya and his wife were showered with the priceless grace of Sri Vidya mantra diksha. Sri Amritananda came to Aiya’s house, and for the next eight hours, he performed an elaborate Sri Chakra Navavarana Puja and initiated Aiya and Sakuntala Amma with sixteen Sri Vidya mantras, including Maha Shodasakshari Mantra. Sri Amritananda then taught Aiya the intricacies of performing Sri Chakra Navavarana Puja according to the Dattatreya tradition.
After the initiation, Aiya was in a bit of a bind, because he felt he was not familiar with Sri Amritananda’s particular customs regarding guru dakshina. So he asked, “Guruji, I am not from your place, I am from Sri Lanka. Can you kindly tell me what is the proper guru dakshina to give to you?” Guruji replied, “Whatever I have given to you, you must now give to others, without any thought of caste, creed, gender or ethnicity. This is the only dakshina I want from you.” Ever the faithful disciple, Aiya has worked tirelessly without concern for his own personal comfort or convenience, all for the sake of fulfilling this sacred command from his guru.