The Upanayana: The Hindu Ceremonies of the Sacred Thread
Ram Chandra Prasad
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1997 - Sacred thread ceremony - 191 pages
Upanayana is one of the sixteen samskaras or purificatory rites in which a boy is invested with the sacred thread and thus endowedwith second or spiritual birth and qualified to learn the Veda by heart. In this ceremony the boy goes to an Acarya well-versed in the Vedas with a view to be initiated into Vedic studies or a Guru draws a boy towards himself and initiates him into one of the three twice-born classes. From the day the initiation ceremony takes place the young celibate commits himself to a life of austerity and abstinence; he chooses to lead a life rigorously disciplined by vows and disciplinary rules.
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It is THE book one should read, study and restudy and understand and practice before undertaking the BRAHASPATHI position, that is become an ACHARYA to conduct the ceremony. A thorough down to the earth book.
But unless one has already been initiated by another GURU one should not attempt to become a GURU just by following the instructions!!!!
This is a GUIDE book to be kept handy for any reference while conducting the function.
A HERCULIAN TASK well undertaken and very well presented.