My spiritual teacher bestowed a spiritual name on me for my birthday 13 years ago.  We gathered in a Hindu Temple, surrounded by my yoga students and friends.  The ceremony included blessing me with rice and holy water then whispering my new name in my ear.  Divya Jyoti she whispered...then announced it to the group gathered around us.  Divine Light, she explained:  Divya translates as divine and a jyoti is a spiritual light.

She fed me honey and offered me new clothes and flowers.  I was born anew as Divya Jyoti.  My vibration changed with the vibrations of this new name  When I am referred to as Divya Jyoti, it is Divya Jyoti who responds.  I love my spiritual name as do the many students who have received names from her over the years.

Last week, our friend Linda received her spiritual name in a similar ceremony.  Attached are photos of her naming ceremony surrounded by her family.  Would you like a spiritual name?

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Comment by Patricia (Divya Jyoti) DiFazio on July 19, 2013 at 3:50pm

Thanks Trevor:

I have expanded this topic a bit more in my book "Living Yoga".

I appreciate your comments.

Comment by Trevor Taylor on July 19, 2013 at 10:03am

Patricia, you have the makings of a great extended article here  (1200 words, 3rd person) - how spiritual names are chosen, the ceremony, the spiritual meaning and interpretation of spiritual names, how they are selected, and by whom, the history of spiritual names in cultures, especially in Hinduism, the significance to the recipient of being given a spiritual name, and some of the more popular spiritual names and their meanings..

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