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Subject: Vaishnavism
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Samasrayana or Pancha Samskara (meaning Five Purifications) is a Pañcaratra rite practiced in all forms of Vaishnavism. Samasrayana means 'to approach with all sincerity and truthfulness to Acharya'. During this rite, the acharya initiates a person, irrespective of sex, caste, social status etc. as his or her sishya. It is a commitment from the disciple that he or she will live as per the wishes of the acharya. Thus the person gets the link to the Vaishnava tradition.


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