An initiate is anyone who achieves a change in consciousness or spiritual awakening. For instance this is from a low animalistic pattern; into a higher more responsible way of being. Therefore in effect it is to become more vibrationally educated in spiritual evolution. Here is a quote by Mr. Carl Jung “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Which is totally correct. Belief system or model of the world does not change reality in any way. However the only thing that we can change is our perception of reality. Which is precisely achieved with insight meditation practice.
Mantra is a sacred utterance, which can be a word or phrase. For instance it is believed by practitioners, to have psychological and spiritual powers. Many people believe that mantra meditation; helps to induce an altered state of consciousness. Mantras may or may not have literal meanings. They are typically melodic; mathematically structured meters with numinous qualities.
Stupa is a symbolic representation for the level of awareness of humanity. It is in just the same way as the mountain of awareness presentation. As a member of humanity become more spiritually evolved. He will become less dense with a finner vibration. Accordingly then his level of awareness or consciousness will rise. Lower humanity is at the bottom. Middle section is for average humanity. Top section is for higher man; who eventually become lost to the material world as a fully dissolved being.
Mindfulness and gratitude will blend together; when living in the present moment. So perhaps we may all wonder. Why any man is only as strong as the man who is guiding him. Therefore as a natural consequence; we will feel impelled to express gratitude. Towards the people who have sacrificed; their time and energy to guide us.