Initiation Ceremony

Los Angeles, May 15, 1973
Prabhupada: So call. Come on. You know the principles? (devotee answers) You name is Arjuna dasa. (pause) You know the rules and regulations? Yes. (devotee answers) So your name is Jagarini. Jagarini—who is always awake, never sleeps. (laughter) This life is for jagarana. Uttisthata jagrata. Everyone is sleeping, dull, like animals. The animals are sleeping. Although they are running very fast, but according to sastra, they are sleeping because they do not know what is life. So anyone who does not know what is the value of life, he is sleeping. And one who knows what is the value of life, he is jagrata. The Vedic injunction is this, uttisthata jagrata prapya varan nibodhata: "Now, this time, in human form of life, you become awakened, and the benediction which you have got, utilize it." They do not know. They are just like animals, sleeping. Ignorance. Ignorance is sleeping. Does not know what is the value of life.
Come on. (pause) What are the rules? (devotee answers) So your name is Hasyapriya, friend of Krsna. (pause) You want? You want? Oh, they were not distributed prasadam? All right, wait. (laughter)
So what are the rules and regulations? (devotee answers) Actually or theoretically? Thank you. What is the name? Ah, your name is Brahma-rupa. The impersonalists, they say Brahman has no rupa. We say, "No, there is rupa. That is Krsna." Brahma-rupa. Brahma-rupa dasa. (pause)
So you know the rules and regulations? (devotee answers) So you name is Nirakula dasi. Nirakula. Akula means one who becomes confused, and nira means not. One who does not become confused, fixed up. Hare Krsna. (pause)
What are the rules? (devotee answers) So your name is Loka-saranya, one under whose lotus feet everyone takes shelter. That is Krsna. Loka-saranya. (pause)
What are the rules? (devotee answers) Cigarette allowed? Cigarette? That's all right. Rabindranatha. (pause)
So what are the rules? (devotee answers) Thank you. Your name is Tusti. Tusti means after eating, when you feel satisfaction, that is called tusti. So without eating, you have to become satisfied. Hare Krsna. (laughter) (pause)
So you name is Tirtharthi. Tirtha means great saintly person. One who is hankering after a great saintly person, he is called Tirtharthi. Come on. Hare Krsna. So kirtana? Next? Chant Hare Krsna. (end)

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