Initiation Lecture

Hyderabad, August 22, 1976
Prabhupada: So this morning we are having initiation ceremony for some devotees. The initiation means beginning. The Sanskrit name is diksa. Diksa, divya-jnanam ksapayati iti diksa. Initiation, beginning of spiritual life. This is the Vedic function. Every human being must be initiated in Vedic culture, to make his life fulfilled, successful, because we are born animals. Animal means one who does not know except four things: eating, sleeping, sex life and defense. These are animal life. So a dog is interested in eating, sleeping, sex life, and defense, and if the man also remains in the same platform—eating, sleeping, sex life and defense—then he is no better than dog. Human beings, from this dog platform, can be raised to God platform. That is possible. And human life is meant for that purpose. Therefore in the Vedanta-sutra it is said athato brahma jijnasa. Human life is meant for inquiring about Brahman, the Absolute Truth.
So this brahma-jijnasa, if one is actually interested in brahma-jijnasa, then he requires a guru. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. If one is actually interested. Tasmad gurum prapadyeta jijnasuh sreya uttamam [SB 11.3.21]. So guru is required for one who is actually interested in the highest status of life. Those who are like cats and dogs, they do not require guru. A dog does not require. He knows very well how to eat, how to sleep, how to have sex life, how to defend. That does not require any guru. By nature all animals know it. So the human life has got special knowledge, special advancement of consciousness. He can understand. So if he is refused or if he is kept in darkness, as it is being done by the modern civilization... Everyone is being kept on the platform of eating, sleeping, sex and defending. That's all. This is going on in the name of humanity, nationality and so on. But the business is the same. The business is the same: eating, sleeping, mating and defending, as the cats and dogs are doing. In a different way only. The dogs, they enjoy sex life on the street without any shame, and if a human being arranges for the same purpose, nice apartment, sixth-floor building and all... But the purpose is the same. Eating is the same. No. Beyond this one has to go. Therefore the Vedic injunction is tad vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet samit-panih srotriyam brahma-nistham [MU 1.2.12].
So some of the devotees who are now eager to accept the spiritual life very seriously, and they have come to take initiation, this is the first initiation. And after some time when they are accustomed, they... Now they have to promise that they'll give up four sinful activities. Sinful activity... If you indulge in sinful activities there cannot be any spiritual advancement. That is not possible. Just like here there will be fire. If you favorably ignite the fire, it will be blazing. But if you ignite the fire and pour water at the same time, then there will be no blazing fire. Similarly, to advance in spiritual life and at the same time indulge in sinful activities will not help us. The sinful act... The basic principles of sinful activities are mentioned in the sastra-striya, suna, dyuta, pana. Pana means intoxication, including chewing pan and drinking tea. Chaya pana. So one has to give up this pana. And drinking, smoking, drinking tea, chewing pan should be given up. Pana. This is one of the pillar of the sinful activity. And meat-eating. Meat, fish, eggs, they should be given up. And gambling, dyuta, pana dyuta [SB 1.17.38], that should be given up. And avaidha stri-sangi should be given up. In this way, if you become cleansed, then... Just like if we get dry wood, then the fire ignites very easily. If we get moist wood, then it takes some time. So voluntarily we should give up these sinful activities. Then spiritual advancement of life will be very quick. And those who are being first-initiated, they must chant at least sixteen rounds. Sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih. The Gosvamis, they showed us the way. Sankhya-purvaka. So many rounds we must chant, at least. Haridas Thakura was chanting three hundred thousand times. We cannot do that. That is not possible. So we have made a minimum, sixteen rounds. So those who are being initiated, they must chant at least sixteen rounds. If they can increase, it is better. But not less than that. Sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih. So these things should be observed, and always pray to Krsna, that "Krsna, I have taken shelter of You. Kindly guide me." And He is prepared to guide. He says, "If a devotee surrenders and wants My guide..." He says,
tesam evanukampartham
aham ajnana-jam tamah
nasayamy atma-bhava-stho
jnana-dipena bhasvata
[Bg. 10.11]
So Krsna is always ready to help us provided we are eager to take His help. Then jnana-dipena bhasvata. When Krsna takes charge of making you enlightened in knowledge, who can be better person of knowledge, man of knowledge, or wise, than a devotee? A devotee, they say a devotee... Only the foolish person who has no knowledge, he becomes a devotee. That is a wrong conception. Without full knowledge, nobody can become devotee. Because he has no scarcity of knowledge. Krsna says, jnana-dipena bhasvata. He gives special—tesam evanukampartham aham ajnana-jam tamah [Bg. 10.11]. "Darkness I drive away." Ajnana-jam nasayamy atma-bhava-stho. So take shelter of Krsna and avoid these four principles of sinful life and chant sixteen rounds. Then easily you become advanced in spiritual consciousness, Krsna consciousness. And as soon as you understand Krsna, you become liberated immediately. Janma karma ca divyam yo janati tattvatah, tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9].
Anyone who has sincere desire to serve Krsna by his work, karmana, manasa, by his mind, by his words,... So either you engage your activities, your mind, your words, in the service of Krsna... Or out of three, at least two, at least one. Then your life is successful. Krsna is so kind that this simple activity doesn't require..., nobody requires a very high standard education to understand Krsna or to advance in Krsna consciousness. Very simple thing. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. Here is Krsna Deity. You see every day and think of Him. It is very easy. As soon as you become practiced to see the Deity, the impression is within your mind. So you can think of Krsna. Man-mana. And because you come to the temple and always see Krsna and His daily program, then you become a bhakta. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto. Mad-yaji, you worship Krsna. Whatever you have got, little patram, puspam, phalam, toyam [Bg. 9.26], just try to offer. And at last just offer respectful obeisances. Then you become perfect. You become eligible to go back home, back to Godhead. Very simple thing. It is not at all difficult, this Krsna consciousness. Anyone. There is no distinction. Mam hi partha vyapasritya ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah [Bg. 9.32]. Never mind one is born in low-grade family, but still he can take to Krsna consciousness. Mam hi partha vyapasritya, striyo sudras tatha te 'pi yanti param. Everything is open.
So not only the devotees who are being initiated today, I request all of you, please come here daily. See the Deity. Even if you cannot offer anything. I think everyone can offer, I think, a flower can be offered, a little fruit can be offered. Even if you do not offer, just come here, see the Deity and take the impression within your mind and offer obeisances. Just see. And chant Hare Krsna. Everyone, there is no restriction. So that is our request. We have opened this branch in your city. It is a very prominent place. You can come and take the advantage.
Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. [break]
Prabhupada: What are the rules?
Devotee (1): Four rules.
Devotee (2): No intoxication, no meat-eating, no illicit sex, no gambling.
Prabhupada: So your spiritual name, Krsna-kisora dasa. What are the rules and regulations? (Hindi) He does not understand English? Hindi?
Devotee (3): No meat-eating, no intoxication, no illicit sex life, no gambling.
Prabhupada: That's it.
Harikesa: Sudhira dasa.
Prabhupada: Sudhira. Dhiras tatra na muhyati [Bg. 2.13]. You are sudhira.
Prabhupada: What are the rules and regulations? (Hindi)
Devotee (4): (Hindi) And chanting sixteen rounds daily.
Harikesa: Visvaraja dasa.
Prabhupada: Very good name. Visvaraja dasa. Visvaraja is Krsna.
Harikesa: Rangachala Pati Veo?
Prabhupada: What are the rules and regulations?
Devotee (5): Pardon?
Prabhupada: What are the rules and regulations?
Devotee (5): (Hindi) No meat, onions, tea, wine, and all these four principles.
Prabhupada: Illicit sex.
Devotee (5): Illicit.
Harikesa: Ramasvarupa dasa.
Prabhupada: Ramasvarupa dasa.
Prabhupada: Radha-sakhi dasi. That's all?
Harikesa: For second initiation, Srikara dasa and Yoga dasa.
Prabhupada: So they can come to me at three o'clock. Or in the evening after...
Hari-sauri: We'll be here tomorrow, also.
Prabhupada: Yes. They can come in the evening about five o'clock. So now you can perform yajna. So I can go?
Harikesa: Yes. (end)

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