Initiation Talk Excerpt

Vrndavana, April 4, 1976
Prabhupada: ...that we manufacture devotees from any part of the world. Kirata-hunandhra-pulinda-pulkasa abhira-sumbha yavanah khasadayah [SB 2.4.18]. Just immediately we initiated a devotee, Bhrgu Muni dasa. He is from Iran. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission is this, that
Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted that in every village and every town on the surface of the globe should at least hear Hare Krsna maha-mantra. So what is your country?
Devotee (1): The United States.
Prabhupada: The United States. United States, of course, it is going on. In Brazil, other countries, now they spreading. So do it very nicely. What is that?
Devotee (2): Parama-karuna.
Prabhupada: Parama-karuna dasa. Come on.
Devotees: Jaya. Haribol.
Prabhupada: [break]
(Hindi?) Huh? And the name? [break] Those who are initiated this evening, I have several times explained what is the meaning of initiation. Initiation means beginning of receiving transcendental knowledge. In the Vedas it is enjoined that in order to understand the transcendental science, tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. The human form of life is meant for understanding transcendental knowledge. In the Vedanta-sutra it is said, athato brahma jijnasa. This human form of life is meant for inquiring about the Absolute Truth. So everyone should be interested to understand the Absolute Truth. But this is Kali-yuga. Practically nobody is interested. The symptoms of Kali-yuga is mandah sumanda-matayo manda-bhagya hy upadrutah [SB 1.1.10]. They are very slow or all bad, mandah. And even if one is little anxious, he is victimized by some false way. Mandah sumanda-matayo. And manda-bhagya. Therefore preaching is required to awaken them to spiritual consciousness. So this Krsna consciousness movement means to awaken the victimized soul to Krsna consciousness. Krsna personally comes to awaken this consciousness, Krsna consciousness. Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. Similarly, Krsna's servants, they also try to do the same business on behalf of Krsna; therefore Krsna recognizes such preachers as very, very dear to Him. Na ca tasmad manusyesu kascid me priya-krttamah. So the whole world is suffering for want of Krsna consciousness. So those who are initiated, they should decide that "In this life we shall simply serve Krsna." That should be the... Drdha-vratah. Bhajanti mam drdha-vratah.
So this is the... Initiation means beginning. Now, if you follow the rules and regulationno illicit sex, no meat-eating, no gambling, no intoxication up to the drinking of tea and smoking and chewing pan... So these are considered as the four pillars of sinful life. So nobody can approach Krsna with sinful activities. That is not possible.
So if you are actually serious, approaching KrsnaHe is param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam [Bg. 10.12]you have to cleanse yourself from all sinful activities. So therefore we request everyone to give up these habits: illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication, and gambling. Then he becomes gradually purified. And if he chants Hare Krsna mantra... Ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. One side, he should personally endeavor, and other side, he should chant, ceto-darpana, the method of cleansing the heart.
So we have got many sastric evidences how one can become completely sinless simply by chanting Hare Krsna maha-mantra and observing very strictly the four prohibitive rules and regulations. I hope those who are initiated today, you have promised before Krsna-Balarama Deity, before Vaisnava, and before the fire to give up these habits and do not take to... Even if you are practiced now, you do not take it again. This is the process of Caitanya Mahaprabhu's initiation. Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared to deliver all the sinful men. Papi tapi yata chilo, hariname uddharilo, tara saksi jagai and madhai. Narottama dasa Thakura said that "Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (is) so merciful that He delivered all kinds of sinful men," papi tapi, "all types of suffering from material disease." And what is the medicine? Papi tapi yata chilo, hariname uddharilo. And evidence? Tara saksi jagai and madhai. You see Jagai-Madhai. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu exhibited one example, to deliver Jagai-Madhai. Jagai-Madhai means they were born in a very aristocratic brahmana family but by bad association they became illicit sex, woman-hunter, drunkards and meat-eaters and gamblers. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu, through the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, delivered them. And the only promise was that "You promise no more this sinful life. Then I accept you." So if we give up our sinful activity, immediately Caitanya Mahaprabhu takes you. There is no condition, because in this age everyone is addicted to sinful life, but he simply promises that "Henceforward I shall not act anything sinfully," these four principles. Then you go back to home, back to Godhead.
Thank you very much. Where is the hat?(?) Give some. Yes, give him five rupees. You have got? (Hindi) (end)

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