Welcome To The Family
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
You are very fortunate because you are going to become a member of Lord Krishna's family. When we take initiation we become a member of Krishna's family.
In this age of Kali, the lifetime is very short, so Krishna Himself has become the Holy Name—Krishna Himself has come in the form of His Name. In Satya-yuga, people practised mediation, in Treta-yuga fire sacrifice, in Dvapar-yuga archan, puja, but the scriptures (Srimad Bhagavatam and others) say that Kali-yuga's religion is Harinam sankirtan. People's lifetime is very short now: in Satya-yuga, people's lifespan is 100,000 years, in Treta-yuga 10,000 years, in Dvapar-yuga 1,000 years, and Kali-yuga it is 120 years. That is why Krishna comes in the form of the Name and goes door to door engaging everybody in chanting of this Holy Name. Gauranga Mahaprabhu (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) is Radha-Krishna's combined form—He came to this world and went door to door distributing this Holy Name.
The Holy Name has come through a Guru-parampara: from Krishna to Brahma, from Brahma to Narad, from Narad to Vyasadev, from Vyasadev to Madhva Acharya, and so on. In this way, the Name came to Madhavendra Puri, from Madhavendra Puri to Isvar Puri, and from Isvar Puri to Mahaprabhu. The Lord Himself took initiation from Isvar Puri to show all the devotees that it is necessary to accept a Guru—without a Guru we cannot get anything. After that, our line is continues through Rupa Goswami's line—Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, and others. Then, Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Bhaktivinod Thakur, Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj, Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, then our Param Gurudev Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj gave this Name to Gurudev (Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj) and Gurudev made me his successor. In his life time he told me, "If somebody wants to take initiation, if they have got good association and wants to follow the rules and regulations, then you can give initiation to them." I think that you know all the rules and regulations, you know everything, that is why I am initiating you.
Give beads into his hands now. First beads is this sumeru. Touch it and chant,
শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু নিত্যানন্দ ।
sri krishna chaitanya prabhu nityananda
This is Pancha Tattva's name. Chant Their Name and ask Them for mercy—without Their mercy we cannot chant this Holy Name. After that, start chanting from the big beads:
হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
Chant in this way from the big beads to the small beads, then turn the beads, and chant from the small beads to the big beads. Do not cross the sumeru. Chant sixteen rounds or more, and if any day you are busy with service, not less than four rounds must be chanted. Four rounds must be chanted every day. Do this and Krishna will reveal in your heart, you will be successful in your spiritual life.
There is also this ten offences book. You must read it carefully. Read what the offences are and chant without offences, then you will get the result quickly.
Now you can chant four rounds minimum, only after that you can talk, you can eat, etc. Four rounds must be chanted now.
Question: What service can I do? Can you give me some particular instructions?
Some particular service is that you will chant the Holy Name, you will chant the kirtans (bhajans). When you come to the temple, you can make garlands, or you can bring garlands to the temple, you can bring fruit for the Deities. You can do many kinds of services.
Question: I am not very successful in my material job but I have some experience in preaching...
If you like preaching, it is very nice. Even if you have a material job, what is the problem? Everybody does a material job. At work you have many friends, you can preach Krishna consciousness to them, that is good for you.
You can also write to me by email, no problem. Try to come to Nabadwip.
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