Embarking On New Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 26 April 2020, part 5

 

Does *** Prabhu not come to the temple now?

Devotee: No, it is lockdown now, so he cannot come.

Oh, for that... Does he have no car?

Devotee: Nobody can drive anywhere now.

There is lockdown here too, but my car can go. I am giving some relief to the poor people, that is why my car is allowed. This is called some tactics. Do you understand? I show that I am doing something for the society, some social things, otherwise if I do something only for Krishna consciousness, they will not allow me to go anywhere.

Devotee: How is your health, Srila Gurudev?

My health is good. I am doing some exercise in my room, fifteen-twenty minutes a day.

 

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[His Divine Grace then gives initiation into chanting of the Holy Name.]

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Samagata Gaura-bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

You already know everything. Actually, if you want to enter Krishna consciousness life, if you want to become a member of Krishna consciousness family, today is a very good day, it is an auspicious day, and you have got this chance to be a member of Krishna's family, a member of the Lord's family. However, you are only going to get admitted to a spiritual school today, after that you must practise properly. Practise sravan, kirtan, smaran, etc.—hearing, listening, singing, remembering, praying, etc. Practise Krishna consciousness in this way and you will get service.

Today is your chance, you have got this opportunity to be admitted to this spiritual school, but only taking initiation, only taking shelter of a Guru is not sufficient—you must serve under the guidance of your Guru after that. Some think, "Oh, I have taken initiation, that is it." It is not so. When you take initiation, you only receive admission to a spiritual school. If somebody goes to school but does not study properly, does not read books, does not study properly what the professor teaches them, then they will fail when the time to take the exam comes. In our spiritual life, it is also like this. You are getting admission today, but after that you must practise sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhyam, atma-nivedanam (hearing, chanting, remembering, offering obeisance, engaging in service as a servitor, as a friend, and self-submission). Practise this nava-vidha bhakti, keep good association (sadhu-sanga), practise Nama-sankirtan, listen to lectures (Bhagavat-sravan), remember holy places (Mathura-vas), and serve Deities with the love and affection. These are our main practising processes. You will also cook, make garlands, do cleaning, etc.—you are becoming a member of Krishna's family.

Krishna has come to this world in the form of the Holy Name. Krishna's Name, beauty, pastimes are non-different from Krishna. This Name comes from Goloka Vrindavan through guru-parampara—from Krishna to Brahma, from Brahma to Narad, from Narad to Vyasadev, from Vyasadev to Madhva Acharya, and so on all the way to Madhavendra Puri, then from Madhavendra Puri to Ishwar Puri, and from Ishwar Puri to Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu is the Lord Himself, but He shows us that He took initiation from His guru Ishwar Puri. In this way, this Holy Name comes down our Rupanuga line. It eventually came to Srila Jagannath Das Babaji, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, our Param Gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, our Gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. In his lifetime, Gurudev told me, "If anyone wants to receive this Holy Name and wants to chant it properly, with love and affection, from their heart, then you can give them initiation." I think that you have got good association from the devotees, therefore I am ready to give you initiation today.

Give the mala (beads) to her now. Chant with me,

শ্রীকৃষ্ণচৈতন্য প্রভু নিত্যানন্দ ।
শ্রীঅদ্বৈত গদাধর শ্রীবাসাদি গৌরভক্তবৃন্দ ॥

sri krishna chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta-vrinda

First chant this Pancha-tattva's Name because they have brought this Holy Name to this abode. We cannot chant this Holy Name without their mercy. So, first chant their name and ask them for mercy. Then, start chanting from the big beads. There are big beads and small beads on both sides of the biggest bead called sumeru—start chanting from the big beads. Chant on each bead, one by one:

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Next bead,

হরে কৃষ্ণ হরে কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ কৃষ্ণ হরে হরে ।
হরে রাম হরে রাম রাম রাম হরে হরে ॥

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Chant in this way from the big beads to the small beads, then take turn and chant from the small beads to the big beads. Chant in this way and Krishna will reveal Himself in your heart, you will succeed in your spiritual life. There is also a book about the ten offences, you can read about these offences and you avoid them. Chant without offence and you will get the result quickly.

 

 

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