Bhakti Siddhantas determination for initiation

Speaker:  Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Source: Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

Bābājī Mahārāja told him, “I once accepted a disciple, but he cheated me and went away. I will not make any further disciples.” But Śrī Siddhānta Sarasvatī was not easily discouraged and again begged for mercy. Bābājī Mahārāja responded, “I will ask Mahāprabhu. If He gives permission your request will be granted.” When after a few days Śrī Siddhānta Sarasvatī returned and inquired, “What was Mahāprabhu’s order?” Bābājī Mahārāja replied, “I forgot to ask.” And when Śrī Siddhānta Sarasvatī came for the third time he was directly refused. “I asked,” Bābājī Mahārāja

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Transforming bell metal into gold

Source: SB 5.24.17 Purport

Prabhupada_brahmin_initiationSrila Sanatana Gosvami also states that when bell metal is treated with mercury, it can produce gold. Srila Sanatana Gosvami mentions this in regard to the initiation of low-class men to turn them into brahmanas. Sanatana Gosvami said:

yatha kancanatam yati
kamsyam rasa-vidhanatah
tatha diksa-vidhanena
dvijatvam jayate nrnam

“As one can transform kamsa, or bell metal, into gold by treating it with mercury, one can also turn a lowborn man into a brahmana by initiating him properly into Vaisnava activities.” The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is trying to turn mlecchas and yavanas into real brahmanas

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Remembering Krsna always

Speaker: Radhanath Swami
Source: Pure Devotional Service

This verse “Om apavithra” signifies the essence of human life, the essence of initiation. green-kri-300x205“Whether one is pure or impure, one who remembers lotus eyed Supreme Lord Sri Krsna becomes purified both within and without “. This verse says one who remembers Krsna even while passing through all different types of situations. Commitment is important. Just like the commitment of the mother to the child. Sometimes the child laughs and smiles and gives her lot of happiness, sometimes the child may really be an obstacle by crying and weeping all night for

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How to receive mercy?

Speaker: Radhanath Swami
Source: Pure devotional service

bookdistrubutionOne time Srila Prabhupada was asked, “what can we do to reciprocate with what you have given us?”. What Srila Prabhupada replied is simple and complete. He said “just receive what I have given you and share it with each other and others”. The first part, to receive what Srila Prabhupada has given us is something deeper than the ocean, higher than the sky in the universe, he has given us the spiritual world, he has given us Goloka Vrindavana, he has given us key to the door which opens our eternal

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