Various questions on initiation

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  Questions Hare Krishna, Maharaja! Please except my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Could you please give an answer to the following question, or rather a few related questions? These questions came up on Russian devotees forum. 1. Is reinitiation acceptable? If so, in what circumstances. 2. Is there such a thing as “reinitiation” in the shastras? 3.What then constitutes initiation: is it Harinam diksha or upanayana? Can there be diksha without fire sacrifice, like in the exemple … Read More

Demons are guilty?

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Today I was walking and thinking how to answer your question. I saw a really dirty stinking bum in the street and then it came to my mind how to answer. I imagined to take that person in a place to take a bath, shave his hairs, take a course on good education and treat him of his psychiatric problems. If we could do that, then that bum would be like anyone of us. That condition is external, depends on … Read More

Why sometimes we fast in Dvadasi and not in Ekadasi

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Mahadvadasi Sometimes, due to the manner in which the ekadasi tithi and the dvadasi tithis are positioned in relation to the sunrise (there are eight different cases), the vrata is observed on the dvadasi and the fast is broken the next day, the trayodasi. Such a fast day is called a Mahadvadasi, to distinguish it from a regular dvadasi, which is the day to break the ekadasi fast.   Srila Prabhupada: Regarding your questions about the calendar-almanac: 1. Herapancami is … Read More

Should we pay for learning Krishna consciousness?

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Question Maharaja sorry but I was not clear. Finally. What is the conclusion? Is it good that they charge or not? Because all bhaktivedanta schools have tuition fees. Same Bhakti sastri and pada padma of vrindavan. Then should they not set quotas?   Answer Dear Mataji, I’d like that things were always so simple that could be explained with a yes or with a no.   To put it simple: I receive positive feedbacks from those who participated to several … Read More

Guru Tattva, some points

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What is diksa (initiation)? Srila Jiva Gosvami explains diksa in his Bhakti-sandarbha (283): divyaṁ jñānaṁ yato dadyāt kuryāt pāpasya saṅkṣayam tasmāt dīkṣeti sā proktā deśikais tattva-kovidaiḥ “Dīkṣā is the process by which one can awaken his transcendental knowledge and vanquish all reactions caused by sinful activity. A person expert in the study of the revealed scriptures knows this process as dīkṣā.”   How important is diksa? Guru Tattva, or the truth about the spiritual master, is one of the most … Read More

Este es un grupo Whatsapp tematico – manifesto

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IMPORTANTE: POR FAVOR TODOS LEAN ESTO   Este es un grupo Whatsapp tematico. El tema es dicho en el titulo: es el grupo donde yo predico. Le hago dos ejemplos de como deberia funcionar.   Primero. Si un devoto da una clase de Srimad-Bhagavatam, hay uno que habla y los otros que escuchan. Luego todo el mundo puede hacer preguntas, eventualmente agradecer si le gusto la clase, pero no es etiquetta de intervenir durante la clase.   Segundo. Si un … Read More

El cumpleanio de Radha Sumukhi Devi Dasi

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Hoy es el cumpleaños de mi querida discípula Radha Sumukhi y me invitaron a desearle buenos deseos. Yo conteste que no era una cosa apropiada para mi hacerlo en una manera comun, que hay la manera justa para hacerlo, y aquí explico porque.   Todos sabemos que no somos este cuerpo. De consecuencia celebrar el cumpleaños de un devoto con la idea de celebrar su nacimiento es incorrecto. Somos el alma eterna y nuestra permanencia en este cuerpo, como las … Read More

Who is to blame? – and about upadhis

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Dear Bhakta ***, Hare Krishna. To understand the answer to your question it’s necessary that we understand how we came to be what we are and why we have difficulty to deal with certain kinds of problems.   Brahmanda-bhramite, we (the jivas) wander aimlessly in the material world for a very long time and as a result of our staying in this world we develop thick layers of upadhis.   Upa means “over” or “near”, and dha means “possessing”. Upadhi … Read More

More on “devotees should not pay for initiation or any other Krishna conscious item”

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There is a discussion in my Whatsapp group on this topic. I already sent some short messages but I wanted to say something more.   Nobody should “pay” for anything in Krishna Consciousness. Not for the prasadam, not for coming to the temple, and certainly not for receiving initiation. Everything is and must be free of charge.   Srila Prabhupada says that a Brahmana who asks for a salary or accepts a salary is no better than a dog. “Those … Read More

Heart and mind: poetry or philosophy?

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The answer depends on the meaning you attach to the words “heart” and “mind”. Also would be interesting to understand how Maya works. First of all we should not make the error to give them a sentimental or emotional definition. When we speak about “love”, “heart” of similar topics, to make this mistake is easy.   There is poetry and there philosophy. They are two different things.   Poetry is used to provoke emotions without actually meaning anything real. When … Read More

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