New Initiates, February 23, Raman Reti, Vrindavan

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Feb 232015
Acarya Srinivasa dasa

Acarya Srinivasa dasa

Ananda Gopika dasi

Ananda Gopika dasi

Arjuna Sakha dasa

Arjuna Sakha dasa

Candramukhi dasi

Candramukhi dasi

Gokulesvari dasi

Gokulesvari dasi

Govinda-mohini dasi

Govinda-mohini dasi

First Initiation

Rajeev Envadoo – Arjuna Sakha dasa
Amita Putoo – Ananda Gopika dasi
Gaitree Seemungtoo – Gokulesvari dasi
Meera Lokonoparano – Mukhara dasi
Sunitha Caussey – Malini dasi

Amit Ramjee – Acarya Srinivasa dasa
Carmin Ramjee – Govinda-mohini dasi
Chandrika Kassie – Candramukhi dasi
Reshina Sheodass – Rasika dasi

Suhas Rawale – Subala dasa

Second Initiation

Sudama dasa

Arjuna Sakha dasa (Rajeev)
Vaisnava dasa
Gokulesvari dasi (Gaitree)
Kamala dasi
Lalita Sakhi dasi
Sundari dasi

Ratha-yatra and Initiations, May 22

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Jun 142010

On Saturday, May 22, devotees from Dallas, Houston, and other places gathered to celebrate Jagannatha Ratha-yatra in Dallas. After the parade, His Holiness Giriraj Swami spoke about the significance of the festival–and of initiation. Then His Holiness Rtadhvaja Swami and he accepted some disciples for first and second initiation.

“We are all suffering sinful reactions. It is due to sinful reactions that we suffer, and it is due to sinful reactions that we have doubts and remain in duality: ‘Should I become Krishna conscious, or should I try to enjoy the world?’ We have doubts; we are in duality. ‘Krishna consciousness is nice, but will I be successful? What if I put my efforts into Krishna consciousness and am unsuccessful? If I surrender to Krishna, will He really take care of me?’

“These dualities afflict people who are not free from sinful actions and reactions. So many doubts. And the duality continues as long as we are suffering sinful reactions. So to become free of sinful reactions we engage in these activities: chanting, dancing, honoring prasada, and hearing krsna-katha. As we become purified we become free from doubts and dualities and can take wholeheartedly to the process.” – Giriraj Swami

Initiation Ceremony in San Diego, March 27

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Mar 312010

04-Rohini_initiation.jpgGiriraj Swami accepted Bhaktin Lori as a disciple and gave her the spiritual name Rohini-devi dasi at this auspicious ceremony in San Diego.

“Srila Prabhupada often quoted the Vedic injunction, tad vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet. He said that the phrase evabhigacchet is emphatic. It is not optional but compulsory: if one wants to realize the goal of life one must approach a spiritual master.

“So, we were fortunate in our own lives to have come in touch with Srila Prabhupada. As disciplic succession works, the student learns from the teacher and then becomes assistant teacher, or teacher. Our process is simple: we repeat what we have heard from our spiritual master, in our case from Srila Prabhupada. It is very simple. Srila Prabhupada has given the example that a guru is like a postman who may not be very wealthy personally but who can deliver you a special envelope with a million dollars in it. His qualification is simply that he delivers what he has been given to present to you. If he brings you a new Mac computer, you will be happy. You won’t ask how much he makes every month. You will be happy: ‘Wow, I’ve got my new computer.’

“Similarly, the spiritual master presents the most valuable message of Krishna. His qualification is simply that he presents it as it is. He doesn’t add anything or subtract anything. He simply presents it as it is. To accept the message as it is and then follow it and repeat it, that is sravanam kirtanam. That is what nourishes the devotional creeper, purifies the heart, and enables us to taste the nectar for which we are eager. It enables us to relish the sweetness of the holy name and the pastimes of the Lord.”


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Initiations in San Diego

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Mar 152009

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In a beautiful ceremony today, His Holiness Giriraj Swami and His Holiness Indradyumna Swami conducted initiations together. Bhakta Bronson became Balarama dasa, and Bhakta Allen became Anantadeva dasa. And Bhakta Adam became Syama Gopala dasa.

As Giriraj Swami said, “Initiation is a formal recognition of an established fact.” So we formally welcome these initiates into our spiritual family and wish them all success in spiritual life.

Here are Giriraj Swami’s and Indradyumna Swami’s talks: