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