Giriraj Swami and Indradymna Swami awarded first and second initiation to devotees prior to the Panihati festival at the Laguna Beach temple on Friday. During the ceremony, Giriraj Swami initiated Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami’s brother and sister-in-law, Bhakta Carl and Bhaktin Stella Herzig, as well as Saroj Wadehra. Now Saroj will be known as Tulasi Manjari dasi, Stella as Shraddhanjali dasi, and Carl as Kalachandji das.
“We have a particular relationship with our diksa-guru, and that must be maintained and respected. But we also have other relationships with spiritual aunts and uncles and older brothers and sisters, and all our spiritual family members cooperate for that same purpose — to help the individual become purified and advanced in Krishna consciousness, engaged in the mission of Srila Prabhupada and the Pancha Tattva.”— Giriraj Swami