Initiation Ceremony

Type:
Initiation
Date:
May 15
Year:
1973
Place:
Los Angeles

Prabhupāda: So first of all I shall distribute, then kīrtana? 

Karandhara: Yes. Will all the new initiates step forward [indistinct]? 

Prabhupāda: Neck beads fixed up? 

[leads word-by-word chanting of mantra

nama apavitraḥ pavitra vā
sarvāvasthāṁ gato ‘pi vā
yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣaṁ
sa bahyābhyantaraḥ śuciḥ
[Garuḍa Purāṇa]
śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu

Now take water. Go on, stick with… Who is purahit[?] today? 

Pradyumna: Jagadīśa was going to do the [indistinct] after. 

Prabhupāda: All right. [devotees chant japa] All water finished? Then again. [leads chanting of mantra again] 

nama apavitraḥ pavitra vā
sarvāvasthāṁ gato ‘pi vā
yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣaṁ
sa bahyābhyantaraḥ śuciḥ
śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu

Take water again. 

Jagadīśa: Everybody has neck beads? Bali-mardana? 

Prabhupāda: [leads chanting of mantra again] 

nama apavitraḥ pavitra vā
sarvāvasthāṁ gato ‘pi vā
yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣaṁ
sa bahyābhyantaraḥ śuciḥ
śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu

So? Call. Come on. 

Devotee: Andy. 

Jagadīśa: Arjuna. 

Prabhupāda: You know the principles? 

Andy: Yes. No gambling, no illicit sex, no meat-eating, no intoxication. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. Your name is Arjuna dāsa. 

Devotees: Jaya. 

Jagadīśa: Julie? Jagariṇī. 

Prabhupāda: You know the rules and regulation? Yes. 

Julie: [indistinct] 

Prabhupāda: So your name is Jagariṇī. Jagariṇī—who is always awake; never sleeps. [laughter] Just see. This life is for jagaraṇa. Uttiṣṭhata jāgrata. Everyone is sleeping, dull, like animal. The animals are sleeping. Although they are running very fast, but according to śāstra, they are sleeping because they do not know what is life. So anyone who does not know what is the value of life, he is sleeping. 

And one who knows what is the value of life, he is jāgrata. The Vedic injunction is this, uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata [Kaṭha Upaniṣad 1.3.14]: “Now, this time, in human form of life, you become awakened, and the benediction which you have got, utilize it.” They do not know. They are just like animals, sleeping. Ignorance. Ignorance is sleeping. Does not know what is the value of life. Come on. 

Jagadīśa: Hamsa. Hāsyapriya. 

Prabhupāda: What are the rules? 

Hamsa: No gambling, no illicit sex, no meat-eating and no intoxication. 

Prabhupāda: So your name is Hāsyapriya, friend of Kṛṣṇa. 

Jagadīśa: Bruce. Bruce? Brahma-rūpa. 

Prabhupāda: [to child] You want? You want? Oh, they were not distributed prasādam? All right, wait. [laughter] So what are the rules and regulations? 

Bruce: No illicit sex, meat-eating, no intoxications and no gambling. 

Prabhupāda: Actually or theoretically? [laughter] Thank you. What is his name? 

Jagadīśa: Brahma-rūpa. 

Prabhupāda: Ah, your name is Brahma-rūpa. The impersonalists, they say Brahman has no rūpa. We say, “No, there is rūpa. That is Kṛṣṇa.” Brahma-rūpa. Brahma-rūpa dāsa. 

Jagadīśa: Naureen? Nirakula. 

Prabhupāda: So you know the rules and regulation? 

Naureen: No illicit sex, no meat-eating, no gambling and no intoxications. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. So your name is Nirakula dāsī. Nirakula. Akula means one who becomes confused, and nira means not. One who does not become confused; fixed up. Hare Kṛṣṇa. 

Jagadīśa: Leon? Loka-śaraṇya. 

Prabhupāda: What are the rules? 

Leon: No gambling, no meat-eating, no illicit sex and no intoxication. 

Prabhupāda: So your name is Loka-śaraṇya, “one under whose lotus feet everyone takes shelter.” That is Kṛṣṇa. Loka-śaraṇya. 

Jagadīśa: Rory? Rabindranātha. 

Prabhupāda: What are the rules? 

Rory: No meat-eating, no illicit sex life, no intoxication and no gambling. 

Prabhupāda: Cigarette allowed? Cigarette? 

Rory: No cigarettes. 

Prabhupāda: That’s all right. [laughter] 

[aside:] What is that? 

Jagadīśa: Rabindranātha. 

Prabhupāda: Rabindranātha. 

Jagadīśa: Toni? Tuṣṭī-dāsī. Tuṣṭī-dāsī. 

Prabhupāda: So what are the rules? 

Toni: No illicit sex, no gambling, no meat-eating, no intoxicants. 

Prabhupāda: Thank you. Your name is Tuṣṭī. Tuṣṭī means after eating, when you feel satisfaction, that is called tuṣṭī. So without eating, you have to become satisfied. [laughter] Hare Kṛṣṇa. 

Jagadīśa: Terry? Tīrthārthī dāsa. Tīrthārthī. 

Terry: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication and no gambling. 

Prabhupāda: So your name is Tīrthārthī. Tīrtha means great saintly persons. One who is hankering after a great saintly person, he is called tīrthārthī. Come on. Hare Kṛṣṇa. So kīrtana next? Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. [devotees chant loudly] [end]