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Internal Initiation

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
15 October 2019, Kolkata, part 3

 

We give second initiation in our sampradaya because it gives you right to enter the kitchen in the temple or do puja, Deity worship. However, the problem is that many practitioners do not recite the gayatri slokas properly, and they always forget them as a result. They only take the mantras from Gurudev and then do not recite them, otherwise if they recite it daily and properly how can they forget it? When Gurudev gave me second initiation, he told me, "If you can recite this gayatri properly for one year, from today until next year, you can feel some inspiration within you, some feelings will come." I remember Gurudev told me this privately, inside his room. Ultimately, such things come from the Guru.

I remember one day I came back from the crops field. I would go there early in the morning and come back after lunch—the labour worked until 2 o'clock, and then I would take a bus and come back. I did not go there by car at that time. That day, when I came back, my legs were full of mud, so I came to the centenary building and starting washing my legs. I had washed one leg and my other leg was still not washed when somebody came to me and said, "Gurudev is calling you." I went as I was, with one leg washed and the other leg not washed. Seeing me, Gurudev said, "So much mud on your legs!" I said, "I had already started to wash it, but I had washed only one leg when they told me you wanted to see me." Gurudev said then, "Oh, today is your second initiation, do you not know it?" I said, "No, nobody told me." Then Gurudev told me, "OK, go and wash your other leg and come." This is how I got second initiation. I had no fruit, no flowers that day, and these are external things. Devotees arrange big plates, but actually it is necessary to give your heart—other things are external. Internal things, heart, is necessary.

I remember also when Gurudev gave me sannyas, he put his hand on my shoulder, and some feelings came to me at that time. He was sitting near me and put his hand on my shoulder...

 

 

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