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Initiation Ceremony

October 29th, 2010 | No Comments

In an auspicious initiation ceremony for Kanubhai, Swami B. V. Tripurari spoke about how the guru should clear the doubts of the disciple and how the guru must therefore have a strong base of knowledge. This need for the guru to have a deep well of knowledge is greater than ever because in our Internet age everyone has instant access to a dizzying array of information, viewpoints, and sophisticated arguments.

When we invite the holy name, he will show us bit by bit, in a generous way, what we need to let go of. If we cling to these things, it is an offense to the name. The name sheds light on the darkness and we must let go—and go into the light.

Bhaktivinode Thakura said that nama is svarupa-cintamani: chant nama and make a wish—to be Krishna’s friend, to be Krishna’s lover—and that will come true. Nama can give anything.

In this way Swami spoke in depth about the significance of sudha nama and the nature of nama aparadha.

You can listen to the lecture here: Initiation Lecture

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