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No initiation means questionable next birth‏

April 25, 2014 in Damaghosa Dasa by KHD


Gaura Nitai

No way to calculate the value of accepting initiation from a bona fide spiritual master 

Dear Ravendra Gupta,

   Please accept my blessings. I have only recently received your

letter of February 6, 1974, due to travelling.

   I am very glad to hear you are following my instructions by

chanting 16 rounds daily. In order to chant offenselessly, so that the

chanting will have the greatest effect, one must avoid the four sinful

activities. You have asked “How serious would it be for me if I should

miss the golden opportunity to become your initiated disciple?” You

should know that the value of accepting a bonafide spiritual master is

more than we can calculate. It is not a mere formality. Of course

everyone is encouraged to chant Hare Krishna, but until one gives up

sinful activities and becomes determined to serve Krishna through His

representative then the firm fixing up of devotional service will not

take hold, and there is every chance that one will fall prey to all

sorts of material desires and have to come back again in the next

life–and one cannot guarantee that he will be born in the form of

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SB classes vol 10

April 25, 2014 in Damaghosa Dasa by KHD


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aksara-dvayam. If anyone simply chants these two alphabets, ha,
ri–hari–then baddha-parikaras tena moksaya gamanam pratiti:
“Although he is a conditioned soul, his path for liberation is open.”
Yasya smrtya ca namoktva tapa-yajna-kriyadisu, nunam tam purnakam yati
sadyah vande acyutam ity adi-vacanam.(?) There is another quotation,
that yasya smrtya ca moktva tapo-yajna-kriyadisu. These are pious
activities: austerity and sacrifice, tapas, yajna, and kriya, pious
activities. Everything is done simply by chanting this Hare Krsna
mantra. There is no need of doing anything. Simply by chanting, one
can achieve the result of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic
performances prescribed in the Vedas. And this is specially advised to
the karma-kandiyas, those who are very much fond of performing
ritualistic ceremony. For them this instruction is specially meant,
that if you chant simply Hare Krsna mantra without any offense, then
you’ll get all the results of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic

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SB classes vol 9

April 25, 2014 in Damaghosa Dasa by KHD


NoD 7 Hearing and speaking Srimad-Bhagavatam is the
religious process which elevates one to the platform of serving and
loving the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

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atah sri-krsna-namadi
na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau
svayam eva sphuraty adah

Krsna, His name, His fame, His attributes, His activities…
Sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved… Namadi means “beginning from the holy
name.” So not possible… So if we keep ourself on the material
platform, then for thousand years we may chant, it will be difficult.
That is called namaparadha. Of course, holy name is so powerful that
even by chanting with offense, gradually he becomes pure. Therefore we
should not give up chanting. Any circumstances, we should go on
chanting Hare Krsna. But the warning is that if we keep us on the
material platform, then it will be not possible to understand Krsna,
His holy name, His attribute, His form, His activities. It will not be
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