“Just By Reading My Books They Are Initiated”


Told by Vaikunthanatha das (a disciple of Srila Prabhupada).

In 1972, when Prabhupada gave a series of lectures on The Nectar of Devotion for one month in Vrindavan, a thought was plaguing me. When I first joined, I’d been taught that the parampara system is like a chain, and if you’re not initiated, if you’re not linked up to this chain, then you can’t go back to Godhead. I thought, “We’re distributing so many books, but if the people who read them are not initiated, then they can’t go back to Godhead.” So, one day I followed Prabhupada from Rupa Goswami’s samadhi, where he lectured, and just before Prabhupada stepped onto his courtyard, I said, “We’re distributing so many books but if people aren’t initiated, then they can’t go back to Godhead.” Prabhupada turned, looked at me right in the eyes and said, “Just by reading my books they are initiated.” I thought, “That is an incredible example of compassion.


  • Gaurasundara Dasa

    Dear Srila Prabhupada, chanting 64 rounds a day is too difficult! Can you change the Vedic tradition? OK, chant 32, but Prabhupada! OK, make it 16 but no less!
    Dear Srila Prabhupada, Women want initiation! OK, I will change the Vedic tradition.
    Dear Srila Prabhupada, Women want to go on the Altar! OK, I will change the Vedic tradition.
    Dear Srila Prabhupada, We want to be Guru’s! NO, none of you are remotely qualified. I spent a life time in preparation and I was born into a Vaisnava family. I took Sannyasa at age 63 and did not initiate until age 70. I will change Vedic tradition and setup a RITVIK initiation system.
    Disciples, HOW DARE YOU CHANGE VEDIC TRADITION! We know better than you. We may be of very low birth, spent years drinking and doing LSD but we have been chanting for 8 to 10 years. Time for us to be Guru’s!

    • That’s the causeless mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu– He would rewrite the rules of existence itself for his disciple’s benefit. You’re just mad because you’ve probably invested a lot of your life and energy into being a, “proper” disciple. Good on you.

    • Mukunda Das

      The Rittvik system is part of Vaishnava tradition , and was used several times throughout the 5000 ° years of the Gaudiya Math Sampradaya’s history , when they were gaps between Maha Bhagavata Diksha Gurus !!!

  • tornd

    Kírtan-manjusā Invocat p.6
    Nama om visnu-pādāya
    Krsna-presthāya bhūtale
    svāmī śrī bhaktivedānta prabhupādāya te namah #1
    Gurvajnam śīrasi dhāryam
    śaktyāveśa sva-rūpine
    Hare krsneti mantrena
    Pāścatya-pracya-tarine #2
    Viśvācarya prabaryāya
    Divya kārunya mūrtaye
    Srī bhāgavata mādhurya
    Gītā jnāna pradāyine #3
    Gaura srī rūpa siddhānta
    Sarasvatī nisevine
    Rādhā-krsna padāmbhoja
    Bhrngāya gurave namah #4

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