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Why is Initiation Required?

Postby backtohome » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:28 am

Question: Why is Initiation Required?

Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaja.

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Kindly elaborate on the following :

1) Why do we need to take initiation from a spiritual master?
2) How should we relate with the spiritual master?
3) What services can we do for the spiritual master?
4) What is the position of the spiritual master?
5) Why do we need to surrender to the guru?
6) How to satisfy the guru?

Your servant,
Mohan


Answer: Krishna Says, "Become the Devotee of My Devotee."

Here are your questions with answers:

1) Why do we need to take initiation from a spiritual master?

Krishna says that we cannot become His devotee unless we become the devotee of his devotee.

2) How should we relate with the spiritual master?

As a menial servant.

3) What services can we do for the spiritual master?

Inquire submissively and dedicate your life fully for assisting him in his mission of making the world Krishna conscious.

4) What is the position of the spiritual master?

He is God's representative and is therefore given the same respect that we would give to God if He were personally present.

5) Why do we need to surrender to the guru?

Because it is through the process of surrendering to Sri Guru and that we are successful in surrendering to Sri Krishna.

6) How to satisfy the guru?

Develop pure love for Krishna and tell everyone you meet about Krishna.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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