• yes later prabhujis are interested to take sanyasa diksha..krishna iccha

    • harekrishna devotees,

      please was searching for mahabharatha chapter 10 canto 13 can any devotee please explain here with the link... i am not finding.. haribol thanks

      • If a person is falling, how can he act like Jesus and take sins? Srila Prabhupada said a neophyte taking sins is going to CAUSE him to fall down ...
      • Haribhakthivilasa verse 1 by sanatana goswamipada and srimad bhagavatham 1 3 28 source 

  • Volunteer

    2nd Initiation is called Brahmin initiation. Not Sanyas.

    Yes you may, if one's diksha guru fell down and no longer in the movement.

  • kindly note 

    this is just a question ......harekrishna 

    • harekrishna,


      Why should devotees change the guru parampara, if the guru has badly fallen why cant the previous guru acharya take up the bad it is  a parampara system. sometimes we will be far from the guru we will not know if the guru has fallen or not or sincere still in that case ? why GURU HAS TO BE CHANGED..

      • Volunteer

        Their are two kinds gurus. Diksha guru, the one who innitiates. A diksha guru is only one. You dont change an innitiated guru.

        Second is Siksha guru. One who guides you, leads you, by his teachings or by advising. Their can be more than one Siksha guru. Srila Prabhupada is Siksha guru, for all of us, through his books, audio lectures and videos. In Banglore Iskcon, diksha is given on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. So Prabhupada is your diksha guru, according to them. I dont think this method ever was followed in our parampara. Diksha guru, must always be a living spiritual master. Still in the body.

        If one's diksha guru falls or leaves the body, has hundreds of disciples and therefore, has no time for you, then, they should not accept diksha from another guru. However, they can take guidance from a senior advanced devotee, and accept him as your Shiksha guru, who will act like your diksha guru. However, he will never become your diksha guru. 

        Mataji, hope I answered your question.

        Hare Krishna

      • real acharyas dont fall only the delivery boy postman falls down the message is pure harekrishna 

  • Hare Krishna ,AGTSP

    Saints and Swindlers

    Every day the number of people interested in practicing yoga and meditation increases by the thousands. Unfortunately, a person looking for a suitable guide is likely to encounter a bewildering array of magicians, self-styled gurus, and self-proclaimed gods. In an interview with the London Times, Śrīla Prabhupāda explains how a sincere seeker can tell the difference between a counterfeit and genuine spiritual guide.

    Reporter: What frankly worries me is that since the arrival in Britain some time ago of an Indian yogī, who was the first "guru" that most people had ever heard of, a lot of "gurus" have suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Sometimes I get the feeling that not all of them are as genuine as they ought to be. Would it be right to warn people who are thinking of taking up spiritual life that they should make sure that they have a genuine guru to teach them?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Of course, to search out a guru is very nice, but if you want a cheap guru, or if you want to be cheated, then you will find many cheating gurus. But if you are sincere, you will find a sincere guru. Because people want everything very cheaply, they are cheated. We ask our students to refrain from illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. People think that this is all very difficult—a botheration. But if someone else says, "You may do whatever nonsense you like, simply take my mantra," then people will like him. The point is that people want to be cheated, and therefore cheaters come. No one wants to undergo any austerity. Human life is meant for austerity, but no one is prepared to undergo austerity. Consequently, cheaters come and say, "No austerity. Whatever you like, you do. Simply pay me, and I'll give you some mantra, and you'll become God in six months." All this is going on. If you want to be cheated like this, the cheaters will come.

    Reporter: What about the person who seriously wants to find spiritual life but who happens to finish up with the wrong guru?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: If you simply want an ordinary education, you have to devote so much time, labor, and understanding to it. Similarly, if you are going to take to spiritual life, you must become serious. How is it that simply by some wonderful mantras, someone can become God in six months? Why do people want something like that? This means that they want to be cheated.

    Reporter: How can a person tell he has a genuine guru?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Can any of my students answer this question?

    Disciple: Once I remember John Lennon asked you, "How will I know who is the genuine guru?" And you answered, "Just find out the one who is most addicted to Kṛṣṇa. He is genuine."

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. The genuine guru is God's representative, and he speaks about God and nothing else. The genuine guru is he who has no interest in materialistic life. He is after God, and God only. That is one of the tests of a genuine guru: brahma-niṣṭham. He is absorbed in the Absolute Truth. In the Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad it is stated,śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham: [MU

    Reporter: What about a Christian priest?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Christian, Muhammadan, Hindu—it doesn't matter. If he is simply speaking on behalf of God, he is a guru. Lord Jesus Christ, for instance. He canvassed people, saying, "Just try to love God." Anyone—it doesn't matter who—be he Hindu, Muslim, or Christian, is a guru if he convinces people to love God. That is the test. Theguru never says, "I am God," or "I will make you God." The real guru says, "I am a servant of God, and I will make you a servant of God also." It doesn't matter how the guru is dressed. As Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, "Whoever can impart knowledge about Kṛṣṇa is a spiritual master." A genuine spiritual master simply tries to get people to become devotees of Kṛṣṇa, or God. He has no other business.

    Reporter: But the bad gurus...

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: And what is a "bad" guru?

    Reporter: A bad guru just wants some money or some fame.

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Well, if he is bad, how can he become a guru? [Laughter.] How can iron become gold? Actually, a guru cannot be bad, for if someone is bad, he cannot be a guru. You cannot say "bad guru." That is a contradiction. What you have to do is simply try to understand what a genuine guru is. The definition of a genuineguru is that he is simply talking about God—that's all. If he's talking about some other nonsense, then he is not aguru. A guru cannot be bad. There is no question of a bad guru, any more than a red guru or a white guru. Gurumeans "genuine guru." All we have to know is that the genuine guru is simply talking about God and trying to get people to become God's devotees. If he does this, he is genuine.

    Reporter: If I wanted to be initiated into your society, what would I have to do?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: First of all, you'd have to give up illicit sex life.

    Reporter: Does that include all sex life? What is illicit sex life?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Illicit sex is sex outside of marriage. Animals have sex with no restrictions, but in human society there are restrictions. In every country and in every religion, there is some system of restricting sex life. You would also have to give up all intoxicants, including tea, cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana—anything that intoxicates.

    Reporter: Anything else?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: You'd also have to give up eating meat, eggs, and fish. And you'd have to give up gambling as well. Unless you gave up these four sinful activities, you could not be initiated.

    Reporter: How many followers do you have throughout the world?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: For anything genuine, the followers may be very few. For something rubbish, the followers may be many. Still, we have about five thousand initiated disciples.

    Reporter: Is the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement growing all the time?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, it is growing—but slowly. This is because we have so many restrictions. People do not like restrictions.

    Reporter: Where is your following the greatest?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: In the United States, Europe, South America, and Australia. And, of course, in India there are millions who practice Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

    Reporter: Could you tell me what the goal of your movement is?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: The purpose of this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is to awaken man's original consciousness. At the present moment our consciousness is designated. Someone is thinking, "I am an Englishman," and another is thinking, "I am an American." Actually, we do not belong to any of these designations. We are all part and parcel of God; that is our real identity. If everyone simply comes to that consciousness, all the problems of the world will be solved. Then we shall come to know that we are one—the same quality of spirit soul. The same quality of spirit soul is within everyone, although it may be in a different dress. This is the explanation given in the Bhagavad-gītā.

    Kṛṣṇa consciousness is actually a purificatory process (sarvopādhi-vinirmuktam [<it+>Cc. Madhya <ql:query,"[headings verse="" number,madhya="" 19.170]"="">19.170]). Its purpose is to make people free from all designations (tat-paratvena nirmalam). When our consciousness becomes purified of all designations, the activities we carry out with our purified senses make us perfect. Eventually, we reach the ideal perfection of human life. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is also a very simple process. It is not necessary to become a great philosopher, scientist, or whatever. We need only chant the holy name of the Lord, understanding that His personality, His name, and His qualities are all absolute.

    Kṛṣṇa consciousness is a great science. Unfortunately, in the universities there is no department for this science. Therefore we invite all serious men who are interested in the welfare of human society to understand this great movement and, if possible, take part in it and cooperate with us. The problems of the world will be solved. This is also the verdict of the Bhagavad-gītā, the most important and authoritative book of spiritual knowledge. Many of you have heard of the Bhagavad-gītā. Our movement is based on it. Our movement is approved by all greatācāryas in India. Rāmānujācārya, Madhvācārya, Lord Caitanya, and so many others. You are all representatives of newspapers, so I ask you to try to understand this movement as far as possible for the good of all human society.

    Reporter: Do you think your movement is the only way to know God?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes.

    Reporter: How are you assured of that?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: From the authorities and from God, Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa says:

    sarva-dharmān parityajya
    mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
    ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
    mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
    [Bg. <ql:query,"[headings verse="" number,bg="" 18.66]"="">18.66]

    "Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear."

    Reporter: Does "surrender" mean that someone would have to leave his family?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: No.

    Reporter: But suppose I were to become an initiate. Wouldn't I have to come and live in the temple?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Not necessarily.

    Reporter: I can stay at home?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Oh, yes.

    Reporter: What about work? Would I have to give up my job?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, you'd simply have to give up your bad habits and chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra on these beads-that's all.

    Reporter: Would I have to give any financial support?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, that is your voluntary wish. If you give, that's all right. And if you don't, we don't mind. We do not depend on anyone's financial contribution. We depend on Kṛṣṇa.

    Reporter: I wouldn't have to give any money at all?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: No.

    Reporter: Is this one of the main things that distinguishes the genuine guru from the fake guru?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, a genuine guru is not a businessman. He is a representative of God. Whatever God says, theguru repeats. He does not speak otherwise.

    Reporter: But would you expect to find a real guru, say, traveling in a Rolls Royce and staying in a penthouse suite in a classy hotel?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Sometimes people provide us with a room in a first-class hotel, but we generally stay in our own temples. We have some one hundred temples around the world, so we don't require to go to any hotels.

    Reporter: I wasn't trying to make any accusations. I was merely trying to illustrate that I think your warning is a valid one. There are so many people interested in finding a spiritual life, and at the same time there are a lot of people interested in cashing in on the "guru business."

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Are you under the impression that spiritual life means voluntarily accepting poverty?

    Reporter: Well, I don't know.

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: A poverty-stricken man may be materialistic, and a wealthy man may be very spiritual. Spiritual life does not depend on either poverty or wealth. Spiritual life is transcendental. Consider Arjuna, for instance. Arjuna was a member of a royal family, yet he was a pure devotee of God. And in the Bhagavad-gītā (<ql:query,"[headings verse="" number,bg="" 4.2]"="">4.2) Śrī Kṛṣṇa says, evaṁ paramparā-prāptaṁ imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ: "This supreme science was received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way." In the past, all kings who were saintly understood spiritual science. Therefore, spiritual life does not depend on one's material condition. Whatever a person's material condition may be—he may be a king or a pauper—he can still understand spiritual life. Generally people do not know what spiritual life is, and therefore, they unnecessarily criticize us. If I asked you what spiritual life is, how would you answer?

    Reporter: Well, I'm not sure.

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Although you do not know what spiritual life is, you still say, "It is this," or "It is that." But first you should know what spiritual life is. Spiritual life begins when you understand that you are not your body. This is the real beginning of spiritual life. By seeing the difference between your self and your body, you come to understand that you are a spirit soul (<px:popup,"aham brahmasmi"="">ahaṁ brahmāsmi).

    Reporter: Do you think this knowledge should be a part of everyone's education?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. People should first be taught what they are. Are they their bodies, or something else? That is the beginning of education. Now everyone is educated to think he is his body. Because someone accidentally gets an American body, he thinks, "I am an American." This is just like thinking, "I am a red shirt," just because you are wearing a red shirt. You are not a red shirt; you are a human being. Similarly, this body is like a shirt or coat over the real person—the spirit soul. If we recognize ourselves simply by our bodily "shirt" or "coat," then we have no spiritual education.

    Reporter: Do you think that such education should be given in schools?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes—in schools, colleges, and universities. There is an immense literature on this subject—an immense fund of knowledge. What is actually required is that the leaders of society come forward to understand this movement.

    Reporter: Have you ever had people come to you who had previously been involved with a fake guru?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, there are many.

    Reporter: Were their spiritual lives in any way spoiled by the fake gurus?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, they were genuinely seeking something spiritual, and that was their qualification. God is within everyone's heart, and as soon as someone genuinely seeks Him, He helps that person find a genuine guru.

    Reporter: Have the real gurus like yourself ever tried to put a stop to the false gurus—that is, put pressure on them to put them out of business, so to speak?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, that is not my purpose. I started my movement simply by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. I chanted in New York in a place called Tompkins Square Park, and soon people began to come to me. In this way, the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement gradually developed. Many accepted, and many did not accept. Those who are fortunate have accepted.

    Reporter: Don't you feel that people are suspicious because of their experience with fake gurus? If you went to a quack dentist and he broke your tooth, you might be suspicious about going to another dentist.

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Naturally, if you are cheated, you become suspicious. But this does not mean that if you are cheated once, you will always be cheated. You should find someone genuine. But to come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, you must be either very fortunate or well aware of this science. From the Bhagavad-gītā we understand that the genuine seekers are very few: manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye [Bg. <ql:query,"[headings verse="" number,bg="" 7.3]"="">7.3]. Out of many millions of people, there may be only one who is interested in spiritual life. Generally, people are interested in eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. So how can we expect to find many followers? It is not difficult to notice that people have lost their spiritual interest. And almost all those who are actually interested are being cheated by so-called spiritualists. You cannot judge a movement simply by the number of its followers. If one man is genuine, then the movement is successful. It is not a question of quantity, but quality.

    Reporter: I wondered how many people you think might have been taken in by fake gurus.

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Practically everyone. [Laughter.] There is no question of counting. Everyone.

    Reporter: This would mean thousands of people, wouldn't it?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Millions. Millions have been cheated, because they want to be cheated. God is omniscient. He can understand your desires. He is within your heart, and if you want to be cheated, God sends you a cheater.

    Reporter: ls it possible for everyone to attain the perfectional stage you spoke of previously?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Within a second. Anyone can attain perfection within a second—providing he is willing. The difficulty is that no one is willing. In the Bhagavad-gītā (<ql:query,"[headings verse="" number,bg="" 18.66]"="">18.66) Kṛṣṇa says, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja: "Simply surrender unto Me." But who is going to surrender to God? Everyone says, "Oh, why should I surrender to God? I will be independent." If you simply surrender, it is a second's business. That's all. But no one is willing, and that is the difficulty.

    Reporter: When you say that lots of people want to be cheated, do you mean that lots of people want to carry on with their worldly pleasures and at the same time, by chanting a mantra or by holding a flower, achieve spiritual life as well? Is this what you mean by wanting to be cheated?

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, this is like a patient thinking, "I shall continue with my disease, and at the same time I shall become healthy." It is contradictory. The first requirement is that one become educated in spiritual life. Spiritual life is not something one can understand by a few minutes' talk. There are many philosophy and theology books, but people are not interested in them. That is the difficulty. For instance, the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is a very long work, and if you try to read this book, it may take many days just to understand one line of it. The Bhāgavatamdescribes God, the Absolute Truth, but people are not interested. And if, by chance, someone becomes a little interested in spiritual life, he wants something immediate and cheap. Therefore, he is cheated. Actually, human life is meant for austerity and penance. That is the way of Vedic civilization. In Vedic times they would train boys asbrahmacārīs; no sex life was allowed at all up to the age of twenty-five. Where is that education now? Abrahmacārī is a student who lives a life of complete celibacy and obeys the commands of his guru at the gurukula[school of the spiritual master]. Now schools and colleges are teaching sex from the very beginning, and twelve—or thirteen-year-old boys and girls are having sex. How can they have a spiritual life? Spiritual life means voluntarily accepting some austerities for the sake of God realization. That is why we insist on no illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, or intoxication for our initiated students. Without these restrictions, any "yoga meditation" or so-called spiritual discipline cannot be genuine. It is simply a business deal between the cheaters and the cheated.

    Reporter: Thank you very much.

    Śrīla Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

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