Queries about Harinama Initiation

Hare Krishna to all the Devotees. Please accept my humblest obeisances at your feet. All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and his disciples who are leading his mission today.

I am quite new to KC and am really desiring to accept initiation next year. Could I please humbly seek asnwers to the below questions?


1. How to choose a Diksha Guru?

2. what can I do if the Diksha Guru I aspire to be a disciple of does not come to my country?

3. what is the process of applying for initiation?

4. Is there a simple step to step procedure for a neophyte devotee like me to understand a good routine for sadahana at home?


I will be deeply indebted to all of you for your kind assistance.


Hari Bol


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      Many thanks for your guidance. You are Krishna's mercy personified. Jai Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

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    Dear devotee. Hare Krishna. Krishna arranges a guru just suitable to that person.
    As caitanya guru he knows all my desires and he helps me from within and when I want to serve Him he comes outside as a very advances devotee so I can serve Him.
    Gurudev is Krishnas manifestation of mercy on me.
    I must serve the guru and put all my inquiries to him.
    Also we need the personal example of the pure devotee ie. You should spend time with Gurudev to study his character and behaviour.
    You can have more than one guru but only one initiating guru.
    If the initiator lives in another country then associate with the guru who is close by.
    It is very important to associate with the guru and get that personal training.
    To get initiated into the sampradaya in ISKCon you must approach a temple authority, namahatta etc and get advice as locally there may be some requirements.
    Basically you should have been chanting 16 rounds and following 4rules for a minimum of 6 months.
    The temple will give a letter of recommendation and you can give that letter to the guru you desire to receive initiation from.
    Then it's up to the guru when and if he agrees to accept you.
    If you stay at home you will need to regularly come to the temple and get some training.
    Another family person who is a pure devotee is most suitable guru for you for personal training.
    The initiator may be someone else if you like.
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    • Hare Krishna Prabhu.

      Very nicely explained in simple steps. I am very grateful to you.

  • Hare Krishna Prabhujis. all Glories to his Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

    My humble obeisances and many many thanks for your replies. very grateful

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