Initiations

Type:
Initiation
Date:
April 16
Year:
1973
Place:
Los Angeles

[devotees chanting japa throughout]

Prabhupāda: So, name? Come on, one after another.

Karandhara: The beads. Sudhāmā Mahārāja?

Brahmānanda: Arlene?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Arlene. So you know the rules and regulation?

Arlene: Yes.

Prabhupāda: What are these?

Arlene: No meat-eating, fish or eggs, no intoxication, no illicit sex.

Prabhupāda: How many rounds you will chant?

Arlene: Sixteen at least.

Prabhupāda: What is the…

Brahmānanda: Kīrtidā-kanyakā dāsī.

Prabhupāda: So your name is Kīrtidā dāsī.

Devotees: Jaya. Hare Kṛṣṇa. Haribol.

Brahmānanda: Theresa? Theresa?

Karandhara: She’s here.

Prabhupāda: What is the name? Come on.

Karandhara: Come forward.

Prabhupāda: Come here. So? What are the rules and regulations?

Theresa: No illicit sex, no intoxication, no meat-eating, no gambling.

Prabhupāda: And how many rounds?

Theresa: Sixteen.

Prabhupāda: That is the minimum. Yes, come on.

Brahmānanda: Taraṇī dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Tariṇī dāsī. You can deliver everyone. Come on. Next.

Brahmānanda: Cindy.

Prabhupāda: What are the rules and regulation?

Cindy: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication, no gambling.

Prabhupāda: And how many rounds will you chant?

Cindy: Sixteen at least.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. That’s nice.

Brahmānanda: Bhagavat-citta-rathinī dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Big, big name. [laughter] So your name is Bhagavat-citta dāsī. Bhagavat-citta. Citta means consciousness. Come on. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Brahmānanda: Harold?

Karandhara: Come forward.

Prabhupāda: What is the name?

Brahmānanda: Hasta-yajña.

Prabhupāda: Hāsya-yajña?

[pause]

So? Make it Hāsyānanda. Now get up. [laughter] So you know what is the rules and regulation?

Hasyānanda: No illicit sex, no meat-eating, no gambling and no intoxication.

Prabhupāda: All right. Your name is Hāsyānanda, “who laughs in ecstasy, ecstasy, chanting.”

Hāsyānanda: Thank you very much.

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. Next, come on.

Brahmānanda: Larry? Lakṣmaṇa dāsa.

Prabhupāda: So you know the rules and regulation? What are the rules?

Larry: No meat-eating, gambling, sex or intoxication.

Prabhupāda: Illicit sex. So, Śrī Lakṣmaṇa dāsa. You know Lakṣmaṇa dāsa? He is the younger brother of Rāmacandra. Lakṣmaṇa dāsa.

Brahmānanda: Stuart?

Prabhupāda: Why you are laughing? So everyone should have neckbeads immediately.

Karandhara: Yes, Prabhupāda.

Prabhupāda: You know the rules and regulation? What is that?

Stuart: No meat-eating, no illicit sex life, no intoxication and no gambling.

Prabhupāda: Thank you. Sutrajit.

Sutrajit: Jaya. Thank you, Prabhupāda.

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. Come on.

Brahmānanda: Sandy?

Karandhara: Arlene, Cindy, put on neckbeads. Come on. Arlene.

Prabhupāda: What are the rules and regulations?

[child is crying in background, “I want my mommy!”]

Girl: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no gambling, no intoxication.

Brahmānanda: Suśarmā dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Suśarmā dāsī. She is your child? So you are married?

Suśarmā: Yes.

Prabhupāda: That’s nice. [laughter]

Brahmānanda: Why is the child crying? Roy?

Prabhupāda: Come on. What are the rules and regulation?

Roy: No meat-eating, no intoxication, no illicit sex and no gambling.

Prabhupāda: And how many rounds you will chant?

Roy: At least sixteen.

Prabhupāda: Thank you.

Brahmānanda: Rāmalāla dāsa.

Prabhupāda: Rāmalāla dāsa. Hare Kṛṣṇa. Come on, next.

Brahmānanda: Cheryl Nixon.

Prabhupāda: What are the regulations?

Cheryl: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication and no gambling or speculation.

Prabhupāda: That’s nice.

Brahmānanda: Śaraṇāgata dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Śaraṇāgata? Śaraṇāgatā, it should be. Śaraṇāgatā, long ‘a.’ Śaraṇāgatā dāsī. “One who has surrendered to Kṛṣṇa.”

Brahmānanda: Dave?

Prabhupāda: What are the regulative principles?

Dave: No meat, fish or eggs. No intoxication. No illicit sex [indistinct].

Prabhupāda: How many rounds will chant?

Dave: At least Sixteen.

Prabhupāda: Thank you.

Brahmānanda: Bālika dāsa. Bālika.

Prabhupāda: Bālika? It should be Bālaka, not Bālika. Bālaka. Your name is Bālaka dāsa. Bālaka, cowherd boy.

Devotees: Jaya!

Brahmānanda: Michael Nixon?

Prabhupāda: [japa] What are the rules and regulation?

Michael: No eating meat, fish or eggs, no intoxication, no illicit sex, no mental speculating.

Brahmānanda: Mahājana dāsa.

Prabhupāda: Mahājana dāsa. Mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. Mahājana means great authority. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Brahmānanda: Jim?

Prabhupāda: What are the rules?

Jim: No meat-eating, no gambling, no illicit sex and no intoxication.

Brahmānanda: Kuvera dāsa.

Prabhupāda: Kuvera dāsa. [laughter] Kuvera is the treasurer of the demigods. You have to bring money more. [laughter] We require money. Come on. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Brahmānanda: Rhonda

Prabhupāda: When Kuvera wanted to give benediction to Dhruva Mahārāja, Dhruva Mahārāja was very angry and was killing the descendants of Kuvera. And their offended the descendants of Kuvera killed Dhruva Mahārāja’s brother; therefore he was retaliating. At that time somebody requested— Brahmā, I think—requested that “Now you just pacify yourself. You have done.” So he immediately stopped killing.

So Kuvera became very much pleased that although he could kill all the descendants of Kuvera, he stopped it. So he came forward to give him some benediction. So Kuvera is the richest treasurer. So he wanted to give some benediction. If Dhruva Mahārāja wanted, he could ask him that “Give me all the money of the universe.” He could give. But what did he ask? He said, “Sir, give me benediction that I may remain attached to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa.”

Devotees: Jaya!

Prabhupāda: It is a great example. He could ask him for money, but no. “Give me benediction. You are offering me benediction, so give me this benediction, that my mind may always remain attached to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa.” Come on. So what are the rules and regulation?

Rhonda: No meat-eating, no illicit sex life, no intoxication and no gambling.

Prabhupāda: That’s nice.

Brahmānanda: Revatī dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Revatī dāsī. [japa]

Brahmānanda: Bob

Prabhupāda: Regulative principles?

Bob: No meat-eating, or fish or eggs, no illicit sex life, no intoxicants and no gambling.

Prabhupāda: So everyone is giving up meat-eating, the slaughterhouse will be closed. [laughter] And the butchers are not very much pleased with us. [laughter] Never mind. We have to do this. Come on. What is the name?

Brahmānanda: Bṛhadbhānu dāsa.

Prabhupāda: Vratabhānu. Vratabhānu dāsa. That’s nice. So everyone is unpleased, except the devotees, for our movement.

Brahmānanda: Nancy?

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. You know the rules and regulation?

Nancy: No meat, fish or eggs, no gambling, no intoxication and no illicit sex.

Prabhupāda: All right, come on. What is the…?

Brahmānanda: Rāsaparagni dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Rāsa…?

Brahmānanda: Rāsaparagni.

Prabhupāda: Rāsapara… Rāsa-parāyaṇī. Rāsa-parāyaṇī. Correct it. One of the gopīs. Rāsa-parāyaṇī dāsī, “one who wants to dance with Kṛṣṇa in rāsa dance.” No ball dance. Finished? All right. Now who shall explain the ten kinds of offenses and the meaning of the oṁ apavitraḥ pavitro vā and then perform yajña?

Karandhara: Yes.

Prabhupāda: So I can go?

Karandhara: Yes, Prabhupāda.

Devotees: Jaya! All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda!

[obeisances] [end]

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