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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What is initiation (dikcha) and disciplic succession? Part 2 of 3

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj's disciple speaks on initiation and dikcha
Jagadguru Madhavacharya teaching a disciple. There are two stages of initiation, regular and final. Regular initiation ensures bhava bhakti, and final initiation ensures the vision of Krishna and admittance into His Divine service. In this post we are looking at the topic of regular initiation. In part 3, we will conclude with the topic of final initiation. Text is from a lecture by a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in 1975, in Vrindavan, India. Click here if you missed part 1

The form of Initiation

There are two stages of initiation, regular and final. Regular initiation ensures bhava bhakti, and final initiation ensures the vision of Krishna and admittance into His Divine service.

Regular Initiation

Any sincere person attending the satsang of a Saint, receives vibrations of divine love according to his faithfulness and mental purity. This is the general Grace of a Saint for all, but in such cases he does not take responsibility for any person, whether he succeeds in his devotion or he falls. He, being unattached to everyone, simply distributes the 'love'.

If a person faithfully surrenders to a Saint and accepts him as his Guru (Master), the Saint takes his case into consideration, and according to the selflessness and the intensity of his surrender, he takes care of him and imparts to him the consciousness of Krishna love (the feeling of affinity to Radha Krishna). Thus, his taking care of the devotee is the initiation and the surrender of the devotee is his discipleship. We should note that a Saint does not make a disciple, but a faithful devotee himself becomes his disciple by accepting him as his Guru and surrendering himself at his feet. Then a Saint is bound to take him under his care and inspire him with divine love feelings.

(Video of Hare Ram sankirtan with Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj) A Saint does not make a disciple, but a faithful devotee himself becomes his disciple by accepting him as his Guru and surrendering himself at his feet. Then a Saint is bound to take him under his care and inspire him with divine love feelings

First a person makes a Saint his Guru and then the Saint accepts him as his disciple. All this happens internally. The Saint (Guru) explains the form of devotion and remembrance to the devotee whom he takes under his supervision, and tells him a 'name'. He (Guru) can either explain the form of devotion verbally in his discourse, or give devotional instructions in writings, or explain these things in private in a formal way. Normally, people call private directions as initiation, but actually the whole procedure - (a) explaining the form of devotion, (b) imparting the divine love feelings (bhava bhakti) and (c) taking him under his care, is collectively called the first or regular initiation. The last two steps of this procedure are internal, which only the Saint knows, but, at the same time, it is certain that after sincerely surrendering to a real Saint and receiving the devotional instructions from him, a devotee must feel a change in himself and experience the consciousness of Krishna love according to the intensity of his surrender and servitude to his Guru.

It is certain that after sincerely surrendering to a real Saint and receiving the devotional instructions from him, a devotee must feel a change in himself and experience the consciousness of Krishna love according to the intensity of his surrender and servitude to his Guru

A Saint is never excessively formal or ceremonious when he initiates anyone, because, initiation is not a mere establishment of a social relationship between the disciple and the Guru. It is the the submission of the heart and mind at the feet of the Guru while he takes the disciple under his guardianship.

Whoever comes to a Saint with faith, naturally he is given 'something' (divine), and whoever surrenders to a Saint, he is consequently taken care of and given something more to help him develop his feelings of devotional love

Whoever comes to a Saint with faith, naturally he is given 'something' (divine), and whoever surrenders to a  Saint, he is consequently taken care of and given something more to help him develop his feelings of devotional love.

It rests with the disciple as to how much favour he gains from his Guru or how much he loses the favour of his Guru, because, the force of a disciple's selfless love for his Guru makes him think of the disciple. The Guru's favourable thinking takes the form of Grace which promotes the bhava bhakti (divine love consciousness) of the disciple and protects him from the effects of bad sanskars.

Distance makes no difference. If the disciple is selflessly attached to the Guru, he will be receiving the Grace, no matter in which corner of the world he lives; but if a disciple loses his faith (for any reason), he loses the favour of the Saint even if he stays close to him. This is the reason that even after receiving the favour and the protection of a Saint, and after receiving the regular initiation from a Saint, some devotees fall from the height of their devotion because they lose their faith and so they lose their discipleship. Such a person, if he regains faith in the Saint, the latter reconsiders him and he again becomes eligible to receive the favour and the protection of the Saint. Thus it rests with the disciple to maintain his discipleship and the Guru is bound to Grace him accordingly.

Some people try to judge a Saint through their deceitful approach. They do not want to serve his mission, and they do not want to surrender to him. They want to get the Divine experience in advance and then afterwards they would think of surrendering. Such people, due to their craftiness, commit spiritual transgressions while associating with a Saint, and, instead of gaining any divine feelings, they lose forever the opportunity of gaining any Divine favour. As a rule, only a devoted and faithful person receives the Grace of a Saint. So, such selfish people, in the absence of any divine benefit, simply excite their frustrations and leave the Saint, criticizing him and his satsang, and thus enter into greater darkness.

- From a lecture by a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in 1975, in Vrindavan, India


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