Initiation Conclusions - Part 8

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the transcription of the initiation lecture delivered by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on 28th June 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand. So far we had heard 10 conclusions which we should make on initiation. Let us continue to hear the other conclusions from Maharaj.

11. We conclude to come to the main function of the human existence: Then the four regulative principles will come here. Nobody is interested in intoxication, illicit sex, gambling or meat eating. We know that our goal is, 'my spiritual spark must be the servant of the Supreme spiritual spark'. This we have engraved in our mind from today. So any other thing that is not suitable to this, we reject. So intoxication is naturally not suitable. Tea and coffee also we have forgotten. Not only that. Krishna says in Bhagavad gita, 'patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ'. He says toyaṁ - water. Otherwise He could have said, patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ coco cola. If it is mentioned, I will take snān (bath) in coco cola (Maharaj laughs). But He does not mention. So we do not want. Clean water is also not available now. In our wildest of dreams, we never thought in our childhood that we will have to buy water. If somebody had told us that, we would have slapped him. Nice rivers were flowing, wells were full and fresh water was there. Everyday our dhotis were washed in mineral water.

This is the initiation process. We are completely coming to the main function of the human existence and all other false functions, they drop out. There is no endeavor in it. There is no separate endeavor required for stopping the intoxication or illicit relationship or any other thing. We are completely sure about it. So it goes very easy for us to follow the four regulative principles. There is no need for mentioning them also because, by nature we follow this. In the Vedic society, only the shudras will go to have dāru (drink). No Vaishnava family visited even the cinema theatre. After so many years, in the village, somebody started cinema theatre. The ticket was only one paisa. Nobody even went near the cinema theatre. One day somebody saw a Vaishnava wandering near the theatre and he was sent out of the community. I remember there was a big community meeting and it was very seriously discussed. If this is the case, we should all be out by now. It is not the theatre, but the rubbish thing is now in our kitchen. How much we are degraded? It is only Srila Prabhupada's mercy that we are coming to the point. Otherwise we could have been completely doomed. By now we would have enjoyed all the rotten meat and fish and what not and forget about the main function of the human existence. This is the community Srila Prabhupada wanted to establish and that is why he said that it is better we go back 200 years. I am only talking about 100 years. He was talking about 200 years and that time also there were Britishers. But in their kingdom also, we did not lose our identity and now in our kingdom, we are free and we are losing. This process has got to stop and that is how you are initiated. Because you have understood this, that is why this has got to be taken very seriously. It is not just the process. It is not just yajna or japa mala circus. It is not that you will take japa mala and go away. No. then it is like animal. In circus there are animals and they move around. Here there are two legged animals. The only difference is we have two legs and they have four. Does not matter. Please try to understand these things and because we have recognized this fact, we are very serious about it and because we are serious, henceforth our time should be utilized only in two things. One is our prescribed duty. And the other is our spiritual quest. Only these two engagements. And if you really remember the initiation, naturally you will forget the other engagements.

kāvya śāstra vinodena kālo gacchati dhīmatām
vyasanena tu mūrkhāṇām nidrayā kalahena vā

Intelligent people think over the subject matter of scriptures and utilise their time in a good way - whereas foolish people spend their time in sleeping or quarreling with others.

Our entertainment is limited now. We do not have any other entertainment. Open Bhagavad Gita. That is our entertainment. Try to learn, try to master, try to learn by heart, whatever. Srila Prabhupada has made it very easy. Here the initiating process is always by Prabhupada. We are just instrument in parampara, may be. So please do not forget this. If you forget him, you cannot go even an inch ahead. This is our initiation.

As soon as you come to this, kālo gacchati dhīmatām. We are very intelligent. Dhī means intelligent. We are in full control of our intelligence. Nothing wrong could happen. Four regulative principles should not be mentioned. But this point must be recognized that from today our whole attention is directed from the obnoxious material existence to the spiritual realities and that is realization. We have seen the reality. Shastra cakshu we have. By these eyes we may not be able to see, but fortunately we have developed shastra cakshus and that is why we are very serious. vyasanena tu mūrkhāṇām.. nidrayā they spend time in sleeping. If they wake up khala, fighting. It is better he sleeps. At least he is not troubling others. The choice is in front of you. You want to be mūrkha- you can sleep. Climate is dark and damp here. In England, 10.30 in the morning, we may see a glimmer of light. Best place to sleep. If a person is going to London, we go to the airport and garland him. Man… he is punished. Once he puts on garland, he comes to England and finds life very difficult. But he cannot go back because the garlands are there. All these things are dropped now. No doubt, we do not go for gambling, or illicit connection or intoxication and our eating habits are purified. So easy to follow. In my childhood days the regulative principles were never uttered. Anyway nobody was eating fish, meat or eggs and nobody had illicit connections. The word divorce was never uttered in the houses. That was pure society.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear other conclusions from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.