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Srimati Rukmini Devi: My initiation

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 / Published in Recent Media / 969 views

My Initiation.

On August 15, 1968, in Montreal, I was initiated at the age of 16-an unqualified person meeting such a great and unprecedented saint as Srila Prabhupada. At the same time, the six pioneers from San Francisco, on their way to London received their Gayatri mantra, or second initiation.

To listen to the transcript of my initiation, please click on this link: https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/initiation-rukmini-dasi/

Written transcript begins here:

[Yamuna starts kirtana with “Hare Krsna.”

Prabhupada: Vandanam. Vandanam. Vandanam.

Yamuna: What?

Prabhupada: Vandanam Prayer?

Yamuna: [indistinct]

Prabhupada: Yes.

Yamuna: [indistinct] [Prabhupada leads devotees in Vande ‘ham].

vande ‘ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams ca

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnavas and unto the Six Gosvamis, including Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami and their associates. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Advaita Acarya Prabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and all His devotees, headed by Srivasa Thakura. I then offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, Srimati Radharani and all the gopis, headed by Lalita and Visakha.]

Chant.

[Yamuna starts leading Hare Krsna kirtana. Prabhupada chants prayers to the six Gosvamis by himself] [13:37]

Prabhupada:

krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau premamrtambho-nidhi
dhiradhira-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pujitau

You can get up. Can anyone follow on the harmonium, this? Mukunda, you can follow. [sings]

krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau premamrtambho-nidhi
dhiradhira-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pujitau
sri-caitanya-krpa-bharau bhuvi bhuvo bharavahantarakau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau
[Sri Sri Sad-gosvamy-astaka 1]

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Gosvamis, namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, who are always engaged in chanting the holy name of Krsna and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Caitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe.] [repeats song] [Prabhupada continues playing karatalas while speaking]

This, today, a devotee is being initiated, so we are praying to the lotus feet of the six Gosvamis, who inaugurated this movement under the instruction of Lord Sri Caitanya. Who are they? Sri rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau.Just try to chant these six names.

[sings] Vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau.

Repeat. [devotees chant]

Again. [devotees chant twice more]

Vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau.

Rupa, sanatana, two, vande rupa-sanatanau; raghu-yugau. There were two Raghunathas. One Raghunatha Bhattacarya and one Raghunatha dasa. Two Raghunathas, and Rupa, Sanatana.

Vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau. [repeats with devotees]

Repeat. [devotees chant twice more]

So what was their business? Krsnot-kirtana-gana-nartana-parau: always engaged in chanting Hare Krsna. Krsnotkirtana.Hare Krsna means krsna-kirtana. Krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau. Nartana means dancing. So chanting and dancing. That was their business.

[sings]

Krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau premamrtambho-nidhi. And krsna-kirtana, whenever one is merged in krsna-kirtana,that means he is merged into the ocean of love of Krsna. That should be the test. As soon as “Krsna,” this sound is vibrated, one immediately becomes merged into the ocean of love. That is the sign of pure devotion. Immediately. So these Gosvamis, they… Premamrtambho-nidhi. They merged immediately into the ocean of love of God.

[sings]

Krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau premamrtambho-nidhi,
dhiradhira-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pujitau.

And these Gosvamis were dear both to the devotees and nondevotees. Not that they were simply liked by the devotees, but nondevotees also liked them. That was their position. A devotee’s position is ajata-satru: he has no enemy. He has no enemy. Ajata-satru. Nirmatsara. Nirmatsara means because they are not envious. A devotee is always open to everyone.

There is no question of discrimination, that “This person should be allowed to chant Hare Krsna and this person should not be allowed.” No. In the material platform there is difference: high, low, man, woman, this or that. But in the spiritual platform there is no such difference. Therefore they were nonenvious, nirmatsara, and because they were nonenvious, pujitau. Pujitau means they are worshipable.

A person should be worshipable because he’s nonenvious. Sri-caitanya-krpa-bharau: such kind of position can be attained by one who has acquired the mercy of Lord Caitanya. Sri-caitanya-krpa-bharau bhuvi bhuvo bharavahantara. And such person can deliver the suffering humanity from this material contamination. Therefore we offer our respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis, Rupa, Sanatana, two Raghunatha, Gopala Bhatta and Sri Jiva Gosvami.

[sings, with devotees singing]

Vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau.

Repeat.

Vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau.

nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau
lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau
radha-krsna-padaravinda-bhajananandena mattalikau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis, namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, who are very expert in scrutinizingly studying all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings. Thus they are honored all over the three worlds and they are worth taking shelter of because they are absorbed in the mood of the gopis and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Radha and Krsna.] [Prabhupada continues playing karatalas while speaking]

Nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau: they were expert in scrutinizingly studying all the scriptures. Nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau. Nipunau means expert. Why? Sad-dharma-samsthapakau: to establish real religion in the world. Real religion. Just yesterday we have received one letter from Mr. Renovich, Vancouver. He says that the Canadians, they want real religion. That’s very good, encouraging. Anyone, if he is anxious to have real religion, for him this is the best thing, this krsna-kirtana-gana-nartana. So without religion, human society is nothing but animal society. It is simply polished animalism.

So these Gosvamis, they made so many books to guide us. You have read Rupa Gosvami’s Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. That is the first direction in the line. So they always worked very hard, day and night. Their business was writing books or chanting and dancing. And other necessities—eating, sleeping, mating and fearing—they practically abolished. There was no question of mating; there was no question of fearing. And sleeping, they used to sleep utmost one and a half hour daily in twenty-four hours. And eating, that is also practically nil. When they felt hungry they would go to some householder’s home and beg one capati or two capatis. That’s all. Finished.

So nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau. Why? Lokanam hita-karinau. The mission of saintly person is simply to think how this suffering humanity will become happy by spiritual consciousness. That is their business. They are not for exploiting. The whole material world is trying… One man is trying to exploit another; one nation is trying to exploit another nation; one society is trying to… This is struggle for existence. They have invented this law that “Might is right.” You struggle, and if you are powerful… Just like there is now a struggle between Russia and America, or China and America. This is going on.

So everyone is suffering. The struggle for existence means a condition of suffering. And these saintly persons, devotees of Krsna—not only devotees of Krsna, any devotee of God—they are…, their business is to see how people become happy. Lokanam hita-karinau. Therefore, tribhuvane manyau: the devotees are worshiped not only in this planet but in other planets also—wherever they will go.

There is a nice verse in Canakya Pandita: vidvatvam ca nrpatyam ca naiva tulyam kadacana. He says that a rich man and a learned man cannot be compared. There is no comparison. Why? Because sva-dese pujyate rajan vidvan sarvatra pujyate: a rich man may be honored in his own country, but a learned man, a devotee of God, he will be honored wherever he goes.

Sva-dese pujyate rajan vidvan sarvatra pujyate. So this is the position of devotee. Therefore a devotee, wherever he goes he’ll be honored. Therefore a devotee has no distinction whether it is heaven or hell, because Krsna is with him either in heaven or hell. So where there is Krsna, there is no question of hell; it is Vaikuntha.

Just like Haridasa Thakura, he did not enter Jagannatha temple at Puri. He thought himself that “I am born in Muhammadan family. These Hindus, they’re against any Muhammadans entering the temple. Why shall I go and disturb them? I shall chant here.” So Jagannatha Himself was coming daily to him.

This is the power of devotee. He hasn’t got to go to Jagannatha, but Jagannatha comes to see Him. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to come daily to Haridasa Thakura. When He was going to take bath in the sea, so He would first of all enter Haridasa’s cottage: “Haridasa, what you are doing?” “Yes, my Lord. Please come.” So this is the position of devotee. Therefore Krsna says, mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika [SB 11.19.21].

[Firm faith in the blissful narration of My pastimes, constant chanting of My glories, unwavering attachment to ceremonial worship of Me, praising Me through beautiful hymns, great respect for My devotional service, offering obeisances with the entire body, performing first-class worship of My devotees, consciousness of Me in all living entities, offering of ordinary, bodily activities in My devotional service, use of words to describe My qualities, offering the mind to Me, rejection of all material desires, giving up wealth for My devotional service, renouncing material sense gratification and happiness, and performing all desirable activities such as charity, sacrifice, chanting, vows and austerities with the purpose of achieving Me—these constitute actual religious principles, by which those human beings who have actually surrendered themselves to Me automatically develop love for Me. What other purpose or goal could remain for My devotee?]

If somebody worships a devotee, that worshipment is more valuable than worshiping Krsna. Krsna says like that.

So this is a process… Vaisnava process is parampara process. So today this nice girl is going to be initiated. She must learn this science, this very nice science, and you all Godbrothers and sisters will help her. Anyone who is trying to be Krsna conscious, he should be given or she should be given all kinds of facilities. You’ll be glad to learn that our Hayagriva Brahmacari, he is taking one land in New [sic] Virginia, 136 acres of land. So I’ve advised him to develop it into New Vrindaban.

So I have got today his letter, the document he is preparing through the lawyer. So it is also a nice project. If by Krsna’s desire we can develop a center just exactly prototype of Vrndavana, it will be very nice. Those American boys and girls who cannot go so long distance, 14,000 miles, they will have facility. So Krsna is giving us all facilities. Simply we have to be very sincere, and everything will be done nicely.

So let us begin our today’s business. So you come forward. Yes. Take little water, one glass and spoon. This is too big. All right, take it. You know how to do it? Take little water—one, two, three, then four. Do it like that.

[to other devotees:] You chant Hare Krsna. Hare Krsna.

[devotees chant japa] [Prabhupada leads devotees in chanting om apavitrah prayer three times]

nama apavitrah pavitro va
sarvavastham gato ‘pi va
yah smaret pundarikaksam
sa bahyabhyantarah sucih

sri visnu, sri visnu, sri visnu

[Either pure or impure, or having passed through all conditions of material life, if one can remember the lotus-eyed Krsna, he becomes externally and internally clean.]

Now again do that. That door is closed? Three times. Again chant.

[leads devotees in chanting om apavitrah]

nama apavitrah pavitro va
sarvavastham gato ‘pi va
yah smaret pundarikaksam
sa bahyabhyantarah sucih

sri visnu, sri visnu, sri visnu

Do it again: one, two, three.

nama apavitrah pavitro va
sarvavastham gato ‘pi va
yah smaret pundarikaksam
sa bahyabhyantarah sucih

sri visnu, sri visnu, sri visnu

The purport of this mantra is that if anyone is impure, apavitrah… Pavitrah means pure. Anyone, either he is pure or impure, it doesn’t matter. Apavitrah pavitrah va sarvavastham. In any condition of life, it doesn’t matter. Pure or impure; there are two conditions. Someone is impure, someone is pure. So either way, namo apavitrah pavitro, sarvavastham, in any condition, yah smaret pundarikaksam: anyone who remembers pundarikaksam, means Visnu or Krsna…

Yah smaret pundarikaksam sa, that person, bahyabhyantaram sucih, he immediately becomes cleansed inside and outside. Sucih, sucih means clean or sucih means brahmana. Brahmana means clean. You have got all threads, so you should always prove that you are always clean. Bahyabhyantaram sucih. Sri visnu sri visnu sri visnu. So this is remembering Visnu.

So simply by remembering Visnu, if one becomes clean inside and outside, so by chanting Hare Krsna, how much purified he is becoming in every moment or every second. It is so nice. There is no question if we always keep ourselves chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, so there is no chance of being contaminated by the influence of maya. It is so nice.

Now you chant, I’ll say, you repeat.

[chants prayers for fire sacrifice, devotees respond]

vande ‘ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams ca

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnavas and unto the Six Gosvamis, including Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami and their associates. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Advaita Acarya Prabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and all His devotees, headed by Srivasa Thakura. I then offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, Srimati Radharani and all the gopis, headed by Lalita and Visakha.]

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya
bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine.

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.]

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktisiddhanta-sarasvatiti namine

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.]

sri-varsabhanavi-devi-dayitaya krpabdhaye
krsna-sambandha-vijsana-dayine prabhave namah

[I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varsabhanavi-devi-dayita dasa [another name of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati], who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy and the deliverer of the science of Krsna.]

madhuryojjvala-premadhya-sri-rupanuga-bhaktida-
sri-gaura-karuna-sakti-vigrahaya namo ‘stu te

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy, who delivers devotional service enriched with conjugal love of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, coming exactly in the line of revelation of Srila Rupa Gosvami.]

namas te gaura-vani-sri-murtaye dina-tarine
rupanuga-viruddhapasiddhanta-dhvanta-harine

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy, who delivers devotional service enriched with conjugal love of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, coming exactly in the line of revelation of Srila Rupa Gosvami.]

namo gaura-kisoraya saksad-vairagya-murtaye
vipralambha-rasambhodhe padambujaya te namah

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja [the spiritual master of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati], who is renunciation personified. He is always merged in a feeling of separation and intense love of Krsna.]

namo bhaktivinodaya sac-cid-ananda-namine
gaura-sakti-svarupaya rupanuga-varaya te

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda, who is the transcendental energy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is a strict follower of the Gosvamis, headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami.]

gauravirbhava-bhumes tvam nirdesta saj-jana-priyah
vaisnava-sarvabhaumah sri-jagannathaya te namah

[I offer my respectful obeisances to Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, who is respected by the entire Vaisnava community and who confirmed the discovery of the place where Lord Caitanya appeared.]

vascha-kalpatarubhyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavenebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.]

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah

[O most munificent incarnation! You are Krsna Himself appearing as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krsna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.]

pasca-tattvatmakam krsnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-saktikam

[I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Krsna, who is nondifferent from His features as a devotee, devotional manifestation, devotional incarnation, pure devotee and devotional energy.]

he krsna karuna-sindho dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo ‘stu te

[O my dear Krsna, O ocean of mercy, O friend of the distressed and the source of creation, O master of the cowherd men and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.]

jayatam, suratau, pangor, mama, manda, mater, gate
mat, sarvasva, padam, bhojau, radha, madana, mohanau
[Sambandhadhideva Pranama]

[Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.]

divyad, vrnda, aranya, kalpa, drumadhah
srimad, ratna, agara, simha, asana-sthau
sri sri, radha, srila, govinda, devau
prestha, devi, sevya, manau, smarami

[Abhidheyadhideva Pranama]

[In a temple of jewels in Vrndavana, underneath a desire tree, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, served by Their most confidential associates, sit upon an effulgent throne. I offer my most humble obeisances unto Them.]

srimam, rasa, rasa, arambhi, vamsi, vata, tata, sthitah
karsan, venu, svanair, gopir, gopi, nathah, sriye, astu, nah

[Prayojanadhideva Pranama]

[Sri Srila Gopinatha, who originated the transcendental mellow of the rasa dance, stands on the shore in Vamsivata and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of His celebrated flute. May they all confer upon us their benediction.]

tapta-kascana-gaurangi radhe vrndavanesvari
vrsabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye

[I offer my respects to Radharani, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrndavana. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krsna.]

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

[O Srimati Radharani (the divine energy of the Lord Krsna), O all-attractive reservoir of pleasure, Lord Sri Krsna, please engage me in Your loving devotional service.]

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Thank you. Chant Hare Krsna. Right hand, not left hand. Keep forward your right hand. Yes.

[Prabhupada and devotees chant japa]

So you have seen how I’m chanting? You’ll begin from this bigger one—Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—then take another; in this way, come to this end, again begin from here, come to this end. In this way, chant sixteen rounds at least. At least. So…

[break] …principles of restriction. The more you follow the restriction, the more you become advanced. These things are required. And you try to avoid ten kinds of offenses.

[aside:] That offenses? The paper is not there? The ten kinds of offenses.

Guest: Easy Journey to Other Planets. Shall I get that?

Prabhupada: Other planets? Offenses. Ten kinds of offenses to be avoided. You have got that?

Hamsaduta: We will give her a list.

Prabhupada: All right. So the first offense is satam-ninda: no devotee shall be blasphemed. Satam-nindam sruti-sastra-nindanam: no scriptures should be defiled. Satam-nindam sruti-sastra-nindanam tathartha-vado hari-namni kalpanam: and never make any interpretation. Just like we are chanting Hare Krsna, somebody may make interpretation. There is no interpretation. The direct meaning is that we are praying Krsna and His energy to accept me in the society of His service. This is the simple… There is no other interpretation. Or artha-vadah.

And samya-subha-kriya-pramadah: one should not accept chanting Hare Krsna with some…, something subha-kriya. Just like generally the materialist persons, they go to churches or temple just to become purified of their sinful activities. Just like in Christian religion it is the custom… What is called?

Devotee: Confession.

Prabhupada: Ah. Confession. So we should not [be] like that. It is not confession. Confession means I confess that I have done this sinful act, and as soon as I come out from the church I do it again. No. We should know that all sinful activities are washed off by chanting, but that does not mean we shall commit it again. Whatever we have done, that is washed off. Now we should be careful.

And that four principles—no illicit sex life, no, I mean to say, meat-eating, and no gambling, no intoxication—you try and follow. You must follow. As you are taking this mantra, you must now follow. Whatever is done is done, finished. And we, we allow marriage. So there is no restriction. One can marry. But no illicit sex. So these four principles should be followed, and chant Hare Krsna and be pleased. Be more beautiful within and without. You are beautiful girl, so… You are all beautiful. So become beautiful within also. Krsna will accept.

Krsna can accept any number of beautiful girls. [laughs] Unlimitedly. Just see. Laksmi-sahasra-sata-sambhrama-sevyamanam [Bs. 5.29].

[I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of purpose trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of laksmis or gopis.]

Laksmi. The beautiful girls are called that goddess of fortune. Actually, woman is considered as goddess of fortune, representative of goddess of fortune. We are misusing for sense gratification. No. They should be respected as goddess of fortune. If one man has got nice wife, actually he has got goddess of fortune. That is astrological calculation. A man is considered to be fortunate in three ways. If he has got good wife, then he is fortunate. If he has got good son, then he is fortunate. And if he has got plenty money, he is fortunate. So these three standards of fortune, out of which, one who has got good wife, he is the most fortunate.

So our Society will try to make good wives so that the boys, all boys, should…, can think himself always fortunate. If one has got good wife, any place, doesn’t matter. Either under… Just like Lord Siva, he was living underneath the tree. There is no shelter, but he had the good wife, Parvati, so he was happy. So whenever you like, we shall select any brahmacari. But don’t have illicit sex. Marriage is allowed. I take personally care of marriage. I want this society must be cleansed. Without being cleansed, nobody can advance in spiritual consciousness. So what is your name?

Devotee: Wendy.

Prabhupada: Your present name? What is that?

Devotees: Wendy. Wendy.

Prabhupada: Wendy. So is there any name Rukmini in our list?

Devotees: Oh! [laughs]

Prabhupada: So you may be called Rukmini devi. And some day you may be kidnapped by Krsna. Krsna kidnapped Rukmini. Rukmini was very beautiful, qualified, Laksmi. So his [her] father liked that Rukmini should be given to Krsna. And his [her] brother liked that she should be handed over to another boy. So Rukmini sent one letter to Krsna, that “Although I’ve not seen You, but I’ve heard of Your activities. So I am attached to You. Now some nonsense is coming to marry me.”

[break] Just see how nice it is. [laughs]

And we eat krsna-prasada, we enjoy the Krsna. What is this nonsense, aham brahman, Brahman? “I am stone.” What is the difference? If somebody thinks, “I am stone,” and if somebody says, “I am Brahman. I am void,” so what is the difference between stone and void? The same thing. Why should we become stone and wood? We should…, we shall reciprocate loving affairs with Krsna.

Madhavi-lata? How many pictures you have done? You have seen Madhavi-lata’s picture? That picture is painted by Madhavi-lata.

Lady devotee: Radha and Krsna?

Prabhupada: Yes, she is good painter. You chant Hare Krsna. We have stopped. Yes, always chant. Chant loudly.

[break] fire sacrifice continues]

nama apavitrah pavitro va
sarvavastham gato ‘pi va
yah smaret pundarikaksam
sa bahyabhyantarah sucih

sri visnu, sri visnu, sri visnu

[Either pure or impure, or having passed through all conditions of material life, if one can remember the lotus-eyed Krsna, he becomes externally and internally clean.]

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya
bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine.

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.]

vande ‘ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams ca

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnavas and unto the Six Gosvamis, including Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami and their associates. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Advaita Acarya Prabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and all His devotees, headed by Srivasa Thakura. I then offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, Srimati Radharani and all the gopis, headed by Lalita and Visakha.]

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya
bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine.

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.]

sri-varsabhanavi-devi-dayitaya krpabdhaye
krsna-sambandha-vijsana-dayine prabhave namah

svaha, svaha, svaha

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varsabhanavi-devi-dayita dasa [another name of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati], who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy and the deliverer of the science of Krsna.

namo gaura-kisoraya saksad-vairagya-murtaye
vipralambha-rasambhodhe padambujaya te namah

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja [the spiritual master of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati], who is renunciation personified. He is always merged in a feeling of separation and intense love of Krsna.]

namo bhaktivinodaya sac-cid-ananda-namine
gaura-sakti-svarupaya rupanuga-varaya te

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda, who is the transcendental energy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is a strict follower of the Gosvamis, headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami.]

gauravirbhava-bhumes tvam nirdesta saj-jana-priyah
vaisnava-sarvabhaumah sri-jagannathaya te namah

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respectful obeisances to Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, who is respected by the entire Vaisnava community and who confirmed the discovery of the place where Lord Caitanya appeared.]

vascha-kalpatarubhyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavenebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.]

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah

svaha, svaha, svaha

[O most munificent incarnation! You are Krsna Himself appearing as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krsna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.]

pasca-tattvatmakam krsnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-saktikam

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Krsna, who is nondifferent from His features as a devotee, devotional manifestation, devotional incarnation, pure devotee and devotional energy.]

he krsna karuna-sindho dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo ‘stu te

svaha, svaha, svaha

[O my dear Krsna, O ocean of mercy, O friend of the distressed and the source of creation, O master of the cowherd men and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.]

jayatam, suratau, pangor, mama, manda, mater, gate
mat, sarvasva, padam, bhojau, radha, madana, mohanau
[Sambandhadhideva Pranama]

svaha, svaha, svaha

[Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.]

divyad, vrnda, aranya, kalpa, drumadhah
srimad, ratna, agara, simha, asana-sthau
sri sri, radha, srila, govinda, devau
prestha, devi, sevya, manau, smarami
[Abhidheyadhideva Pranama]

svaha, svaha, svaha

[In a temple of jewels in Vrndavana, underneath a desire tree, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, served by Their most confidential associates, sit upon an effulgent throne. I offer my most humble obeisances unto Them.]

sriman, rasa, rasa, arambhi, vamsi, vata, tata, sthitah
karsan, venu, svanair, gopir, gopi, nathah, sriye, astu, nah
[Prayojanadhideva Pranama]

svaha, svaha, svaha

[Sri Srila Gopinatha, who originated the transcendental mellow of the rasa dance, stands on the shore in Vamsivata and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of His celebrated flute. May they all confer upon us their benediction.]

tapta-kascana-gaurangi radhe vrndavanesvari
vrsabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye

svaha, svaha, svaha

[I offer my respects to Radharani, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrndavana. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krsna.]

Now, you take this. Stand up.

[fire sacrifice continues]

nama om, brahmanya, devaya
go, brahmana, hitaya ca
jagad, dhitaya, krsnaya
govindaya, namo, namah

[Visnu Purana 1.19.65]

[I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth, Krishna, who is the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas as well as the living entities in general. I offer my repeated obeisances to Govinda [Krishna], who is the pleasure reservoir for all the senses.]

hare krsna hare

[break] All bow down. [devotees offer obeisances]

Now chant. “Govinda Jaya Jaya.” Chant.

Chant and dance.

[77:07] [Prabhupada leads kirtana] [prema-dhvani] [break]

Lady devotee: Will you always be our spiritual master?

Prabhupada: I don’t follow. What do you say?

Lady devotee: Will you be our spiritual master for eternity?

Prabhupada: I think so. [laughs] Whatever we do here, it is for eternity, because it is not on the material stages. It is all on the spiritual platform. There is a song by Narottama dasa Thakura, cakhu-dan dilo yei janme janme pita sei [Sri Guru-vandana]:

[He who has given us the gift of transcendental vision is our lord, birth after birth. It is by his mercy that divine knowledge is revealed within our hearts, bestowing pure love for Krsna and destroying ignorance. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.]

“One who has opened the eyes, he is, birth after birth, he is my father.”

Lady devotee: Oh, that is… Hare Krsna.

Prabhupada: Cakhu-dan dilo yei. Cakhu-dan means one who has opened the eyes, that is spiritual master. Janme janme pita sei. Janme janme means birth after birth, he is my father. All right, distribute prasadam. Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Oh, the whole thing? [laughs] All right. Give it.

[devotees chanting japa] [break] You are not taking?

Devotee: I have.

Prabhupada: Take more. Oh, where is Madhavi-lata? Why you are in the back side? Come on, take more. Come here. You are not taking more?

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare/ Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna.

Yes.

Yamuna: Rukmini devi gave that to you.

Prabhupada: Oh. Very good. What is this?

Yamuna: It’s a shawl for around your neck in the cold weather.

Prabhupada: Oh.

Yamuna: She made it.

Prabhupada: Very good. Very nice. Thank you.

Yamuna: I’ll give it to Govinda dasi.

Prabhupada: Yes. Govinda now… [break] [end]

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