By Indradyumna Swami
Dear devotees: I am performing an initiation ceremony for our beloved Tour devotee from Australia, Rohini dasi. It is online. You are welcome to watch!
To receive the first, or ‘Harinama’, initiation within ISKCON means to receive the Hare Krishna mantra from an experienced Vaishnava and to promise to recite it a fixed number of times daily. It also means to avoid committing any offenses to the Hare Krishna mantra which, as you will have been instructed, is non-different from Krishna Himself. It also means to refrain from bad habits that compromise your spiritual focus, your determination, or your morality. It also means that from now on you promise to live as a Vaishnava for the rest of your life, dedicating your days to His devotional service from early morning, to offer everything you eat first to Krishna, to study Krishna’s words, and to serve Him and His representative, the guru.
Click here to watch the online ceremony: https://youtu.be/n35wU-x6a6g