On the most auspicious occasion of Gaura-pūrṇimā, an initiation ceremony was conducted by Hare Krishna Community at Hare Krishna Village, Rajasthan.
Hare Krishna Community has been following the Ritvik system of initiation from the very beginning accepting Śrīla Prabhupāda as the ONLY dīkṣā guru. Śrīla Prabhupāda, in his teachings, especially in his 9th July 1977 letter outlined the Ritvik system of initiation to be carried out in order to accept new disciples after his physical departure from this world.
We accept and follow this Ritvik system of initiation as outlined in the 9th July, 1977 letter addressed to all temple president's and GBC members.
This time we conducted both first (Harināma) and second (Brāhmaṇa) initiation.
12 devotees took first initiation and 8 devotees took second initiation.
His grace Dayālu Nitāi Prabhu, Temple president gave a talk explaining that Śrīla Prabhupāda is our ONLY dīkṣā guru and also about the ten offences.
Devotees took a vow to chant minimum 16 rounds of Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra and follow four regulative principles (no meat eating, no intoxication, no gambling and no illicit sex). Then they were given spiritual names by Dayālu Nitāi Prabhu on behalf of His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Prabhupāda.
Thereafter, fire sacrifice was performed by second initiated brāhmaṇa devotees and everyone offered oblations into the fire.
Those who got second initiation received the sacred thread and the Gāyatrī mantra through their right ear from Śrīla Prabhupāda's audio tape.
All initiated devotees were happy to know that if they stick to their promise which they have given to Śrīla Prabhupāda , of following the 4 regulative principles and chanting a minimum of 16 offenseless rounds everyday then their eternal spiritual master Śrīla Prabhupāda has promised that he will take them back to Godhead in this very life time.