|IF THERE IS ACTUALLY ASSOCIATION OF SPIRITUALLY SELF REALIZED PERSON, HE WILL GIVE YOU SOME PROCESS OF SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES. THAT IS CALLED BHAJANA-KRIYA|
And if there is actually association of spiritually self-realized person, then he will give you some process of spiritual activities. That is called bhajana-kriya. Adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah atha bhajana-kriya tato anartha-nivrttih syat. And as you are more and more engaged in spiritual activities, so, proportionately, your material activities and affection for material activities will diminish. Counteraction. When you engage in the spiritual activities, your material activities diminishes.
(B.G. Lecture, 2.58-59, New York, 7th April, 1966)
Note: How Srila Prabhupada's association can be had is described as follows:
So we should associate by the vibration, and not by the physical presence. That is real association. Sabdad anavrtti. By sound. Just like we are touching Krsna immediately by sound. Sound vibration. So we should give more stress on the sound vibration, either of Krsna or of the spiritual master. Then we'll feel happy and no separation.
(S.P. Lecture, 18/8/68,Montreal.)
Note: So we should associate with Srila Prabhupada's by his vibration that is real association. His books are also his vibration, this is confirmed as follows:
Regarding Sankirtana and book distribution, book distribution is also chanting. Anyone who reads the books that is also chanting and hearing. Why distinguish between chanting and book distribution? These books I have recorded and chanted, and they are transcribed. It is spoken kirtanas. So book distribution is also chanting. These are not ordinary books. It is recorded chanting. Anyone who reads, he is hearing. Book distribution must not be neglected.
(S.P.L. to Rupanuga dasa, 19th October, 1974)Note: Anyone who reads Srila Prabhupada's books is associating with Srila Prabhupada, this fact is accepted by everyone. So Srila Prabhupada says "And if there is actually association of spiritually self-realized person, then he will give you some process of spiritual activities. That is called bhajana-kriya."
This is confirmed again by the following quote:
"And if you associate with sadhu, then bhajana-kriya."
And if you associate with sadhu, then bhajana-kriya. If we... Just like so many thousands of Europeans, Americans, they have joined us on account of sadhu-sanga. First of all they come in the temple and hear for some days. Then all of a sudden he becomes shaven-headed. We haven't to request. He takes a bead and bead bag, although he's not initiated. Then, after some days, he approaches, "Please get me initiated." The bhajana-kriya. This is called bhajana-kriya. So we initiate. "Yes, now you are interested, we initiate." We give him hari-nama: "Chant Hare Krsna mantra." This is the first initiation. "And chant sixteen rounds and observe these rules and regulations." Then, when I see, six months or one year, he's doing very nicely, then we accept him as my disciple, the second initiation. So this is bhajana-kriya. Then he's admitted to worship the Deity or cook for the Deity, so many things. Bhajana-kriya.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam Lecture 1.2.18 Calcutta, September 26, 1974)
Note: So Srila Prabhupada is giving the process of spiritual activities (Bhajana-Kriya, Initation) in his original books, WHO CAN REFUTE THIS FACT ???
* Therefore Srila Prabhupada is the Initating Spiritual Master (Diksa Guru) for everyone in ISKCON.
Srila Prabhupada lives forever from his original books, we only need to preserve and utilise them. We can utilise them by reading and living them and also by distributing them to everyone on the planet so they can do the same.
Reporter: Who will succeed you when you die?
Srila Prabhupada: I will never die!
Devotee’s: Jaya! Haribol!
Srila Prabhupada: I will live forever from my books and you will utilise.
(S.P.interview, Berkley, 1975)
"My rules and regulations"
Please make sure that these new devotees (as well as the old ones) follow all of my rules and regulations strictly. They must chant 16 rounds, rise early, attend class, etc. Without these things, there is no spiritual life at all.
(S.P. Letter to: Bhrsakapi Bombay 16 January, 1975)
Note: So when a devotee takes formal initiation he makes a vow to follow the 4 regulations and chant 16 rounds a day. These are Srila Prabhupada's rules and regulations, therefore anyone who vows to follow them is actually accepting Srila Prabhupada as initiating spiritual master (diksa guru).
THIS IS CLEAR, WHO CAN REFUTE IT ???
"You have to select a spiritual master not by seeing but by your ear, but by hearing"
My Guru Maharaja, my spiritual master, used to say that you have to select a spiritual master not by seeing but by your ear, but by hearing. And you don't select a spiritual master who has got a very good hair or beard or some very beautiful feature, "Oh, he is a very good, nice looking." No. You must hear. Tad viddhi pranipatena. Sruti. The whole process is sruti. The Vedas are called sruti. The ear has to aural reception.
(B.G. 4.24.34 Lecture, N.Y. 2nd August, 1966)Note: So any sincere soul who is hearing from Srila Prabhupada in the form of his books is selecting him as spiritual master. They are not attracted to so called living gurus with warm bodies, they are attracted to the ETERNAL GURU SRILA PRABHUPADA. They have heard from him and are now following the real Vedic process of accepting a bona-fide spiritual master, not the methods of the sahajiya's and mayavadi's.
"Diksa is the process by which one can awaken his transcendental knowledge and vanquish all reactions caused by sinful activity."
In my books the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is explained fully so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual life will develop.
(SPL to Bahuru-pa dasa, 22nd November, 1974)
Note: The first point to note in this letter, is that there is no need for a "living link" to understand Srila Prabhupada’s books. If there is anything we do not understand that thing will be understood by reading again and again. Srila Prabhupada describes our daily reading of His books, as a process of revealing or awakening transcendental knowledge. This process is described in the sastra as diksa.
Diksa is the process by which one can awaken his transcendental knowledge and vanquish all reactions caused by sinful activity. A person expert in the study of the revealed scriptures knows this process as diksa.
(C.C. Mad., 15-108)
Diksa actualy means initiating a disciple with transcendental knowledge by which he becomes freed from all material contamination.
(C.C. Mad., 4-111)
Note: Again this is clear confirmation that Srila Prabhupada is the Inititing Spiritual Master (diksa guru)