New Formalised Initiation Process for ISKCON Brisbane

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“Initiation means the beginning of something. In spiritual life, it refers to the beginning of a new stage of spiritual practice, normally when you begin some new discipline, begin a course of study of an ancient text, start performing a particular ritual, or enter into a student-teacher relationship with a guru – or all of the above. Srila Prabhupada offered two initiations to his disciples; the first was given when they had reached a level of stability in their daily meditation on the maha-mantra; and the second when, through that chanting, they had become ‘spiritually purified.’” – ISKCON desire tree.

ISKCON Brisbane has recently launched a new formalised initiation process. To help you understand how this process works read below

SUMMARY OF INITIATION PROCESS

FIRST SIX MONTH PERIOD:

  • take shelter of Srila Prabhupada as your instructing guru and chant his pranams.
  • chant 16 rounds daily and strictly follow the 4 regulative principles.
  • maintain steady sädhana and develop a steady service relationship with Srila Prabhupada.
  • complete the reading of Your Ever Wellwisher (by Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami).
  • complete the reading of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (with purports).
  • attend/complete and pass the mandatory ISKCON Disciples’ Course.
  • complete the Founder Acharya course.
  • at the end of six months, ask permission to sit your shelter interview and exam.
  • sit and pass your sädhana interview and then your shelter exam (Bhakti Sastri Course graduates are exempt from the exam upon presentation of Pass Certificates).

THEN

  • develop a relationship with the initiating spiritual master of your choice.
  • ask him for shelter.
  • arrange for his written confirmation of giving you shelter to be sent to ISKCON Brisbane.
  • your minimum 6 months as a sheltered disciple begins from our receipt of your guru’s written confirmation.

SECOND SIX MONTH PERIOD:

  • chant your initiating spiritual master’s pranams.
  • chant 16 rounds daily and strictly follow the 4 regulative principles.
  • increase steady sädhana and develop a steady service relationship with your spiritual master.
  • complete the reading of Srimad-Bhägavatam Canto 1 (with purports) and Nectar of Devotion (to chapter 19, minimum).
  • learn the Guru-puja prayers, to be recited in interview.
  • request your Temple President’s permission to sit your first initiation interviews and exam.
  • sit and pass your interviews on sädhana, personal behaviour and required reading.
  • sit and pass your exam (Bhakti Sastri Course graduates are exempt from the exam upon presentation of Pass Certificates).
  • receive your Temple President’s recommendation for your initiation.
  • request first initiation from your spiritual master.
  • receive first initiation.

FOLLOWING 12 MONTH PERIOD:

  • chant 16 rounds daily and strictly follow the 4 regulative principles.
  • demonstrate increased steadiness in sädhana and service to the Deities.
  • increase your steadiness in your service relationship with your spiritual master
  • compulsory reading for Shelter and 1st Initiation candidates (above) is also compulsory for 2nd Initiation candidates (from 01.01.2020).
  •  request your Temple President’s permission to sit your 2nd initiation interviews and exam. Demonstrate the regular service you are offering the Temple Deities and confirm the regular service you will offer when 2nd initiated.
  • sit and pass your interviews on sädhana, personal behaviour and required reading.
  • sit and pass your exam (Bhakti Sastri graduates are exempt from exam on presentation of Pass Certificates).
  • receive your Temple President’s recommendation for your initiation.
  • request second initiation from your spiritual master.
  • receive second initiation.

To commence your initiation process please contact us at iskconbrisbane@gmail.com