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Mukham karoti vacalam pangum langayate girim
Yat kripa tam aham vande sri gurum dina tarinam
Paramananda Madhavam Sri Caitanya Isvaram
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare! I live in Mayapur, Navadvip dhama and I learnt Bengali there. But my talk will be translated into Assamese. Should I speak in English or Bengali? Whatever I speak will be translated into Assames. I will speak in English and it will be translated into Assamese.
Today we are here to celebrate initiation ceremony. And we are in the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya. So Srila Prabhupada, he has preached all over the world and he also established Iskcon in India. So for many years we have had the temple here in Assam. And we are very happy that so many devotees have taken up very seriously, bhakti yoga as a daily process. Lord Caitanya said that Bharata bhumi te manusya janma hoilo jar, janma sartaka kori koro upakar. We want you all to perfect your lives, and to also help others to become Krsna conscious. I mentioned how Krsna came here to this valley. And He also married sixteen thousand princesses from this valley, who were captured by Narakasura. So this is a very sacred place and also the great rishi, Vasista, he had his ashram here in the Guwahati valley. Also here is the Kamakya temple and the Umananda temple. Umananda also has a Krsna deity. So living in this place has also got some multiple benefits. The Brahmaputra river is also sacred. This is a good place to practice bhakti yoga. Yes. Haribol! So we are initiating you into the line of Lord Brahma, Madhvacarya and Lord Caitanya. Also Sankaradeva was preaching vaishnava dharma. So this initiation means taking the vows in front of the deities to practice very diligently, and you should be very careful to follow the principles, chant your sixteen rounds, minimum. If you don’t want to follow this, then you should not take initiation. I am taking you as my disciples, and we will have a heart to hear relationship! If you break the principles as initiated disciples, I will have to suffer. If you follow strictly, then it is good for me! I want to see that you all go back to Krsna in this life! Lord Caitanya’s devotees and acaryas have sung, grihe thako, bone thako, sada Hari bole dako. In the Sankaracarya line to get mukti you have to be a sanyasi. But in the bhakti line, you can be a grihastha and achieve Krsna’s lotus feet and the spiritual world! Arjuna, Yudhistira, Bhima, they were all grihastas, but they all achieved Krsna’s lotus feet. So as a grihasta, or as a brahmachari, you could also always chant Hare Krsna, and try to do as much devotional service as possible. Hare Krsna!
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
3 June 2019