Jayapataka Swami: Initiation is the beginning of our spiritual life. We shouldn’t expect that someone after initiation is very advanced.  Initiation is called the spiritual birth. So if you want to remain unborn, then don’t take initiation. But if you want to be born, then it is important to take initiation. It connects you with the guru parampara. It also connects you with the diksha guru. So before initiation everything is a practice. After initiation, you have taken the vows and it is very serious. You take the vow to chant 16 rounds minimum, and to follow the four regulative principles, and for my disciples I also have them take a vow that they will help me fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. Usually this is enough. But sometimes I may give some special advice or special instruction to some devotee. So one should try to fulfill that.
09-JUNE-2019 HYDERABAD, INDIA