Brahminical Initiation Qualifications

8th September 2014 • Initiation

Candramauli Swami

Perhaps you are wondering what the qualifications are for one to receive 2nd initiation / Brahminical initiation.

Here is a list to look over. This is not an established ISKCON standard as each yatra in consultation with the initiating Guru will differ to some degree. This list is a way of helping to judge what are the main considerations.

  1. For at least one year after first initiation, continues fulfilling all requirements for first initiation.

  2. Continually develops good relationships with other devotees.

  3. Demonstrates the qualities of a brahmana (BG 18.42) and a tendency to continually improve in those qualities.

  4. Practices the threefold austerity of the mode of goodness, as described in BG 17.14-16

  5. Exemplifies religious principles to the public, representing ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada.

  6. Fits into and represents ISKCON’s organisational structure; i.e., GBC to Regional Governing Bodies (and similar local councils), Temple Presidents, etc.

  7. Has read the following of Srila Prabhupada’s books: Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction and Isopanisad.

  8. Has passed either the Brahminical Test or the VTE Bhakti Sastri exam.

  9. One should actively assist in some preaching or outreach activity.

  10. One should perform some service for the Deities through the Deity Department on a regular basis (e.g., transfers, dressing Srila Prabhupada).

  11. Optional - Has taken the Deity Worship training course offered each year in Sridham Mayapur.