Srila Prabhupada's Requirements for Second Initiation

14th September 2014 • Initiation

Morning Walk -- January 6, 1976, Nellore

Prabhupāda: Yes. Brahmā spoke śruti, Vedas, so whatever he speaks is śruti. It is therefore called saṁhitā. Saṁhitā means Vedas, śruti. As soon as it is called saṁhitā, that is Vedas.
Acyutānanda: (break) …comprises the examination for bhaktivedanta and bhakti-śāstrī?
Prabhupāda: Hm?
Acyutānanda: There was talk that they would be given examinations.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Yes.
Acyutānanda: What is the syllabus for…?
Prabhupāda: Whatever books we have got, it should be studied. Bhakti-śāstrī means Nectar of Devotion, Bhagavad-gītā, Nectar of Instruction, Beyond Death—in this way we select some ten books. That is bhakti-śāstrī.
Acyutānanda: So when will that…
Prabhupāda: Then we come to Bhāgavatam, then we come to Caitanya-caritāmṛta, in this way. So from next year, unless one passes bhakti-śāstrī, he cannot be second initiated. First initiation is open for everyone. “Come on. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.” That will purify him. Then let him understand what is bhakti.
Yaśodānandana: This is very good, because then those that will become second…, those that will have second initiation will have to know the scriptures, will have to know your books.
Prabhupāda: Yes, that is…. Now there is…
Mahāmṣa: And unless they know your books, they will never be fixed-up devotees.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Acyutānanda: Many times people give second initiation because they need a pūjārī in the temple.
Prabhupāda: No.
Acyutānanda: So they give.