It’s not that my official guru does not have an official guru, who also has official guru, and so on, all the way back to Gadadhara Paṇḍita. But more importantly the philosophy and guidance my guru gives is not contrary to, and only serves to elucidate the philosophy and guidance he or she obtained from his or her guides and teachers, and so on, all the way back to Krsnadasa Kaviraja, Jiva Goswāmī, Rupa Goswāmī, and Sanatana Goswāmī.

But still, let me ask you this – if the official initiation ceremony is so darn important, then why should we bother asking questions about Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupāda or Srila Bhaktivinode Thakurji and so on. Why don’t we just cut to the chance and cross examine the original head of the whole Brahmā Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya!? Did Brahmā Jī get a “proper initiation”?

If so, from whom? The Bhāgavata and Brahmā samhita say that he received his “krsnaya govindaya (etc)” mantra from divya-sarasvati. Did she give it to him with a “proper initiation ceremony”? If so, how – since nothing in the universe was even assembled at that time (Brahmā himself in Canto Two admits that it was impossible to perform any ceremonies until after he was enlightened, comprehended the universal form, and constructed ingredients from it). Or maybe you should rethink your idea of what a “proper initiation ceremony” is, in essence.

 

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