Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 8, Part 2


Aug 12, 2017 — CANADA (SUN) —


8.6 Diksa Guru

    8.6.1 Divya diksanam The purpose of diksa initiation is formalization of the relationship wherein the bona fide spiritual master delivers to the initiate the highest transcendental knowledge, divya-jnana. Through the guru disciple relationship, one inquires submissively from the spiritual master and renders service to him, thus becoming freed from all material contamination, divya- jnanam ksipayati. Divya-jnana that is transmitted to the sincere seeker by a siksa-guru who repeats perfectly the pure siddhanta as handed down by disciplic succession is non-different from divya-jnana transmitted by the uttama-adhikari diksa-guru. Although divya-jnana may be transmitted to the sincere seeker by other via media such as siksa-guru, Book Bhagavat or Caitya Guru, receiving the pure siddhanta from the personally manifest (living) bona fide diksa-guru in disciplic succession is the goal of divya diksanam, which likewise conveys the requisite authority for one to engage in pancaratra-vidhi. Divya diksanam is not non-different from divya-jnana, nor does the transmission of divya-jnana automatically confer diksa initiation upon the recipient. Although divya-jnana descends through disciplic succession, the transcendental knowledge is not restricted or in any way dominated by the most recent uttama-adhikari acarya, nor even the most recent of the topmost Acaryas in disciplic succession. Rather, it is freely passed through all qualified spiritual masters in disciplic succession who deliver the unalloyed, pure siddhanta.

    8.6.2 Diksa Conveyed by Manifest Guru "According to the Vedic instructions, tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet: [MU 1.2.12] to know this science, one must approach a bona fide guru, a spiritual master who will initiate the disciple with the sacred thread so that he may understand the Vedic knowledge. Janmana jayate sudrah samskarad dhi bhaved dvijah. Becoming a brahmana through the endeavor of a bona fide spiritual master is called samskara. After initiation, one is engaged in study of the sastra, which teaches the student how to gain release from materialistic life and return home, back to Godhead." [57] In the conditioned stage, pure reliance on caitya-guru is not possible, thus the guru conferring diksa initiation is external, and the process of diksa initiation constitutes physical presence of both disciple and guru. "Krishna is the first spiritual master, and when we become more interested, then we have to go to a physical spiritual master." [58] While bhagavat-marga (bhagavat-vidhi) may be conveyed to the initiate by book bhagavat, the pancaratriki-vidhi element of diksa initiation relies upon the manifest presence of the bona fide spiritual master. The diksa disciple, by associating with the eternal vibration of the bona fide diksa-guru, may overcome feelings of separation from the spiritual master's physical presence when that temporary manifest presence is no longer available. The bona fide spiritual master is always available to the disciple through his vani, however vani itself is not the agent, or giver of diksa initiation. The conditioned jiva accepts vani, like book bhagavat, with the aid of caitya-guru. However, pure reliance on vani is not possible for the conditioned soul, thus guru conferring diksa initiation is an external, manifest presence.

    (To be continued…)


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