How Are We to Know?
BY: MAHAVIDYA DASA (ACBSP)
Feb 25, UK (SUN) More on Seeing God.
I read Mahesh Raja prabhu's recent article, "Unless One is a Resident of Krishna Loka".
My thanks for his feedback.
If I may comment.
I have put forward the argument ...
why should one not be able to take Diksa initiation
from predecessor Acaryas in our disciplic succession,
i.e., from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Maharaja,
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, etc.
where have they stated that they no longer will be giving
Diksa initiation after their physical departure?
I mention this aspect as I had the personal experience
to meet a 20 year old disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Maharaja
approximately 3 years ago.
I was passing through Bhubaneshwara in Orissa and was
staying for several days at the ISKCON ashram.
A resident devotee excitedly knocked on my door to
inform me that one of Srila Prabhupada's godbrothers
was visiting and was outside my door.
Of course, I was curious.
Looking outside, I saw a young man about 20 years of age,
Excuse me, said I,
but I'm looking for one of Srila Prabhupada's godbrothers.
"Er, yes" came the reply, "that's me."
"I am a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati."
If the argument is raised that one can receive
post-samadhi diksa from AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
Why should one not apply the same reasoning and logic
to any of Srila Prabhupada's predecessors?
When did they state that they would no longer be
Why can I not take diksa from ...
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur...
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Maharaja,
The other point that I raise is
why do we so quickly assume
that the Diksa Guru accepts us?
Is the Guru obliged to accept us as disciples?
If the Guru does or does not, how are we to know?