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720621 - Lecture Initiation - Los Angeles

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

720621IN-LOS ANGELES - June 21, 1972 - 10:37 Minutes

Prabhupāda: (japa) Hmmm. So you know all the rules and regulation?

Devotee: Jaya. No meat-eating, fish or eggs, no intoxication, no gambling and no illicit sex.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. And how many rounds you'll chant?

Devotee: At least sixteen rounds.

Prabhupāda: So your name is Vrajeśvarī dāsī. Vrajeśvarī is the name of Rādhārāṇī.

Devotees: Jaya. (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. (japa)

Śyāmasundara: Nect? Lois? Vṛndāvaneśvarī.

Prabhupāda: (japa) What are the rules?

Lois: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no gambling and no intoxication.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. How many rounds you'll chant?

Lois: Sixteen.

Prabhupāda: Minimum, yes? So, what is?

Śyāmasundara: Vṛndāvaneśvarī.

Prabhupāda: So your name is Vṛndāvaneśvarī Dāsī. Vṛndāvaneśvarī is another name of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.

Devotees: Jaya. (laughter)

Śyāmasundara: Sherry?

Prabhupāda: (hums) (japa)

Śyāmasundara: Śikhaṇḍī. Śikhaṇḍī dāsī. Śikhaṇḍī devī dāsī.

Prabhupāda: (japa) Hmm. Thank you. So what are the rules?

Sherry: No intoxication, no illicit sex, no meat-eating, fish or eggs, and no gambling.

Prabhupāda: That's all. How many rounds you will chant?

Sherry: At least sixteen.

Prabhupāda: Minimum. So your name is Śikhaṇḍī Dāsī. Śikhaṇḍī is another name of Arjuna.

Śyāmasundara: Gail?

Prabhupāda: (hums) (japa)

Śyāmasundara: Satyadevī dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Satyadevī.

Śyāmasundara: Satya.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. So, what are the rules?

Gail: No eating of meat, fish or eggs, no illicit sex, no gambling, no intoxication . . . (indistinct) . . . sixteen rounds . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: So you're Satyadevī dāsī. Hmm. Satyabhāmā was one of the wives of Kṛṣṇa. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotees: (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Then?

Śyāmasundara: Pravīnacandra?

Prabhupāda: (to devotee) Are you still impersonalist? (japa) What is this?

Pravīnacandra: Uh, this is one article I . . . (indistinct) . . . I brought for you.

Prabhupāda: You are still impersonalist or personalist?

Pravīnacandra: Huh . . . not still im . . . something learning. I am learning still. I am not yet . . . I want to more learn.

Prabhupāda: All right. Hmm. So, you know the rules and regulation?

Pravīnacandra: Chanting sixteen rounds, no meat-eating, no illicit sex life, no gambling and no drinking wine.

Prabhupāda: What is?

Śyāmasundara: Pratibhānu dāsa.

Prabhupāda: Pratibhānu dāsa. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Śyāmasundara: Sandy Waxder?

Prabhupāda: (japa) Eh?

Śyāmasundara: Satyamādhava Devi Dāsī.

Prabhupāda: Wha?

Śyāmasundara: Satyamādhava Devī Dāsī. Her name's not written down on the list.

Prabhupāda: Mādhavī?

Śyāmasundara: Her name is not on the list that you gave me.

Pradyumna: Yes it was.

Prabhupāda: Then Mādhavī can . . . Mādhavī it can be. Mādhavī. Hmm. So what are the rules and regulations?

Mādhavī: No meat-eating, no intoxication, no . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Hm. So your name is Mādhavī devī dāsī. Mādhavī is another name of goddess of fortune. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotees: Hare Kṛṣṇa!

Śyāmasundara: Pierre?

Prabhupāda: (japa) So what are the rules?

Pierre: No illicit sex, no gambling, no intoxication, no meat, fish or eggs.

Prabhupāda: Hm.

Śyāmasundara: Parvata Muni dāsa.

Prabhupāda: So your name is Parvata Muni Dāsa. Parvata Muni was a great friend of Nārada Muni.

Śyāmasundara: This set of beads says Sandy Waxder on it also. Who is the other? There are two sets of beads. Who is left?

Prabhupāda: What is her name? What? I'll give her name.

Śyāmasundara: Oh, Sandy.

Prabhupāda: So your name is Sāndīpani Dāsī. Sāndīpani was the teacher of Kṛṣṇa.

Devotees: (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa, He's teacher of the whole universe, but He had also a teacher. This is the example in character, that one has to accept a teacher, a spiritual master. Kṛṣṇa is giving knowledge. He's . . . His description is "all knowledge."

Samagra, full knowledge. But He is also going to a teacher's place to learn. Just Caitanya Mahāprabhu, He is Kṛṣṇa Himself; He's accepting a spiritual master, Īśvara Purī. Śrī Caitanya . . . Śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya . . . hmm. Īśvara . . . hmm. That means Īśvara Purī became glorified by Caitanya Mahāprabhu's acceptance of him as spiritual master.

But this is the etiquette, this is the Vedic principle, that even if You are God, if You, even if You know everything, still, You have to accept a teacher, a spiritual master. That is the Vedic system. So what are the rules?

Sandy: No meat, fish or eggs, no gambling, no intoxication, no illicit sex life.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. All right, come on. So, Sāndīpani Dāsī.

Devotees: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotees: All glories to you Śrīla Prabhupāda. (obeisances) (end)