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760820 - Letter to Ajita written from Hyderabad
August 20, 1976
My Dear Ajit das,
Please accept my blessings. As per your letter of request, I am accepting on your recommendation the following for first and second initiation,
Patricia Taylor—Papsudani dasi
Diane Zimmerman—Dinadaya dasi
The names and beads duly chanted upon by your local GBC man, may be given at a fire yajna. The brahmana thread and gayatri mantra which must be heard through the right ear, may also be given at the fire yajna. All initiated disciples must chant 16 rounds a day without fail and observe the four regulative principles very strictly. The brahmanas must become learned in the sastras and very clean internally and externally by regularly bathing with water and the holy name. A brahmana must be fixed up in understanding of brahmana. One should not take it cheaply. This initiation is very serious and one should endeavor to follow the orders of the spiritual master with great determination. Daksina should also be offered when one presents oneself for initiation.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami