The process of reaching the ultimate goal of Life, which is Love of Lord Sri Krishna, has been enunciated in the shastras by the following steps:
ädau çraddhä tataù sädhu-
saìgo ‘tha bhajana-kriyä
tato ‘nartha-nivåttiù syät
tato niñöhä rucis tataù
athäsaktis tato bhävas
sädhakänäm ayaà premëaù
prädurbhäve bhavet kramaù
The word Diksha is derived from the amalgamation of two syllables – "Di" and 'Ksha"."Di" here means Divya Gyan or Transcendental Knowledge whereas "Ksha" means destroying obstacle in the path of spiritual advancement. Coherently, Diksha means that upon taking that spiritual knowledge by which all obstacles are destroyed which come as a hindrance in fulfilling human life's real purpose which is to reestablish the soul's eternal relationship with the Supreme Absolute truth Lord Sri Krishna. Bhagavad Gita confirms this fact in Chapter 9 Verse -1
idaṁ tu te guhya-tamaṁ
yaj jñātvā mokṣyase ’śubhāt
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna because you are never envious of Me, I shall impart to you this most confidential knowledge and realization, knowing which you shall be relieved of the miseries or obstacles in one's progress towards the love of Lord Sri Krishna.
Here Lord Sri Krishna is clearly saying that one who knows and applies this spiritual knowledge will be relieved from all miseries. Misery for a Sri Krishna devotee on the path of Sri Krishna bhakti is not to be able to develop pure love of Lord Sri Krishna.
Diksha – its importance
In Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu Sripad Rupa Goswami states that in the 64 angas (limbs) of bhakti the first four or starting 4 are
viçrambheëa guroù sevä
That is why it becomes imperative to take Diksha. But before accepting Diksha, you will have to prepare for Diksha by going through specific steps. Just like when you get your graduate degree, you must first complete the lower rungs (1st year, 2nd year, etc.) of graduation. Remember, Diksha is like becoming a graduate and after which you start using the knowledge in your life. Diksha is the beginning not the end of Sri Krishna bhakti. After Diksha one starts, the practice of Sri Krishna Bhakti.
A spiritual aspirant who aspires to take Diksha will have to go through the following stages.
We have provided a form on filling which you start your journey to getting Diksha. This form will help you to know on which level you presently are. Fill this form only after going through the following text.
The next stage after Sri Krishna aashraya is that of becoming a Praphupadanuga. From this stage onwards a person starts one 's journey to become a pure devotee of Lord Sri Radha Krishna and Sri Nitai-Gauranga by taking formal Diksha from Srila Prabhupada.
You are following the following stages or you pledge to follow the same from now.
|No Intoxication||No alcohol, no tobacco chewing. No smoking or taking any type of intoxicants. One should also not take caffeine products like tea, coffee, chocolate, Cold Drinks carrying caffeine, alcohol, drugs, charas etc.|
|Food Restrictions||One should not eat foods which are in the mode of passion and ignorance like|
|Meat Products||Both red and white, 2. Fish, Eggs, Mushroom, Masoor Dal (lentils), Onion, Garlic, Food cooked three hours before consumption|
|No Illicit Sex||No sex out of marriage. Sex - only for begetting children.|
|No Mental Speculation||The devotee should practice no Gambling or Mental speculation. No type of gambling, this includes daily trading in share market, playing cards, or any form of gambling, no dishonest dealings, No Mental Speculation, for example, giving own interpretations regarding spiritual matters.|
All the requirements listed in level 1 plus the following :
All the requirements listed in level 2 plus the following :
Following all the requirements listed until level 3 Prabhupadanuga for the last 12 months. After which the Diksha committee will do evaluation and names of those selected will be forwarded to Sri Vrindavanchandra Das Ji for final approval. No one allowed to challenge this.