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October 17, 2013

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Satsvarupa das Goswami Aug 4, 1977

In the letter, signed by Tamal Krishna Goswami, Srila Prabhupada is quoted as saying:

“Why do you believe the rumors that first initiation is not so important as second? I have already said that it is equally important, but you say rumor. Actually, first initiation is more important. You can go without second initiation; if the first initiation is executed very thoroughly, that is sufficient. First initiation stands strong. The spiritual master accepts the disciple’s sinful reactions upon giving first initiation. The Vedic system was to give the sacred thread at the first initiation. We are following Pancaratriki. Vedic initiation was given to a person born to a brahmana. That is not possible in this age. Therefore, he has to be prepared by Hari Nama initiation and then second initiation. He is given a chance. Therefore, other protest that I am giving initiation – ‘he is not born of a brahmana, how can he be initiated?’“

The rest of the letter contains nectar about the BBT Library Party and Rathayatra Festivals, and then some other topics.