Sampradaya or Disciplic Succession: Connection with Disciplic Succession

                                                                  Q. I had taken shelter from a spiritual master and he from his pure lips mentioned, "I can initiate you anytime," and later confirmed that he will be initiating me in the coming initiation function. However, later by Krishna's mercy the spiritual master left his body. As I have already accepted him as my spiritual master, is it still necessary for me to get initiated from a different spiritual master. Isn't the promise from the spiritual master indicative that I am already his initiated disciple?

                                                                  Q. During one of our recent discussions in our study group there was a discussion on siddha svarup.

                                                                  One of the devotees said that the spiritual master would reveal one's svarup at some point of time when such a disciple has reached such a stage. My humble opinion is that such a practice is not there in ISKCON and as and when a devotee reaches such a stage of advancement it will be known to him naturally.

                                                                  Can I humbly request you to kindly clarify this?

                                                                  Q. In one of your lectures, you mentioned about sticking to disciplic succession. You also gave an example of a businessman during Srila Prabhupada's time who incurred heavy loss for not sticking to disciplic succession. Can you please elaborate on this topic? What did the businessman do exactly? Does "not sticking to disciplic succession" mean changing the Guru Maharaj that you are aspiring for? If say, you used to work with a particular devotee group and you expand your network to work with other groups also, is it called "not sticking to disciplic succession"?

                                                                  I do not recall giving the example you refer to in this question.