Guru-Disciple relationship

Summary: The text being quoted from here, Sri Sanat-kumara Samhita, is a very very old scripture. It is worth noting that Srila Prabhupada has given us a most authentic traditional ancient process! While some minor details have been adjusted (in our case, sampradaya-specific modification of details; the Kumara Sampradaya is distinct from the Brahma Sampradaya, although both are vaisnava sampradayas), the very same activities which are recommended herein are what Srila Prabhupada has given to us. A detail is that the process of Panca-samskara is also described in one essay written by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. One of the 5 items of samskara is slightly different. BVT explains why: the merciful nature of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. See attached file.

Accepting initiation from a Spiritual Master

Summary: There are many important and interesting points to be found in this week's reading assignment. For starters, it is interesting to note that an unnamed "girl" is reading from Caitanya-caritamrta and Srila Prabhupada is commenting. Another interesting point to note is the gradual examination process that *both* disciple and spiritual master must undergo, prior to either entering into the diksa stage on the path of bhakti. Within Prabhupada's identification of qualifications, please make a careful note of the fact that they are indications of disposition or character, NOT that the qualities themselves are already fully manifested.

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Summary: Read the excerpt from Srila Prabhupada's letter several times. It contains many deep understandings. Real compassion is something that SBSST regularly distinguished from the worldly / illusory sense. He spoke and acted from the platform of the soul, in full honesty and integrity.

Reading Assignment 2 Quotes below.

a) Letter to Jaya Gopala das, 11 January, 1970