Dear Sriman Dayardra Nitai dasa,
Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.
You asked my opinion about an article you read that was written by someone outside our sampradaya. You must remember that I have already expressed my opinion about this. As I told you previously, to read or hear topics regarding the Absolute Truth from those outside our sampradaya is to invite confusion and doubt.
Now you have asked me to follow you outside our sampradaya by reading the article connected to the link you sent me. I have no interest in this. What our gurus have given is sufficient to answer all questions and remove all doubts. Why should I stray from their clear path to follow you down some dangerous road?
If, after reading or hearing the materials of our guru parampara you have any question or doubt, I will be happy to address it. If you had diligently studied the philosophy and precepts of our sampradaya, as I instructed you to do, by applying yourself to a thorough study of the materials available on our website, you would already know the answer to the argument found in the text of the link you referred me to, namely: “The absolute necessity of second initiation.”
If there were actually such a necessity, which there is not, you would have found the evidence for it on our website. But even common sense should tell us that if there was an “absolute necessity” for the mantra given in second initiation, then Sriman Mahaprabhu would have distributed that mantra instead of the supreme mantra for this age, the “Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.”
If the text of the article follows the gist of what I gather to be the title of it, then the article is an offense to the Holy Name, to Sriman Mahaprabhu and to His followers. It is an offense to the Holy Name to think it is deficient in any way. I do not want to be connected with such an offense and I must advise you to also carefully avoid this offense.
Recently I sent the following to another disciple of mine. Please study it carefully.
Dear Srimati Krishangi Devi,
Please accept my blessings.
To more fully understand my comments about the potency of the Holy Name and the Maha Mantra as being sufficient for all purposes, please read the following passages from Sri Guru and His Grace:
Nama Guru and Mantra Guru
Student: I have heard that one has an eternal connection with the spiritual master who first initiates one into the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra (harinama-guru). Does he have a similar connection with the mantra-guru?
Srila Sridhara Maharaja: Yes. We may see it as similar, with a slight difference.
Student: Some devotees who took harinama initiation from Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada later took their gayatri mantra initiation from one of his disciples. Can you explain the distinction between the two initiations and how a disciple should view his relationship with two different spiritual masters?
Srila Sridhara Maharaja: The first importance should be given to the nama-guru, or the guru who initiates one into the chanting of the Holy Name of Krsna, and second to the guru who gives initiation into the gayatri mantra. The diksa-guru, initiating spiritual master, must be shown respect, and then all the other disciples of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. First, honour must be shown to Prabhupada, who is the nama-guru, the guru of guru, the second honour will go to the diksa-guru, and then to the rest, accommodating all. They should all be recognized according to their status.
Mantra: Circle within a Circle
Jiva Goswami has written that the name of Krsna is the principle thing in the gayatri mantra. Within the mantra, there are also so many other words, but the name is the most important. If the name of Krsna is taken away, and replaced with some other name, the whole thing will be rotten. This is the decision of Jiva Goswami. The Holy Name of Krsna is all in all. The Holy Name of Krsna is there in the gayatri mantra, and so many other words are couched there. But if Krsna’s name is taken away and replaced with the name of Siva, then the whole thing will go to Siva. The Holy Name is the all-important factor. The Holy Name of Krsna is so important that even the gayatri mantra may not be necessary. It is said:
na ca sat kriya, na dikse na ca purascarya manadilate
mantrayam rasana spri hanato sri krsna namatmaka
“One need not undergo all the purificatory processes, or follow the six ritualistic ceremonies mentioned in the Vedas for pious life; one need not even take initiation into the gayatri mantra. If one simply chants the Holy Name of Krsna without offence, everything will be successful.”
The Holy Name of Krsna is the most important consideration. The gayatri mantra may not even be necessary. We accept the mantra only to help the nama-bhajana, the worship of the Holy Name. Otherwise, it may not be necessary at all. It has been judged in such a way. The name alone can do everything for a person. It is full and complete. The mantra helps us to do away with the aparadhas, offences, and the abhasa, or hazy conceptions in our bhajana. The mantra comes to help us only so far.
There is a reason the Hare Krishna mantra is known as the Maha Mantra; it is supreme above all others.
I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.
Your ever well-wisher,
Swami B.K. Giri