Iskcon in the UK

- London Soho
- London S.Norwood
- London Govindas
- Brighton Nama Hatta
- London Kingscross
- London Redbridge
- Scotland
- Newcastle
- Manchester
- Birmingham
- Coventry
- Leicester
- Swansea
- Bhaktivedanta Manor

Iskcon in Ireland

- Belfast
- Inis Rath
- Dublin
- Govindas Dublin
- Ratha Yatra Dublin

Iskcon UK Services

- London
- Pandava Sena
- Rathayatra
- Bhaktivedanta Manor Primary School
- New Gokul

Page added on May 18, 2010

The May 2010 Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter is now online

4,794 views The May 2010 Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter is now online thumbnail

Initiation – A personal commitment – By Jagannath Sharan das.

During the auspicious month of Purushottama, on the eleventh day of the waxing phase of the moon, known as Padmini Ekadasi, fifty candidates received initiation from His Holiness Radhanath Swami, a spiritual teacher and travelling monk, author of the autobiographical “The Journey Home.” The following is a personal account by Janak Rajani – one of the fifty candidates that day:- Having paid my respects, it was now my turn to go forward and receive initiation from His Holiness Radhanath Swami. I moved closer and sat within earshot of him, as he looked upon me with keen attention and focus.

The world around me froze – and I was conscious only of Radhanath Swami sitting before me, the beautiful painting of Srila Prabhupada that graced the wall above him, and Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda, who lovingly graced us with Their beautiful smiles – this despite being in a temple room full of loving friends, family and well- wishers. As I proceeded to offer my vows of commitment, first to the process of Krishna consciousness, and then to Srila Prabhupada’s family of ISKCON.

Initiation is a relationship between three persons; namely Lord Krishna, the spiritual teacher and the aspiring student. Relationship means commitment, responsibility and love. Vows are made by the aspiring spiritual student to strive to adhere to principles that will help him on his spiritual journey, a journey to uncover his dormant loving relationship with Krishna. Why are vows necessary? It is for the spiritual teacher to understand, “Oh, this student is serious.” Witnessed by the spiritual master, as well as the community of loving devotees, and the Lord Himself, these vows give strength and the combined blessings of each witness. In return, out of his generosity and compassion, the guru, or spiritual teacher takes on a life-long responsibility to teach the student to become more serious still. Radhanath Swami spoke to me as follows, “On behalf of Srila Prabhupada, I am honoured to give you the name Jagannath Sharan das.”

As I reached forward to gratefully receive my new chanting beads in the palm of my hands, I once again became aware of the world around me as the devotees shouted out blessings and cheers. So how does it feel to be initiated? A few weeks have passed since the day itself and I am constantly reminded that I have been blessed with an extended spiritual family of brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles and cousins. By the encouragement and support of this loving family of devotees I hope to traverse through the exciting spiritual adventure that lies ahead of me.

This article was from the May 2010 Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter. To read the rest please click here

Comments are closed.

Vegetarianism, Retreats and more

Can a vegetarian diet improve or restore health?

Can a vegetarian diet improve or restore health?
Since the 1960s, scientists have suspected that a meat-based diet is somehow related to the development of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

Lake Island Retreats

Lake Island Retreats
Discover your relationship with your body, mind and soul. Includes Yoga, meditation, massage options, walking and Eastern philosophy.

Hare Krishna Island

Hare Krishna Island
The island is 7 miles from Belturbet in north Co. Cavan and 7 miles from Lisnaskea in south Co. Fermanagh

  • Most Users Ever Online Is 182 On November 22, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

Facebook Posts



From an Acorn to an Oak Tree! thumbnail From an Acorn to an Oak Tree!

Praghosa dasa: We are often asked by devotees who are preaching in the UK about the steps required to become an official ISKCON centre. This question is of course a source of great inspiration to us as it would be glorious to have an ISKCON centre in every town and village of the UK! Therefore […]


Dressing up for Diwali: BBC Leicester thumbnail Dressing up for Diwali: BBC Leicester


ADVERTISING Click here to see advertised ISKCON projects and devotee business on this site

Vaishnava Calendar Reminder Service

Vaishnava Calendar Reminder Service Reminders sent to your email about upcoming events - Ekadasi, Festivals, etc. Click to subscribe.