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2013 Radhastami initiations

Dear devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

We would like to inform you that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja is planning to give Harinam and Brahminical Initiations on Radhastami, 2013 at Sridham Mayapur. Qualified devotees who wish to get initiation on this auspicious occasion are requested to go through the following guidelines before applying.

Date of Initiation: 13th September 2013 (Friday)

Devotees willing to take initiation on Radhastami have to register their name with JPS office. Last date of registration is 31st August, 2013.

Registration can be made either by sending an email (jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com) or phone call (Phone: +91-03472245277). Office hours of JPS Office are from 10am -5.30pm (Sunday closed, Saturday 10am– 2pm).

To access the ‘Registration Form’ please click on the following link: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ymf5NTWFepL3gzHDY5sOFzHxzNir02FhnYo1UMCe3Ik/viewform

Harinam and Brahmin initiation candidates need to write the philosophical test either under the supervision of the authorized temple authorities/Namahatta/Bhakti Vrikshas with which they are administratively connected or at JPS office Mayapur.

Candidates who wish to take the exam at JPS office have to fix a mutually convenient date. JPS office conducts written exams and interviews 3 days before the initiation, the 3 day period before the initiation is reserved for the other official preparations.  Please note that the written exam format consists of descriptive questions and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based on the topics mentioned in the philosophical test paper (Harinam and Brahmin) which is available in the following link http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3. All candidates have to answer both descriptive and multiple choice questions irrespective of their Bhakti Sastri qualification.

Note: Very recently GBC has incorporated 3 new questions for initiation candidates which are added in the initiation questionnaire available at JPS Office website. To get well-prepared on those questions please go through the ‘Harmonizing ISKCON’s Lines of Authority’ and ‘GBC Resolution 303/2013: The Position of Srila Prabhupada’. To read details on this, click on the following link:  http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3206

The candidates or concerned ISKCON temple/Yatra/Namahatta/BV authorities are requested to contact the JPS office as soon as possible for initiation purpose. We advice not to book travel tickets or make arrangements without consulting the JPS office for the initiation purpose.

All are requested to cooperate with the JPS Office to ensure a smooth initiation event.

Steps to be followed by the candidate:

1. 1. . Register your name with JPS Office before 31st August by submitting the necessary information by filling out the form given below.
2. Contact JPS Office to fix the date of written exam and interview.

3a.  For the candidates who want to write the exam at JPS Office: Bring all the required documents (initiation form, recommendation letter from the concerned authority) along with you.

3b.  For the candidates who want to write the exam under the supervision of the local authority: Bring all the required documents (initiation form, recommendation letter from the concerned authority and the evaluated answer sheet duly signed by the examiner) along with you.

4.   Finalize the exam procedure at JPS office. (The last date of exam and interview is 10th September).

5.   Attend the preliminary speech on initiation by HH Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja on 12th September.

6.   Attend the initiation ceremony on 13th September (Radhastami day).

7.   Collect your initiation name card from JPS office on 14th September.

For 1st initiation candidates:

Please download the following 1st initiation (Harinam) forms and fill them in CAPITAL LETTERS only and avoid overwriting.

a. Cover sheet

b. Recommendation sheet (The recommendation sheet should be signed by the concerned temple authority along with the office stamp of that branch of ISKCON).

c. Biodata (in English form this is in the recommendation sheet only as a separate part)

d. Comprehensive Check list. (This should be filled out only in the JPS Office – DO NOT fill out by yourself)

e. Practical questionnaire.

f. Essay question:  you should write the answer “why do you want to take initiation from Guru Maharaja?”

g. Initiation Oath: The signature of the candidate along with the two witness’ signatures.

h. One passport size photo.

On successful completion of the written (descriptive and MCQ) exam candidates will be interviewed by the JPS Office and the information with the evaluation of JPS Office will be sent to HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja.

For 2nd initiation candidates:

Please download the following 2nd initiation (Brahmin) forms and fill them in CAPITAL LETTERS only and avoid overwriting.

a. Cover sheet

b. Recommendation sheet (The recommendation sheet should be signed by the concerned temple authority along with the office stamp of ISKCON).

c. Biodata (in English form this is in the recommendation sheet only as a separate part)

d. Comprehensive Check list. (This should be filled out only in the JPS Office – DO NOT fill out by yourself)

e. Recommending signature from three Brahmanas.

f. Practical check list (to be left blank and will be filled out at the time of oral interview)

f. Essay question:  “Why do you want to take 2nd initiation from Guru Maharaja?

Candidate has to write an essay on the above subject mentioning the clear purpose and objective of taking second initiation. Illiterate candidates also should get it written by someone, but the initiation candidate’s objectives and purpose of taking the 2nd initiation must be mentioned.

g. One passport size photo.

On successful completion of the written (descriptive and MCQ) exam the candidate will be interviewed by the JPS Office and the information with evaluation of JPS Office will be sent to HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja.

Initiation forms are available in English, Bengali, Hindi, Russian and Spanish languages at the JPS office website. To access the forms please click on the following link:

http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3

The candidates are expected to know by heart all prayers & mantras and to have read all the books mentioned the prescribed number of times.

The candidate or ISKCON authority is requested to kindly be in touch with the JPS office for any clarifications or for any further assistance.

Kindly book your tickets and rooms in advance, so that you can be present here in time.

For any query please contact:

JPS OFFICE

106, CHAKRA BUILDING

SRIDHAM MAYAPUR

NADIA, WEST BENGAL

PIN: 741 313

E-mail: jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com

Phone: +91 3472 245277

 

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