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Registration for Nrsimha Caturdasi Initiation – 2015

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

We would like to inform you that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja is planning to give Harinam and Brahminical initiations on the most auspicious day of Nrsimha Caturdasi (3rd May 2015). Devotees wishing to take initiation from HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja on this occasion, are requested to please go through the following information.

**Date of Initiation: May 3rd, 2015 (Sunday)**

Devotees, wishing to take initiation on this occasion, have to register with JPS office by NO later than 20th April 2015. For registration the candidates need to submit their details through the online registration form (see below) or sending an email with the information mentioned in the below form. Please write to the JPS Office initiation coordinator at: jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com; or call on: (+91)03472- 245277 during the office hours. Working hours at JPS office: 10 am – 5.30 pm (Sunday closed, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm).

The devotees who want to take initiation have to fill out the required personal data in the form given at the end of this mail and then click submit. Then your details come to us and you are registered with JPS Office.

Alternatively, you may click on the following link to fill out the registration form and submit your details to be registered for Nrisimha Caturdasi 2015 initiation:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yv3T_CCaaKPxygl9PxLL-IUeA2NLHPKTYLzmp5D47DY/viewform

Harinam and Brahmin initiation candidates need to write the philosophical test. This test can be written either under the supervision of their concerned ISKCON Temple/Bhakti Vriksha authorities or at JPS office in Mayapur. If the candidate writes the test at the adjacent temple/BV under the supervision of the concerned authority, then the authority should send the evaluated answer sheet with their evaluation remarks to the JPS office along with the filled out initiation forms.

Initiation forms are available in various languages in the JPS office website http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3. The candidates can take a print out of the desired form and fill it out. Candidates, who wish to write the philosophical test at JPS office, have to fix up a mutually convenient date for the test.

JPS office will conduct written exams and interviews till April 30th 2015 (Thursday).

Please note that the written exam format for Brahmin initiation candidates consists of descriptive questions and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based on the topics mentioned in the ‘2nd initiation philosophical test’ sheet which is available in the following link http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3. ISKCON Bhakti Shastri qualified persons can opt for exemption of writing the descriptive test. In such case, the candidate has to submit a copy of the Bhakti Shastri certificate during the interview at JPS office. Answering the multiple choice test is compulsory for all the candidates irrespective of any Bhakti Shastri qualification. Please note that, the oral interview is compulsory for all 1st and 2nd initiation candidates.

(For your kind information, the completion of the ‘ISKCON Disciples Course’ is mandatory to take initiation with effect from Janmastami 2015 as per the GBC mandate. For detailed information please visit the following link: http://gbc.iskcon.org/gbc_res/GBCRES14.html)

The candidates or concerned ISKCON temple/Yatra/BV authorities are requested, regarding Nrisimha Caturdasi initiation, to contact the JPS office by 20th April at the latest. We advise not to book travel tickets or make arrangements without contacting the JPS office for the initiation purpose as JPS Office clarifies any doubts on this issue about the eligibility of the candidates and other procedures.

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

Steps to be followed by the candidate:

1. Check the eligibility for the initiation with local ISKCON authority. If needed, you may call us to clarify any doubts.

2. Fill out the online form, submit it to the JPS office to register yourself for initiation. (All the checklist and forms are available in our website http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3)

3. Please contact Mani Gopal das (initiation coordinator) at JPS office to fix the date for written test and oral interview by 20th April 2015 at the latest.

4. Please submit all the required documents to the JPS office with proper approvals and recommendation. You may send your papers either through email or by personal visit to the JPS Office.
Instruction for the 1st (Harinam) initiation candidates:

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

a. Cover sheet

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

c. Biodata (in the English form this can be found in the recommendation sheet as a separate part of it).

d. Comprehensive Check list. (This should be filled out in the JPS Office at the time of oral interview)

e. Personal questionnaire: Fill out your personal information as applicable to you.

f. Essay: you should write an essay “why do you want to take initiation from Jayapataka Swami?” answering the questions asked in this sheet.

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 exam of Harinam initiation, 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.

Instruction for the 2nd (Brahmin) initiation candidates:

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

a. Cover sheet

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

c. Biodata (in the English form this can be found in the recommendation sheet as a separate part of it).

d. Comprehensive Check list (This should be filled out in the JPS Office at the time of oral interview)

e. Personal questionnaire: Fill out your personal information as applicable to you.

f. Essay: You should write an essay “why I want to take 2nd initiation?” answering the questions asked in this sheet.
(Candidate has to write an essay on the above subject mentioning the purpose and objective of taking second initiation. Illiterate candidates also should get it written by somebody else, but the candidate’s personal 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 of Brahmin initiation 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 initiation 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.

*** Tulasi chanting beads for the Harinam initiation candidates are issued by JPS office. Therefore we strongly suggest please do not bring your own chanting beads. ***

The candidate or concerned ISKCON authority is requested to kindly be in touch with the JPS office for any clarifications or for any further assistance. After finalizing your date of exam/interview with JPS Office, kindly book your tickets and rooms in advance, so that you can be present here in time.

IMPORTANTS POINTS AT A GLANCE:

Last date of registration: April 20th 2015

Last date of writing exam and interview at JPS Office: April 30th 2015

Initiation date: May 3rd 2015

Website link for the initiation forms: http://www.jpsoffice.info/?page_id=3

Contact email: jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com (Contact person: Mani Gopal das)

Contact phone: (+91) 03472-245 277 (please call between 10.30 am – 5.30 pm), Saturday (10 am – 2pm). Sunday closed.
Thank you.

For any initiation related queries please contact:

JPS OFFICE
106, CHAKRA BUILDING
SRIDHAM MAYAPUR
NADIA, WEST BENGAL
PIN: 741 313
E-mail: jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com
Phone: +91 3472 245277, Mobile: 09126495325

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