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Initiation Information

Information to Harinam and Brahmin initiation candidates

To be eligible to take Harinam initiation, the candidate has to ensure the following things:

 

  1. Following the 4 regulative principles (namely No meat-fish-egg-onion-garlic eating, no gambling, no intoxication and no illicit sex) and chanting 16 rounds japa for minimum last 12 months without any fail).
  2. Have taken shelter minimum 6 months before of applying for initiation (please call us to check if your name is recorded in JPS office database)
  3. Serving continuously under or favorably connected to a ISKCON approved temple/Bhakti Vriksha/Namahatta/Gurukul etc for minimum last 12 months.
  4. Completion of ISKCON Disciples’ Course.
  5. Official recommendation letter from the temple president/authorized official authority.
  6. Filled documents (recommendation letter, IDC certificate, Essay, Oath and biodata) has to be submitted to the JPS Office prior the initiation exam and interview.
  7. Candidates have to write the answers of the GBC Harinam initiation philosophical questions. This can be done at your local ISKCON authorized center. If you wish to write the philosophical test at JPS office please let us know beforehand. However, you have to bring the assessed answer sheet (if you are writing the philosophical answers at your local center) while coming to JPS office for your oral interview.
  8. Appear on the oral interview test at JPS office before the deadline provided by the office.

 

Books to be studied for being eligible to apply for 1st initiation:

  • Bhagavad Gita – minimum 2 times
  • Srimad Bhagavatam (1st canto) – minimum 1 time
  • Nectar of Devotion (1st part) – minimum 1 time
  • Life and teachings of Lord Caitanya – minimum 1 time
  • Srila Prabhupada’s biography (brief version) – minimum 1 time

 

To be eligible to take Brahminical initiation, the candidate has to ensure the following things:

  1. Harinam initiated for at least 12 months from an ISKCON authorized guru.
  2. Serving continuously under or favorably connected to a ISKCON approved temple/Bhakti Vriksha/Namahatta/Gurukul etc for minimum last 12 months.
  3. Completion of ISKCON Disciples’ Course (those who didn’t take this course before).
  4. Official recommendation letter from the temple president/authorized official authority.
  5. Filled documents (recommendation letter, IDC certificate, Essay, Oath and biodata) has to be submitted to the JPS Office prior the initiation exam and interview.
  1. The candidate should write and qualify the written test (Bhakti shastri certificate holders may opt to be exempted from the descriptive written test). This can be done at your local ISKCON authorized center. If you wish to write the philosophical test at JPS office please let us know beforehand. However, you have to bring the assessed answer sheet (if you are writing the philosophical answers at your local center) while coming to JPS office for your oral interview.
  1. The candidates of lower education (below 8th standard) need to write a lesser number of questions in the descriptive test. (available at our website in the ‘form’ section.)
  2. All candidates have to answer the multiple choice questions and appear in the oral interview.

Note: Understanding of philosophical concepts is being examined through the written test and multiple choice questions from the subjects of the 2nd initiation philosophical test.

 

Books to be studied for being eligible to apply for 2nd initiation:

  • Bhagavad Gita – minimum 3 times
  • Srimad Bhagavatam (1st canto) – minimum 2 times
  • Srimad Bhagavatam (2nd canto 3rd canto) – minimum 1 times
  • Nectar of Devotion (1st part) – minimum 2 times
  • Nectar of Instruction – minimum 1 time
  • Teachings of Lord Caitanya – minimum 1 time
  • Srila Prabhupada’s biography (brief version) – minimum 1 time

Process:

  1. Complete the ISKCON Disciples Course (if you had not taken this course yet)
  2. Download (click http://www.jayapatakaswamioffice.com/?page_id=3) and fill out the required documents of aspiring/shelter/Harinam initiation/Brahmin initiation.
  3. Get the recommendation letter from your local temple president to which you are connected to.
  4. Fill in the initiation form. Attach the recommendation (if in separate letter head) letter and copy of ISKCON Disciple course certificate.
  5. Send the whole package (IDC certificate, signed recommendation letter, comprehensive checklist and essay, bio-data and initiation oath) to us to this email id (jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com) and we will guide you what is to be done next.

For any clarification please contact us at (+91)03472-245277 or email at jpsofficedatabase@gmail.com

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