TheSpiritual Importance of Mahadiksha
In the Padma Purana it is stated:
sampradaya-vihina ye, mantras te nisphala matah; atah kalau bhavisyanti, catvarah sampradayinah.
sri-brahma-rudra-sanaka, vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah; catvaras te kalau bhavya, hy utkale purusottamat.
ramnujam srih svi-cakre, madhvacaryam caturmukhah; sri-visnu-svaminam rudro, nimbadityam catuhsanah.
"Unless one is initiated by a bona-fide Vaishnava spiritual master in a bonafide and authentic Vaishnava disciplic succession, the Mantra one might have received is without any effect. For this reason, the Lord revealed the four authorized Vaishnava Guru-Disciple disciplic successions in Kali Yuga, inaugurated by Lord Brahma, Shri Lakshmi-devi, Lord Shiva, and the four Sanata Kumaras. The teachings of these four Sampradayas will be spread by the mercy of the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu from the holy place of Shri Jagannatha Puri Dhama in Orissa and thus purify the entire earth during the age of Kali. Anyone accepting Diksha Initiation outside these four authorized Vaishnava sampradayas is at a big risk. Lord Brahma chose Shrila Madhvacharya to represent his disciplic succession. In the same way, Shri Lakshmi-devi chose Shrila Ramanujacharya, Lord Shiva chose Shrila Vishnuswami Acharya, and the four Sanata Kumaras chose Shrila Nimbaditya Acharya to lead their respective disciplic successions."
Lord Brahma instructs Shrila Narada in the Skanda Purana, Kartika-Mahatmya:
te narah pasavo loke, kim tesam jivane phalam; yair na labdha harer diksa, narcito va janardanah.
"Unfortunate people do not accept Mantra Diksha from a bonafide Vaishnava guru in any of these four sampradayas and thus they remain unqualified to worship Lord Krishna. Such people are simply like animals since there is no higher purpose for their human form of life."
tapasvinah karma nistha, sresthaste vai nara bhuvi; prapta yaistu harer diksa, sarva dukha vimocani.
"Those persons who accept Diksha from a bonafide Vaishnava Spiritual Master from any of these four sampradayas are completely delivered from all the miseries of material existence. In this world, they become superior even to the great ascetics and karma-nistha yogis."
The Vishnu-yamala states:
adikshitasya vamoru kritam sarvam nirarthakam; pashu-yonim avapnoti diksha-virahito janah.
"Unless one is Diksha Initiated by a bona fide Spiritual Master from any of the above four sampradayas, all one's activities are useless. A person who is not Initiated into any of these four authorized Vaisnava sampradayas will surely descend again into the animal species in his next life."
divyam jnanam yato dadyat kuryat papasya sanksayam; tasmat dikseti sa prokta desikais tattva-kovidaih.
"Diksha is the process by which one can awaken his transcendental knowledge and vanquish all reactions caused by sinful activity by the causeless mercy of the living Spiritual Master. A person expert in the study of the revealed scriptures knows this process as Diksha."
ato gurum pranamyaivam sarva-svam vinivedya cha; grihniyad vaishnavam mantram diksa-purvam vidhanatah.
"That is why the prime duty of every human being to surrender to a bona fide Vaishnava Spiritual Master in any of the four authorized Vaishnava sampradayas. Giving him everything - body, mind and intelligence - one must take Diksha Initiation from him into Vaishnava Mantras."
The Bhakti-sandarbha (298) gives the following quotation from the Tattva-Sagara:
yatha kanchanatam yati kamsyam rasa-vidhanatah; tatha diksha-vidhanena dvijatvam jayate nrinam.
"By chemical manipulation, bell metal is turned into gold when touched by mercury; similarly, when a person is Initiated by a bonafide Vaishnava Spiritual Master, he or she acquires the qualities of a brahmana or second birth."
THE DISCIPLIC SUCCESSION OF THE KRISHNA BRAHMA-MADHVA-NITYANADA-GAURANGA- GAUDIYA-VINODA-SARASVATA-SAMPRADAYA OF SWAMI GAURANGAPADA:
01. Lord Krishna & Shrimati Radha
02. Shrila Brahma
03. Shrila Narada
04. Shrila Vyasa
05. Shrila Madhva
06. Shrila Padmanabha
07. Shrila Shrila Nrhari
08. Shrila Madhava
09. Shrila Akshobhya
10. Shrila Jaya Tirtha
11. Shrila Jnanasindhu
12. Shrila Dayanidhi
13. Shrila Vidyanidhi
14. Shrila Rajendra
15. Shrila Jayadharma
16. Shrila Purusottama
17. Shrila Brahmanya Tirtha
18. Shrila Vyasa Tirtha
19. Shrila Lakshmipati
20. Shrila Madhavendra Puri
21. Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Shrila Ishvara Puri, Lord Advaita Acharya
22. Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Shri Shachi-devi, Shrila Jagannatha Mishra, Shri Lakshmipriya-devi, Shri Vishnupriya-devi, Shri Jahnavi-devi, Shri Vasudha-devi, Shrila Haridasa Thakura, Shrila Yadunandana, Shrila Gauridasa Pandita, Shrila Vrindavana dasa
23. Shrila Shivananda Sena, Shrila Prabodhananda, Shrila Shrivasa Thakura, Shrila Virabhadra, Shrila Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Shrila Svarupa Damodara, Shrila Ramananda Raya, Shrila Narahari Sarakara, Shrila Jagadananda, Shrila Murari Gupta, Shrila Sarvabhauma, Shrila Lokanatha, Shrila Hridaya Chaitanya, Shrila Sanatana, Shrila Rupa, Shrila Raghunatha dasa, Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta
24. Shri Gadadhara Pandita, Shrila Gopala Bhatta, Shrila Jiva, Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja, Shrila Kavi Karnapura, Shrila Lochana dasa
25. Shrila Shrinivasa Acharya, Shrila Narottama, Shrila Shyamananda
26. Shrila Ganganarayana Chakravarti, Shrila Rasikananda
27. Shrila Krishnacharana Chakravarti
28. Shrila Radha Ramana Chakravarti
29. Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti
30. Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhushana, Shrila Narahari Chakravarti
31. Shrila Uddhava dasa
32. Shrila Madhusudana dasa
33. Shrila Jagannatha dasa
34. Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura
35. Shrila Gaura Kishore dasa
36. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada
37. Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Shrila Bhaktishastri Parampada dasa, Shrila Bhaktikumuda Santa Goswami
38. Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada
The Vedas say: yo mantrah sa guruh saksat, yo guruh sa harih svayam; guru yasya bhavet tustas, tasya tusto harih svayam.
"The Mantras given by the Guru itself act as the Guru, and the Guru is a direct manifestation of Lord Hari. If one pleases the Guru, one directly pleases Lord Hari."
The transcendental knowledge of the Holy Names, Form, Qualities, Pastimes, Abode and Associates of Lords Nityananda Gauranga and Shri Shri Radha Krishna is transmitted to disciple by the Guru in the seed form of the the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra uttered by the Guru in the right ear of the disciple at the time of Diksha or Initiation. Diksha is the beginning of spiritual life and not the end. The disciple has to very carefully water this seed of the Holy Names imparted by the Guru by chanting and hearing daily and protect it by making a fence it for guarding it from sins, offenses and especially the greatest sin of criticizing other devotees. By continuous chanting of the Holy Names imparted by the Guru, the seed will gradually blossom in one's heart and gradually but certainly reveal to the disciple, the soul's constitutional position in relationship with the Lord in the spiritual world.
Through the medium of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas, the Spiritual Master conveys and transmits his internal mood of service to Lords Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga and through the Hare Krishna Mahamantra towards Lordships Shri Shri Radha Krishna. The disciple will not perceive this immediately, but he or she will gradually understand everything by Guru-bhakti, daily chanting of the imparted Holy Names and service to the Holy Names, the Guru, Acharyas and Lords Nityananda Gauranga. The Diksha Mantras, therefore, are the direct representation of the Spiritual Master.
The Vedic mantras are eternal representations of God in the form of sound, shabda brahma. By repetition of a particular Mantra under authorized guidance a purified person can realize the spiritual purpose of the Mantra.
The Narada-pancaratra, Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya, Hari-bhakti-vilasa, and many other scriptures explain that the potency of a mantra fully manifests when it is received from a bona fide Spiritual Master and recited without impurities. Although one may see Mantras written in books, and then try to chant them, these Mantras will produce themost powerful results only when received from the Spiritual Master through Diksha.
Mantras are like seeds in that they contain vast potencies within them, but they need outside factors to manifest their power. The tiny seed of a banyan tree contains the form of a huge, full-grown tree. Placing the seed directly into the ground, however, will not produce a tree. But if a sparrow eats the seed and passes it on the ground with its stool, then a majestic banyan tree will grow forth. The banyan seed must be processed in this way to give results. Similarly, if one begins chanting a Mantra after randomly hearing or reading it in a book, it may not give the highest benefit. But if one receives the Mantra by hearing from the Guru, then that Mantra, which is coated with the Guru's love and realizations for the Lord will produce love in the heart of the sincere disciple.
"A Mantra is purified when chanted with proper knowledge." (SB 11.24.32). In the purport to this verse Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, "A Mantra becomes very effective when it issues from the mouth of a bonafide Spiritual Master who instructs the disciple in the method, meaning and ultimate purpose of the Mantra."
"It is confidential in this sense: one may receive a published Mantra anywhere, but unless it is accepted through the Vaishnava Spiritual Master in the chain of disciplic succession, the Mantra may not act fully. Mantras and the process of devotional service have special power if they are received and learnt from the bonafide Guru.
The Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra have more effect when received from the Guru. The hearts of Gurudeva and the Pure Devotees are compared to gem-filled mountains of Nityananda-Gauranga and Radha-Krishna's love; rivers of devotional realizations and mellows rush down from these mountains to drown anyone and everyone who accepts their mercy. The Holy Names chanted by an advanced devotee is saturated with Nityananda-Gauranga's pure love. When this Prema-Nama is poured into the ear of the eager disciple, it nourishes the tiny creeper of devotion and eventually produces the nectarean fruit of prema-bhakti, pure love of God in the heart of the disciple if the disciple nourishes and relishes that nectar.
The pure sound vibration from the realized Guru of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra works like a forest fire to burn up all the sins and impurities within the mind and heart of the disciple. When Lord Krishna and Arjuna were traveling on a chariot through the covering of the universe, the Lord used His Sudarsana Chakra (disc) to penetrate the dense and fearful layers on the universe. In the same way, the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra received from the Guru act like a Chakra or a Disc to burn away all the dark coverings of the disciple's heart and clear the path to pure love of God. The results and effects in the disciple on hearing the Mantra from an advanced and realized devotee Guru manifest as per the intensity, sincerity and qualification of the receptacle disciple for attaining pure love for Lord Gauranga-Krishna.
Thus, when the disciple submissively and attentively hears the Mantras from his Guru with great faith and begins chanting the Mantras regularly with great devotion, then he or she will gradually realize the unlimited Spiritual Meanings behind those Mantras and eventually see the Lord face to face. That is called Mahadiksha or Diksha or Initiation. It is very important that after Diksha, the disciple regularly keeps on hearing the spiritual sound vibration from one's Guru through his writings and audio lectures to always remain in spiritual fire of Gauranga-Krishna consciousness.
As per the Scriptures and the Acharyas, receiving the Mantras in one's right ear from the bonafide Spiritual Master with the proper mood of surrender to the Holy Names and Gurudeva is Mahadiksha. The transmission of the sound vibration of the Mantrarajas is most important. This transmission can be accomplished on the phone or personally etc. There is no difference since it is spiritual sound vibration. Ofcourse since the Guru and the disciple have to voluntarily accept each other, that is why they have to be living and physically present on the manifested platform. That is the reason why we cannot accept Diksha from the previous Acharyas who are no longer manifesting their pastimes in a prakata way since there is no such precedent in the Scriptures or the lives of our Acharyas. The Diksha Mantras are imbued with transcendental knowledge and also with the realizations of the Guru. This is how the disciple receives the transcendental knowledge in seed form in the form of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Then by repeated chanting, the Mantra seeds sprout and blosson gradually and give the ultimate result to the disciple which is pure love for Lord Gauranga-Krishna.
The fire sacrifice is a formality. The most powerful presence of the Holy Names Themselves is actually sufficient. It is the confirmed in the Adi Purana by Lord Krishna Himself who states to Arjuna: Nama eva para Makhah: The Holy Name Itself is the Greatest Fire Sacrifice. The Mantrarajas of Nityananda and Gauranga and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra include the potency of millions of fire sacrifices and millions of universes. Infact the full potency of the spiritual and material creation is present in the Holy Names. Shrila Gaura Kishore dasa Babaji Maharaja initiated Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada without any fire sacrifice because the Name Itself is topmost Sakshi (seer).
Diksa is the process of formalization of the relationship between Guru and Disciple. However, within the formal ceremony, the most substantial things takes place: transmission of the Mantras on the part of the Guru and vows on the part of the disciple. The imparting of the Mantras is not a formality. It is the substance.
This spiritual principle surrounding the imparting of the Mantrarajas involves the invisible sharing of the Guru's transcendental experiences and realizations of the Mantrarajas and the Mahamantra. It is an act of giving, motivated by nothing other than genuine compassion, karunayaha purana guhyam. It is not a business. Compassion is the motive behind the imparting of the Mantras during Diksha, the compassionate desire of the Guru to see all souls quickly realize their eternal constitutional relationship with Lords Nityananda Gauranga and Lordships Radha Krishna. Through Shraddha (faith), Sharanagati (Surrender), Mantra Dhyana (Mantra Meditation), and avoidance of Vaishnava Ninda (Blasphemy of Devotees), the disciple can achieve complete success in the chanting of the Mantras imparted by Gurudeva.
Receiving the Diksha Mantras means to be given a second birth. Consider that a bird has given birth to a few chicks. Birds are called dwija in Sanskrit because they are born twice, once within the egg and a second time when the eggs hatch. Our material birth is like that of the chicks within the egg. In this birth our possibilities are extremely limited. But if we are fortunate to meet a genuine Spiritual Master and receive a second birth from him in the form of Diksha, our spiritual possibilities in life expand beyond anything we could imagine within the egg of our material birth.