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86- Five Types of Sarnskaras or Purificatory Processes


1. What is the end result of undergoing purificatory processes?


A living entity who has already undergone the purificatory processes becomes more purified when he is tested by his spiritual master. When one is thus purified, the spiritual master will decorate his body with the marks of Visnu's cakra and make an arrangement so that he will continue to decorate himself with these marks for the rest of his life without fail.

(Sajjana Tosanl 2/1)


2. What is the purpose of Deity worship?


The purpose of Deity worship is to cultivate Krsna consciousness by engaging the senses—touch, sight, hearing, and smell—and the mind—thinking, meditating, and relishing. This is called yaga. These activities are especially recommended while worshiping Salagrama-sila. Deity worship is called Vaisnava-yaga. As long as one remains within this material world, one must engage in many activities in order to maintain his life. Therefore, it is recommended that an initiated person offer all his activities for the Lord's pleasure through proper rules and regulations. By instructing his disciple to perform Deity worship properly, the merciful spiritual master certainly delivers his disciple from the ocean of material existence. (Sajjana Tosani 2/1)


3. Why is it necessary to decorate one's forehead with tilakal


Wearing tilaka is meant to help a Vaisnava to go upwards or make advancement in spiritual life. After becoming purified through purificatory processes, a living entity properly renounces his family life, but until he decorates his body with tilaka, he does not get any result from undergoing the purificatory processes. All his miseries, all his renunciation, all his resolve to abandon material happiness, and all his sense control goes in vain if he does not endeavor to make further advancement in spiritual life. Marking the body with tilaka means decorating the temple of Lord Hari. In other words, to fully take shelter of the sac-cid-ananda Lord, one needs to put on tilaka all over his body. These markings, apart from their effect on the body, have a bearing on the mind and soul. To become attached to the Supreme Lord by becoming detached from the material world is called purification and inclination toward the Lord. These two ornaments are extremely necessary for the conditioned souls. A body without tilaka marks is a dead body. If one sees such a body, he should purify himself by bathing in the ocean of repentance. The mind of a person who does not decorate himself with tilaka simply wanders in insignificant matters, becomes attached to insignificant objects, and engages in discussing insignificant topics. O service-inclined living entities! Do not waste your time. Mark your mind, body, and self with tilaka and proceed toward the abode of the Vaisnavas. The most important characteristics of a person who does not decorate his body with tilaka become lost. Therefore, one must decorate his body with tilaka.

{Sajjana Tosani 2/1)


4. What did Sriman Mahaprabhu teach when He enacted the pastime of accepting initiation?


By accepting initiation from Srimad Isvara Purl, who was the crest-jewel among the parivrajakacaryas in the Madhva-sampradaya, Sriman Mahaprabhu taught all living entities the necessity of taking shelter at the lotus feet of the devotees and the spiritual master. (Commentary on Siksastaka, Verse 8)


5. Should ordinary practitioners reject the rule to accept initiation?


It is not the duty of materialistic persons to renounce the process of initiation because a few great souls such as Jada Bharata did not take initiation. Initiation is a constitutional injunction for every birth of every living entity. If we do not see a perfected soul taking initiation, we should not take his example. General rules are not changed because something happens to a particular person in a special situation. Sri Dhruva Maharaja went to Dhruvaloka in his material body. Seeing that, should we waste time hoping the same will happen to us? The general rule is that a living entity gives up his material body and goes to Vaikuntha in his spiritual body. The people in general should accept general rules. The Lord is full of inconceivable potencies. Whenever He desires something, and whenever He desires it to happen, that's all that will happen. Therefore, we should never transgress general rules. {Sajjana Tosani 11/6)


6. When does a spiritual master award his disciple a devotional name?


When a spiritual master initiates his disciple, he also mercifully bestows upon him a name indicating a relationship in devotion to Lord Hari. {Sajjana Tosani 2/1)