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Title: Ashraya and Full-fledged Diksha

User: MatusDate: 2006-09-01 11:11:00


Dear Swami Gaurangapada Maharaja,

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


Please accept my most humble obeisances.


i would like to know the difference between "Ashraya Diksha" and "Full-fledged Diksha" and the implications of both of them on the spiritual aspirant.


Thank You very much


Yours humbly,



Title: Re: Ashraya and Full-fledged Diksha

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-15 07:34:57


Ashraya Diksha is given when the disciple is not able to immediately follow the regulative principles but wants to take shelter of chanting the Naam under the mercy and guidance of Gurudeva. Here the word Diksha means a Vow of chanting daily taken in presence of Gurudeva. This is the practical implementation of Shrila Rupa Goswami's first limb of bhakti in Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu: adau guru ashrayam...


When a disciple or devotee is following the regulative principles, the Diksha which he or she receives is full-fledged Nityananda Gauranga Naam or Hari Naam Diksha depending on the stage of Naam Diksha which he or she is accepting as per the Naam Yoga Stages on our website. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams :pranams: and Blessings :bless:!