Vaisnava Initiation Ceremony & Wedding – August 23, 2020

“Yoga” is a Sanskrit term meaning “connection”. In its essential sense, “yoga” indicates the self connecting with itself in self-discovery, and connecting with the Supreme Self in a spirit of devotional service. Bhakti-yoga, or Krishna consciousness, is the yoga of connecting with self and the Supreme Self through the process of dedicated service, under the guidance of a spiritual teacher, or master, who is fully realized in spiritual life and whose entire life is an inspirational, living example of the precepts of pure devotion to God. The essence of the process of initiation in bhakti-yoga is that the spiritual master imparts transcendental, transformational knowledge to the bhakti-yoga practitioner, or disciple. Disciples qualify themselves to receive such transcendental knowledge through humbly rendering devotional service. Through this process those who practice Krishna consciousness realize themselves as blissful spirit souls, and as servants of the Supreme Person.

On August 23, 2020, six members of our community received formal initiation from their spiritual master, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a pure devotee of Sri Krishna. These six sincere souls had already established their link with Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada through following his guidance and serving his mission, for an extended period of time. This ceremony of formal initiation was an official acknowledgement that they had accepted Srila Prabhupada as their current and direct link to the disciplic succession of pure and perfected bhakti-yogis, dating back millennia, to Sri Krishna Himself, and an opportunity for each of them to rededicate themselves with even fuller determination to give their lives to the most sublime goals of self-awareness and God consciousness. Below are photographs of this most auspicious initiation event. Here are the names of the six initiates, along with the initiated names they received during the ceremony.

Ann                     Anasuya devi dasi
Dominique       Damayanti devi dasi
Gaetano            Garuda dasa
Leah                   Laksmipriya devi dasi
Patrick               Parampara dasa
Rebecca            Rohini devi dasi

After the initiation event, a Vedic marriage ceremony was performed for Parampara dasa and Rohini devi dasi, and photos of that wedding are also included below.

Please chant:     Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare    Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.