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What is Important, Your Initiation or Your Faith and Love?

If you want to ask anything, you can ask. For example, I heard a question regarding a person who is not initiated, or a person who has only received first initiation (harināma). The question was asked, “Has such a person the right to make offerings to Kṛṣṇa? What should he do?”

Suppose a person is not initiated at all, but he has faith and honor for Kṛṣṇa and he knows that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead—or he believes in Nrsiṁhadeva or Rāma or any viṣṇu-tattva as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He wants to serve, he is engaged in some pūjā, and he has learned something about bhakti from his family, his father, mother, or anyone else. He can offer preparations to Kṛṣṇa.

If you are fully initiated but you do not have love and affection for Kṛṣṇa, then even if you offer something by mantra and with 16 kinds of paraphernalia, Kṛṣṇa will not accept your offering. On the other hand, if you have prema, Kṛṣṇa will have so much hunger for taking whatever you offer. Kṛṣṇa thinks, “When My devotee offers anything to me, I will accept it because he has prema. In fact, if that pure devotee is bringing something to Kṛṣṇa and he has not yet offered it, Kṛṣṇa will run after him to take it. Even if one has not received second initiation, if he offers anything with bhakti, Kṛṣṇa is bound to accept his offering.

December 16, 2001 Germany

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