All Glories to Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari

Brahman Initiations

Soquel Seva Ashram, September 29, 2004

Prepared by Vaidehi devi dasi

Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari.

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

7a.m. - a group of devotees standing in line to shave their heads. Today Srila Govinda Maharaj will give second initiations!

Many ladies waiting to take second initiation. They go first while the men prepare.


Ananda Lila Didi and Madhurya Priya Didi


Lila Shakti Didi and Jahnavi Didi

The initiates give their offerings to Srila Gurudev.

Srila Govinda Maharaj sitting on his veranda.

Receiving the Gayatri Mantra.

One hour later, Janardan Maharaj performing the fire yagya.

The paraphanalia includes: grains, rice, spices, ghee, flowers, fruit, and incense.

The happy initiates, listening to the mantras during the ceremony.

Huddling to recieve their brahman thread.

Devotees gather on this auspicious day.

Previously, Srila Govinda Maharaj giving first initiation to several newcomers from Oregon, California, and Colombia.

Formerly Fable; now Krpa Sindhu Prabhu.

Nimai Prabhu from Colombia chants his first Japa.

Tamal Bharan Krsna Prabhu, newly initiated and engaged in seva 24 hours a day.