(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23rd September 2012, Durban, South Africa) Lecture: Radhastami Talk Part 3
At the time of initiation the spiritual master is giving us the maha mantra. One might just say that it’s like a birthday and you are getting a gift, and when you are opening it up, you say:
‘I already got that.’
Oh God, you try to hide the disappointment. Now, at the time of initiation we are receiving the maha mantra:
‘Oh, I already got that. Yeah, when I first came to the temple they gave it to me, long ago. I got to get something new!’
But along with the maha mantra that we are receiving from the spiritual master, we are also receiving the prayer of the spiritual master. That prayer makes all the difference, because what will our broken names do? We are offering Krsna a few broken names and what result can we expect? Broken names equals broken results, so that’s about all we can expect. But then, with the added prayer of our spiritual master, then yes, the effect of that chanting will increase many times, because it will attract the mercy of Krsna! Our spiritual master is faithfully praying, praying to the parampara and back up to Srimati Radharani who also manifests as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In that way the mercy is attained.