(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 September 2013, Lenasia, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture)
When should a person approach a spiritual master for initiation into Krsna consciousness?
One must first get situated in the process of devotional service. One must first get situated in chanting sixteen rounds and following four regulative principles and once that’s there, then we can approach the spiritual master seriously, for initiation.
Otherwise, you know, if you’re not following any standards – you’re not chanting, you’re not following four regulative principles, just in between the fish and a glass of wine, you ask the spiritual master, “Excuse me, can I become your disciple?”
“Aaah, don’t be so far out.”
No, first get situated in four regulative principles and sixteen rounds, for some time and then it’s time to ask and find a spiritual master.