(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27)
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura makes one statement which is a statement that should not be taken cheaply. He says that, “Generally, the vows of initiation are so powerful that they will be successful even if they are not followed perfectly.” Now that is not an excuse to not follow the vows perfectly. We cannot proceed as if, “That is interesting. Now I don’t have to be so fanatic.” No, that is not the meaning of that statement from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura. The meaning is that we simply go back to basics. Well isn’t initiation the beginning? Isn’t that the very beginning? We must remember that this is the beginning of the regulated process of devotional service, and yet Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura is stating that if one follows these standards not even perfectly, then generally he or she will be successful. And what he meant by successful is going back to Godhead. So the amount of mercy within this movement is extraordinary. It is a mercy movement. It is the movement of the maha-vadanya avatar. That mercy is so great, that the mercy is expanding in all directions. Because whoever is touched by this mercy, will touch this mercy unto others.