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My heart and my mind opened in this course. It was helpful and wonderful to be able to rationally connect so many thoughts that have been forming in my mind. I’ve taken a long time to aspire for initiation, and one of the factors was not knowing “the way in” to ISKCON. I was viewing it too much from an outsider’s viewpoint. This course enabled me to start applying an insider’s perspective and to see my way to begin connecting to all strata in ISKCON: Srila Prabhupada, the guru-parampara, the diksa- and siksa-gurus and Sri Krishna, the guru in my heart. The course strengthened my resolve to strive for maximum Vaishnava association and devotional service immediately. I had already started to do this, but now I can be systematic and achieve better realizations on the strength of doing so, I hope. That little phrase one can write above one’s signature in an e-mail, “your aspiring servant” has taken on a whole new meaning. I thank Jahnava-lila for guiding us through this course. Her feedback has been valuable, and for this I am grateful. I felt strengthened by the online association of my fellow students, whose contributions were thought provoking and enlivening. Thank you all!
Alex de Jong, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Disciples Course, class 2011.