Caitanya Caritamrta—Madhyalila-15.108—- For conditioned souls to do devotional service, deity worship is necessary.
931) Whether I know how to receive the sacred thread after purascarya-vidhi! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!
———— Due to the necessity of these activities, we do not immediately initiate disciples in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. For six months, a candidate for initiation must first attend ärati and classes in the sästras, practice the regulative principles and associate with other devotees. When one is actually advanced in the purascaryä-vidhi, he is recommended by the local temple president for initiation. It is not that anyone can be suddenly initiated without meeting the requirements. When one is further advanced by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra sixteen rounds daily, following the regulative principles and attending classes, he receives the sacred thread (brahminical recognition) after the second six months. ——————————–