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Dīkṣā in the context of bhakti means to take initiation from a guru, which is actually hinted at in Gītā 4.34 (tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā). Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī lists approaching a guru and taking dīkṣā from him as the first steps into bhakti (guru-pādāśrayas tasmāt kṛṣṇa-dīkṣādi-śikṣaṇam, Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.74)) Jñāna on the other ...


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