CC Madhya 24.256
nārada kahe, — ‘dhanuka bhāṅga, tabe se kahiba’
“Nārada immediately ordered him, ‘First of all, break your bow. Then I shall tell you what is to be done.’
This is the process of initiation. The disciple must vow that he will no longer commit sinful activity — namely illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. He promises to execute the order of the spiritual master. Then the spiritual master takes care of him and elevates him to spiritual emancipation.