Srila Giri Maharaja “On Citing Bhavananda (A Letter to Sripada Jayadvaita Maharaja)”

Date: May 4, 2023 (Sri Nrsingha Caturdasi)

Dear Sripada Jayadvaita Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

On Apr 1, 2023, at 4:28 AM, Jayadvaita Swami wrote:

Regarding my citing Bhavananda: Regardless of his history, he heard first-hand instructions from Srila Prabhupada, and I regard his testimony as reliable, despite his later falldowns. My citing him has nothing to do with his status in ISKCON and so on. In the book I cite a number of other devotees who’ve had various problems or who no longer follow their vows. For the same reason: I don’t think their problems knock out the value of their historical testimony.

Suppose I am a reader of your book who knows nothing about Bhavananda and I ask you ”Who is Bhavananda?” What will your answer be?

Today we are celebrating Sri Nrsingha Caturdasi and the life of Sri Prahlada, one of the twelve mahajanas, whose historical testimony I accept as reliable. Perhaps by his grace I feel no need to read or hear the historical testimony of Bhavananda and believe it is a black spot on your book; one you would do well to eliminate.

In a recent letter to a friend I wrote this.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “No One In This World Is Independently Wealthy”

Date: 1/21/23

Good morning Darren,

I would like to further the thread of our conversation. I hope you will indulge me.

According to ancient Vedic scriptures — such as Bhagavad-gita and Sriman Bhagavatam — the current age we live in is known as Kali-yuga. It is a very inauspicious age characterized as follows:

ŚB 1.1.10

प्रायेणाल्पायुष: सभ्य कलावस्मिन् युगे जना: ।
मन्दा: सुमन्दमतयो मन्दभाग्या ह्युपद्रुता: ॥ १० ॥
prāyeṇālpāyuṣaḥ sabhya
kalāv asmin yuge janāḥ
mandāḥ sumanda-matayo
manda-bhāgyā hy upadrutāḥ

Synonyms

prāyeṇa — almost always; alpa — meager; āyuṣaḥ — duration of life; sabhya — member of a learned society; kalau — in this Age of Kali (quarrel); asmin — herein; yuge — age; janāḥ — the public; mandāḥ — lazy; sumanda-matayaḥ — misguided; manda-bhāgyāḥ — unlucky; hi — and above all; upadrutāḥ — disturbed.

Translation

O learned one, in this iron Age of Kali men almost always have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy,misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.

Due to these characteristics of the Age of Kali, meditation — in the manner of a yogi sitting still in the forest in a fixed position for hours at a time — is not recommended as a means to God realization.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja ”Do You Want To Be A Millionaire?”

Date: 12/9/22

Good morning Darren.

Yesterday you raised an interesting question asking if I thought Kenny wanted to be a millionaire, an ambition of yours.

In reply I told you ”You might be surprised.” But I was actually answering the question a little differently than you might think.

I assumed your ambition to become a millionaire was due to your thinking it would bring you some measure of happiness. This is what everyone wants and is seeking through various means. More precisely, what everyone wants is sat, cit, ananda: eternity, knowledge and bliss. My reply about Kenny, ”You might be surprised.” was not meant to directly address his ambition to become a millionaire but, rather, the reason one wants to become a millionaire. It was meant to mean ”Just as you want eternity, knowledge and joyfulness, so does he.”

Another of your ambitions is to create a ”peace center” and I agree with you it should be done with the intention of encouraging the development of internal peace, not external cessation of conflict, which can never be achieved in this world. But peace is secondary to the most primary innate desire of the jiva (soul). What every jiva is seeking is pleasure.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja ”To ‘Dissect Like Frogs’”

Date: 12/21/22

Dear Srimati Govinda Nandini Devi.

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

I received your email dated 12/9/22 and expect to respond further as time allows. I will respond in part herewith.

I told you I try to reply to correspondence in the order I receive it and that’s generally true, but there are exceptions. Our correspondence is one such exception because, while I attempt to ”dissect like frogs” your earlier emails, new points of interest arise which I may feel the need to respond to before returning to earlier ones. I also received an email from someone else (“the real guru parampara”) I thought should be handled immediately and I did so. I have included that response after my signature.

Before going further I will note that in our sampradaya effective persuasion on the acceptance of any point is based on the following criteria.

Prabhupāda: [Hindi] Muhammad, he also did not believe in the Vedic literature. But according to Vedic literature, anyone who does not believe in the Vedic literature, he is nāstika. Just like the Muhammadans, they say, “Anyone who does not believe in Koran, he is kafir.” The Christians say, “Anyone who does not believe in the Bible, they are heathens.”

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Srila Giri Maharaja ”Hope For A Confused Person”

Date: 12/20/22

Dear “the real gaudiya guru parampara”,

For the sake of expediency I will assume you are the one who previously wrote to me using the name ”the real guru parampara” and your current email is in response to my reply to you.

Your reply (below) to my email to you dated 12/11/22 does not answer any of the questions I posed to you regarding your identity.

As I wrote to you previously: “If you want to be taken seriously you must identify yourself.”

You did not do that. It means, as I suspected, you have no guru and cannot identify yourself as belonging to any guru parampara except, possibly, one you imagine for yourself.

It is unfortunate for you that you could not reply to these simple questions I asked in my last email to you.

What is your name?

Where do you live?

Who is your guru (the guru of what you call “the real guru parampara”)?

Who is your guru’s guru?

Fortunately, you have an attraction for our website and continue to study it in your search to find meaning for your life. This is similar in benefit to “regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam”, as found in the verse following below.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Is ‘the real guru parampara’ Real?”

Date: 12/11/22

To: “the real guru parampara” (the name you used to contact me).

You wrote this to me:

“your govinda maharaj was a dangerous man he would punch and knock down srila sridhar maharaj , that is why some godbrothers tryed to throw govinda from the roof but you dont know all this .

Your statement is what is known in law as conjecture or hearsay. For such a statement to have weight it must come from a recognized authority such as guru, shastra or sadhu. At the very least it should be supported by some material fact or reason. You offer neither.

It’s not reasonable to think Srila Sridhara Maharaja considered Govinda Maharaja someone that abused him and would then select him to serve as his sole successor to fully represent him after his disappearance.

Your next most obvious mistake is one of simple logic. When you write ”you dont know all this” you are presenting a logical fallacy. Because you have no factual basis to know what I know or do not know about the statement you made you cannot know that I ”dont know all this.”

You have failed the test of logic. Let’s see if you are able to succeed on any other front.… Read More...

Srila B.K. Giri ”Why I will not visit the Navadwipa Math”

Recently I received this comment from someone calling himself Swami B.A Keshav:

sad you seem so angry.
why not go to India and make amends you are well-come always as an acarya at sri chaitanya saraswat math, please not to air your dirty laundry in public

These remarks are at once childish, foolish, ill-defined, imprecise, ill-informed and misdirected. For now I leave it to you to decide which of my terms should be applied to his various scattered thoughts, conclusions and invectives. I may reply further in the future but for now will only briefly address one item I find to be well deserving of broader dissemination and understanding.

”[W]hy not go to India and make amends you are well-come always as an acarya at sri chaitanya saraswat math,”

Although I have already spoken and written extensively on the points, I have yet to offer the following explanation given by Srila Sridhara Maharaja. A careful reading of it will be sufficient to understand why I have, for many years now, avoided “sri chaitanya saraswat math” in India and elsewhere.

Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja: . . .

Our duty here only. None of us, not necessarily we went there in the samādhi of Prabhupāda.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Something Old — Something New”

Srimati Govinda Nandini Devi is an old friend who contacted me regarding some ”new trends in the Russian SCSMath.” The following is our short exchange via Facebook message. At her request I’m posting our correspondence.

Swami B.K. Giri

 

Date: 7/12/22

“Please take my humble dandavat.”

My dandavats to you Srimati Govinda Nandini Devi.

“I’m doing well, Gurudev and the Lord are taking care of me.

I’m glad to hear it. It is very good to hear from you after such a long time.

“I follow the spiritual path with all my might.”

Yes, of course. I can never forget the help you gave me to return to Russia when Jaganatha Vallabha had had enough of me. He thought I was trying to usurp him as the leader there, but that was never my idea. My differences with him were philosophical. I also thought his dealings with some devotees did not align with the teachings and spirit of our sampradaya and the example shown by my gurus (Srila Swami Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja).

When I spoke out in disagreement with him (JV) it was not to usurp his position but to correct what I saw as his mistakes.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja ”The Battle of Kurukshetra?”

Date: 1/2/14

From: Bhakta Ivan

Dear Srila Giri Maharadj! Please accept my humble obeisances. I see … you start[ed] the battle of the Kurukshetra. Link to the «Spoken Will of Srila Govinda Maharaja». http://soundcloud.com/beautyoverpower/spoken-will-of-srila-govinda-maharaja I hope this will help you. Good luck! Bhakta Ivan

Reply

Date: 6/10/20

Dear Sriman Ivan,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Master.

Please excuse me for such a late response to your email. This happened because we changed our website in December of 2013 and I did not get any of the “Contact” emails that were sent to me until we fixed the problem a couple days ago.

I did not start any battle. The battle was started by Sripada Goswami Maharaja[”BSG”] and the members of the International Acharya Board.

I think you know my opinion about their behavior immediately following Srila Govinda Maharaja’s disappearance. The most severe problem I see is that BSG, and all members of the International Acharya Board, deviated from Srila Govinda Maharaja’s directions to each of the six acharyas he selected.

Because of these deviations I could no longer recognize them as bonafide acharyas in the line of Srila Govinda Maharaja and SCS Math.

My advice to you, and all those in your association, is to try your utmost to follow the teachings of our Sri Guru Varga as carefully as possible.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Who’s The Best Beatle?”

During his Wednesday’s (Oct. 5, 2022) Blaze Media program Mr. Deace read an email from Geena P. stating: ”George is the best Beatle. Awesome!”. An inconclusive discussion ensued.

Conclusion, Geena P. Is correct.

I sent the following email to Mr. Deace.

Date: 10/9/22

Best Beatle: George Harrison, the Hare Krishna devotee.

Why?

His-

Best Song: “My Sweet Lord”: Helped popularize the chanting of the all auspicious Hare Krishna Mantra.

Best Book: Krsna the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Best Guru: Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Best Donation: Donated the printing cost of Krsna the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Best Forward: The forward to Krsna the Supreme Personality of Godhead

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