Srila Giri Maharaja – “Why do you not wear a mask?”

Date: 12/21/20


Another day of shopping, another “incident.”

Out on one of our monthly shopping expeditions, and wearing no mask (as usual), we’re shopping for bhoga in a Shoprite when a women pushes her shopping cart near to us and asks me in a clearly audible and irritating tone “Where’s your mask?” I respond “Are you the mask police?” and then, before she has answered, I ask “May I see your badge?” Seeming a little startled by my rejoinder she asks “What do [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Can a grhasta vaishnava give sannyasa initiation?”

Date: 12/5/2015

Krishangi Devi,

Please accept my blessings.

Can a grhasta guru accept and direct brahmachari disciples? Of course he can. Then why not sannyasa disciples? Generally it is not done. But that does not mean it is impossible, or even that it should not be done.

Generally sannyasa is not given to females, but it is not impossible. Srila Govinda Maharaja told me it is allowable according to the writings of one of the Six Goswamis. As I recall, it was Sri Rupa.

Everything is possible [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “The politicians are so heartless, sinful or hard hearted”

My dandavats to you Sriman Uddharan dasa.

Fortunately no Covid-19 for us either but it seems the fear of imminent death is consuming all the atheists & non-devotees, creating a type of delusion & madness which seems worse than the disease itself.

Yes, very true.

Sri Krishna is showing Himself so clearly in these times. Unfortunately, as you have observed, the atheists & non-devotees see Him only as death personified and pray to the government to save them from Him rather than welcoming [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Srila Govinda Maharaja has made such a wonderful devotee.”

The following is an excerpt from an email sent to Sriman Gokulananda dasa.

Date: 11/28/20

We have never officially celebrated Christmas (and never will) but Lila’s family always gave us something & we reciprocated in a measured way. After all, Srila Rupa Goswami instructed us:

dadāti pratigṛhṇāti
guhyam ākhyāti pṛcchati
bhuṅkte bhojayate caiva
ṣaḍ-vidhaṁ prīti-lakṣaṇam

Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one’s [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – Sannyasa day.

Date: 12/3/20

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,

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

I also wanted to wish you a very happy anniversary of your sannyasi day! I’m late in my greeting. Time flew and I didn’t notice the date. It’s only today I realized it’s already December.

I overlooked the above in my previous response to your email but remembered shortly afterwards and thought I should acknowledge your kind remembrance with a few [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Website Appreciation”

Date: 9/19/20

[I recently watched all your videos titled “Acharyas dialogue” on YouTube and read your article titled “The Pied Piper of San Jose”. Thank you for providing this information.]

Dear Mr. Dobbins,

I am pleased to learn you have taken an interest in the content posted on our website. I hope you will find it helpful to your progress in Krishna Consciousness.

I just came across this article- “From: [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Winter Book Distribution”

Date: 11/2/20

[I have one question. I like to distribute books. And I’ve been having some good results since being here is salt lake city. But it will get very cold here and people really won’t be around outside in public areas. I want to continue to do books. But I don’t think winter here will be so good.]

Dear Sriman Daniel,

I’m glad to hear you like to distribute books. This was one of the most highly appreciated services of our Sri Guru Varga.

Will you kindly tell me a [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “You should find such a guru . . . “

Date: 9/30/20

Dear Sriman D______,

On the 21st. of this month I sent you an email in response to your email to me dated the 19th. In my email to you I attached the email you requested from Bhakti Sudhira Goswami to me (Subject: An overdue apology). There were other points you raised which I also believe are deserving of attention but I could not do so and reply to you fully in the time at hand. Thus, the email I sent you on the 21st. was only a small section of a much longer treatment I hope [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – Why don’t you learn to speak Russian, Spanish… ?

Why don’t you learn to speak Russian, Spanish… ?

Many times while preaching in countries, where these are the local languages, I have been asked why I don’t learn to speak Russian, Spanish, etc. The requests were made due to affection in the hope of bringing our talks to a more friendly and intimate level. I generally appealed to the common sense point that there are many different countries, many with their own language, and it was not practical for me to learn the language of every [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja – “What is consciousness?”

On Jun 27, 2020, at 4:36 PM, a devotee wrote –

All gloríes to Guru and Gauranga

I am one of the Devotees of our Grace Govinda Maharaja, I currently am living in a small town in Iowa getting ready for college, and Guru Maharaja gave me my Spiritual name. I’m about to turn 42, because of my schizophrenia I had a misconception that consciousness had something to do with telepathy. The reason I’m asking you is basically you are one of the Acharyas, and a good one. I have seen you in [Read More...]