Talks Between Acharyas: An Email Exchange

Date: 7/26/21

My dandavats to you Maharaja.

Do you know the story of the brahmana of Avantipura?

You may go through that tridaṇḍī-bhikṣu _________ [?] Kṛṣṇa Himself is chanting that how he was disturbed by the public, that brāhmaṇa of Avantīpur, that tridaṇḍī-bhikṣu, how the public disturbed him. Collecting some food he’s placing on the bank of a river and eating. Some came and passed urine there, so much it is mentioned. And of course it [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja “A Stage of Devotion”

There is a stage of devotion when the necessary, knowledge comes from within, automatically, revealed from the heart.

Sometimes jñāna, that knowledge necessary, can come from within. There is a stage of devotion when the necessary knowledge comes from within, automatically, revealed from the heart. There is a stage of bhakti where things occur in this way, through revelation you can know what is what. Without studying, by internal supply, caitya-guru, sometimes [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja “Loss of Friends”

The Wuhan Virus is only a subcategory of the pandemic that forever follows each of us living in martya-loka, the world of death. The real pandemic is the material disease that afflicts all conditioned souls, forgetfulness of Krishna, the one sure agent of death for which there is only one vaccine in this age of Kali, the pure chanting of the Maha Mantra “Hara Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare” as introduced by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His Divine Representatives.

This [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja “Rtvik, Initiation, Disciplic Succession: Confusion Abounds”

From: David
To: Srila Giri Maharaja
Date: April 8, 2021

All glories to Guru and Gouranga

What was the opinion of Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Govinda Maharaja regarding ritvik initiation in ISKCON? Do they believe that initiation from a Guru in ISKCON means that the devotee becomes a disciple of Srila Prabhupada ? . Also how is the initiation process in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ? Does Nirmala Acharya initiate on behalf of Govinda Maharaja. So all the initiated devotees becomes disciple of [Read More...]

Gandhi: No Mahatma

So both the mental and physical habits of the Mleccha and Yavana (non- Vedic races and sects) are impure, that is, closely connected with himsa or animal-killing, etc., and generally their lifestyles are uncontrolled and boisterous in many other ways. They are not regulated according to the Vedic Scriptures.

— Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Volume Two

In this age of Kali the shastras say everyone is born a sudra, servant class (kalau [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja “Have You Become a Polytheist?”

From: Swami B.K. Giri
To: Steve Deace
Date: July 3, 2021
Subject: Difficult to believe.

Mr. Deace,Recently you mentioned something I found difficult to believe. It went something like this: “The Christian God and the God of Islam are not the same.” You may have mentioned others’ God also, such as the God of the “Hindus”*.

I was surprised to hear you are a believer in polytheism i.e. there is a Christian God, an Islam God, a Hindu God, etc.

I think you misspoke.

By definition there [Read More...]

Sripada Acharya Mahārāja’s Passing

Dear readers,

I feel it is my duty to inform you of the passing of Sripada Acharya Mahārāja.

Sriman Hasyapriya dasa of the Soquel Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram was kind enough to inform me of this fact by telephone call this evening (5/9/21) at 9:15 PM EST. The apparent cause of Acharya Maharaja’s passing was the result of COVID-19 infection. The Divine cause is known by our Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna Chaitanya.

Sripada Acharya Mahārāja was personally selected by His Divine Grace [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja “Dāsa-Dāsānudāsaḥ”

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,

Pease accept my blessings and well-wishes.

After composing your website for our Manila ashram you mentioned to me you did not have much content and it would take some time to fill it out.

Now you have some very nice content which you sent to me and was posted on our “Mūle Math” (pronounced ‘mool’, meaning root Math or main Math) website (See: Vyasa-puja [Read More...]

Srila Giri Maharaja “Rtvik Initiations”

Date: 4/8/21

Subject: Ritvik initiations.

Dear David,

What was the opinion of Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Govinda Maharaja regarding ritvik initiation in Iskcon?

Whether ISKCON or any other place, rtvik initiation is rtvik initiation.

Rtvik means “one who acts on behalf of another.” A rtvik guru in our sampradaya is a devotee who is designated and authorized by a guru to perform initiations on his behalf. Those whom he initiates are disciples of the guru that designated the rtvik to act on [Read More...]

A Credit to Our Mission

L-R, Siddhartha, Srimati Malini Devi, Lily Ann

Date: 3/18/21

Subject: A credit to our mission.

Dear Sriman Gokulananda dasa.

Please accept my humble obeisances.

The post you just made live on our website (“Vyasa-puja at Sri Gaura Vinoda Saraswata Seva Ashram“) is very nice and a credit to our mission.

I feel so much joy when I see devotees so nicely dressed and their bodies decorated with tilaka and Tulasi mala. At those times I am reminded of statements like these:

TILAKA AND [Read More...]