Srila Giri Maharaja – “Distribution of this highest welfare.”

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: I am in my old age. To continue the distribution of this highest welfare of our Guru Maharaja, I have appointed Govinda Maharaja, to do on my behalf. If you connect with him you will be able to know what is his inner capacity to deal with all these things. I hope you will appreciate, appreciate and you will find higher things in him. With this I retire. vāñchā-kalpatarubhyaś ca… .

— 86.02.19.A @12:30

Srila Giri Maharaja – “[A] confused state of affairs . . . “

Dear Sripada Candrasekhara Swami,

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

It was kind of you to call me and follow up with your written invitation to celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s avirbhava with you at 26 Second Ave. I appreciate this gesture initiated by His Holiness Sripada Jayadvaita Swami, one of my long time friends.

If I had been asked to speak to the participants I might have considered this a preaching opportunity. But I was not and, therefore, hardly see the point of my attending as I already know what to expect and do not see any benefit for myself or Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global, the Mission I represent. I will extend these remarks by asking, in light of them, what benefit would there be for others should I attend?

When we spoke by phone I inquired a bit into the history of your sannyasa which, as it turns out, is a confused state of affairs where no confusion should be present. One should have a clear conception of his sannyasa guru and the quality of the mantram he has received as it is intended to elevate one to the highest stage of devotional service. And yet you were unconcerned and uninterested in clearing away the doubts and confusion that would naturally be invested in any person of conscience.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Gaudiya Vaishnavism: Is It Relevant?”

Dear Sriman Narada dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I thank you for your reply but don’t notice any substantial difference between your present email and the one before it.

Whatever you want to know about Gaudiya Vaishnavism should be learned under the tutelage of one advanced in spiritual knowledge by following this method:

tad viddhi praṇipātena
paripraśnena sevayā
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ

Synonyms
tat — that knowledge of different sacrifices; viddhi — try to understand; praṇipātena — by approaching a spiritual master; paripraśnena — by submissive inquiries; sevayā — by the rendering of service; upadekṣyanti — they will initiate; te — you; jñānam — into knowledge; jñāninaḥ — the self-realized; tattva — of the truth; darśinaḥ — seers.

Translation
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.

—Bg. 4.34, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

The type of research you are undertaking is that of academics and will forever remain in that domain, far removed from the transcendental realm which cannot be studied under a microscope, measured with the instruments of this world or understood by the mundane calculative method.… Read More...

Mass Murder: Cause & Cure

8/5/19

During the past weekend two more mass murder incidents occurred. This time in the USA, one in Dayton, Ohio and one in El Paso, Texas.

What is the cause and what is the cure?

Srila Prabhupada addressed both these points in the following conversation.

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: Room Conversation with Lt. Mozee, Policeman

Date: July 5, 1975
Location: Chicago

Śrī Govinda [now Śrīpāda Nyasi Maharaja] : Lieutenant Mozee.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. Yes. [indistinct]

Śrī Govinda: He’s with the Chicago police department, and he’s in charge of developing their relationship with the media. And I was thinking there could be nice discussion with him concerning your ideas about stopping crime.

Prabhupāda: Hmm? Yes. So I shall explain, or he will enquire?

Jayatīrtha: [to Lieutenant] Would you like to ask some questions or have him explain?

Lt. Mozee: Well, no. I understood the spiritual leader had some ideas on how to prevent crime, to prevent do these things. I might inquire after he gives his ideas. I understand you read the…

Prabhupāda: It is not idea; it is fact that one man is very pious and one man is very vicious. What is the difference? The difference is = one is dirty in his heart and one is pure in his heart.… Read More...

A Letter to Srila Govinda Maharaja From Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami (1955)

Dated: Sept. 16, 1955
Location: New Delhi
Letter to: Govinda Maharaja

His Holiness Sripada Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaja
Sri Caitanya Saraswat Math
Kolergunj
P.O. Navadvipa,
Dist. Nadia (W.Beng.)

My dear Sripada Govinda Maharaja,

This morning I received two copies of your “Gaudiya Darshan” and I was very glad to see its appearance. When I was at Mathura I heard from Spd. Kesava Maharaja and so also I heard it from Spd Goswami Maharaja that His Holiness Sripada Sridhara Maharaja is going to publish “Gaudiya Darshan” and today I find it actually in hand. I cannot but offer my congratulations to your holiness. Because I know if anything has been done it is due to your energy. I can understand now why Sripada Sridhara Maharaja bestowed all his mercy upon you. He rightly found in you some dormant energy for future action and we can see that it is now fructifying duly.

I have read with great interest your article especially the one which is named as “CHALAR PATHE.” It is not only very amusing but also instructive. Simple dry philosophical arguments will not be appealing now a days to people in general. They will like to read such articles as written by you with greater relish.… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Re-Search for Sri Krishna”

Date: 8/4/19
Subject: “Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the UK”

Dear Sriman Narada dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.
I have noted the contents of your email and offer the following reply.


I’m a devotee living in the UK and am about to embark on a year, or two, of research looking at Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the UK.

The sort of data collection project you have proposed does not interest me. Neither do I believe it is a worthy project for someone who calls himself a devotee and goes by the name Narada dasa. Surely your guru did not suggest you embark on this diversion from the real goal of life which is the search for Sri Krishna, not a search for “Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the UK.” Gaudiya Vaishnavism will never be found in the UK. It will be found only in the pure hearts of those sadhus who are cent per cent devoted to the service of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga. They are the only entities who should be the subjects and objects of our research, for we want to know only how we can become like them.

 

In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.84.13) it is stated:

yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke
sva-dhīḥ kalatrādiṣu bhauma ijya-dhīḥ
yat-tīrtha-buddhiḥ salile na karhicij
janeṣv abhijñeṣu sa eva go-kharaḥ

 

“A human being who identifies the body made of three elements with his self, who considers the by-products of the body to be his kinsmen, who considers the land of birth as worshipable, and who goes to a place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there is to be considered like an ass or a cow.”

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “How do I join the movement?”

Date: 6/22/19

Dear Vedran,

You asked:

I came from Croatia. What do I need to join the movement in India?

It is a good question which I am happy to answer.

The “movement” you refer to is the preaching and practicing of Krishna Consciousness as they have been disiminated by Sri Krishna Chaitanya through His direct instructions and those of His most devoted followers, as enunciated in the teachings of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura.

Those teachings and practices fruictified, flourished and were further embellished by those I will refer to as our trinity of Gurus. They are: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my initiating spiritual master; Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Maharaja, my sannyasa guru and Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Maharaja, my instructing spiritual master.

What you “need to join the movement in India” are the same things you would need to join the movement anywhere in the world. Study the teachings of the great Vaishnavas mentioned above as they are presented on our website scsmathglobal.com and join with us in preaching and practicing them.

If you have any further questions, I will be happy to address them.

Sincerely,

Swami B.K. Giri

63 New Transcripts for the Srila Sridhara Maharaja Media Archive!

We have added 63 new transcripts to the Srila Sridhar Maharaja Media Archive!

The new transcripts have been added to the 1/2/83-4/30/83 section.

Many thanks to Prabhu Paramananda for all his hard work on these transcripts.

We pray for the blessings of the vaishnavas to help us, as we find ourselves unable to keep up with the prolific output of Sriman Paramananda dasa, whose steadfastness in transcribing the recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja has yielded a tremendous body of work available to all those anxious to serve, absorb, utilize, taste and distribute the exquisite siddhanta of His Divine Grace, Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara-Deva-Goswami Maharaja.

Gaura Haribol!

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Sripada Parvat Maharaja’s Passing”

Date: 6/16/19

Dear Devotees and friends,

This morning Sriman Uddharan dasa brought this to my attention under the subject “Passing of a vaisnava.”


— Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram website

Sripada Parvat Maharaja was a very dear friend to me. I knew him to be very demanding while maintaining a stance of wonderful humility and softness; qualities that are difficult to align.

Years ago I asked him to look after our New Jersey Math while I was visiting and travelling with Srila Govinda Maharaja. It was a big responsibility for which he had no obligation except as a favor to me. He happiy accepted my request and continued the programs here in my absence. He also personally served our Deities, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari jiu to a higher standard than I could have done or implemented.

One service that was very dear to Srila Govinda Maharaja was doing collection in India. Sripada Parvat Maharaja attended to that seva with great determination and steadfastness. During Sri Gaura Purnima celebrations, Srila Govinda Maharaja’s avirbhava and at other times Parvat Maharaja could likewise be counted on to always be present, enthusiastic and enlivening association. He did all these things while often suffering a great deal from back pain, which he endured without complaint and which never affected his jolly countenance.… Read More...