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...]

Abandonment

Date: 3/13/17

Subject: Abandonment

My dandavats Sriman Uddharan Prabhu,

I know he [Gaura Krishna/Bhakti Chaitanya Giri Maharaja] didn’t accept Srila Govinda Maharaja but was he really a sworn enemy?

My immediate reaction to your question was: what’s the difference. That was my “heart’s feeling.”

More objectively: It seems to me you are asking about a distinction without a difference.

And from there I will try to put myself in a neutral position and answer the question with a view [Read More...]

“A Miracle”: Gaura-pūrṇimā, 1973

L-R Govinda Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami    

Śrīdhara Mahārāja: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa. So, our Swami Mahārāja has done a miracle! [laughingly] He has done a miracle!


Prabhupāda:
 [laughter] [indistinct]


Śrīdhara Mahārāja:
What Bhaktivinoda conceived and Prabhupāda tried to, according to his conception, to translate into action in his last days. Anyhow, we find that through Swami Mahārāja these revelations have been fulfilled. We are happy. We are glad. We are proud of Swami Mahārāja, with love to all.

[The [Read More...]

Monday 3/28/2021. Sri Gaura-Purnima. Divine Appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

We humbly invite you to participate in the grand festival of Sri Gaura-Purnima (The appearance day of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, the most magnanimous incarnation of Sri Krishna who appeared in this age of Kali to introduce Harinama-sankirtana — the congregational chanting of the Maha Mantra — as the most simple and sublime method for attaining love of God.) This day is also the beginning of the 536th Gaurabda year.

Celebrations will take place at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Headquarters [Read More...]