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 is coming from the mouth of Kṛṣṇa Himself. The public is, may be so boisterous, so rude, so cruel, so beastly in their temperament. That collecting some food by begging and he’s taking that, and one came and began to pass urine. What more can take? Then they will put so many questions. He’s tired of answering them, he’s keeping silence. Then giving some slap. “You don’t say anything, you must be a thief, or dacoit.” In this way this is __________ [?] And this passes through the notice of Kṛṣṇa Himself. But it is necessary for the improvement of the sādhu’s condition. So He does not interfere. It helps them indirectly. That may be hateful to the world at large that they may not have any charm in future for such life, mystery life.… Read More...

Tuesday 14th September 2021 – Sri Radhashtami. Appearance day of Srimati Radharani.

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate along with devotees from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global New Jersey in the grand festival for Sri Radhashtami on Tuesday 14th September, 2021.

The festival will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.

Included is a link for the pleasure of the devotees on this most auspicious of days – Sri Radha: “in charge of the domestic affairs of Krishna.”

If One Can Hate Rāmakṛṣṇa, Vivekānanda, They Will Achieve Salvation.

Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja: “I’m quite satisfied with Rāmakṛṣṇa. You do not know him properly. So you’re boldly giving assertion like that. What do you know about Rāmakṛṣṇa?” She will tell against you. “Who’s Rāmakṛṣṇa, do you know? He’s both Rāma and both Kṛṣṇa. Rāma and Kṛṣṇa both combined, he’s Rāmakṛṣṇa. What do you know?” They’ll say to you.

Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari.

Acyutānanda told, in his experience, “That wherever I’ve gone I found that the general educated public is in the hands of the Rāmakṛṣṇa Mission. We had to fight with them. Our worst enemy is Rāmakṛṣṇa Mission, they’re capturing the field, and we’re to fight with them if we at all want to do some good to the public. Mostly the educated section under the influence of the Rāmakṛṣṇa Mission.

“Whatever you do, it is all right. Any conception of religion is all right.”

I told, “If we hate Rāmakṛṣṇa, if I preach an opinion if one can hate Rāmakṛṣṇa, Vivekānanda, they will achieve salvation. Will you accept that? Any opinion you’re to accommodate any opinion. And this is my opinion, you record! Your first and worst conception, conviction; that Rāmakṛṣṇa should be accepted as the highest authority.… 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 knowledge about devotion may come to us, generally by hearing from the lips of the devotees.

The Kṛṣṇa, the Vṛndāvana, that is not in want of knowledge. That is not want of grandeur and awe, what is found in Vaikuntha. It is there, but when this ānanda takes the better part of cit, caitan, then it is said that ‘don’t try much through knowledge.’ Sat, cit, ānanda, cit, caitan, to know. By knowing we cannot have anything and everything, by the faculty of knowing and understanding. But the real thing comes automatically to us by service. And that is also a sort of knowledge, department of knowledge, and that is automatic.

—Srila Sridhara Maharaja, 82.11.03.B

Srimati Lila Sundari Devi received Hari Nama initiation from Srila Govinda Maharaja about thirty three years ago (1988) by me as his rtvik.… Read More...

How God Takes birth?

One may argue that “How God takes birth?” There are many [indistinct]. And the answer is, “Why God will not take birth?” If God is all-powerful, why this power should be denied to Him, that “You cannot take birth”? Is God under the direction of any human being, that some philosophers think that God cannot take birth, therefore God will be obliged by his conception that He will not take birth? No. God is omnipotent, all-powerful—He can take birth as many times as He likes and wherever He likes. That is God’s position: full independence, in whatever form He likes.

advaitam acyutam anādim ananta-rūpam
ādyaṁ purāṇa-puruṣaṁ nava-yauvanaṁ ca
vedeṣu durlabham adurlabham ātma-bhaktau
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is inaccessible to the but obtainable by pure unalloyed devotion of the soul, who is without a second, who is not subject to decay, is without a beginning, whose form is endless, who is the beginning, and the eternal yet He is a person possessing the beauty of blooming youth.

Bs. 5.33

 

— Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Janmāṣṭamī Lecture, Aug. 13, 1971, London

Monday 30th August 2021 – Sri Krishna Janmastami. Appearance of Lord Krishna.

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate at the Sri Gaura Vinoda Saraswat Sanga Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA in the celebration of the grand festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami on Monday the 30th August 2021 at 8pm until 12am midnight. Complete fast all day until midnight (then no grains).

You are also invited to attend Sri Nandotsava and Thakura Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appearance day celebrations the following morning on Tuesday 31st August.

The festivals will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.

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 morning I was reading an editorial comment written by Sriman Gokulananda dasa as an introduction to “Vaisnava Transmission”, Volume 1, No. 4 • August/September 1994. I found it eloquent and profound and relevant to those wondering what will become of us, our friends and the world during this time of provocative news designed to inspire fear and panic among the public. The so-called present pandemic is a relatively inconsequential event when compared to the Maha Pralaya (Universal devastation) and even many lesser devastations that occur from time to time during the time allotted to the universe, the planets and their inhabitants. It began with great alarm, ushering in a rush to stock up on the most critical supplies needed to endure “the global pandemic.”… 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 Govinda Maharaja and Srila Sridhar Maharaja?

David

From: Srila Giri Maharaja
To: David
Date: April 9, 2021

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 his behalf for the purpose of initiating disciples. Usually this is done when the initiating guru is unable to be personally present to perform the initiation.… 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 śūdra-sambhava). That is the bright side. Actually to refer to the average man in today’s world as sudra is flattery, because they are less than that. They are Mleccha and Yavana, as described above or duṣkṛtina, mūḍhāḥ, narādhamāḥ, etc., as described below. If they were born sudra they have fallen far below that standard either due to their own inclination or the influence of the society surrounding them which is principally composed of those persons described in the following verse:

na mā duktino mū
prapadyante narādhamā
māyayāpahta-jñānā
āsura bhāvam āśritā

Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto Me.Read More...

The Materialistic Demeanor Collides with the Spiritual Mountain

The materialistic demeanor cannot possibly stretch to the transcendental autocrat who is ever inviting the fallen conditioned souls to associate with Him through devotion or eternal serving mood. The phenomenal attractions are often found to tempt sentient beings to enjoy the variegated position which is opposed to undifferenced monism. People are so much apt to indulge in transitory speculations even when they are to educate themselves on a situation beyond their empiric area or experiencing jurisdiction. The esoteric aspect often knocks them to trace out immanence in their outward inspection of transitory and transformable things. This impulse moves them to fix the position of the immanent to an indeterminate impersonal entity, no clue of which could be discerned by moving earth and heaven through their organic senses.

— Siddhānta Sarasvatī, Shree Gaudiya Math, Calcutta, the 1st August, 1932.

A clear illustration of the above can be found in the interview that follows. Therein one may note the questioners’ preconceived notions cannot stretch so far as to accommodate the beauty, magnificence and magnanimity of the transcendental plane they have approached while yet standing on the desert below.

I pray you, my dear readers, will appreciate the beauty and truth of these talks at least as much, if not more, than I have during the last nearly fifty years, even after hearing them again and again.… Read More...