Who is “the ācārya of the present Gauḍīya-sampradāya.”?

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas to each of you.

Who is “the ācārya of the present Gauḍīya-sampradāya.”?

I read something this morning that was very interesting, funny and provided a look “behind the scenes” as Srila Prabhupada discussed with his disciples how to deal with his Godbrother Sripada Tirtha Maharaja. Other Godbrothers were also mentioned, including Srila Sridhara Maharaja, in passing.

I pray this finds each of you in good health and spirits.

Yours,

Swami B.K. Giri

Room Conversation

Type: Conversation
Date: Jan. 19, 1976
Location: Māyāpur

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Confidential Knowledge” continued.

Dear Sriman Tom,

To reply in the same coin as “your well-aimed response”, I thank you for your carefully calibrated one. Unfortunately, in my experience, most persons would have taken offense to my reply and run away rather than look deeper to find the validity in it. I am happy to see your more thoughtful acceptance and response.

You understood I meant no offense by my remarks but only recognition of the ‘facts of the case’, so to speak. Krishna explained why he chose Arjuna as a proper recipient of “confidentail knowledge”:

Bg. 18.64

sarva-guhyatamaṁ bhūyaḥ
śṛṇu me paramaṁ vacaḥ
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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Confidential Knowledge”

6/14/20

Dear Tom,

I have gone through your email and carefully noted the contents.

I see no purpose to be served either by your questions or by my reply to them except to say the following.

You are asking about confidential knowledge where confidence does not exist between you and me or, if it does, can only be found to a very minimal degree.

Krishna speaks of confidential knowledge here:

Bg. 9.2

rāja-vidyā rāja-guhyaṁ
pavitram idam uttamam
pratyakṣāvagamaṁ dharmyaṁ
su-sukhaṁ kartum avyayam

This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and … Read More...

63 New Srila Sridhar Maharaja Transcripts Added!

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

The new transcripts have been added to the 11/1/83-12/31/83 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… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “I welcome brutal honesty”

My dandavats to you Sriman Uddharan dasa.

To be brutally honest, Lilavati Devi and I think the article by Jagadananda Prabhu is a difficult read even with your corrections.

As Lilavati said “it is not succinct enough and doesn’t flow.”

A little “bombastic” I would add.

Then, following the line of being “brutally honest”, I don’t see how you could have written this to me just three days before (4/14/20), which pertained to the same article:

A few typos corrected otherwise okay.

Please explain how there could be such a vast disparity in your opinion.

Also, I had written to you:

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “in remembrance of our Divine Masters”

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari.

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

“You cannot see me dancing, but in my heart I am dancing.”, so said Srila Sridhara Maharaja upon hearing the approach of the nagara sankirtana party as it returned to his Math. Likewise, reading your response to my email immediately caused me to dance very happily within my heart.

I was also very happy that you caused me to remember this talk of Srila Govinda Maharaja:

Student: If I act in a bad way, no nice, avaiṣṇava way, can the devotees chastise me and tell me, “No no. You should act this way.”… Read More...

Uddharan dasa – “Krishna Karuna virus”

On Mar 28, 2020, Uddharan dasa wrote:

Dear Sripada Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Will you please post the letter below my signature?

The post is now done.

I pray all is well with you and all residents of our UK ashram.

All is well in the UK ashram. The spring is arriving and we are taking yellow flowers from the garden to worship our Deities.
Lilavati Devi is planting potatoes today and I have been painting and repairing fences.

At least this is one place in the UK where there is no fear of Coronavirus and it is not being chanted on a daily basis.
To refer to it, we have adopted

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “A picture worth a thousand words.”

3/23/20

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,

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

I received your Vyasa Puja offering in the form of your email attached below marking the appearance day of your spiritual master. I was encouraged to read the content as what you expressed are the appropriate words of appreciation that should be expressed and felt by disciples for their guru. For these reasons I asked for your email to be posted on our website, along with some of the photos you sent, for the satisfaction of my Divine Masters.

It is said a picture is worth a thousand… Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – Bhaya & COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus)— “Be not afraid… “

3/23/20

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,

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

I received your Vyasa Puja offering in the form of your email attached below marking the appearance day of your spiritual master. I was encouraged to read the content as what you expressed are the appropriate words of appreciation that should be expressed and felt by disciples for their guru. For these reasons I asked for your email to be posted on our website, along with some of the photos you sent, for the satisfaction of my Divine Masters.

It is said a picture is worth a thousand… Read More...