A Letter to My Friends: “The secret to popularity.” — Srila Giri Maharaja

A Letter to My Friends (from an email dated August 21, 2014):

My dandavats,

I was trying to figure out who this man is that occupies so much space on Prabhu Jayanta Krishna’s Facebook wall.

When I did, I was surprised to see how popular this man is:

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PastedGraphic-2Who is he?

“Right from Adi Sankara to the present Acharya His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, who is the 36th in the line of Guru Parampara, the math has had an unbroken succession of spiritual luminaries” – from “Personal Information” below

The objective of this Page is to disseminate the Golden Words of Sringeri Sankaracharyas [acharyas in the line of Sri Shankara] on a regular basis.

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Sri Sankaracharya established a living tradition at Sringeri, Karnataka, by setting up the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham with Sri Suresvaracharya as his immediate successor. By the strength of his resolve, the Sringeri Peetham today shines as a beacon light to seekers of spiritual knowledge. Right from Adi Sankara to the present Acharya His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, who is the 36th in the line of Guru Parampara, the math has had an unbroken succession of spiritual luminaries

And, how popular is he?


Very popular.

But not for preaching this:

“bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ mūḍha-mate.” — Sri Shankaracharya (The “Adi Shankara” of the above pictured acharya”.)

“Worship Govinda, serve Govinda, seek Govinda, you fools.”

“In this way there is a disciplic succession beginning from Lord Brahmā. But that Brahmā instructed, govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi **: “I worship the Supreme Original Personality of Godhead, Govindam.” The Govinda-bhajan is the prime factor for all worshiping endeavors. Even Śaṅkarācārya, who was impersonalist, at the last stage of his life he advised everyone,

bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ mūḍha-mate
prāpte sannihite kāle na hi na hi rakṣati ḍukṛñ-karaṇe

He advised, “You fools, you are talking about philosophical speculation, grammatical meaning, and eschewing. Oh, these are all nonsense. You cannot save yourself by doing this. When there will be death, Govinda can save you. The Govinda can save you from falling down. So bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ bhaja govindaṁ mūḍha-mate. You foolish persons, you just worship Govinda.” So there are from Śaṅkara…(?) Śaṅkarācārya is supposed to be the incarnation of Lord Śiva. So he also advised Govinda-bhajan, Brahmā also advised Govinda-bhajan, and we are also under the same principle, following the footprints of those ācāryas. We are also advising the Govinda-bhajan. So Govinda-bhajan, it is coming from time immemorial. It is not a new thing. So one should profit if he engages himself in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness, Govinda-bhajan.” — Bhaktivedanta Swami, Cc Lecture, New York, January 5, 1967

Of course, as happened with almost all followers of Sri Shankara, the “maha swami”, Sri B.T. Mahaswamigal, that is, missed the point.

He promotes monism as the highest attainment. The text below (emphasis added) is not a typo. The “S” in “Self” is intentionally capitalized just as the “G” in “God” is; due to the “Self” and “God” being equal in the theory of the advaita vadis, impersonalists.

God is the Self of all beings, the goal Supreme. Seek Him. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
(Jayanta Krishna Dasa and 2,813 others like this.)

John Lennon seemed to grasp at least a partial meaning of the Maha Swamis words, enough to ridicule them:

I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together

… I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob

Does Prabhu Jayanta Krishna grasp their meaning and understand these ideas are detested by the devotees of Krishna?

Lennon offered this further elucidation:

“The first line was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko… I’d seen Allen Ginsberg and some other people who liked Dylan and Jesus going on about Hare Krishna. It was Ginsberg, in particular, I was referring to. The words ‘Element’ry penguin’ meant that it’s naïve to just go around chanting Hare Krishna or putting all your faith in one idol. In those days I was writing obscurely, à la Dylan.” — John Lennon

And the maha swami adds further credence to Lennon’s point “All is one.”

One can choose any form of God’s and meditate upon it. All forms are His alone.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

Lennon was on acid when he wrote “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” What’s the maha swami’s excuse?

One has to go back a ways on the maha swami’s Fb wall to get a better insight into his teachings, which often paraphrase Bhagavad-gita, but never mention it, or Krishna — or Govinda:

Under the Guru’s guidance, a seeker begins to perceive the multiplicity of beings as abiding in the one God. He experiences that ‘all this is God alone’. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

Perfection in meditation on the Saguna [with form or full of qualities] aspect of the Lord eventually leads to the dawn of knowledge and hence liberation [brahman, “oneness” without form and without qualities]. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

The Shastras recommend meditation on the Saguna [all qualities] aspect of the Self. Chanting the mantra and focusing on the associated deity helps to focus the mind. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

Then, after liberation, when the mind is perfectly focused on brahman, the Deity, having served its function, must be discarded like yesterday’s newspaper (when such things existed).

Okay, but where are the gleaming eyes and the blissful smile that must accompany the goals of all impersonalists, the goals of peace and cotentment?

Even as youngsters begin earning, they must engage in charity. It brings about peace and contentment, two of the most important ideals of a human. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

Wait for it, wait for it. Ah, here it is, the gleaming eyes and blissful smile:

“Greatness of Sankaracharyas” (Sringeri)

And, finally, after an intense, some might say “blissful”, search to find out exactly what this man is teaching, we find it all revealed; “Advaita Siddhanta”, the very antithesis of Vaishnavism (emphasis added):

Adi Sankara, an incarnation of Lord Paramasiva, did immense good to the people. He lived for 32 years. His accomplishments during this short period are incredible.

You can know about his life and works from Sankara Digvijaya, authored by Sri Madhava Vidyaranya. Although there are many books on Sankara’s life history, the authenticity of Madhava’s Sankara Digvijaya is unequalled.

Adi Sankara was born to the blessed Sivaguru and Aryambal. When he was just three years old, his father Sivaguru died. His sacred thread ceremony was performed at the age of five. He had then mastered the Vedas and other Sastras.

Taking sanyas according to the sampradaya of Govinda Bhagawatpada on the banks of the Narmada river, Sankara went to Kasi at the Guru’s bidding and had the darshan of Lord Visvesvara. He next went to Badri where he wrote the bhashyas. On return to Kasi, he had the darshan of Veda Vyasa and received his blessings. He then travelled to all parts of India, spreading the gospel of Advaita Siddhanta.

He appointed his prime disciples – Suresvara, Padmapada, Hastamalaka and Totaka – as heads of the four mathas established by him in Sringeri, Dwaraka, Puri and Badri. He adorned the Sarvjna Peetha in Kashmir and went to Kedar.

This is the true history of Sankara. This has been extensively narrated in Madhava’s Sankara Digvijaya which all people must read every year during Sankara Jayanti. They should also understand Sankara’s mission and derive benefits and blessings by asking for his grace. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

Suspicions confirmed.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja explained the function of Sri Shankara (paraphrasing) “As a hospital has special wards where those suffering from the most dangerous and contagious diseases can be contained (quarantined), Shankaracharya performed this function by gathering all the offenders [atheists] together to segregate them from the devotees and the innocent.”

Has Prabhu Jayanta Krishna decided to institute a policy of “desegregation”, in order to bring the offenders back in to the community of devotees?

Or could it simply be:

“That which is popular is difficult to resist.” — Maha Swami B.K. Giri


Swami B.K. Giri

Photos & some quoted text from “Greatness of Sankaracharyas (Sringeri), Public Figure”