Srila Giri Maharaja – “Dazed and Confused”

Date: 3/14/19

Dear Sriman Hrday Krishna dasa,

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

Prabhu, I have read the email you just sent me [Dated 3/13/19]. Because of the differences in our two languages there is some difficulty in fully understanding each other’s positions and perspectives.

As much as I can understand, however, you are living in a state of spiritual confusion with no clear direction for proceeding in the line of your Gurudeva, Srila Govinda Maharaja.

As a substitute for a clear path of devotional service under the guidance of a higher Vaishnava, you say things like this:

I serve Srila Prabhupada and other Vaisnavas in ISKCON.

and this:

I’ve been singing at ISKCON for several years and Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Interest in ‘new transcriptions.’”

Date: 3.3.19

Dear Sriman Hrday Krsna das,

Please accept my dandavat pranamas in remembrance of our Divine Masters.

Thank you for your inquiry regarding new transcriptions of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s audio recordings.

You wrote:

“Soy discípulo de Govinda Maharaj, vivo en Caracas Venezuela Me interesan las nuevas transcripciones de Srila Guru Maharaj” (“I am a disciple of Govinda Maharaj, I live in Caracas Venezuela I am interested in the new transcriptions of Srila Guru Maharaj”)

I am not sure about which recordings you are referring to as you were not specific on that point.

All our transcriptions are posted here: https://scsmathglobal.com/ssm/ along with audio and video recordings.

This morning we received 58 “new” transcripts which I asked our webmaster to post as Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “In My Timeline: Happiness Video”

“Happiness” from TrulyMind’s Video

Jivana Pavana put the video above in my Facebook timeline along with this comment “Award Winning Animator’s Short Film ‘Happiness’ is Absolutely Brilliant”

My comment—

The animation “Happiness” from “TrulyMind’s Video” is not “Absolutely Brilliant”. It is foolish.

For a thing to be “Absolutely Brilliant” it must accurately and fully represent the “Absolute”, which this video does not.

In addition, the predicate must follow a subject. The subject is “Krishna” because He is the only thing that can give happiness. The animator introduces the predicate “is not here, not here, etc.” but without the subject (Krishna).

Happiness cannot be found simply by illustrating what it is not. That Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Twelve Hours to “Censored!’.”

Introductory notes:

In an effort to remove a great deal of junk that had accumulated on our Facebook sites I recently “unjoined” all the Facebook groups to which I had been joined. To the best of my knowledge I did not intentionally join any of these groups. One of the groups I “unjoined” was this one: “Srila Prabhupada’s Disciples, My Godbrothers & Godsisters.” I knew little about it except that within the last month or so I had a short exchange with Sripada Mahadhyuti Maharaja and, along other observations, developed a general opinion that the group was very similar to many others I have mostly avoided due to their being long on hyperbole and speculation, short on substance and discrimination.

Before you make me out to be the Grinch Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Mauritius is also cheating.”

Note: some names and places found in the original email have been changed to protect the innocent.

Date: 2/10/19

Dear Sriman Chinna Krishna Das,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

I apologize for being so late with my reply to your last email. I hope you will find my response to be “better late than never.” I try my best to answer all my correspondence. Unfortunately I am not always able to do so in a timely manner. Your email directs us to some points of great interest. As a result, I shall attempt to address them below.

I am very thankful to you for this very beautiful response to my letter.

It is very kind of you to say.

What will 2,500 Rupees buy?

Let me tell you maharaj how things happen in India .
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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Politics, parties, work, devotion.”

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,

I do have one quick question. Yesterday I noticed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced that she will be going after the presidency in 2020. As I’m sure your Divine Grace is aware, she is a devotee. What are your thoughts on this?

I was not aware she is a devotee. Who is her guru?

I noted when we were preaching in South India, that whenever any gentleman who was a renowned devotee in a particular place approached our guru maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada, he used to ask such men, “Under whose guidance does your devotional service to Krsna go on?” Generally they used to say, “No, no, I am directly concerned with Lord Krsna, and Lord Rama.” Then, when they went Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – Preaching in the Red Light District… a disquisition on the Facebook environment.”

Facebook: A Macro Red Light District

On 1/24/19, disgusted by what I see posted by “devotees” on Facebook, which somehow appears in our “Timeline” and gets embedded in other places on our Fb pages, I wrote this to Sriman Gokulananda, hoping he could eliminate some of the grotesque clutter:

If it weren’t for the links to our website I think I might completely remove our presence from this red-light district [Facebook] comprised mostly of whore houses which profit from the seduction of those with both material and spiritual aspirations.

Unfortunately, much of this trash seems to be forced upon us by the Facebook business model which is either too difficult or too time consuming for us to battle to a win, considering our limited manpower and resources.

As a result — for the time Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Please forgive my offenses and accept my apologies.”

Dear devotees, friends and readers,

I recently noticed some very troubling images on our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Facebook page.

We use WordPress to produce our website (scsmathglobal.com) and have been using a feature it provides to automatically update our Facebook page with new posts made to the website.

The troubling images I refer to above were apparently cropped automatically (either by WordPress or Facebook) to fit some predetermined size or format. As a result I noticed some photos of our gurus appeared on our Fb site cropped in such a way that their heads were not visible.

As I am ultimately responsible for this, I offer my most sincere prayer to Srila Govinda Maharaja and Srila Sridhara Maharaja to please excuse my offenses. If the images of any other Vaishnavas appeared Read More...

The Process for Carrying Out Srila Prabhupada’s Desires for Future Initiations.

Note

The paper presented below was prepared by ISKCON’s GBC after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance and sent to all ISKCON temple presidents in 1978. I read the paper carefully at that time and was astonished to see that my Godbrothers apparently had so much knowledge of the matters presented therein. I remained puzzled, however, at how they had gained such insight and by the phrase “in consultation with higher authorities.” Who were these “higher authorities”? Years later I leaned “they” were Srila Sridhara Maharaja; the one from whom the GBC, at Srila Prabhupada’s direction, sought advice on the most crucial matters that would affect his disciples after his disappearance.

[Addressing Srila Sridhara Maharaja]

Jayapataka Mj: After Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – One Class, Twenty-seven Minutes, Twenty-one Topics, All Problems Solved: Zero Doubts

What follows below is an excerpt from a class on Bhagavad-gita chapter 9, verse 34. It was delivered by His Divine Grace Srila Bhativedanta Swami Prabhupada on August 3, 1976 at his New Mayapura farm in France.

The following twenty-one topics were covered in their entirety in the short span of twenty-seven minutes.

Material happiness v. real happiness, love of Krishna v. mundane love, the “process” of Krishna consciousness, fall down, factory work, Krishna maintains His devotees, personal endeavor, no service is beyond your means, doing business, how to become free from material desires, “Does Krishna punish the impure?”, you cannot violate ‘nature’s law’, scientists’ endeavor=foolishness-rascaldom, one Read More...