Brexit – “A Vaishnava’s perspective”

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja sent the below email to Uddharan dasa on the 12th April 2019.

My dandavats Prabhu Uddharan.

As a Yank I would probably do best to keep my mouth shut about Brexit. But the UK invites comment from people like me by keeping the subject alive at all costs. So then… ?

Perhaps you know this story told by Srila Prabhupada:

There is a nice instructive verse in Sanskrit. One saintly person was giving his blessings to different kinds of persons. So he first of all saw one boy, he was a prince, son of a king. So he blessed him, rāja-putra, “My dear prince,” ciraṁ jīva, “you live forever.” Then he saw one brahmacārī, a disciple of a spiritual master, he said, mā jīva muni-putraka: Read More...

Gaudiya Panjika “A calendar is a calendar”

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja sent the below email to Uddharan dasa on the 2nd April 2019

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa,

My dandavat pranamas to you.

As I mentioned when we spoke on Sunday, I had already begun a reply to your email. It is included below, even though we have already discussed most of the points.

I have at least updated the math calendar for April 2019 in the NM style

Very good.

whilst I figure out how to change that to some other style.

If you can improve the style that will be nice, but I don’t see how that will be much improved. A calendar is a calendar, a list of dates and times of notable events. But then I’m not very imaginative when it comes to artistic flourishes.

Maybe there is some other Gaudia Vaishnava sampradaya Read More...

“Sentimentalists, sahajiyas and swooning”

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja sent the below email to Uddharan dasa on the 21st March 2019

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

Today is very auspicious for we are just on the cusp of celebrating Sriman Mahaprabhu’s appearance.

I think I haven’t heard from you since asking you to post my email to Hrday Krishna dasa and assumed you might be facing some ill health or that your work had become so consuming it prevented you from posting the email. I assumed the same regarding your unusually late posting of our Sri Gaura Purnima celebrations.

Now I am very pleased to see you have posted that news and am responding to one point I want to make with regard to this painting you chose to use:

It is very similar to the one used by the BBT on the cover Read More...

Sriman Uddharan dasa – “Prasadam was simple but very tasteful, satisfying and happy”

Dear Sripada Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Today Srimati Lilavati Devi and I spent the morning cooking, worshipping and reading for Srila Sridhara Maharaja on this his Divine Appearance Day.

Please see pictures of the small offerings as evidence.

Prasadam was simple but very tasteful, satisfying and happy.

I am now out doing money collection and will be home late this evening.

We are both well and praying to become the humble servants of the Vaishnavas.

Yours

Uddharan dasa

Srimati Lilavati Devi’s garden at our ashram in the United Kingdom. 

For the pleasure of Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja and all the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global herein are some photos of Srimati Lilavati Devi’s garden of fruits, flowers and vegetables grown for the service of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nitai, Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra and their devotees at our ashram in the United Kingdom.

The Magnolia Grandiflora in the front garden about to burst into fragrant bloom and where the birds love to congregate.

The Greenhouse with cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers and lime tree.

The rear garden with green beans, potatoes, various types of squash, kale, sprouting broccoli, cabbages, brussel sprouts and calamondin oranges against the shed. Also borage for the bees, oregano, rosemary and various types of mint.

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Good for Sripada Paramahamsa Maharaja”

1/3/2018

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari,

My dandavat pranamas to Your Grace.

I just read your news about the Indian Maths (included below my signature).

Good for Sripada Paramahamsa Maharaja, Sriman Mahadeva and those others who have realized their grave errors in opposing Sripada Acharya Maharaja as the rightful heir to the Navadwipa Math and the Indian group of Maths and are now working to remove Sripadas Nandana Maharaja and Chaitanya Giri Maharaja who, according to Srila Govinda Maharaja, they left Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s sampradaya when they went outside of it to take sannyasa from Srila Puri Maharaja.

Paramahamsa Maharaja and associates seem to have realized on their own, and by Srila Gurudeva’s grace, that their actions were inappropriate. Contrast that with Sripada’s Read More...

“Vyaso vetti na vetti va” Vyasadeva may know the meaning of the Vedas, or he may not know Their meaning.

The following is an email correspondence concerning the subject –

“Books locked up?”

12/13/17

Dandavats.

The email I just sent responding to information on sending books to Croatia makes me think Acharya Maharaja & company no longer have access to all the books Madhusudana Maharaja kept locked up for so many years demanding full retail price, regardless of the quantity ordered.

Since anti-party 3 (AP3) (see footnote below signature) has control of the (Nabadwipa) Math, I expect they also have control of all the books stored there.

Maybe they would sell us large quantities at a reduced price?

But would we trust them to actually send us the books we ordered/paid for???

Swami B.K. Giri

AP3 is the party led by Sripadas Nandana Maharaja & Chaitanya Read More...

“Mūrkha Tumi, Tomāra Nāhika Vedāntādhikāra – ‘You are a fool,’ he said. ‘You are not qualified to study Vedānta philosophy.”

A recent email sent to Srila Giri Maharaja –

Dear Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Jai Srila Gurudeva!

Speaking of whom, did you intentionally avoid posting a notice of our observance today (now yesterday) of his disappearance?

To my shame I forgot to post it.

Lilavati Devi reminded me I hadn’t posted it but by then the day was almost over.

I checked if I had posted last year’s observance but it seems I had not done that either.

I am thinking that as well as a bad memory I have a mental block as I do not find it a happy day to remember.

I remarked to Lilavati Devi that I remember it as the day the world went mad and when the good sense, reason and sobriety of prominent devotees who were ordered by the spiritual master to become acharyas was lost due to the influence of illusion Read More...

“Na Hi Gopyaṁ Hi Sadhūnāṁ – Certainly, No Secrets are to be Kept by Saintly Personalities”

An email from Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja to Uddharan dasa –

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari,

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

I hope you will post your excellent email to Sripada Paribrajaka Maharaja, with or without his name. I lean in the direction of including his name because: 1. He is a sannyasi and a guru. As such, his is supposed to be a public life and he should not expect too much in the way of “secrecy”. “na hi gopyaṁ hi sadhūnāṁ— Certainly, no secrets are to be kept by saintly personalities… ”

        SB 10.24.4

        etad brūhi mahān kāmo
        mahyaṁ śuśrūṣave pitaḥ
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Vyasa Puja offering from Uddharan dasa & Lilavati Devi dasi


Dear Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept our humble obeisances on this most auspicious day of your appearance in this world.

Rather than any fasting, I will be more pleased if sumptuous prasadam is made available for distribution to all my disciples and friends beginning from eight o’clock in the morning. As told to me by Srila Govinda Maharaja, this was the ideal shown by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura when celebrating the appearance days of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura. I will be very happy if my disciples and friends follow the same.—Swami B.K. Giri

We liked this idea very much and followed it as much as possible by us. See below.

Srimati Lilavati Devi made the rice (a mix of 3 types), dahl, and chutney and I made the subji and halavah.

All was made Read More...