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...

Transcendental competition: Who’s the Mystery Man?


In our post BSG | “I need your association.” we offered the chance to request a full copy of the email sent by Sripada Goswami Maharaja to me, Giri Maharaja. Among the requests we received was this one:

Your Name: Ramai
Your Email: [Redacted]
Message to the Secretary: Dandavat Maharaja. Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology

Although the name is listed as that of Ramai (Sriman Ramai dasa brahmachari) and the email matches with the one I have on record for him, I was highly doubtful that he would have much interest in this matter. Neither have I heard anything from him (that I can recall) for the past eight years or so.

More to the point, this demanding language: “Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology” does not ring true to me as language this gentle vaishnava Read More...

On the observance of the disappearance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva-Goswami Maharaja, July 23, 2017.

Introduction:

The disappearance of Sri Guru reveals a great many things to those whose diligence applied to studying the event is sufficient to catch them. The day of his disappearance is a time to memorialize the greatness of Sri Gurudeva. The days following his disappearance are a time for those who proclaim his greatness to walk through the purificatory fire sparked by the event. Some will be burned by the fire while surviving it, others will be consumed by it, a few will emerge in a brilliant pure golden form as an example for all to follow.

So there may be disturbances, rather, we may say it should be, disturbance must come, because my most beloved Guru has withdrawn from amongst us. And should we like to live peacefully? Such a great curse, as it may Read More...

Sripada B.V. Trivikrama Maharaja “It’s one error that is already corrected”

(Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja, back row, left)

Date: 6/30/17

Dear Srila Giri Maharaj, please accept my dandavat pranams.

All glories to Srila Gurudeva and His sucessor President Sevait Acharya Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.

Here I’m answering those few questions you made in your letter. Lines belonging to your letter will be in Bold.

[bkg] In pursuance of your phone call yesterday, and the ensuing conversation, I have a few questions.

One of the last things you mentioned was to the effect, as I remember it, that you want to continue to support Acharya Maharaja’s Indian Maths, take your disciples there and keep some sort of ongoing relationship with those Maths. Will you kindly tell me why you feel these things are important to you?

— This is very simple to explain why I want Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Parampara – The Disciplic Succession Following Srila Govinda Maharaja”


Date: 6/28/17

Dear Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja,

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

In pursuance of your phone call yesterday, and the ensuing conversation, I have a few questions.

One of the last things you mentioned was to the effect, as I remember it, that you want to continue to support Acharya Maharaja’s Indian Maths, take your disciples there and keep some sort of ongoing relationship with those Maths. Will you kindly tell me why you feel these things are important to you?

You said you agreed with me on most points, that you made mistakes and hope to correct them and so on. One of the mistakes (my words) was to initially establish Sripada Acharya Maharaja as the acharya of your Math in Brazil, even though Srila Govinda Maharaja said it was you 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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Srila Giri Maharaja “The Situation: Part Three”

Prologue

During the last few months I have been contacted by a number of devotees from Russia, Ukraine and other parts of the world who are expressing great distress, concern and doubt with regard to what I call “SCSM IAB”, the portion of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math that is operating under the direction of present or past members of the International Acharya Board (long since rebranded as simply “Acharya Board”).

I have responded personally to these devotees and attempted to allay their doubts and fears, often referring to Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s use of: na hi kalyana-krt kascid durgatim tata gacchati, as in this example—

We need society only to help us. If our affinity to the society keeps us down, then that should be given up, and we must march on. There is the absolute Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Why silent on the current situation in the Navadwipa Math?” (Part I)

BKG folded hands

Part I

10/22/16

Dear _________________,

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

I appreciate your questions and will answer them as best I can with reference to background and context.

First, you wonder why I have not commented on “the current situation in Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Navadwipa Math.” The word you use, “situation” is very broad and can encompass many, many things. If you will present your question in a more specific way I will try to give a proper answer. Until then I will answer in the following way.

As you noted I “was so vocal after Srila Govinda Maharaja left” and you wonder “why such silence now?” The explanation is this: Srila Govinda Maharaja gave specific instructions in his Last Will and Testament (“LWT”) Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Krishna Consciousness and Householder Life”

BKG Ukraine

Date: 9/3/16

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa Adhikari,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

I read your below email soon after I received it. Unfortunately I could not reply immediately. I also felt some of your concerns would work themselves out over time by the influence of your sadhana and, through your devotion, Krishna would reveal something within you to satisfy your heart’s inquiries.

It is the tendency of children to want immediate gratification. We are, in many ways, like children. When we discover the precepts of Krishna Consciousness through reading the scriptures, developing faith in Sri Guru, Vaishnavas, etc., we must be excited to learn that there is a source of answers for all our questions, doubts and concerns. Not only that, but the source is impeccable, infallible and absolute. Why then should I not get immediate and perfect answers to all the inquiries needed to feel fully satisfied?

We feel the need to surrender, following the Lord’s instruction sarva dharman parityaja… . Having heard His perfect instruction, with the obvious truth of it resonating with our heart’s desire to be a soul surrendered to the all-perfect, loving, beautiful and sweet Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, which is also our obvious relationship with Him, we conceive of our tendency towards such surrender to be very strong and certain. Why then should all the results of perfect surrender not be immediately realized?

But if it were so (our tendency to surrender was strong and certain), then why have we not attained all that we have been told should be attained through surrender to the Supreme Lord?

The answers should also be obvious.
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Srila Giri Maharaja “Srimati Lalita Devi’s Avirbhava Maha-Mahotsava”

BKGPranams

On hearing of Sripada Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaja’s disappearance I sent the following message to Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari. I believe it is also appropriate with respect to today’s celebration of Sri Lalita Devi’s avirbhava maha mahotsava.

Anyone who knows him (Sripada B.P. Aranya Maharaja) will remember him as a gentle Vaishnava who had no malice in his heart and who was very kind and gracious to everyone who had the good fortune to enter his orb of influence.

As an example; once while I was doing some seva in Govardhana we went on a pilgrimage of Vrndavana. I always kept close to Sripada Aranya Maharaja, who often took my hand to help him up some steps, onto a rickshaw, etc. After visiting Varshana, where I helped his Holiness up each of Read More...