Srila Giri Maharaja – “Dealing with the modern day Kamsas, Putanas, Kaliyas, etc.”

Date: Jan. 9, 2020

Dandavats Prabhu Gokulananda.

A phrase commonly heard from 2nd Amendment proponents/gun owners regarding the government taking their guns is “They’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands.” It sounds good but the prying loose of guns from the hands has been going on for decades while the hands are still warm. As you know, in my opinion it will continue. So long as the guns are removed incrementally the government will get its way. In the end those who would resist to the point of death are few and far between, on the high side I would guess less than 5% of gun owners would fight to their death to keep them and I would be surprised if the number amounted to even one or two percent. Talk is cheap and easy when the consequences are distant.

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Every endeavor suffers from some fault”

Date: Jan. 8, 2020

Dear Jagadananda dasa,

Please accept my blessings.

Try as I might, sometimes technology escapes me. My job requires it and I end up getting scolded quite frequently.

The four defects that characterize the conditioned souls:

Prabhupāda: Illusion, mistake, cheating, imperfectness [of the senses]. They are aware of the imperfectness of the senses. Still they are proud of their knowledge. This is illusion. [end]

technology escapes me

It escapes everyone. The great hoax of technology is that it will compensate for our four defects. It (technology) is a logical extension of science, which offers the same false hope. The plague of so-called science is confirmation bias, a subset of the cheating propensity that will never be eliminated from the supposed “scientific method.” Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “The imperfect & the perfect.”

My dear friends,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.
I want to share these photos with you. They are not perfect, far from it, but the devotional mood — of Srimati Lila Sundari Devi — reflected in them, as she is offering gifts to Srila Govinda Maharaja on his appearance day, is perfect.
“She is my guru. Her devotional mood is worshipable by me.” — Srila Govinda Maharaja

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Do not follow every frivolous inspiration that appears in your mind.”

Date: 12/14/19

Chandramukhi Devi,

When chanting, the inspiration and words came and if it caused
any harm, please excuse.

The mind is very difficult to control, but you must control it. Do not follow every frivolous inspiration that appears in your mind.

If you have any serious point to make or question to ask of me you may do so. Otherwise, consult your guru about the difficulty you have controlling your mind.

Sincerely,

Swami B.K. Giri

On Dec 14, 2019, at 5:55 PM, candramukhi dasi wrote:

Hare Krsna, Jaya Sri Guru and Gauranga! Dandavat pranams.
When chanting, the inspiration and words came and if it caused
any harm, please excuse. Radhe Radhe!

On Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 3:07 AM Info @ SCSM Global wrote:

Dear Srimati Chandramukhi Devi,

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Sril Giri Maharaja – “Srila Sridhara Maharaja, another Vyasa.”

Date: 10/17/19

Dear Sriman Paramananda dasa,

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

I received both your recent emails with 62 new transcripts & quoted slokas.

I forwarded all to Sriman Gokulananda to post on our website.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja produced an amazing body of work in both quality and quantity.

Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura mentioned the theory that the Bhagavatam was the work of several “Vyasadevas” who each added to the text in succession rather than just one original Vyasa of 5,000 yrs. ago producing the entire work.

Accepting that theory, Srila Sridhara Maharaja would have to be included as another of those Vyasas.

ŚB 1.1.2

dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ’tra paramo nirmatsarāṇāṁ satāṁ
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Srila Giri Maharaja – “friends may turn into foes”:

Date: 10/22/19

Dear Sriman Damodara dasa,

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

After some time, I listened to your lectures and distributed them. Then my friends attacked me, threatened hell, etc.

We must follow the Absolute Truth wherever He leads us. He wants and demands that His devotees will not compromise their surrender to Him in any way. This often means, as Srila Sridhara Maharaja stated it, “By His will, friends may turn into foes, and foes may turn into friends.”:

Friends may be converted into foes, and foes may be converted into friends. But I must stick to my ideal. By His will, friends may turn into foes, and foes may turn into friends. But in my progress, some elimination and some new acceptance, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – vasudeva (Vasudeva) consciousness

My dandavats. (Sriman Gokulananda Prabhu, Srimati Lilavati Devi, Uddharan das)

This morning I heard something very interesting while listening to: 87.02.20.A (±30:00) wherein Srila Sridhara Maharaja refers to the verse:

ŚB 4.3.23

सत्त्वं विशुद्धं वसुदेवशब्दितं
यदीयते तत्र पुमानपावृत: ।
सत्त्वे च तस्मिन्भगवान्वासुदेवो
ह्यधोक्षजो मे नमसा विधीयते ॥ २३ ॥

sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ vasudeva-śabditaṁ
yad īyate tatra pumān apāvṛtaḥ
sattve ca tasmin bhagavān vāsudevo
hy adhokṣajo me namasā vidhīyate

Synonyms

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Srila Giri Maharaja “A Transcendental Competition”

To inspire interest in thoughtful analysis of ideas presented as Gaudiya siddhanta but are actually antithetical to it, which we must identify and confront on a regular basis during our preaching activities, I am introducing what Srila Prabhupada Swami Maharaja termed a “transcendental competition.”

“I understand from Karandhara that you will be setting up another ISKCON Press in Los Angeles to engage our New York Press in transcendental competition for printing my books. Competition and profiteering spirit are always there in the living entity. It is not that they can be artificially removed in some manner. Factually we saw in Russia that by removing competition and profit calculation from society the people were not at all happy, and still these Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Have you considered repentance?”

8/21/19

Dear Ishvara Upamana/Madhu Krishna das/Michael Sheludko/Researcher

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

I am a researcher, doing religion studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University, so the first interest is of this intention.

Prabhu, in Christian theology what is the term for a person who, once a Christian, turns away from Christ? Is the term not “heretic” or, perhaps, apostate? A heretic is one that believes in or practices heresy, which is defined as follows:

1) belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine:

2) opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted:

As for apostate, we find this:

a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “No Divorce, Obedient Wives and Henpecked Husbands”

(Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada in Melbourne)

Date: 8/18/19

To my friends in the grhasta-ashrama.

My dandavats Sriman Uddharan.

By chance after advising you not to take advantage of your gentle wife’s no fighting stance I happened to read this demand of Srila Prabhupada upon a bride to be (“I do promise to always serve and obey my husband . . . ”):

Śyāmasundara: “Henceforward from this day…”

Prabhupāda: Let him promise.

Śyāmasundara: Hmm.

Prabhupāda: You promise, “I…”

Śyāmasundara: You, Sanaka dāsa…

Prabhupāda: Say, “I, Sanaka dāsa…”

Sanaka: I, Sanaka dāsa…

Prabhupāda: Ah! “…take charge of you…”

Śyāmasundara: “…take charge of you…”

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