Srila Giri Maharaja, “Ask mother Yashoda.”

Lord Krishna & Yashoda Maa

Date: 3/13/16

Dandavats Sriman Jonathan,

i have been making inquiries in regard to Srila Prabhupada`s directions for ISKCON Diety Puja. So far i have been quite disappointed with my correspondence with people in position~?~ as2how they seem to have never been personally instructed by Him and also have never heard from anyone that was~?~

I suspect they (“people in position”) are also quite disappointed with you, as I am.

In my opinion you should not be making inquiries into the matter of Deity Puja, nor should anyone respond to your inquiries.

Instruction about Deity Puja is for initiated devotees who get such instruction after receiving gayatri mantra. Without the mantra, received from a guru in a bonafide disciplic succession, there can be no Deity worship.

Therefore, I do not see that Read More...

~Happy BirthDe~ (an Email Exchange)

BKG, Russian Train

Date: 3/13/16

Dear Sriman Jonathan,

My dandavat pranams to you.

How unexpected, and how kind it is that you took the trouble to remember me.

You must still be in Hawaii.

I listened to the audio file which I had not heard before. One portion of Srila Prabhupada speaking, beginning with “The human society cannot anymore be allowed to continue a Godless civilization at the risk of decreasing truthfulness, hygienic principles, forgiveness, and mercifulness.” and extending to:

“If somebody has no sufficient money, it is very hard for him to get justice from the court. And if anyone can simply bluff by so-called advancement of knowledge, he is offered the doctorate degree. If a man is poor, he is at once accepted as non-civilized. If a man is falsely proud, Read More...

From our Inbox: будды в пурниму [Buddha Purnima]

BKG01

Date: 2/16/16

уважаемый шрила бхакти канан гири махарадж. примите мои смиренные поклоны и добрые пожелания. некоторое время назад я познакомился с концепцией шчсм. особенно меня впечатлила идея исключительной преданности, о которой я услышал в лекциях шрилы гуру махараджа. нет никаких сомнений, что шрила гурудэв – истинный наследник этой идеи. здравомыслие мне подсказывает, что вы единственный ачарья шчсм, кто достойно Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Aparadha-bija, The Seed of Offense”

BKG folded hands

Dear Srimati Krishangi Devi,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

Nothing you presented is authoritative.

You are not a spiritual authority and Wikipedia is not a spiritual authority. It is foolish to offer the statements of either to support your views. No one will accept them.

At one time you wrote that you “highly respect” Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami, but actually you have become an offender to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and his gurus. In fact, you have become an offender to all those in the line of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura.

Because of your offenses you have fallen again into a hellish mentality under the control of maha maya and now consider the mundane to be spiritual and Wikipedia to be an authority on spiritual matters.

The Vedas are spiritual authority. Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “I Want to Be Utilized for His Cause”

SSM - BKG Sannyasa

Date: 2/12/16

Dear Srimati Krishangi Devi,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

As I have told you many times, the information contained on our website scsmathglobal.com is sufficient to answer all questions about Krishna Consciousness, if you will utilize it properly. How that is done has been explained repeatedly from many angles of vision by me and by the acharyas in the line of Sri Chaitanya Saraswati (the spiritual succession of Sri Krishna Chaitanya that is connected with Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura).

One must approach their gurudeva seeking spiritual wealth via the medium of pranipata, pariprashna and seva. It is a very simple process, as explained here by Srila Sridhara Maharaja:

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “At Each Such Juncture…We Become Stronger”

BKG_CA_1996

Date: 1/27/16

Dear Sriman Dayardra Nitai dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

I am very happy to hear you are engaging in sankirtana each week with at least one other person. You are acting as the expeditionary leader of one of our outposts in the new frontier known as Altoona, Pennsylvania. Such an adventure dictates that you first create a beachhead where you marshall men and supplies. As you gather strength you will be able to take more and more territory for the service of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga. So, first make yourself strong with perfect faith in the chanting of the Maha Mantra, avoiding the ten offenses and following the four regulative principals. As your strength and abilities increase, enlist as many as possible to help you, and gradually expand. pṛthivīte āche Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Without…the Guru, the Disciple is Nowhere”

BKG-w.-SGM-Mos.-2001,-102-0240_IMG

1/25/16

Dear ____________ ,

Please accept my blessings.

Your view, as expressed through your so-called questions, is mundane. I cannot have a mundane relationship with my disciples. If you want to have a spiritual relationship with me then you must follow the spiritual path:

Bg 4.34

tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ

Word for word: tat — that knowledge of different sacrifices; viddhi — try to understand; praṇipātena — by approaching a spiritual master; paripraśnena — by submissive inquiries; sevayā — by the rendering of service; upadekṣyanti — they will initiate; te — you; jñānam — into knowledge; jñāninaḥ — the self-realized; tattva — of the truth; darśinaḥ — seers.

Translation: Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.

and:

yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau tasyaite kathita hy arthah prakasante mahatmanah

"The key to success in spiritual life is unflinching devotion to both the spiritual master and Krsna. To those great souls who have full faith in both Krsna and the spiritual master, the inner meaning of the scriptures is fully revealed."

Verses such as those above describe the spiritual path to spiritual perfection. If you are really searching for Sri Krishna, there is no choice but to follow the directions given above, as I have continuously instructed you to do.

Read More...

Шрила Гири Махараджа, “Животные также имеют души”

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 4.11.03 AM

Суббота, 26 декабря 2015

Дорогой __________________,

Пожалуйста, примите мои самые теплые поздравления и пожелания.

Хотя мы не в состоянии присоединиться к вам в день Благодарения,
мы, тем не менее, думаем о вас и вспоминаем вас и вашу семью.
Вам соответствует доброта, щедрость и присоединение, которые вы так любезно проливаете на смиренных нас; это никогда не теряется в нас, хотя мы не всегда в состоянии ответить взаимностью прямо или достаточно.

Несмотря Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “The Supreme Mantra is Supreme in All Respects”

initiation 2

Date: 1/13/16

Dear Sriman Dayardra Nitai dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

You asked my opinion about an article you read that was written by someone outside our sampradaya. You must remember that I have already expressed my opinion about this. As I told you previously, to read or hear topics regarding the Absolute Truth from those outside our sampradaya is to invite confusion and doubt.

Now you have asked me to follow you outside our sampradaya by reading the article connected to the link you sent me. I have no interest in this. What our gurus have given is sufficient to answer all questions and remove all doubts. Why should I stray from their clear path to follow you down some dangerous road?

If, after reading or hearing the materials of our guru parampara you have any Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Animals Also Have Souls”

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 4.11.03 AM

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear __________________,

Please accept my warmest greetings and regards.

Although we were unable to join with you on Thanksgiving day, we were, nevertheless, thinking about and remembering you and your family. Your consistent kindness, generosity and inclusion, which you extend so graciously to our humble selves, are never lost on us, although we are not always able to reciprocate directly or sufficiently.

Although we do not live per se a cloistered life, our spiritual practicing life often deters us from societal interactions that expose us to meat eating, gambling, illicit sex and intoxication. Before receiving spiritual initiation we took a vow to strictly shun these four items we consider to be sinful activities. While it is sufficient for us to maintain Read More...