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


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

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


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So there may be disturbances, rather, we may say it should be, disturbance must come, because my most beloved Guru has withdrawn from amongst us.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...

Srila Sridhar Maharaja “The Near Death Experience”


The following is an excerpt from the transcript “83.04.28-29 – Guru 44 bkg ed”, which is available on our website “”.

We hope the excerpt below will serve as an appetizer to beckon you to partake in the full feast available via our Srila Sridhara Maharaja media files. — bkg

Guru Maharaja: Chitragupta, he’s the record keeper of Yamaraja. What do you now want to say?

Devotee: Does he have some special connection with Paramatma? His recording system is so intricate he must have some connection with Paramatma.

Guru Maharaja: Some sort, because he must have eligibility of recording of reading all the movements in this mundane world. By the vibration, whatever is happening he can record it, his heart automatically, Read More...

“Towards Radhesha-Dhani… to Serve, Where Radharani is Serving Her Own Lord”



Our lineage is one of form breakers. Srimati Radharani is the Chieftess of that line. Sriman Mahaprabhu established Her as such, prepared the ground for Bhagavata-vidhi and revealed the supremacy of Radha-dasyam above all other transcendental relationships.

Srila Saraswati Thakura appeared as the modern-day reformer of Gaudiya Theism. He broke the form created by the imitationists by giving emphasis to preaching the precepts of Sri Rupa through a spiritually vital institution of his own creation. He then used it to collapse the false ego of the caste goswamis and brahmans by proving the superiority of bhagavata-vidhi over pancharatrika-vidhi on the basis of Sri Rupa’s siddhanta. With similar prowess he tore asunder the philosophies of the mayavadis and the voidists. He Read More...

Srila Sridhar Maharaja & Srila Swami Maharaja Conversation 06/27/1973 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Navadwip Dhama

We offer this for the pleasure of the devotees, with full gratitude to the Bengali translators for the portions in bold type completed during February 2013. Bracketed “[ ]” text and some edits by Swami B.K. Giri.

Please Note: All transcriptions such as this are more or less works in progress presented with the expectation of future corrections and simultaneously with the intent to satisfy the hearts of the devotees eager to have these great talks available in text form for study and research.

Much work has been done by many devotees to produce these transcripts. We do not know the names of every transcriber, nor, in many cases, can we properly attribute their work to a specific transcript.

During the past few years Sriman Paramananda dasa Adhikari (UK) has been continuously engaged Read More...

Srila Sridhar Maharaja “Conversation With The GBC March 1978”


This transcript was made from the following two recordings:

78.03.__.A [GBC]

78.03.__.B [GBC]

Jayapataka Mj: After the departure of our beloved spiritual master we came to offer our respects to you as well as to hear your very esteemed upadesa on certain matters if you would be kind enough.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: The gurudeva is mentioned in the sastra with an example. The sisya is like a lotus, and the gurudeva like the water around, just as in a pond or in a lake, gurudevas position is like water and Krsna is like the sun. As long as the lotus is floating on the water, the sun will give life to the lotus but if the water vanishes that very sun will burn the lotus. Do you follow? This sort of example is given in the sastra. I cannot exactly remember the sanskrit verse, but such Read More...

Srila BR Sridhar Maharaja “Origin of the Jiva Soul”


Note: an audio version of this discussion is available by clicking HERE

How does the soul first appear in this world? From what stage of spiritual existence does he fall into the material world?” This is a broad question, which requires some background information.

There are two classes of souls, jivas, who come into this world. One class comes from the spiritual Vaikuntha planets by the necessity of nitya-lila, the eternal pastimes of Krsna. Another comes by constitutional necessity.

The brahmajyoti, the non-differentiated marginal plane, is the source of infinite jiva souls, atomic spiritual particles of non-differentiated character. The rays of the Lord’s transcendental body are known as the brahmajyoti, and a pencil of a ray of the brahmajyoti is the jiva. Read More...

Srila Sridhar Maharaja “Descent of the Holy Name”


Srila Sridhar Maharaja


We have removed the article originally appearing here entitled “Descent of the Holy Name” and replaced it with a chapter from the “Search for Sri Krishna”. in consideration of the following.

“The Descent of the Holy Name” article was originally published in Back to Godhead magazine in the 1970 Vol 1, No 33 edition published by ISKCON Press.

The article begins thusly:

The Descent of the Holy Name
by Achyutananda das Brahmachari
(ISKCON – India)

“B.R. Sridhara Maharaja sat on the roof of his quarters in Navadwip. The now very old sadhu was in a very contemplative mood, and to approach him in this state disturbed me. He motioned that I should sit in front of him, so I Read More...

Srila Sridhar Maharaja “In His Own Words”


Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja,, in the 1950’s.

Srila Sridhar Maharaja: I was born at midnight, Saturday 10th October, 1895. Navami tithi (lunar day) under the same sign as lord Ramachandra. Krsna-paksha (dark moon fortnight). Sriman Mahaprabhu was also born on Saturday. I was the second child. The first was a daughter, but she died early, so Ram Kavach (a protective mantram and amulet) was given to my mother for the protection of the next child, that is, myself. So I was born after my mother took Ram Kavach. There were two thatched rooms, one of which was the maternity room. Because the first child had been lost, after I was born and my mother was still confined within the maternity area, just in front of that place my two English-knowing Read More...

Srila Sridhar Maharaja “Service of the Holy Name” (Replacement for “Descent of the Holy Name”)


Srila BR Sridhar Maharaja.

We have removed the article originally appearing here entitled “Descent of the Holy Name” and replaced it with a chapter from the “Search for Sri Krishna”. For a detailed explanation of why the original article has been removed CLICK HERE. Most of the content for the replacement article “Service of the Holy Name” is based on THIS RECORDING.

Student: I have one question about chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on beads (japa-mala). My spiritual master has given me many preaching duties, so sometimes when I am trying to concentrate on my japa-mala, instead of hearing the holy name, I think of all these different duties I have to do.

Sridhar Maharaja: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur emphasized that kirtan Read More...