Srila Sridhara Maharaja “Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir Opening 1973”

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Srila Sridhar Maharaja: This ashram is being opened today. What is its position? In Srimad Bhagavatam we find,

vanam tu sattviko vaso gramo rajasa ucyate
tamasam dyuta-sadanam man-niketam tu nirgunam

(S.B. 11.25.25)“Residence in the forest is in the mode of goodness, residence in a town is in the mode of passion, residence in a gambling house displays the quality of ignorance, and residence in a place where I (the Supreme Lord) reside is transcendental.”

Vana-vasa means plain living with the minimum of material things to help our life, that is vana-vasa. It is a simple life, plain living and high thinking, but there also we are masters of that little thing, that sattvika-vasa. It is most conducive to our religious life. There is no grandeur of any material enjoyment, Read More...

Srila Sridhara Maharaja & Srila Swami Maharaja “Discussion at the Natha Mandir 1973”


Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada. The picture was taken in 1973 on the roof of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Natha Mandir.

Note: an audio version of this discussion is available in our “Audio” section of the “Media Page” under the title”2 Different Discussions In One Audio File”

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna. So, our Swami Maharaja has done a miracle! (Laughingly) He has done a miracle. What Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur conceived and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada tried according to his conception to translate into action — we find that through Srila Swami Maharaja in his last days these revelations have been fulfilled. We are happy, we are glad, we are proud of Swami Maharaja, and of you Read More...

Srila Sridhara Maharaja & Srila Swami Maharaja “Conversation March 1977”


Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in 1977.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: The central principle of ISKCON philosophy is surrender, otherwise one will not be able to get to know the substance. Whatever you are seeing externally by means of your intelligence — that is not going to help you to become acquainted with the real substance.Srila Prabhupada: That Dr. Radhakrishnan [author and one-time president of India] was victimized by Western philosophy. He had no real understanding of Indian philosophy.Srila Sridhara Maharaja: No matter; up to whatever extent they go, ultimately they end up becoming the worshiper of the self. They think that they will become God. The geocentric philosophy is not heliocentric. Read More...

Srila AC Bhakti Vedanta Swami Maharaja & Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja “The Guardian of Devotion”


His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja and His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada sharing the same Vyasasana at the opening ceremony of Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami Maharaja’s Sri Mayapur Chandrodoy Mandir. At the lower left is His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja, who is now the President Acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

In this photograph, Srila Govinda Maharaja is seen leading the kirtan by singing the Sanskrit prayer, Sri Sri Prabhupadapadma Stavakah, a devotional prayer to His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad [the guru of both Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami Maharaja]. Read More...