From censure to censor. Warning! You may be “horrified.”

By Swami B.K. Giri

 

“The revolution has already erupted and in the fighting some may be injured and some may die, but the gate has been broken and the prisoners are running to Vaikuntha.”—Srila Govinda Maharaja

The revolutionaries are who? They are our gurus and their devoted followers.

What are the tools and weapons for breaking the gate of the prison house and fighting the revolution? They are the transcendental words of Sri Guru.

Who are the “prisoners running to Vaikuntha?” They are those who have heard the words of Sri Guru.

What follows are my views, expressed in a series of emails, on the urgent need to provide, promote and propagate the teachings of our Gurus for the welfare of all, as we have been blessed to hear them ourselves, unfiltered and unadulterated.

The recipient of my emails is a well known, senior devotee, who served Srila Govinda Maharaja and SCSM for many years. He would not accept Sripada Acharya Maharaja as the acharya of the region where he lives, nor was there any obligation to do so as it was not designated as one of Acharya Maharaja’s zones.

He is now working independently of the International Acharya Board, and has begun his own mission.

Although he was bold enough to publicly reject Sripada Acharya Maharaja and the IAB soon after Gurudeva’s disappearance, he expressed an unwillingness to have his name publicly associated with mine so as to maintain harmonious relations with them, even though he disagrees with me and supports the position of the IAB with regard to the topics under discussion.

Respecting his desire, I will refer to him simply as Mr. X.

“First, a guru loses his attraction for his own guru and sastra-upadesa, the advice of the sastra. Then, what he previously expressed, quoting the scriptures and the words of his own guru, gradually becomes absent in him. His attraction for the higher thing fades. That is pratistha, prestige.”—BRS, SG&HG

To quote the words of our guru, we must know what they are. We must hear them, or read them. If we think “I am qualified to hear the words of Sri Guru, but others are not.”, we will be lost to pratishtha, be hypocrites to our own cause, and lose our connection with Divinity.

Some poets can describe very beautifully anything they touch; that is called kavi. Someone may be a renowned kavi, but that does not mean he is an Acharyya. His life may be a filthy one, and what we receive from him is not acceptable. Professor Nisikanta Sanyal… noted in his diary, “One who does not sincerely believe in a particular creed, but goes to write about and eulogize that line of thought, is a hypocrite. We must be very careful about this: to see if a man does not actually believe what he himself says. If the man and his word are different we must not believe him, rather we should be very careful in his association. He does not believe in what he is saying. He himself does not believe it, so he is just a hypocrite who is double-dealing!”— BRS, Sermons, Vol. III

One who poses as having his eyes opened by the words of Sri Guru, who instructs others in the practice of Krishna Consciousness and to follow Sriman Mahaprabhu’s injunction to teach everyone the science of Krishna Consciousness  yare dekhe tare kaha krishna upadesha, yet, like the Scrooge of Dickens, hoards his own private stock of the liberating coin of the realm, Sri Guru Vani, which he doles out in pittances to poor beggars, must be the worst sort of double-dealing hypocrite whom Srila Sridhara Maharaja has warned “We must be very careful about.”

Such foolish hypocrites, blinded by their own arrogance, cannot see that their miserliness, like consumption, is eating away their own inner vitality which had been freely given to them by the most magnanimous benefactors of the conditioned souls Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Gurudeva.

Neither can they see that the sincere and honest beggar for Truth will never be denied the coin he seeks as the All Merciful Supreme Lord is, Himself, searching for the chance to supply it through an honest broker.

ekala malakara ami kahan kahan yaba
ekala va kata phala padiya vilaba

ekala uthana dite haya parisrama
keha paya, keha na paya, rahe mane bhrama

ataeva ami ajna dilun sabakare
yahan tahan prema-phala deha’ yare tare

“I am the only gardener. How many places can I go? How many fruits can I pick and distribute?

“It would certainly be a very laborious task to pick the fruits and distribute them alone, and still I suspect that some would receive them and others would not.

“Therefore I order every man within this universe to accept this Krsna consciousness movement and distribute it everywhere.”—BVS, CC Adi 9.34-36

The fruits of the tree of Love of God are enjoyed not by hoarding, but by distributing.  It is not our business to decide who are proper recipients and who are not.

mage va na mage keha, patra va apatra
ihara vicara nahi jane, deya matra

anjali anjali bhari’ phele caturdise
daridra kudana khaya, malakara hase

“Not considering who asked for it and who did not, nor who was fit and who unfit to receive it, Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributed the fruit of devotional service.

“The transcendental gardener, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, distributed handful after handful of fruit in all directions, and when the poor, hungry people ate the fruit, the gardener smiled with great pleasure.”—BVS, CC Adi 9.29-30

For those who think we alone are entitled to hear the confidential topics discussed by Sri Chaitanya and His intimate associates, Srila Krishna dasa Kaviraja provided us with a guide to follow:

e saba siddhanta gudha, — kahite na yuyaya
na kahile, keha ihara anta nahi paya

ataeva kahi kichu karina nigudha
bujhibe rasika bhakta, na bujhibe mudha

“All these conclusions are unfit to disclose in public. But if they are not disclosed, no one will understand them.

“Therefore I shall mention them, revealing only their essence, so that loving devotees will understand them but fools will not.”—BVS, CC Adi 4.231, 232

Over the course of many years I have heard various arguments disputing the conclusions I am asserting. The arguments came primarily from the hoarders and the hoards that followed them.

The hoarders tend to share a common trait of believing they have been deputed above all others to restrict access to the treasury of Divine knowledge. It is most odd to me that even those among them who “can describe very beautifully anything they touch” are most unwilling or unable to describe any authority authorizing their regulatory control.

There is an irony that reaches its zenith when they cannot remember that it was the true Bhakti Rakshaka, the Guardian of Devotion that saw fit to lay open his treasury for them to plunder at their will, with little care as to who was fit or unfit to pocket the coin of his realm. And what was his direction to them?

“I don’t want to make it a trade, it must be the most benevolent trade of Mahaprabhu. But no special trade. For His trade, to convert all under Krishna Consciousness, that earnest idea we must embrace, one and all.”These are the interests of Mahaprabhu and Krishna, Prabhupada, Swami Maharaja. For their interest it is repeated, meant, worth something. Everyone is at liberty to do that. It is not mine. If the words come from our Master, Krishna, everyone should have right to accept that and to spread that. Yare dekhe tare kaha krishna upadesha. If they consider it is Krishna upadesha, then they’re at liberty to spread it anywhere and everywhere. His conscience to be justified.”—BRS, 81.12.02.A

Dear reader, if you find, as one of my acquaintances has, and as you’ll read below, that posting messages such as these in public causes you to “be horrified”, I will be very pleased to know if it is your personal feeling or a violation of the preaching ethics practiced by Sri Gaura Saraswati.

“You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.”

I have offered my opinion supported by the facts of authoritative references. If you disagree, please be kind enough to rebuke me by citing similar authorities, not by stating your opinion. I don’t care much for such opinions. In this, I am not alone.

“From their talks in general, I found that they do not care for the opinion of anyone else; but when anything is quoted from Scripture, they give a patient hearing. This was their nature. Summarily they reject all, they don’t care for anyone, but they care only for Scriptural truth; that they soberly consider and evaluate. But with adherence they reject so many stalwarts of the then society-this Aurobindo, this Gandhi, the Ramkrishna, the [imitationist] Goswamins-they summarily reject them all. But Mahaprabhu, Bhagavatam, Gita-they are all-in-all. I had an attraction, a taste for them. I could identify with them.”—BRS, Absolute Harmony

 

Krishne matir astu

From:  BK Giri
Subject:  Re: seva
Date:  April 21, 2012
To:  Mr. X

 

Dear Sriman Mr. X Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I sent the email below to a few devotees in the UK and Ireland.

I know you are also keen to see all the recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja transcribed so I thought you should also see this.

I don’t know how far you’ve gotten with your own work on the project.

My intention is to make all transcripts available to everyone by posting them on the internet. Will you share the ones you commission in a similar fashion? If so, I think we may coordinate our efforts as much as possible to avoid duplicating work already done.

I pray this finds you well in all respects.
Giri Maharaja

Above referenced email to devotees in UK and Ireland:

Dear Sriman ____ Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I apologize for taking so long to reply. I had to gather all the files together from various folders, hard drives and so forth. I think I found all the ones I have.

I am also new to using SkyDrive and had to find the time to figure out how to share the files with you.

I have now done so. You should all receive an email from SkyDrive notifying you of this already. It explains some of the issues with these files:

Dear devotees,

Please use MS SkyDrive to access all the transcripts I have of Srila Sridhara Maharaja.

If you don’t have SkyDrive, you can get it here:

https://skydrive.live.com/

You will see the files are very disorganized and there are many duplicates.

The “Word” format for many of these was created with an old MS Word for Macintosh application. I believe they can all be opened using MS Word for Mac Version 5.1.

The easiest way you can all open these files is to use “Open Office”. It is a free shareware program you can download off the internet and is available for both Mac and Windows users.

I think they may also be opened with newer versions of Word but you may have to go through some difficult experiments to get it to work.

Please email me with any questions and let me know when you have downloaded the files.

Feel free to share the files with anyone interested.

Perhaps you can enlist someone to help organize, save to current word processor format and clean up some of these files.

They should also be converted to a common naming convention. Since this has already been done with all the recordings we have, I suggest using the same format. yy.mm.dd.side (A,B,C, etc)

80.07.11.B

More than one day on the same recording is done this way-

80.08.18.A_80.08.19.A

Giri Maharaja

The greatest interest I have seen in compiling these transcripts has come from those of you in the UK/Ireland. Aside from those listed above who I Cc’d this email to, there are Srimans Pranahsis and Vamsi Vadana who have also expressed interest in the transcripts.

Perhaps you could organize a “local” effort to compile everything properly.

I’m sure there are many more transcripts already completed but no one has come forward to offer any to me. I would welcome any ideas you may have for collecting these and adding them to those already available via our website.

The first task is to create a core group of transcripts from those we already have (the ones I just shared with you). That means eliminating any duplicates.

After doing this the core files should all be named using the common naming convention set out above, and already used for the recordings we have. The original name should be retained as part of the transcript text so as to eliminate possible confusion in the future.

For example:

Original transcript file name: **84-1/30-31/84

File name for core transcripts: 84.01.30_84.01.31

Original transcript file name retained as part of the transcript text:

Original transcript file name: **84-1/30-31/84

File name for core transcripts: 84.01.30_84.01.31

Original transcript begins:
SGM 1/30-31/’84
BVM/ Tuesday, June 7, 1988
….mostly to distribute to the public in a gradual process…the lila pastimes there within the camp. And here, how that can be given to the public at large and grant admission to that lila. That is in Nabadwipa: Audarya. Udara, generous, magnanimous. That is within the fold. And here, how it can be distributed to others in a scientific way. That is the difference. Madhurya and Audarya. Sweetness and sweetness mixed with magnanimity. Sweetness and magnanimous. Do you follow?
SM: Puri, mainly Dwaraka�and with modification also….also to accept the most fallen, specially through prasadam. Patitapavana jagannatha sarveshwar, vrndavana candra sarva rase………………. . In Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the 108 names of Krishna he is writing in this way. Dwaraka lila ad#justed to recruit the most fallen. And afterwards they may be me.i.;.i.m;ber in Vrndavana. Both mixed, Dwaraka lila and Nabadwipa lila mixed. Patitapa#vana, here [navadwipa] also and in Puri also, but here Vrndavana and Nabadwipa, and there Dwaraka and Nabadwipa. And Vrndavana suppressed there. When He comes to…Gundica�there the connection of Vrndavana expresses itself. Oth#erwise, in the temple�that is Dwaraka.
Parivrajaka Maharaja: The verse Vrndavananam parityajya padam ekam na gachati, that Krsna never leaves Vrndavana. So, how is that we understand the other manifesta#tion of Krsna, in Mathura, in… That is different Krishna?

Revision 0.  Uncorrected.

D: Yes. And J. Puri?

When the above has been done, we can begin working on future transcripts with an easy method to look up the transcripts already completed, so as not to waste time transcribing them again.

I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

I pray this finds you all well in health and spirit.

Giri Maharaj

  “‘That Kirtana which is performed by many jointly is alone Sankirtana.’ Prayer, praising Godhead, is included in Sankirtana.” –Be Humbler than even a Blade of Grass, Srila Saraswati Thakur

 

Sriman Mr. X’s response:
From:  Mr. X
Subject:  Re: seva
Date:  April 21, 2012
To:  BK Giri

Text: Withheld.

Date, etc. above for chronological and contextual reference only.

From:  BK Giri
Subject:  Censure to censor.
Date:  April 22, 2012
To:  Mr. X

Dear Sriman Mr. X Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

As you must know, I have been accused of being easily excited. Perhaps it is so and your response has caused some excitement in me.

You may read my reaction below. I think you are more cool-headed and will be inclined to offer a more measured reply. I look forward to reading it.

“I would like to see all the tapes transcribed and some of them posted on the internet, only withholding content that may be controversial and not immediately useful for the expansion of the message of Sri Gaura-Saraswati and the sankirtan movement more generally. For example, references to historical events such as Hitler’s war and Jayatirtha’s pastimes”.

I think you already know I disagree with the above.

How have so many disciples become the ultimate censors of their guru?

Srila Sridhara Maharaja was not averse to controversy (“I am rather a form breaker than a form maker.”) or having his controversial remarks distributed:

82.02.25.E @ 31:45
[Sounds like] SM- So in these last weeks I have insulted [scolded?] them permanently and the talk has been recorded? You caught me?”
DKS- “I won’t distribute this recording. I will not distribute…”
SM- “Yes, you may distribute
DKS- ??”Then I will.”
SM- “What I am within me, the people will know, and they will abuse me. But what I am, if I need to be abused, it will be well and good. Any offenses will be purged out.

SM- Then, should we stop here?
DKS- Yes, but the more that you reveal to us about yourself, the more we become attached to your lotus feet.
SM- …That is also captured here. [laughter] So, they’ll say that Dhira Krishna Maharaja, he is the root of all these evils.

Here I must agree with DKS (Dhira Krishna Swami) “the more that you reveal to us about yourself, the more we become attached to your lotus feet.”

Oh, but it is only for the chosen ones to decide who Srila Sridhara Maharaja will reveal himself to? And Prabhu Mr. X will appoint himself to the position of censor of Srila Sridhara Maharaja?

“Whether he is reading the newspaper or the Veda, it is the same.” I believe this was the comment of Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja, perhaps it was Srila Madhusudana Maharaja. In any event, accepting this as true, is it not also true that what he (SSM) is discussing is transcendental whether it be Hitler or Yudhisthira. Can we discuss Ravana but not Hitler? Hitler killed many people. Ravana tried to kill God Himself along with His devotees.

SSM told us (referring to Srila Sanatana Goswami speaking freely with the residents of Vrndavana about ordinary affairs “gramya katha”) that ordinary talks in the Dhama are higher than philosophical discussions of the Vedas. I take all of Srila Guru Maharaja’s talks, be they of Hitler, WWII, or whatever, to be Divine dispensation of transcendence delivered in such a fashion as to be accessible to our puppy brains which would otherwise be deprived of such rare earths.

“Jayatirthas “pastimes”? If they are truly pastimes i.e. lila then why should there be a prohibition of their discussion? Clearly they were not lila. It is important that devotees hear this opinion clearly stated by one who is an authority on the subject. Was it lila? No. Never. One way I know is because I got the chance to hear that from His Divine Grace. Why should others be deprived of the same knowledge?

The idea that an embargo may be imposed on a country in such a manner as to affect the wrongdoers without affecting the innocent, is doomed to failure at its outset. Attempting to exclude those who would misappropriate Guru Maharaja’s words will inevitably deny the same words to those for whom they were intended.

This is a sickness. A disease. So many censors of our gurus. For what? Hoping to be popular. Like politicians who will not tell the citizens the truth for fear of losing their vote. Is that what we’ve come to? Vote seekers? Politicians? We have a claim to know the truth, but others do not?

“I would like to see all the tapes transcribed and some of them posted on the internet”

What audacity. “Some of them”?

I can read Chaitanya Charitamrta, but don’t allow it for others.

I can know the meaning of “upayanti te” but don’t tell others.

“There are many persons who are very selfish, indeed. They say, ‘I alone shall serve… No one else has any claim to join me in my service of Godhead.’ But the kind heart of Shri Gurudeva says, ‘Come, let all of us jointly worship Godhead by giving up malice.’” –Be Humbler than even a Blade of Grass, Srila Saraswati Thakur

“The service of Godhead is the highest of all functions. My Gurudeva does not say that others will be unable to do the work because it happens to be the highest. Neither does he say that he will not allow any other person to serve Godhead, on the ground that it is the highest of all functions. The chant of Hari-Nama that is performed jointly by all persons is Sankirtana.” –Be Humbler than even a Blade of Grass, Srila Saraswati Thakur

Prabhu, your idea to restrict access of our Gurudeva’s instructions to only those you find qualified to receive them is not new. You can stand on the precedent of Sripada Goswami Maharaja who denied access to Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s recordings. He would not give them even to the disciples of Srila Gurudeva, and even after hearing that Srila Govinda Maharaja wanted his disciples to hear them. Goswami Maharaja thought he knew better who should be allowed access and who should be denied.

Perhaps you were one of the lucky, or deserving, elites who received Goswami Maharaja’s benedictine dispensation of our guru’s divya vani. Now it appears you will follow suite as another generation of benedictine monks who believe themselves to be the sole proprietors of the wealth of our father.

Sripada Paramahamsa Maharaja also did this. You can cite him as an authority who was privileged to travel all over the world with His Divine Grace, recording his talks and then deciding all the recordings should be locked up in his room as his exclusive property.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja voiced a different idea:

81.12.02.A at about 30:00
Vidugdha Madhava Prabhu asks permission for Satyanarayana Dasa to publish a small book with quotations from the tapes of Srila Sridhara Maharaja. Here’s his response:

“Yes, one who has got that, he may do. He may publish, I have no objection. Dhira Krishna Maharaja or something like, he also asked me, ‘May we print all these things?’.

Yes, you do, yes, you do. Anyone who has heard it, he may do and publish if he thinks it is, to do some good to the world, then of course he is justified to do that.

I don’t want to make it a trade, it must be the most benevolent trade of Mahaprabhu. But no special trade. For His trade, to convert all under Krishna Consciousness, that earnest idea we must embrace, one and all.

These are the interests of Mahaprabhu and Krishna, Prabhupada, Swami Maharaja. For their interest it is repeated, meant, worth something. Everyone is at liberty to do that. It is not mine. If the words come from our Master, Krishna, everyone should have right to accept that and to spread that. Yare dekha tare kaha krishna upadesha. If they consider it is Krishna upadesha, then they’re at liberty to spread it anywhere and everywhere. His conscience to be justified.

If he sincerely thinks that, of course he will do it. It is not mine, it is of my Gurudeva and he would say [these] are Mahaprabhu, a ray of Bhagavatam, Vyasadeva, in this way. Gaura Hari Bol…

And, if anyone gets any real benefit out of that, then I shall get reward from above and I shall get good will from them also. I want that sort of blessing. For my own sustenance I want that. Gaura Hari Bol.

The reaction will come to me if really that is helpful, the reaction will come to me, to bless me, to make me more fit for the service of my Lord. Gaura Hari Bol.

Without that I may not have anything to change in my heart. I may not do. I pray to my Lord. To make trade over this Hari Katha, our Guru Maharaja condemned it…”

And Paramahamsa Maharaja’s guru offered these words:

“the life of service is the eternal property of the exalted jiva-soul, or the liberated soul, and that is also the property of everyone”

Following the traditions of the hoarders cited above, Prabhu Mahananda took possession of all the video and audio files laboriously collected by Prabhus Sadhu Priya and Manasa Krishna, who told those of us who contributed our collection to them that they were being collected to be shared with everyone.

Prabhu Mahananda decided differently. He would decide who they will be shared with.

No surprise, he told the collectors of the nectar, Manasa Krishna and Sadhu Priya that even they were not entitled to keep their own supply of the nectar they had collected. He, Big Brother would dispense the nectar in drips and drops after he had sanitized it. It was not pure enough in its original form.

They all have their justifications, as you must also have for your policy of distributing carefully selected throwaways to the masses while hoarding the good stuff for yourself and those fortunate enough to be blessed by you.

I am still prone to be activated by these policies:

“To make trade over this Hari Katha, our Guru Maharaja condemned it…”

Srila Govinda Maharaja “The Place of Compromise (2/12/89)”
@ 36:45

Devotee from Mauritius talking with Srila Govinda Maharaja about using extracts from recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja for publishing in “a journal every month, a sort of newspaper” they want to print.

SGM- I know ___ so many tapes of our Guru Maharaja. We can print in journal.

Dev.- So, we can take these and, uh

SGM- Very nice

Dev.- Every month there will be 500 and devotees can go and distribute

SGM- I want to do that always. And, I am very enthusiastic to tell it, to the devotees. And, I have no restriction. In the time of Guru Maharaja, I am giving everybody permission. In the time of Guru Maharaja, they’re asking signature of Guru Maharaja. Yes. I am taking immediately, “Guru Maharaja, give your signature, they will print.” This way.

I was led to believe Manasa Krishna and Sadhu Priya later got copies of the sequestered audio and video files they had collected. When I asked to get a copy myself, Manasa Krishna, too afraid the troika would send him off to the gulag, could not find the courage to give it to me.

It seemed to me he was more interested to keep in the good graces of Big Brother than his great guru who had “no restriction.”

“SGM- I want to do that always. And, I am very enthusiastic to tell it, to the devotees. And, I have no restriction.”

If the words of our guru require editing for content (as opposed to usage, such as grammar) then who is really the guru, he or us?

Will the censors of Gurudeva be satisfied with their current hoard of wealth? Might they not just as well decide the shastra given by them should also have offensive portions stricken from the record so as not to risk the public’s misunderstanding it?

How many might be offended by or misconstrue such statements as these?

dharmah projjhita-kaitavo ‘tra paramo nirmatsaranam satam
vedyam vastavam atra vastu sivadam tapa-trayonmulanam
srimad-bhagavate maha-muni-krte kim va parair isvarah
sadyo hrdy avarudhyate ‘tra krtibhih susrusubhis tat-ksanat

Completely rejecting all religious activities which are materially motivated, this Bhagavata Purana propounds the highest truth, which is understandable by those devotees who are fully pure in heart. The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold miseries. This beautiful Bhagavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva [in his maturity], is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture? As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart.

 

harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha

“‘In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name of Lord Hari.’

Should we not immediately begin the editing of Srimad-Bhagavatam and Caitanya-caritamrta, since we know more about what is suitable for public dissemination than our gurus in the parampara?

Bhagavad-gita is also a disaster waiting to happen. What if the public should read Guru Maharaja’s explanation of api cet su-duracaro…? It is too dangerous for public consumption. Should we not devise a test of one’s adhikara before allowing them to read Bhagavad-gita? Only those who qualify under our examination should be given access to the “Hidden Treasure”, is it not?

Sri Krishna Himself says raja-vidya raja-guhyam pavitram idam uttamam “This is the king of all knowledge, it is the king of secrets, it is pure to the ultimate degree.” Shouldn’t we, therefore, carefully restrict its access? It mustn’t fall into the hands of unqualified persons. We should guard it carefully like the Masons guard the Holy Grail. Is it not? But then, like the Holy Grail, who will know if it exists at all, or if it is merely a fictional tale?

Srila Guru Maharaja carefully considered such things and stated his conclusions. For example:

When I was publishing my commentary on Bhagavad-gita, a godbrother once told me, “If you give such an explanation, then in the name of ananya-bhak-bhakti, exclusive devotion, less advanced devotees will take advantage of this. What you are revealing here is a very hidden meaning. It is not meant for the public. It is a confidential point: api cet su-duracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak sadhur eva: ‘He may be the worst debauchee in his outer life. But if he is ananya-bhak, a surrendered soul, he should be considered a really honest man.’ If you explain things according to your interpretation, everyone will say, ‘Oh, I am an ananya-bhak devotee,’ and they will go on with their debauchery. So please don’t express this interpretation of yours so explicitly.”

But I published my commentary over this objection because the principle underlying this verse is an important one.

…But some objected, saying, “Don’t be so broad in your interpretation. If you do so, then the people at large will do abominable things in the name of pure devotion. They will say, ‘Oh, I am Vaishnava. I am acyuta-gotra, I am one of Krishna’s own men. What is his property is mine. I can enjoy everything.’”—Subjective Evolution of Consciousness

You are free to do as you like. What I have understood you to say is an idea I find to be reprehensible to the extreme.

It is also rampant as one group after another feels they have come to own the rights to their guru’s property and will then decide which of the bloody beggars that come pleading to them will be offered a drop of the life giving, life sustaining, nectar.

lutiya, khaiya, diya, bhandara ujade
ascarya bhandara, prema sata-guna bade

Although the members of the Panca-tattva plundered the storehouse of love of Godhead and ate and distributed its contents, there was no scarcity, for this wonderful storehouse is so complete that as the love is distributed, the supply increases hundreds of times.

PURPORT
A pseudo incarnation of Krsna once told his disciple that he had emptied himself by giving him all knowledge and was thus spiritually bankrupt. Such bluffers speak in this way to cheat the public, but actual spiritual consciousness is so perfect that the more it is distributed, the more it increases. Bankruptcy is a term that applies in the material world, but the storehouse of love of Godhead in the spiritual world can never be depleted. Krsna is providing for millions and trillions of living entities by supplying all their necessities, and even if all the innumerable living entities wanted to become Krsna conscious, there would be no scarcity of love of Godhead, nor would there be insufficiency in providing for their maintenance. Our Krsna consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and no one provided for our livelihood, but at present we are spending hundreds and thousands of dollars all over the world, and the movement is increasing more and more. Thus there is no question of scarcity. Although jealous persons may be envious, if we stick to our principles and follow in the footsteps of the Panca-tattva, this movement will go on unchecked by imitation svamis, sannyasis, religionists, philosophers or scientists, for it is transcendental to all material considerations. Therefore those who propagate the Krsna consciousness movement should not be afraid of such rascals and fools.—BVS, Adi 7.25

I will follow this policy as far as possible:

SGM- I want to do that always. And, I am very enthusiastic to tell it, to the devotees. And, I have no restriction.

If you have some reason or authority that counteracts what I have put forth above, I am interested to read it.

Otherwise, I pray you will consider these things carefully and, if you can agree with my position, help to make our guru’s words available to the widest possible audience, without restriction.

I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.

Sincerely,
Giri Maharaja

Sriman Mr. X’s response:
From: Mr. X
Subject: Re: Censure to censor.
Date: April 22, 2012
To: BK Giri

Text: Withheld.

Date, etc. above for chronological and contextual reference only.

From:  BK Giri
Subject:  Re: Censure to censor.
Date:  April 26, 2012
To:  Mr. X

Dear Sriman Mr. X Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

“Maharaj I haven’t read your entire message, only the first bit. But reading this it seems you intend to post this message in public. I would be horrified if you did that”

When I compose personal correspondence I do not do so with the intent of making it public.

Later on, if, upon reflection, I believe there are concepts, opinions or ideas in the correspondence that should be distributed to a larger audience I will request permission from those with whom I’m corresponding to publish their correspondence.

I think you are aware of this policy as I previously sought, and you granted, your permission to publish an email exchange between the two of us.

One exception to this policy has been in the case of some correspondence I had with members of the International Acharya Board who took bold public action while hiding their motives that could only be ascertained by revealing the content of said correspondence.

Considering the broad ranging destructive effects of their actions, coupled with their positions as sannyasis, who are expected to have little claim to privacy, as their beliefs and behavior should be, generally speaking, open to public scrutiny, I presented their correspondence with me in the same manner that I agreed they could do with my correspondence to them namely, publishing my letters in their entirety, without editing, so that the proper context could be understood.

By contrast, my personal correspondence, addressed to particular individuals, found its way into the hands of the IAB. Portions of these personal letters were then extracted, entirely out of context, manipulated in such a fashion as to make them appear to be of a wicked nature, and then published for public consumption.

I mention these events in the hope that you may understand I have good reason to be sensitive to your concerns, having personally felt the frustration, or in your word, been “horrified”, to see how my personal correspondence to individual devotees had been manipulated, abused and posted to public forums, with no ability for me to directly respond to these actions.

For my part, I always offered to publish any response the IAB cared to offer to the letters of theirs I posted to the public. Again, by contrast, I was not offered the same courtesy.

I know that my opinion may be flawed, or that there may be a superior line of thought, or some other consideration that should be taken into account, therefore I try to follow the guideline Srila Sridhara Maharaja set forth –

“What I am within me, the people will know, and they will abuse me. But what I am, if I need to be abused, it will be well and good. Any offenses will be purged out.”
It was with this thinking that I responded to your determination, as stated below, to pass the words of Srila Guru Maharaja through your filter before presenting them to the public.

“I would like to see all the tapes transcribed and some of them posted on the internet, only withholding content that may be controversial and not immediately useful for the expansion of the message of Sri Gaura-Saraswati and the sankirtan movement more generally. For example, references to historical events such as Hitler’s war and Jayatirtha’s pastimes.”

I have been open and forthright in stating my reasons for disagreeing with you.

Your decision to not respond to my points of disagreement causes me to think you must believe there is sufficient authority in your opinion alone to make such a response on your part unnecessary. In other words, I have cited the authoritative opinion of our gurus specifically addressing the topic at hand, joined with my own logic and reasoning, while you find no necessity for such justification of your opinion.

You further indicate that you have such disdain for my ideas, or are so prejudiced against them, that you do not even find it necessary to give them a full hearing. You have become “horrified” by the prospect that I might post my message without even fully understanding what the message is:

“I haven’t read your entire message, only the first bit.”

While I appreciate your taking the time to at least compose a non-response, response,

“I am not going to respond to any debate or arguments.”

I am surprised a man of your background and superior intellect, who is undoubtedly learned in many respects, would adopt such a biased attitude.

I was horrified that you would presume to selectively expunge the record of Srila Guru Maharaja’s divine discourses as they are transcribed and you are horrified that I would publicly object to it.

Now I believe this is a topic that deserves broader discussion and will publish the content of our discourse, presenting the ideas contained therein, while withholding your name so as not to cause the personal embarrassment you fear.

Your anxiety over being found to “conflict with other devotees…”

“I am not seeking controversy, not seeking attention, most particularly not seeking to conflict with other devotees of Srila Govinda Maharaj who probably never think about me anymore but who are opposed in some kind of way with you.”

is lost on me since you support their position in this present dispute. Be that as it may, it is your personal preference and I will respect it.

If you should change your mind and decide to respond publicly, I will be happy to attach your response in full.

You may rest assured that any response you care to make to me confidentially may be done without fear of exposing your identity publicly.

I pray this finds you well in all respects.

Respectfully,
Giri Maharaja

1 thought on “From censure to censor. Warning! You may be “horrified.”

  1. I recently sent Srila BRR Giri Maharaja the following E-mail. As I’ve expressed to him, I am for total transparency, and he can post anything I write or say. However sometimes I feel compelled to post myself, as in this instance. I will write further after the E-mail.

    Dear Srila BRR Giri Maharaja,

    As always I am being attentive to the instructions/scriptures, including in the form of your postings online, and taking time to both hear and take to heart, allowing the lessons to prosper in my heart, while incinerating that which would only fester, i.e. the hypocrisy of misers.

    “His conscience to be justified.” —BRS, 81.12.02.A

    This last sentence must be a double intender. If a disciple will distribute, his/her conscience will be justified. But also, if I read this as His, meaning His Majesty’s conscience (consciousness), will be justified, I think it fitting as well. In other words, if the disciple will distribute, the heart of the disciple and Guru will be aligned; disciple and Guru justified. Indra Bandhu das used the term “directive” when I explained this while reading together. I said distribution is the prime directive.

    “From their talks in general, I found that they do not care for the opinion of anyone else; but when anything is quoted from Scripture, they give a patient hearing. This was their nature. Summarily they reject all, they don’t care for anyone, but they care only for Scriptural truth; that they soberly consider and evaluate. But with adherence they reject so many stalwarts of the then society-this Aurobindo, this Gandhi, the Ramkrishna, the [imitationist] Goswamins-they summarily reject them all. But Mahaprabhu, Bhagavatam, Gita-they are all-in-all. I had an attraction, a taste for them. I could identify with them.” —BRS, Absolute Harmony

    There are nights when I cannot sleep, and daily I feel compelled to write you Srila Giri Maharaja, in fact there are times when I want to, with all urgent haste, run to you, immediately, swimming the river of nescience and impersonalism, because I am feeling you are the only person I can identify with. Because, and as I lay in bed last night, till two in the morning, unable to rest… furious that even supposed “devotees” don’t believe the scripture, I realize you do. You and I do, at least. The stories are true, gravely true… worth giving one’s life for true… heart warmingly true… I haven’t the words to express… it’s just a depth, a depth of Truth that a disciple can live upon, a foundation. And I don’t want to forget. I mustn’t forget. Rememberance and inheritance are the same! What if people took any portion and believed upon it, for example, that Sri Krishna was here, God, and left instructions He spoke Himself… would they then run for a pure translation of the Srimad Bhagavad-Gita as I would run to you, a pure disciple!?! And if we believe in Gurudeva, then how profound His words! There are moments it takes all my will power just to stay put and work from here, because coming to you would also be escaping from my work here, as I find solace in the scripture, and so I take what little sincerity I have, and pour it like fuel upon my fire to distribute, and my affection for you is becoming a purer fuel too. As with Srila Govinda Maharaja, as my affection grew, so did my service. Please inspire more service! I am feeling very affectionate towards you, the more I realize we cannot be bystanders, idling away the time, but instead declare all out war! Of course I don’t mean this in the way of reaction, but in the Name of devotion. In other words, I never want to think I have the prestige to stop distributing, while I also hold in my heart how much distirubtion is both an honor, and always humbling. I don’t want to fight the environment, there is no necessity, but I do want to fight for Them! Their story, History, Herstory. Devotion is my necessity and thus sustenance.

    This child wrote you:

    “I am not seeking controversy, not seeking attention, most particularly not seeking to conflict with other devotees of Srila Govinda Maharaj who probably never think about me anymore but who are opposed in some kind of way with you.”

    So this child writes, if I reword his sentence: “I don’t want to take responsibility for my controversial conceptions nor those of others, and I pretend to not seek conflict but write you, an Acaryya, with a conflicting perspective, but honestly can’t tell who is a devotee of Srila Govinda Maharaja, but I obviously want the attention of the pure devotees, and those who are opposed to you I think are such.”

    Any adult can tell this child to grow up. He is controversial, does seek attention, can’t tell a devotee from a hypocrite, wants to establish his own mission, upon his own conception, and yet simultaneously favors the IAB (what?), who are directly in opposition to the Guru he claims to follow, by participating in futile attempts to hide the heart of the Lord (by way of not distributing scripture). He’ll fail.

    If necessary, the Lord Himself says He’ll come to propagate bhakti, the enemy should gravely consider this, and the devotees bank on it!

    A combination of sentiment for scripture and angst hearing this letter, are such friction, that a fire has been renkindled in me, that has been suffocating, begging new breath since I left the unfortunate association of Mathuranath das, and I am very fortunate if this fire will continue to burn me like lava:)

    Affectionately,
    Radha-Syam das brahmacari

    P.S. Taking the scripture literally isn’t a mental note, it’s a fact of the heart. Srila BRR Giri Maharaja isn’t fighting the IAB, just as I’m not fighting the minds of infants, child’s play, what I call “playground mentality”… I think I had had enough of that when I ran away at almost five years old to be a priest; and I should note the rationale for doing so at the time was because neither my parents, the pastors, nor the congregation of the church I was taken to, were apparently following the teachings of Yeshua, and this was anethema to me, a child who deeply felt the teachings I received in Bible school. Consider this when considering this hasn’t changed, in regards to Gurudeva’s scripture! This is a call to those who do take the scripture literally, yes, but more so, if you are reading this, and want to fight for the heart of our Guru-vani to be shared to all, get up stand up, don’t give up the fight! We aren’t giving precedence to fighting the IAB or others coveting away the scripture, in direct opposition to the magnanimity of our Gurus. It’s because of a deep calling to share magnanimously, that the fight is carried to all the world.

    The ideal that the Lord may use me, or throw me away, hides an internal message uncovered by the heart that serves… CERTAINTY! Just as Gurudeva may tell us one thing, and again another, and for the aspirant this is instruction in faith, but effectively we are asked to repose ourselves… responsibility and accountability is ours alone. Someone will understand this to mean, distribute NOW!

    There’s no time like the present. The present is the gift of Gurudeva’s grace. The devotees have pilfered the packages, like thieves, and are distributing the gift to all:) Don’t be fooled by wrapping paper… even if colored saffron. You can have my saffron robes, but take the color of my heart too while you are at it…