An email from Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja to Uddharan dasa –
Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari,
Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of our Divine Masters.
I hope you will post your excellent email to Sripada Paribrajaka Maharaja, with or without his name. I lean in the direction of including his name because: 1. He is a sannyasi and a guru. As such, his is supposed to be a public life and he should not expect too much in the way of “secrecy”. “na hi gopyaṁ hi sadhūnāṁ— Certainly, no secrets are to be kept by saintly personalities… ” SB 10.24.4
Everything depends on the mood of the devotee. Someone may go for collection, someone else may cook, another may clean, but everything depends on the individual’s mood whether it will be karma or bhakti. If someone will follow his Guru’s instructions in a surrendered mood, it will be bhakti, otherwise it will be pious karma. If anyone will follow the instructions of the Scriptures and Guru he will always receive a good result, but that is not necessarily bhakti. It is a big … Read More...
Please accept our humble obeisances on this most auspicious day of your appearance in this world.
Rather than any fasting, I will be more pleased if sumptuous prasadam is made available for distribution to all my disciples and friends beginning from eight o’clock in the morning. As told to me by Srila Govinda Maharaja, this was the ideal shown by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura when celebrating the appearance days of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura. I will be very happy if my disciples and friends follow the same.—Swami B.K. Giri
tvam gopika vrisharaves tanayantike ‘se
sevadhikarini guro nija-pada-padme
dasyam pradaya kuru mam vraja-kanane shri-
radhanghri-sevana-rase sukhinim sukhabdhau
“O beloved spiritual master, you are always in the presence of the cowherd girl Radha, the daughter of King Vrishabhanu. Please award me service at your lotus-like feet, which are the proprietors of devotional service. Please place me in the ocean of joy by bestowing upon me happiness in the mellows of service at the feet of Sri Radha in the groves of Vraja Dhama.”
During the last few months I have been contacted by a number of devotees from Russia, Ukraine and other parts of the world who are expressing great distress, concern and doubt with regard to what I call “SCSM IAB”, the portion of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math that is operating under the direction of present or past members of the International Acharya Board (long since rebranded as simply “Acharya Board”).
I have responded personally to these devotees and attempted to allay their doubts and fears, often referring to Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s use of: na hi kalyana-krt kascid durgatim… Read More...
Sri Gaura-Purnima. Fast all day until moonrise then no grains.
We humbly invite you to participate in the grand festival of Sri Gaura-Purnima & the start of the 532th Gaurabda year.
Celebrations will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Centers in the UK and Odessa, Ukraine.
Festivities include sankirtana, readings from Chaitanya-caritamrta, discourses and anukalpa.
On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, we humbly invite you to celebrate with us the Grand Appearance of our beloved spiritual master and President Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja.
Celebrations for this most blessed event will be held at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA, the SCSM Global Centers in the UK, and Odessa, Ukraine and by devotees in Bacoor, Philippines.
The festivals will include kirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious… Read More...
Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate along with devotees and friends at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at our High Wycombe center in the UK, in the grand appearance day celebrations of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
The festivals include kirtan, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.
Saturday night my next younger brother (Gary) called to inform me that a gentleman known as ‘our father’ had passed away that evening at the age of 97. When I tried to turn the subject to the spiritual implications of the event he closed that door declaring “I don’t want to discuss religion.” That is his prerogative. Mine is to open the discussion to those who are inclined to have it. I do so herein.
While no one can be compelled to discuss the spiritual implications of death, no one can avoid the event. Srila Sridhara Maharaja several times referred to these lines of Thomas Gray to illustrate… Read More...
The Math’s server has achieved an unbelievable 100% up-time rating in the last month. This is the second time we have achieved this amazing result. 100% uptime is the “holy grail” for web hosts around the world, something few ever achieve.
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Brihat Mridunga Ki Jai!