Srila Giri Maharaja: “Why Are You Contacting Me?”

On July 17, 2015, Sripad Tyagi Maharaja called Srila Giri Maharaja and told him, "I’m working under the direction of Sripada Acharya Maharaja and Sripada Janardana Maharaja."

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Sriman Jayanta Krishna in front and Sripada Tyagi Maharaja behind him (in saffron), “taking money and men, money and specially men to"* Sripada Acharya Maharaja and one of his rtviks, Sripada Janardana Maharaja.


To: Sripad Tyagi Maharaja
From: B.K. Giri
Date: 7/16/15

Dear Sripada Tyagi Maharaja,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranams.

Maharaja, I will try my best to answer all your questions [from email dated: 7/16/15]. I am a servant of the devotees and I am open to everyone, with some special sympathy for the disciples and followers in the line of Srila Govinda Maharaja. Whatever small wealth I have collected belongs to him. I am only a trustee charged with distributing it on his behalf, in accordance with his Divine Will.

For now, I have a couple questions I hope you will answer for me. There are no wrong answers. I would simply like honest ones.
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Srila Giri Maharaja “Five Headed Brahma?”

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Date: Aug 20, 2015

The following question was posted to our “Contact” page by Valery Kishlaly:

Why did Shiva cut off the fifth head of Brahma?

Dear Valery Kishlaly,

You have been given some wrong information. The Brahma of our universe appeared with four heads, not five.

There are many nonsense books and ideas. We reject them. We accept the authority of books like those referred to below, Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya-charitamrta.

SB 9.1.9

tasya nābheḥ samabhavat
padma-koṣo hiraṇmayaḥ
tasmiñ jajñe mahārāja
svayambhūś catur-ānanaḥ

Word for word:
tasya — of Him (the Supreme Personality of Godhead); nābheḥ — from the navel; samabhavat — generated; padma-koṣaḥ — a lotus; hiraṇmayaḥ — known as Hiraṇmaya, or golden; tasmin — on that golden lotus; Read More...

Required Reading: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura’s “Organised Religion (Putana and Kamsa)”

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Presented below is Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura’s article titled “Organised Religion (Putana and Kamsa).”

I say it is required reading in the hope of drawing the attention of our readers to two important points explained in the essay that follows which, I pray, will facilitate the proper understanding of their meaning.

The first, found in the story of the killing of Putana, should slay for good a long-standing, unfounded criticism of our Gurdeva, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, by a Gaudiya devotee of some renown whose pen he mistook for a sword to be used to attack our jagat guru’s description of Krishna’s appearance.

Fortunately, the firefly’s criticism was scarcely seen or noticed in the light of Srila Prabhupada’s brilliant sun, whose only fault, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Place My Photo on the Altar, Etc.”

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Due to their sensitive natures, the content of the correspondent’s email, and Srila Giri Maharaja’s response to it, were edited to maintain the correspondent’s anonymity.

Date: 6/29/15

Dear _______,

My pranams to you.

I have carefully read your email below and taken note of your points.

I know two years in the situation you describe for yourself can seem like an eternity. Still, there is no need to rush now. I am with you, as I immediately informed you I would be and I know my gurus are also with you, giving support to your sincere efforts to progress in the line of Krishna Consciousness established by them.

After considering all the points for two years, you now feel firm in your decision as to what the next step should be. I understand your anxiety, your impetus and your impulses, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Our Line of God Consciousness Differs from…Other Religious Groups”

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The photo above was taken in California during Srila Govinda Maharaja’s first world tour in 1992. Sriman Nabadwip is in the blue shirt and Sriman Gokulananda is in the black shirt, recording Srila Govinda Maharaja leading kirtana.


Prabhu Nabadwip dasa Adhikari is one of Srila Prabhupada’s earlier disciples. Soon after joining ISKCON he began helping with the printing of Srila Prabhupada’s literature. He proved himself excellent in many varied duties, serving at different times as book distributor, collector, press operator, layout & pre press worker, cook, restauranteur, businessman and head pujari to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Rukmini Dwarakadisha in the Los Angeles ISKCON temple.

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Sriman Nabadwip was what one might now call an “early adopter” of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s saving grace. As I recall, I first made his acquaintance in the summer of 1981 during an extended visit to ISKCON Los Angeles. At the time I was one of the top “worldwide” book distributors and had been invited by Sripada Rameshvara Maharaja to help refocus the attention of the book distributors in Los Angeles who he felt were being “distracted” by talks about how Srila Sridhara Maharaja could fill the spiritual void left by Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance some four years earlier.

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Srila Giri Maharaja “Close to Death”

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Date: 8/13/15

Dear ____________,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

I hope your health has improved.

Many times I felt I was close to death, as you felt you were when you called me yesterday. My prayers at those times were very simple “My dear Lord Krishna, I know you are very merciful to fallen souls. I am one of them. My Gurudeva is very dear to you and to Srimati Radharani. Although I am a fallen soul, my Gurudeva has accepted me as his servant. You are always eager to serve your pure devotees, but they do not like to accept service from you, their Master. If You like, You can engage me in the service of your pure devotee. This will give happiness to Sri Radha and, thereby, you will be happy. That is my humble prayer to you, my merciful Lord.”

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Srila Giri Maharaja “Article Submission”

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Dear Sriman Gopal Govinda dasa,

Please accept my blessings.

I understand your wife’s situation and will be happy with whatever she can do in the time she has available to her.

I was never a fan of the Grateful Dead. But several of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s disciples were recruited from among their fans.

Fortunately I have a disciple who can translate my writings from English to Russian, but very slowly compared to the other translator who had offered to help and then withdrew the offer.

I read your article. It was well written, so I see you do have a talent for writing. The docx format should be fine, as is your email text. However, I don’t find the article suitable for our website in its present form. Overall, it is too informal. It seems you are still writing for your Facebook audience, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja, “Mostly I expect anger and resentment… “

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With renewed interest of late in the topics I brought to light in “The Pied Piper of San Jose”, it seems appropriate at this time to post my response to one of its readers who had expressed to me his appreciation for my efforts. About two months after posting the article, the International Acharya Board (“IAB”), comprised of four acharyas actually named to be so by Srila Govinda Maharaja, and Sripada Goswami Maharaja, who was not named to be an acharya, issued a letter of censure against me. Although I was following the order of Srila Gurudeva, who directed me to serve as an acharya in his Mission; within the short span of just a little over one year after his disappearance, those signing the letter of censure sought to oust me from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

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Srila Giri Maharaja “Real Vitality in the Line of Sri Chaitanya Saraswati”

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On July 14, I received a phone call from His Holiness Sripada Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaja (Pictured above in brahmachari-vesha). He introduced himself by reminding me of his visits to our Math during the summer of 2010 and wondered if I remembered him from that time. I remembered him and his companions (pictured above with Srimati Lila Sundari Devi) very well. It was “The Summer of Love”, as I think of it. The Grateful Dead band had resurrected in part as a band named Further and was touring the East Coast. Soquel’s own band, of devotees (above), took the opportunity to do some collection at the Further concerts as well as other groups playing the East Coast. Srimati Divya Shakti Devi was also here at the time doing collection for our Math at various Read More...

Шрила Гири Махараджа “Будь Осторожным в Отношениях с Вашим Гуру”

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Из-за их чувствительных натур, содержание электронной почты корреспондента, и ответ Шрилы Гири Махараджа к нему, были отредактированы, чтобы сохранить анонимность корреспондента.

28 июня 2015, _______ написал:

Ваше Святейшество,

Пожалуйста, примите мои полные дандават пранамы!

Да, мы в курсе вашего осуждения. Это не проводит никакого значения для меня. В самом деле, Ваше Святейшество, это заставляет меня задать один вопрос. Read More...