Srila Giri Maharaja “Translator or Censor?”

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Since the time of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura it has been the ambition of the preachers in the line of Sri Chaitanya to see His Divine Precepts disseminated to all jivas. To do this often requires the cooperation of translators. Many times I have been approached by persons offering to translate for me and I always immediately accept their offers. But then, to my surprise, they begin to set out a series of conditions that must be met if their work is to continue, or even begin. Until now, I have avoided paying for any translation services, believing such services should be offered by devotees who, like me, feel an urgency, or at least appreciate the need, to preach the Divine message of our Sri Guru Varga across the length and breadth of this world.

Not long ago I was approached by a Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Be Cautious in Dealings With Your Guru”

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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.

On Jun 28, 2015, _______ wrote:

Your Holiness,

Please accept my full dandavat pranams!

Yes, we are aware of your censure. That carried no weight with me. As a matter of fact, your holiness, it makes me ask one question. That question is “Why do they fear you?” Because only fear would drive such an action, in my opinion. … Your holiness I can no longer tolerate the mood of SCS Math [Navadwipa]. I am humble before you.

Your words have so inspired me! I have always been more drawn Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja, “Aparadha- Bhanjana-Pat: Shelter for the Outcastes”

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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.

Please accept my full dandavat pranams.
Your Holiness,

I have a question that I hope is not offensive. I was initiated by HH Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. At the time of my initiation I was unaware of many things. I have come to certain realizations and become aware of some discussions here among devotees that I have found inappropriate. I will remain brief and vague for now as not to create any offense.

My plan is to build a center here. There are not many followers here and there is so much turmoil among the few that are here, and a struggle for power; I wish Read More...

“Save Yourself, the Earth Will Be Just Fine”

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I recently heard a short clip from a comedian once styled as “the dean of counterculture comedians.” His humorous satire drives home a point worth considering, man’s influence over the earth. I invite you to hear the clip, a coarse analysis, followed by a much more refined theistic one. Hat tip to “The Mark Levin Show” which provided the Carlin sound track.

George Carlin speaks about man’s egoistic thinking that he can “save the planet.” Click on the player to hear it:

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Srila Sridhara Maharaja speaks on man’s inability to change the environment:

Sridhara Maharaja: Many years ago, a German scholar expressed his opinion that Bhagavad Gita is the highest spiritual literature. His point was that Bhagavad Gita clearly advises Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Krishna is the Greatest Health Guru…”

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Date: 6/22/15

My dandavats,

Years ago I signed up to receive a newsletter from a health guru that I believe tries his best to present health information in as scientific a way as possible.

The problem is, so-called science suffers from the greatest deficiency in this world, real science. What is offered as “scientific” is incomplete and imperfect. Thus, their so-called scientific knowledge changes from one day to the next and, with it, their recommendations on how to maintain good health.

So, today this man tells us how bad it is that sugary drinks are promoted by interested parties who profit from selling them. He wants to ban their advertising, impose government taxes on their sale and so forth.

Sounds good, right? Wrong. Would you like to see milk heavily taxed so that people Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “I rarely forget such significant questions but …”

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Date: 5/23/15
Subject: An old question.

Dear Sriman Vrndavan dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Prabhu, you may have thought I had forgotten to answer this question you posed several months ago:

You Wrote:
And, my personal question is, at which stage can we read and understand the scriptures of the Goswamis on lilas (such as Lalita Madhava) or the 10th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam?

I did not forget. I rarely forget such significant questions but cannot always respond in as timely a fashion as I would like. I actually have several drafts of other unfinished emails I want to send to you but have not had the time to finish them because when I answer a question I try to answer it with reference to vedic authority, fully and, without any haziness or opening for doubt to enter. Of course Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja, “I Am Not Krishna”

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Krishna says “I am the acharya.” Acharya never says “I am Krishna.”

Date: 5/12/15
Subject: I am not Krishna

Dear Srimati ______________,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

You Wrote:
“Perheps, I do not know why I argue with You? – it shows my affection towards You!”

I have no doubt about your affection for me. However, it is not necessary to argue with me for me to know of your affection for me.

Affection is not so difficult. Affection is found everywhere in the mundane world. Everyone wants to love and to be loved, that is natural for all entities. Almost everyone will say they love God. It is an easy thing to say. Devotion, at least of a higher type, to Krishna is not so easy to achieve for the conditioned soul.

Recently I included Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Gun Shots Fired?”

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From the mailbox: Srila Giri Maharaja responds to an email received through our “Contacts” page.

Dear M.,

Please accept my respectful well-wishes in remembrance of my Divine Master.

You Wrote:
“I heard from a sanyassi in the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math that after Srila Prabhupada left his body, some disciples of Prabhupada attempted to assasinate Srila Sridar Maharaja… gun shots were fired. Then I was told that to send a warning the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees fired some shots into the air near ISKCON to warn them to stay away or there will be trouble. Is this true and have you heard it?”

I was in Navadwipa Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math at the time of the incident you refer to and, thereby, have first hand knowledge of what transpired.

Your question may Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja: “If We Take Srila Swami Maharaja’s Name, That is Enough for Us”

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Today, in remembrance of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s disappearance, I wanted to hear how he described the disappearance of a Vaishnava Acharya. I chose the following recording for us to listen to:
SGM on SP Disappearance 1995
The first ten minutes or so of the recording have some distracting noise, but Srila Gurudeva’s voice can still be heard and his message is loud and clear.

@7:25
… Swami Maharaja was taking me for preaching and he is sitting down [lower] and giving me the chair of the Vyasasana … I am reading Sanskrit slokas and Swami Maharaja is giving a lecture over that commentary. In this way he is preaching. Any instrument he is getting, like me, he is using for his preaching purpose. This is my feeling. He is using me, he used Guru Maharaja Read More...