Srila Giri Maharaja – “Sripada Parvat Maharaja’s Passing”

Date: 6/16/19

Dear Devotees and friends,

This morning Sriman Uddharan dasa brought this to my attention under the subject “Passing of a vaisnava.”


— Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram website

Sripada Parvat Maharaja was a very dear friend to me. I knew him to be very demanding while maintaining a stance of wonderful humility and softness; qualities that are difficult to align.

Years ago I asked him to look after our New Jersey Math while I was visiting and travelling with Srila Govinda Maharaja. It was a big responsibility for which he had no obligation except as a favor to me. He happiy accepted my request and continued the programs here in my absence. He also personally served our Deities, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari jiu to a higher standard than I could Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Sometimes we must stand alone”

(Preaching in Odessa, Ukraine 2014)

Date: 4/19/19

Dear Sriman Hrdaya Krishna dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

Yes, from time to time I can give classes on Sundays.
And yes, I quote my acaryas again and again, depending on the subject of the class.

While this is encouraging news, I am sure it violates the rules, laws and spirit the ISKCON GBC, as the ultimate ISKCON authority—both managerial and spiritual—promotes and demands of all those serving in ISKCON.

The preaching and guidance you are giving with reference to Their Divine Graces, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja must, therefore, take place only in the shadows and back alleys of ISKCON where it is tolerated while the prevailing view and governing doctrines Read More...

59 New and Updated Transcripts for the Srila Sridhara Maharaja Media Archive!

We have added 59 new transcripts to the Srila Sridhar Maharaja Media Archive!

Many thanks to Prabhu Paramananda for all his hard work on these transcripts.

We pray for the blessings of the vaishnavas to help us, as we find ourselves unable to keep up with the prolific output of Sriman Paramananda dasa, whose steadfastness in transcribing the recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja has yielded a tremendous body of work available to all those anxious to serve, absorb, utilize, taste and distribute the exquisite siddhanta of His Divine Grace, Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara-Deva-Goswami Maharaja.

Gaura Haribol!

Photos from the Day of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Tirobhava 2019

My dandavats. I thought you might like to see some photos taken on the day of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s tirobhava. Lila Sundari Devi collected a great number of apple blossoms from neighbors to use for decorating. There are two large vases like this, one on each side of the altar. Lila also collected many magnolia tree blossoms which were also used for offering/decorating.   Bhoga offerings included shaka (top of plate) collected from our yard. When Srila Gurudeva was here I prepared this for him fried in mustard oil with chili, mustard seeds, etc. and he liked it very much. Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari-jiu! Your servant, Swami B.K. Giri

Brexit – “A Vaishnava’s perspective”

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja sent the below email to Uddharan dasa on the 12th April 2019.

My dandavats Prabhu Uddharan.

As a Yank I would probably do best to keep my mouth shut about Brexit. But the UK invites comment from people like me by keeping the subject alive at all costs. So then… ?

Perhaps you know this story told by Srila Prabhupada:

There is a nice instructive verse in Sanskrit. One saintly person was giving his blessings to different kinds of persons. So he first of all saw one boy, he was a prince, son of a king. So he blessed him, rāja-putra, “My dear prince,” ciraṁ jīva, “you live forever.” Then he saw one brahmacārī, a disciple of a spiritual master, he said, mā jīva muni-putraka: Read More...

Gaudiya Panjika “A calendar is a calendar”

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja sent the below email to Uddharan dasa on the 2nd April 2019

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa,

My dandavat pranamas to you.

As I mentioned when we spoke on Sunday, I had already begun a reply to your email. It is included below, even though we have already discussed most of the points.

I have at least updated the math calendar for April 2019 in the NM style

Very good.

whilst I figure out how to change that to some other style.

If you can improve the style that will be nice, but I don’t see how that will be much improved. A calendar is a calendar, a list of dates and times of notable events. But then I’m not very imaginative when it comes to artistic flourishes.

Maybe there is some other Gaudia Vaishnava sampradaya Read More...

“Sentimentalists, sahajiyas and swooning”

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja sent the below email to Uddharan dasa on the 21st March 2019

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

Today is very auspicious for we are just on the cusp of celebrating Sriman Mahaprabhu’s appearance.

I think I haven’t heard from you since asking you to post my email to Hrday Krishna dasa and assumed you might be facing some ill health or that your work had become so consuming it prevented you from posting the email. I assumed the same regarding your unusually late posting of our Sri Gaura Purnima celebrations.

Now I am very pleased to see you have posted that news and am responding to one point I want to make with regard to this painting you chose to use:

It is very similar to the one used by the BBT on the cover Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Dazed and Confused”

Date: 3/14/19

Dear Sriman Hrday Krishna dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

Prabhu, I have read the email you just sent me [Dated 3/13/19]. Because of the differences in our two languages there is some difficulty in fully understanding each other’s positions and perspectives.

As much as I can understand, however, you are living in a state of spiritual confusion with no clear direction for proceeding in the line of your Gurudeva, Srila Govinda Maharaja.

As a substitute for a clear path of devotional service under the guidance of a higher Vaishnava, you say things like this:

I serve Srila Prabhupada and other Vaisnavas in ISKCON.

and this:

I’ve been singing at ISKCON for several years and Read More...

Thursday 3/21/2019. Sri Gaura-Purnima Divine Appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

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 534th Gaurabda year.

Celebrations will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Center in the UK.

Festivities include Harinama-sankirtana, readings from Chaitanya-caritamrta, discourses and anukalpa.

Please RSVP via the contact page.

Vyasa Puja offering by Sriman Jagadananda dasa and Family

Date: 3/10/19

Dear Acharyadeva Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

We are at your lotus feet offering our most humble obeisances. All glories to our param gurus Srila Govinda Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Swami Maharaja. All glories to you and we wish you a very happy vyasa-puja and pray to Srimati Radharani for many happy returns of this auspicious day!

I offer you my life and everything I own. It is all at your disposal to do as you wish. My wife, my children, and I wish to take this opportunity to rededicate ourselves to you and your divine mission.

I am ignorant and asleep. Only your instruction can awaken this sleeping soul. I will follow you to safety through Maya’s illusion.You spoke to me of the dangers of my words and how I challenged Maya. Your infinite wisdom spared Read More...