Srila Giri Maharaja – Preaching in the Red Light District… a disquisition on the Facebook environment.”

Facebook: A Macro Red Light District

On 1/24/19, disgusted by what I see posted by “devotees” on Facebook, which somehow appears in our “Timeline” and gets embedded in other places on our Fb pages, I wrote this to Sriman Gokulananda, hoping he could eliminate some of the grotesque clutter:

If it weren’t for the links to our website I think I might completely remove our presence from this red-light district [Facebook] comprised mostly of whore houses which profit from the seduction of those with both material and spiritual aspirations.

Unfortunately, much of this trash seems to be forced upon us by the Facebook business model which is either too difficult or too time consuming for us to battle to a win, considering our limited manpower and resources.

As a result — for the time Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Please forgive my offenses and accept my apologies.”

Dear devotees, friends and readers,

I recently noticed some very troubling images on our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Facebook page.

We use WordPress to produce our website (scsmathglobal.com) and have been using a feature it provides to automatically update our Facebook page with new posts made to the website.

The troubling images I refer to above were apparently cropped automatically (either by WordPress or Facebook) to fit some predetermined size or format. As a result I noticed some photos of our gurus appeared on our Fb site cropped in such a way that their heads were not visible.

As I am ultimately responsible for this, I offer my most sincere prayer to Srila Govinda Maharaja and Srila Sridhara Maharaja to please excuse my offenses. If the images of any other Vaishnavas appeared Read More...

677 Transcripts of Srila Sridhar Maharaja Now Available!

Sriman Paramananda dasa in the U.K. has just sent us another treasure trove of transcripts of His Divine Grace Srila Sridhar Maharaja.

This brings our current number of transcripts of Srila Sridhar Maharaja to 677!

All of them have now been presented in a universal type font making the characters with diacritics much more portable, as they can now be easily converted into a great number of fonts for use in a wide number of digital and print formats and devices.

Come and take a look at the Transcript Page.

Srila Sridhar Maharaja Ki Jai!

The Process for Carrying Out Srila Prabhupada’s Desires for Future Initiations.

Note

The paper presented below was prepared by ISKCON’s GBC after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance and sent to all ISKCON temple presidents in 1978. I read the paper carefully at that time and was astonished to see that my Godbrothers apparently had so much knowledge of the matters presented therein. I remained puzzled, however, at how they had gained such insight and by the phrase “in consultation with higher authorities.” Who were these “higher authorities”? Years later I leaned “they” were Srila Sridhara Maharaja; the one from whom the GBC, at Srila Prabhupada’s direction, sought advice on the most crucial matters that would affect his disciples after his disappearance.

[Addressing Srila Sridhara Maharaja]

Jayapataka Mj: After Read More...

Monday 24th December 2018 – The Appearance day festival of Om Vishnupada Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 90th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Sevaite President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja which will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the UK center.

This festival will include kirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious activities. Please RSVP by clicking on the contact page and using one of the methods available there.

Jagadananda dasa “All glories to you and wishing you a very happy Sannyasa day!”

Email

From: Jagadananda dasa
Subject: Humble wishes today
Date: November 30, 2018 at 5:15:33 AM EST

Dear Srila Giri Maharaja,

I offer my humble obeisances unto you, your Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja , who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter of His lotus feet

All glories to our param gurus Srila Govinda Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Swami Maharaja. All glories to you and wishing you a very happy Sannyasa day!

Your Divine Grace has been so tolerant and accepting of this lowly jiva even though my faults are many and my ignorance is vast. You have taught me so much since I took shelter at your lotus feet. I am very grateful and incredibly fortunate that Krishna sent you as my spiritual master.

There is no other guru, only you. Your knowledge is only Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – One Class, Twenty-seven Minutes, Twenty-one Topics, All Problems Solved: Zero Doubts

What follows below is an excerpt from a class on Bhagavad-gita chapter 9, verse 34. It was delivered by His Divine Grace Srila Bhativedanta Swami Prabhupada on August 3, 1976 at his New Mayapura farm in France.

The following twenty-one topics were covered in their entirety in the short span of twenty-seven minutes.

Material happiness v. real happiness, love of Krishna v. mundane love, the “process” of Krishna consciousness, fall down, factory work, Krishna maintains His devotees, personal endeavor, no service is beyond your means, doing business, how to become free from material desires, “Does Krishna punish the impure?”, you cannot violate ‘nature’s law’, scientists’ endeavor=foolishness-rascaldom, one Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Kundalata Devi’s transcript omissions.”

Date: 11/14/18

Dear friends,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or, does coincidence play a larger role in our lives than we might expect?

Following up on a Facebook notification I read Srimati Kundalata Devi dasi’s Fb post of “extracts” of two transcripts on Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day. We posted the same transcripts. I wrote the following intro to our website post which was emailed to Prabhu Uddharan to post on our website on November 10, 2018 at 4:06 PM, two hours before Kundalata Devi’s post:

11/10/18

What follows below are excerpts of transcripts compiled by Sriman Paramananda dasa (UK). In these excerpts Srila Sridhara Maharaja speaks with affection about His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “My Interest/Disinterest”

Date: 11/3/18

Dear Sriman Nila Madhava dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well wishes.

I have received your last two emails and noted the contents.

Overall your questions that bore the appearance of sincerity interested me until you muddied the waters by proclaiming they are, in some sense, rhetorical (“In one sense my question to you was rhetorical.”). On the other hand, your “thoughts” (Thoughts on “The “Guruless Disciple”), opinions and manipulative tactics (“I want to make sure that my words are not misrepresented and nor would I want to misrepresent you or anyone else should I choose to publish correspondence.”) disinterest me and, in the latter case, are very unappealing.

In your email to me — Subject: Thoughts on “The “Guruless Disciple” — you Read More...