“One Day Before” – A Christmas Reflection


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Way back when (in 1999) Srila Giri Maharaja wrote the lines below as an offering to Srila Govinda Maharaja on his appearance day which was on December 24th (the day before Christmas). In the offering, the comparison between the day of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s appearance and the Christmas celebration (which is observed the following day) is not only ingenious, but quite profound in its meaning. We should all reflect upon the ocean of difference a single day can represent in a spiritual aspirant’s destination.

What a difference a day can make,
a turn, or a fork in the road we take.
To seek the truth or speculate
quite a difference a day can make.

Religious conceptions to explore,
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BBA | “it is necessary to adopt a good strategy and cooperate with God-brothers”

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In a recent open letter to devotees, Sripada Bhakti Bimal Avadhuta Maharaja (BBA), expressed his misunderstanding of the position of an acharya, specifically, the acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Navadwipa, Sripada Acharya Maharaja (emphasis added).

Most devotees willingly support Acharya Maharaj because of Gurudev but they don’t know that Gurudev told very clearly to Acharya Maharaj: “Will you fight, or will you run from the Math?” And Srila Acharya Maharaj promised to fight. And that really means to take care of devotees, His dieties and his Math. To do this it is necessary to adopt a good strategy and cooperate with God-brothers.

Here Avadhuta Maharaja, a member of the Primary Trust Board (PTB), publicly insults the President Sevaite Acharya of SCSM, implying that he Read More...

Invitation to Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Grand 85th Appearance Day Festival

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When: Thursday December 19th, 2013 from 3PM – 8PM

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate in the grand 85th Appearance Day Celebration of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharyya varyya Astottara sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

This festival will include kirtan, discourses and other all-auspicious activities and will be held at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math New Jersey.

Please RSVP by clicking on the contact page and using one of the methods available there.

For your satisfaction here is a video of Srila Giri Maharaja discussing Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Appearance from December 23rd, 2010.

“One Who Acts Quickly, Will be Quick to Repent”

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In my email dated April 15, 2011 to Sripada Acharya Maharaja, and copied to all the “acharyas” and members of the International Acharya Board, I wrote, in part (emphasis added):

I also took the time this morning to listen to Sripada Goswami Maharaja’s talk titled “The guiding principal is to avoid Vaisnava aparadha.

He said something I found to be of great interest, (paraphrasing) “One who acts quickly will be quick to repent.” This is certainly good advice and I will take this opportunity to suggest you and the other members of the International Acharya Board follow it.

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BSG’s Letter Seeking Acharya Maharaja’s Forgiveness


It has now been more than a week since Sripada Avadhuta Maharaja assured the world, in his open letter of Dec. 9, 2013, that BSG “in a couple of days” will publicly ask Acharya Maharaja to forgive him “for breaking the Vaisnava etiquette”.

I’m sure that in couple of days all their fighting matter will go down and Acharya Maharaj will himself publicly announce that he made some mistakes and Goswami Maharaj publicly will ask him forgiveness for breaking the Vaisnava etiquette.” — B.B Avadhuta Maharaja (emphasis added), “Avadhuta Maharaja explains BSG’s attack on Acharya Maharaja.”

To assist in this matter I have provided a space here, so that as soon as I become aware of BSG’s posting his public plea for “forgiveness Read More...

Блоги Госвами – «испарились»

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Две статьи («блога») Шрипада Бхакти Судхира Госвами Махараджа («БСГ»), недавно размещённые им в сети, послужили причиной оживлённой дискуссии в среде преданных, искренне пытающихся следовать в линии Его Божественной Милости Шрилы Бхакти Сундара Говинды Дева-Госвами Махараджа.

Для того, чтобы факты могли встать на место слухов, а также ради того, чтобы критически важные положения, которые следует учитывать, могли рассматриваться Read More...

“My Auspicious Friends, the Offenders” – A Letter to Prapanna das

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From: BK Giri
Subject: My Auspicious Friends, the Offenders.
Date: December 16, 2013
To: Prapanna das

My dandavats to you Sriman Prapanna Prabhu,

I have a few friends that are very straight and simple hearted devotees. They are not duplicitous, as they have no self-interest, only interest in the truth, serving guru, vaishnava and so forth. When I associate with them I feel purified by their association. I feel that way with you. It is very auspicious for me.

I am happy to hear you like the term “innocent daughter.” It expresses the point clearly. As you said, “he took advantage of her innocence and inexperience.” Yes, that is the truth and there is value in knowing that.

The whole Kuru dynasty was destroyed because they dared to try and exploit the innocent beauty of Srimati Draupadi Read More...

To Whom Should Acharya Maharaja be Apologizing?

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(Updated on 12/17/13 to include Sripada Acharya Maharaja’s apologies letter of 12/9/13.)

I recently posted an entry on my Facebook Wall. The below is from the comments section of that entry. The date of the comments is Dec. 15, 2013. The entry is titled: Avadhuta Maharaja explains BSG’s attack on Acharya Maharaja.

Prapanna Das
I think it is fair to say sorry even S.Giri M. and all the people who caused damage personally!

Giri Maharaja
As part of an upcoming article commenting on the [apology] letter of Acharya Maharaja you posted just above, I wrote this to Acharya Maharaja:

“If anyone is deserving of your apology, it is not BSG, it is Srila Gurudeva and the devotees he asked to look to you for guidance, who you so severely disappointed when you abandoned your guru’s Read More...

“Airing our dirty laundry”

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Sriman Sudha Krishna, using the comments section of my Facebook wall, which I provide as a public forum to discuss matters of interest to the community of devotees, strongly objects to my editorial decisions regarding this website.

For those interested to see the full discussion, you may do so via the Facebook wall of “Giri Maharaja”.

A portion of the discussion is presented below.

Steve Howard, aka Prabhu Sudha Krishna,

First you chastised me writing; “Airing our dirty laundry in public is not the mood of our Guru Varga. You know better.”

You followed that with another scolding; “You are sanyasi and leader, maharaja. Lead by example.”

Then you wrote you are happy you got to see the “dirty laundry”: “I am glad I got to read that letter that the Vaporizer [BSG] wrote to Acarya Maharaja because it allowed Read More...

“Clear conception. We are not envious. And we are not rule breaker. “

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(The following is from a recent email.)

Dear Sriman Jayanta Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I was so happy to see your name among the emails in my Inbox.

I haven’t heard from you in a long time but think of you often.

I am a little exhausted now from preparing a blog I just posted The Goswami Blogs — “vaporized.”

In this post I have made available some of BSG’s “hidden treasures”, including the one’s you mention in your email below.

I am not privy to all the goings on there in India but get some idea from a few friends what must be happening.

I know you want what is best for the service of Srila Govinda Maharaja. I have never doubted that.

For the most part you and I agree on what course to take.

I cannot explain fully my reasons just now, Read More...