On translating original works.

BKG folded hands

What follows are portions of a letter with my comments related to maintaining the accuracy of original works when translating them into other languages.

One thing I noticed in your translation is that you translated this:

Dear Govinda Maharaja,


Dear Srila Govinda Maharaja,

In doing so, you added “Srila” which was not in the original letter.

By posting these letters I am trying to present a historical record which must be as accurate and as authentic as possible. If we make changes to these documents to suit current tastes, opinions, or for any other reason, it may be seen as an improvement over the original, but it is a distortion of the facts, the history and, possibly, the truth.

When these distortions or misrepresentations are discovered, we will lose credibility. It Read More...

“Not to be followed by blind faith, but on the basis, basis of comparative ontological study.”


In the Upanishad there is a line [urukradeva purushottamatha??] “In the province of Utkala, and from the place Purushottama, Jagannatha, some flow of higher truth will come, will spring up from there.” And the personalities of higher thinking, they understand that Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, he appeared there in Purushottama. And what sort of nectar he flowed in Orissa, in Bengal, in India and afterwards in the whole of the world? Uh? Whole of the world? The clue of the highest attainment of fulfillment of our life has been given by him. Not to be followed by blind faith, but on the basis, basis of comparative ontological study. Eliminating all possibility of doubts and suspicions about the highest goal of all the jivas. Not only a few handful of human beings, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja: “… love follows service.”

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja about to give a lecture.

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja about to give a lecture.

Date: 5/27/14

Dear Srimati _______________,

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

I have read your email and carefully considered what was written there.

To gain the mercy of Sriman Mahaprabhu, one must get the mercy of Sri Nityananda. We cannot approach Krishna except by the grace of Sri Radha. In the same fashion, it is my firm belief that we must serve under the guidance of Srila Govinda Maharaja if we are to expect the full grace of Srila Sridhara Maharaja. I do not see any other way. Anyone who has a different opinion does not understand what Srila Sridhara Maharaja wanted and expected of us.

To “cultivate bhakti” one must follow the direction of the spiritual master. Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s direction to us was to serve under the direction Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja: “A forest does not a Vrndavana make.”

  Dear Sriman ______________ dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

I was hoping to hear from you and now I feel some relief that I have.

It is also gratifying to know that you continue to practice some of the things you learned while you were here with me.

While it is very good you are chanting japa and gayatri and following the four regulative principles, these are the bare minimums required to maintain one’s connection with the practice of Krishna Consciousness.

Actually, what you are doing, as I understand from your email, is the very thing that was condemned by our gurus. Srila Sridhara Maharaja referred to it this way in the case of Sriman Jagadananda, when he heard he was not actively preaching, or even working, “Oh, he is sitting idly taking the name?” That was his disparaging query.

Srila

что я всегда с Вами


(Click here for original English version.)

17 декабря 1994 года

Дорогой Шрипад Бхакти Канан Гири Махарадж

Прими мои дандават-пранамы в памятовании наших духовных учителей. Я был счастлив получить твоё содержательное письмо вместе с твоими душевными пожертвованиями на служение.

Отношения между преданными порой бывают очень сложными, особенно в этот век Кали. В действительности, у нас нет ясного понимания настроения преданности Богу и почтения ко всем, Read More...

The Devil and the Truth: Both Are in the Details! (W. comments on the 2nd editions of Bg.)

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Dear _____________,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

I have not had the time until now to make the correction [you offered] to your recent translations [from English to Russian].

It is very encouraging to see you are very particular in this seva.

Some may consider such things to be small, insignificant details which are not worthy of the time needed for examination and correction. That is not my “style”, I think it is more the style of Sripada Avadhuta Maharaja. I don’t say this to find fault with him. His style also has value. By his style he was able to build a big mission in Russia in a short amount of time. Srila Gurudeva appreciated that seva of his, and I do also.

But there is also an important place for seeing that the details are given attention, and Read More...

“With all well wishes for your mission in the line of Srila Guru Maharaj and Sri Gaurasundara.”

The following is an email to a disciple of Srila Sridhara Maharaja who wrote to Srila Giri Maharaja in appreciation of his visit to our center in England during March of this year.

Dear _______________ ,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It’s good to hear from you. I apologize for also being a bit “belated” with my response to your email.

It has taken me until now to get to the point where things are more or less back to normal here, after being away for six weeks or so. That said, my “eyes” for seva are always far bigger than my “stomach” can accommodate. So I am always running behind so much seva in front of me, but can never catch up to it.

I also hope to spend more time in the UK in the future and look forward to meeting with you and Read More...

“Gadadhara Pandit, who is told to be the Radharani Bhava incarnate.”


Srila Sridhar Maharaja “Doing Your Duty”

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“Vaishnava in general, they are fully dependent on the will of Krishna. So. sometimes tho, we find difference in their activity and we go to put valuation according to that. But, that is not always true. Because, the underlying principle is this, that whoever is chosen for a particular service by the Lord, and the Lord wants to do whatever thing through him, that is done.

So his selection, sometimes selection comes to A, sometimes to B, sometimes to C. So. there is a standpoint of looking at them. They’re at the disposal of the Infinite Will. And, Infinite Will according to Sweet Will, how He likes to utilize whom, in what purpose that [belongs/becomes?] successful, that is the Absolute consideration. But still Read More...

On this day, 1969 — “we are converting hippies to the sane condition.”


Conversation Before Lecture — April 29, 1969, Brandeis University, Boston

Miss Rose: It’s not in good order Swamiji.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Miss Rose: It’s not in good order.

Prabhupada: Which order?

Miss Rose: Well, my house where I live.

Prabhupada: No, no. I say that you purchase one house.

Miss Rose: Participate in one house?

Prabhupada: Purchase.

Devotee: Purchase. Buy.

Miss Rose: Oh. Am I gonna dig gold?

Prabhupada: Oh, you have no money?

Miss Rose: To buy a house? I wish I did. I’d take all of the disciples and put ’em all in one house.

Prabhupada: Yes. You just make one down payment, and they will pay monthly.

Miss Rose: Krsna!

Prabhupada: Yes. Krsna will help you.

Miss Rose: Krsna!

Candanacarya: Sell your car!

Miss Rose: I’ve got a bad back. I can’t walk.

Candanacarya: Your car helps your back?

Prabhupada: Oh, your car is so nice. If I would Read More...

“A Math in Ukraine” — an Email Exchange With Srila Giri Maharaja (“Матх в Украине” — Обмен е-маел С Шрилой Гири Махараджем)

BKG folded hands

Date:  March 25, 2014

My dandavats Srimati Lalasamayi Devi,

From an earlier email to another devotee:

“I hope your recent preaching tour of Ukraine went well, given the significant turmoil there.”

Yes, our (myself & Sriman Uddharan Prabhu) preaching in Ukraine was very successful. In both Kiev and Odessa all our programs were very well attended which gave us the opportunity to associate with many nice devotees and meet many new people. As a result we are taking steps to establish a permanent Math there.

In Odessa we were welcomed with open arms, flower garlands, happy faces and good attendance to the programs we held almost every day for three weeks.

For the most part, those who attended were disciples of Sripadas Vallabha Tirtha Maharaja and Bodhayana Maharaja. They were Read More...