Gokulananda updates, remodels and modernizes our website.

Sriman Navadwipa dasa Adhikari, one of my respected senior Godbrothers, who is responsible for the actual printing (press and pre-press work) of many of Srila Prabhupada’s and Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s books, has been expressing his hope for some time that we would revamp our website to bring it more up to date and current with newer designs and technology.

Concurrent with this request I have been urged by Sriman Gokulananda dasa Adhikari, the creator and maintainer of our SCSMG website since its inception, to do the same.

I am prone to blame others for my inadequacies and I take … Read More...

On Sannyasa

BKG folded hands

From: B.K. Giri

Email Dated: December 29, 2012

Dear Sriman Dayalu Dulal,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

It is very kind of you to write to me addressing the issues you mention in your email.

My first thought while reading it was, “Devotees are so beautiful, humble, thoughtful and kind.” You did nothing to offend me, yet you were still concerned that you might have. That is a very rare quality in this world and you are blessed to possess it.

Srila Govinda Maharaja was speaking one time about our Srila Prabhupada and glorifying him for his humility. Although his Godbrothers abused… Read More...

Ukraine Protests

The crowd filled Khreshchatyk Street where rallies are also banned until Dec. 7, 2013 -- KyivPost © Kostyantyn Chernichkin

From: BK Giri

Subject: Re: What news?

Date: December 2, 2013 3:54:19 PM EST

To: Uddharan dasa

My dandavats Prabhu Uddharan.

There is a lot of disturbance in Kiev presently so maybe this has some negative affect on the devotees?

They should not be affected to any substantial degree.

Usually these things are very localized; city hall, government buildings, etc. Agitators collect around government symbols to show their opposition. We have a president whose only real work history was creating such agitation, so we have some experience in viewing how these things are done.

We are witnesses, onlookers,… Read More...

The Full 1969 Letter of Srila Swami Maharaja to Srila Sridhara Maharaja

ssm_spp1973That Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj continually regarded Sridhar Maharaj as his advisor throughout his life is clear in the following letter written by him to one of Srila Sridhar Maharaj’s disciples, Sripad Govinda Maharaj. Concerned about his failing health, he had written Sridhar Maharaj asking whether he should continue living in the United States or return to India to live his last days in Vrindavan. After receiving Srila Sridhar Maharaj’s reply, he wrote: “What Sripad Sridhar Maharaj has directed, I take it on my head. He is my always well-wisher. After the departureRead More...

Abandoning One’s Guru

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Dear __________,

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

It is difficult for me to correspond using Facebook. Please email me with any questions you have via — bkgiri@scsmathglobal.com

Briefly, in response to you message, I can say I am a little unhappy to hear you felt the need to search for another guru so soon after taking initiation.

To leave one’s guru is a drastic measure.

Before requesting initiation one should carefully examine the prospective guru. Likewise, the guru will examine the prospective disciple.

Selecting one’s… Read More...

Invitation to Srila Sridhar Maharaja’s Grand 119th Appearance Day Festival

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When: Monday October 28th, 2013 from 3-8 PM

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 Rakshak Sridhar 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.

2013 Radhastami Giridhari 1 smallSrimati Lilavati Devi dasi from England creates a beautiful new outfit for Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridharijiu and Srimati Tulasi Maharani.

Srila Giri Maharaj expresses his happiness and appreciation.

 

Dear Sripad Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances

So happy, and amazed to receive your beautiful, nectarine letter

In all, nearly thirty years of sewing, I never received such a beautiful description before.

In happy spirit we both went off to work today, after Uddharan prabhu read your e-mail aloud while breakfast was prepared.

Now, I have re-read it and am very… Read More...

On the worship of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridharijiu & Tulasi Maharani

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Srimati Lilavati Devi dasi asks Srila Giri Maharaj questions concerning the worship of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridharijiu and Srimati Tulasi Maharani.

Dear Sripad Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

The skirt, shawl and seat are done.

The measurements for Tulasi pot at 7 inches high and circumference 27.5 inches, are they still valid?

Also, Is a small turban a good idea?

The fabric for Srila Gurudeva’s chair may take longer to find. Looking for some nice cloth with a saffron colour base.

Aiming to get this outfit in the post this Thursday/Friday on fast delivery.… Read More...

“An Astonishing Story”

BVS Centenary Stamp

It’s an astonishing story. If someone told you a story like this, you would not believe it. Here is this person, he’s seventy years old, he’s going to a country where he has no money, he has no contacts. He has none of the things you would say that make for success. He’s going to recruit people not on any systematic basis, but just picking up whomever he comes across and he’s going to give them responsibility for organising a world-wide movement. You’d say “what kind of program is that?” (Hopkins, 1983:127)

In honor of the centenary anniversary… Read More...

Sri Lalita Saptami 2013

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nirmmanchanopakarane krta-deha-lakshyam…

[Lalita-astakm, Srila Rupa Goswami]

The softness of Lalita Devi also, is so much in the heart. Even if a very unqualified and ignorant person wants to serve Radha Govinda, Lalita Devi gives that chance to them also. She’s so merciful, more merciful than Radharani. And when she’s accepting someone, Radharani is happily accepting her service. Then our only hope, in the line of Rupa Goswami, is the satisfaction of Lalita Devi.”

SGM Lalita Saptami 9/9/97
—Srila Govinda Maharaja, Lalita Saptami… Read More...