Srimati Lilavati Devi’s garden at our ashram in the United Kingdom. 

For the pleasure of Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja and all the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global herein are some photos of Srimati Lilavati Devi’s garden of fruits, flowers and vegetables grown for the service of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nitai, Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra and their devotees at our ashram in the United Kingdom.

The Magnolia Grandiflora in the front garden about to burst into fragrant bloom and where the birds love to congregate.

The Greenhouse with cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers and lime tree.

The rear garden with green beans, potatoes, various types of squash, kale, sprouting broccoli, cabbages, brussel sprouts and calamondin oranges against the shed. Also borage for the bees, oregano, rosemary and various types of mint.

Here are gooseberries,

Srila Giri Maharaja – “padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām”

“In this material world there is danger at every step (padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām)”—Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, SB 10.6.1, Purport)

SB 10.13.13

tān dṛṣṭvā bhaya-santrastān
ūce kṛṣṇo ’sya bhī-bhayam
mitrāṇy āśān mā viramate-
hāneṣye vatsakān aham

When Kṛṣṇa saw that His friends the cowherd boys were frightened, He, the fierce controller even of fear itself, said, just to mitigate their fear, “My dear friends, do not stop eating. I shall bring your calves back to this spot by personally going after them Myself.”

In the presence of Kṛṣṇa’s friendship, a devotee cannot have any fear. Kṛṣṇa is the supreme controller, the controller of even death, which is supposed to be the ultimate Read More...

Transcendental competition: Who’s the Mystery Man?

In our post BSG | “I need your association.” we offered the chance to request a full copy of the email sent by Sripada Goswami Maharaja to me, Giri Maharaja. Among the requests we received was this one:

Your Name: Ramai
Your Email: [Redacted]
Message to the Secretary: Dandavat Maharaja. Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology

Although the name is listed as that of Ramai (Sriman Ramai dasa brahmachari) and the email matches with the one I have on record for him, I was highly doubtful that he would have much interest in this matter. Neither have I heard anything from him (that I can recall) for the past eight years or so.

More to the point, this demanding language: “Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology” does not ring true to me as language this gentle vaishnava Read More...

BSG | “I need your association”

The following is a portion of an email sent to Swami B.K. Giri from Bhakti Sudhir Goswami. Anyone interested may receive a complete copy by requesting it via our “Contact” page.

From: Bhakti Sudhir Goswami
Subject: An overdue apology
To: BK Giri

My dandabat pranam.

I have not felt well since our last conversation. [. . .]

I felt our many conversations were rewarding. There are many things I can actually only discuss with you. You have been there since the beginning and faithful throughout. I need your association.

You must know that I also highly value your camaraderie (tovarish) and affection. Please accept my apology for giving any other manic impression.

With lasting affection and admiration,

Bhakti Sudhir Goswami

BSG | “[Y]ou are kindly, most affectionately keeping me honest… “

The following is a portion of an email sent to Swami B.K. Giri from Bhakti Sudhir Goswami. Anyone interested may receive a complete copy by requesting it via our “Contact” page.

giri mj — you are kindly, most affectionately keeping me honest (if that’s possible) trivikram mj and i were praising u like anything at lunch prasad the other day

one could think, “giri mj is a little argumentative” and be that as it may t mj and i both agreed, you an acute listener and observer and very often reveal (to he and i) the gaps (when speaking fragmentally) the flaws in our theory or proposal and natural questions that arise if one is following the implications of what is being said (and much much more)

. . .

you know i want my arguments to be unassailable — i asked Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “The treasure house increases. And the door is wide open to hundreds of new transcripts.”

Date: 6/21/18

Dear Sriman Paramananda dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of our trinity of Gurus.

I am pleased to inform you that all the Sridhara Maharaja transcripts you have sent us have been posted on our website as of about two weeks ago.

Immediately upon receiving them I began using them for my own research and found them to be extremely helpful. I often remember a few words exactly as I heard them from Srila Sridhara Maharaja that relate to some point I want to explore further. However, I would be at a complete loss to finding the full expression and the context without the help of the transcripts you have provided which allow me to do string searches to find the material I’m looking for.

As an example, only yesterday I was searching for the text related to Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “A word to the wise… “

Inauguration of Sri Chaitanya Chandrodaya Mandira. L-R, Govinda Maharaja, (Seated on Vyasasana) Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada Swami Maharaja

Date: 5/14/18

Dear Sriman Nila Madhava dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

“A word to the wise is sufficient.” “A picture is worth a thousand words.” See above photo.

What can I say about those who will not believe what their eyes and ears tell them, who deny the conclusions of their own scriptures and their own guru or param-guru (Srila Swami Maharaja)? I cannot help them, you cannot help them, their guru cannot help them, no one can help them. Their situation is described thusly by Sri Prahlada Maharaja:

matir na krsne paratah svato va
mitho ‘bhipadyeta grha-vratanam

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Secrecy… a shroud behind which one may hide while exploiting others.”

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Dear Sriman Uddhava dasa,

My dandavat pranamas to you.

You have identified yourself as “Uddhava das.” One of Srila Saraswati Thakura’s first questions to one who had come before him to make some point was this: “Who is your guru?” That is my question to you.

In your most current email to me you mentioned “another senior SCSMath sanyassi” as one who represents your reply to my email to you dated 4/23/18 (which I posted on our website) but you have not referred to him by name. Rather, you have obviously taken steps to hide his name from me. Why?

In your initial email to me of 4/22/18 you wrote the following:

I’d like to investigate to find which GBC members pushed to stop this nice arrangement. . . . The paper Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Confidential. Do not disclose to…”

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idam te natapaskaya: Do not disclose this to those averse to self-sacrifice.

Date: 4/23/18

Dear Sriman Uddhava dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I think if iskcon reads Sridhar Maharaj books without troubles then it will be a great thing

ISKCON is not the issue. Guru is the issue. ISKCON is a religious society it is not a guru. The GBC is the managerial head of ISKCON, it is not a guru. For success in spiritual life we must follow the advice and direction of a sad guru, one who is fixed in knowledge of the Absolute Truth.

Foreseeing his imminent departure from this world Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja instructed his disciples to go to Srila Sridhara Maharaja for further instruction on the philosophy and siddhanta of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. All the disciples Read More...