Srila Giri Maharaja – “Openness”

Be it known to all people: the policy below—“Confidentiality”—regarding our website applies to all communications with me, Swami B.K. Giri.

I am a sannyasi. My dealings with others are open to public scrutiny. As a result, others’ dealings with me may face the same scrutiny. Every written communication I receive is shared with others; either devotees in our mission or as posts on our website, or both. All communications with me of any kind may be shared in a similar way. This is the example I have seen in the person of our gurus.

In addition to what I see as the obvious need for the above behavior, we are practicing the ways of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. He has a name. You have a name. I have a name. Remove the names and the personality is removed, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “I . . . suggest you avoid me.”

March 20, 2018

My dandavats Prabhu Jagadananda dasa.

I just noticed the message you posted to me on Jan 7, this year in my facebook messages. It is now more than two months after you sent it. That should give you some indication of how seriously I take what I think of as gossipbook or rumorbook, but what is known to others as facebook.

You must not have known these aspects of my thinking, although I have tried to publicize them. Thus, you sent this current message to me via facebook instead of by email, as I prefer.

Please excuse me if you think me unreasonable, but I do not take this form of communication very seriously, especially when you write in a style similar to that used by juveniles (youths) to text each other, presumably, about who is the cutest boy or girl in their class and Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – The acharya’s “appointments.”

Date: 3/20/18

I rarely visit my facebook site. As a result it was not until today that I noticed a comment from Srimati Kundalata Devi made there in regards to my following facebook post:

December 28, 2017
A New Article (“Vyaso vetti na vetti va”) Has Been Published on…

Below is her comment and my response.

Kundalata Dasi I would like to point out that Sripad Bhakti Nandan Swami Maharaja and Sripad Bhakti Chaitanya Giri Maharaja were both appointed as trustees of his mula Math by Srila Guru Maharaja. They are now doing their best to fulfil that task after years of neglect by the group you call AP1. These two intimate disciples of Srila Guru Maharaj are not part of some other ‘sampradaya’. Read More...

3/28/2018 – Observance of the disappearance of Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Deva-Goswami Maharaja

Observance of the disappearance of Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Deva-Goswami Maharaja.
Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite your participation in the glorification of our most dear Spiritual Guardian, His Divine Grace, Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Maharaja, on the anniversary of His disappearance from this world which will be held at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global headquarters in New Jersey, USA.
Please RSVP by clicking on the ‘contact‘ page.

Srila Giri Maharaja – “So, is he stagnant there, finally fixed?”

Date: 2/11/18

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

Your kind words are deeply appreciated.

I never know how my words will be accepted when I write or speak them. Will they be taken as so much tripe, or will they carry some weight? Thus, I am always apprehensive when I give the words “Please post.”

I am constantly reminded of Srila Guru Maharaja’s words “At any moment I may become a madman.” If our Divine Master withdraws his grace then immediately we are reduced to the status of a crazy person who speaks only nonsense. I am keenly aware I have no property of my own. Anything weighty, beautiful, wise or intelligent is coming in the manner of a loan from Sri Gurudeva. As such, these things may be extended or withdrawn at any moment, depending upon Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “A type of seed”

Date: 2/21/18

Dear Srimati Lilavati Devi dasi,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I’m both surprised and very unfit to receive your donation and will have to consult with Uddharan prabhu on how to use this sum of money, especially as our preaching front is non existent! — Srimati Lilavati Devi, email dated 2/20/18

These are also my feelings and thoughts whenever I receive a donation for the service of our Divine Masters. But it is not fully correct to think in this way. If, during Srila Gurudeva’s lifetime, I was passing through England and gave you fifty dollars and asked you to please give it to Srila Gurudeva when he next visits London, I doubt you would feel such shyness. It is not so much money. So, even if you lost it before you were able to deliver it to His Divine Grace, Read More...

Friday 2nd March 2017. Sri Gaura-Purnima – Divine Appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Sri Gaura-Purnima. Fast all day until moonrise then no grains.
We humbly invite you to participate in the grand festival of Sri Gaura-Purnima & the start of the 532th Gaurabda year.

Celebrations will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Center in the UK.

Festivities include Harinama-sankirtana, readings from Chaitanya-caritamrta, discourses and anukalpa.

Please RSVP via the contact page.

Monday, February 19th, 2018 – Appearance of Acharyadeva Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja.

Dear devotees and friends,

On Monday, February 19th, 2018, we humbly invite you to celebrate with us the Grand Appearance day of our beloved spiritual master and President Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global, His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja.

Celebrations for this most blessed event will be held at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA, the SCSM Global center in the UK and in the SCSM Global center in Bacoor, Philippines.

The festivals will include kirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious activities.
Please RSVP using one of the methods available.

Srila Giri Maharaja – “History Recycled/Pride and Prejudice”


My dear friends,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

When my grandparents were young and listened to the radio they turned it on, waited for the tubes to warm up and then heard what was being broadcast.

When I was young and got my first transistor radio, I turned it on and immediately heard the broadcast.

When our children listen to a broadcast, they “A”, turn on some device, then “B”, wait for a connection to be established to a network. After that they “C”, wait for a download to begin. After that, they wait for “D”, the “buffering” to complete and then “E”, listen to the content they’ve selected. If they decide to change sources they repeat B through E.

I believe it was in the 80’s (three decades ago) that I began hearing that advancements Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – A “truly horrific mistake.”

(A brief curriculum vitae of Mr. Deace may be found here: “Gorillas Also Have Souls”)

Date: 1/28/18

Dear Mr. Deace,

At the very beginning of your Podcast Ep217 which you call “Theology Thursday” you corrected an error you made related to a mundane event (“the senate map”) in your remarks of the previous day (1/24/18). Addressing this you thanked Chris Gandolfo: “So, thank you for bringing that to my attention Chris… and that correction is duly noted. Cause that’s a pretty big mistake, obviously . . . And when we do make mistakes we kinda like to make our corrections at the outset of a show rather than fine print at the very end when nobody’s paying attention.”

What you called a “pretty big mistake” is insignificant in comparison to the theological Read More...