…Then Run and Hide!
In the dead of night, Wed. May 29, just before the clock struck twelve, as he slept peacefully, unaware that his friends, under the cover of darkness, had already begun assailing him and, having just sent a conciliatory letter to them encouraging their devotional service, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja was attacked in typical guerrilla warfare style by two men living under his spiritual protection as the acharya of Sri Govinda Divya-vani Seva Ashram.
The attack was coordinated by Sriman Radha Syam dasa who began referring to Srila Giri Maharaja as ” BRR (Bhakti Raksaka Raksaka) Giri Maharaja, shortly before receiving saffron cloth from him along with the designation “brahmachari.”
Begging you please forgive any offense my Lord. I am going to begin calling you Srila Bhakti Raksaka Raksaka B.K. Giri Maharaja, the guardian of the guardian of devotion.- RSd, 11/29/11
Shortly before RSd stopped communicating with Srila Giri Maharaja he reminded RSd of the gravity associated with the use of expressions such as that one:
From: BK Giri
Subject: Re: set back
Date: March 17, 2013 5:48:56 PM EDT
To: Sriman Radha-Syam das brahmacari
Dear Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari,
Brahmachari has some meaning. You must know that. It is not an independent position. A brahmachari is the servant of a sannyasi, especially the one that gives him saffron cloth and the designation “brahmachari.”
Lord has some meaning, you must have known that when you referred to me numerous times as Lord.
BRRBK Giri has some meaning, as does “Your Divine Grace” and your insistence that I give recognition to you as my siksha disciple.
I didn’t ask for any of these positions in relationship to you. I reluctantly accepted them to acknowledge your affection and regard for me. That is my duty and my happiness, to encourage everyone.
I will call you shortly.
After sending the above email, Srila Giri Maharaja called both Radha Syama dasa brahmachari and Indra Bandhu dasa. Neither of them would answer or respond to the voicemails he left asking them to speak with him, the only remedy Srila Giri Maharaja could find for the impasse that suddenly appeared:
From: BK Giri
Subject: Re: set back
Date: March 17, 2013 6:17:31 PM EDT
I just tried to call you but received no answer. I left a message on your voicemail requesting both you and RSdb to call me. I did the same with Prabhu RSdb, who also did not answer his phone.
Past experience has shown that only speaking with all concerned about these matters resolves them.
It looks like you’ve written a long letter, but I think it is best to speak personally rather than me try to read a long letter which will require a long response which I am not able to do, and will be ineffectual.
When these things happened, and they happened often, with our gurus, the resolution always came quickly and easily through association. If you want resolution, then call me, I’m sure it is a simple matter to resolve.
From Mar. 17 until the May 29 emails, suddenly posted on Indra Bandhu’s facebook page, RSd and IBd observed strict radio silence despite three successive emails and numerous voicemails requesting they call Srila Giri Maharaja.
Then, at the behest of Radha Syam Prabhu, Indra Bandhu dasa posted the two emails on his Facebook wall written by Radha Syam in which he criticizes the one he professes to call “Srila Gurudeva”, Srila Giri Maharaja. This was all done within minutes of sending said emails to His Divine Grace, who would not see them until many hours later on Thursday.
The two emails of Wednesday, May 29 were both sent between 11:28 PM and midnight (EDT) and posted on Facebook within minutes, giving only a small gap of time between the sending of the emails and their being displayed on Facebook.
After mounting their assault, I was also unaware of it until Friday morning when the news came across my Facebook “newsfeed”. I immediately responded.
However, they quickly mounted a counter-attack, attempting to destroy the lines of open communication, jamming my broadcast from Radio Free Bimalananda by deleting my responses to their chemical bombs in the form of caustic posts.
Fortunately, Radio Free B. continues to broadcast from this blog, allowing the truth to be told and heard, as evidenced below.
Radha Syam could have made his points directly on Srila Giri Maharaja’s blog, as he has done previously, but instead he employed his guerrilla tactics, pushing Indra-Bandhu out in front while he leads the war from behind in his underground bunker.
Because he is the instigator of the attacks, my comments are directed primarily to Sriman Radha Syam dasa.
Three principal criticisms (“censuring” & “canceling”, “context” and hypocrisy) were presented in this sentence:
“Concerning your censuring me or not, or your “canceling” me, I believe it would be ridiculous to do so over something misinterpreted and taken out of context; and I think given the circumstances of your censure by the IAB its hypocritical.”
Seeing this wanton attack against my guru, I responded with comments on Indra Bandhu dasa’s facebook wall which he then quickly deleted and also blocked me from accessing his page:
My comments are preserved below with the full context Indra-Bandhu hoped he could hide from you by censoring it from his Facebook wall and “canceling” me by blocking my access to it.
I do not believe Srila Giri Maharaja ever said anything about “censuring” or “canceling” Radha Syam dasa, or anyone else for that matter, and Radha Syam dasa does not provide any context (as he demanded of Srila Giri Maharaja) for this brash allegation, nor even a single quotation to support his accusation.
But Indra Bandhu dasa has “censured” me! He deleted my responses to the post of Radha Syam dasa’s email, thereby censoring me and, by blocking me from viewing his facebook page, he has “cancelled” me; “censuring” me by censoring and canceling me!
Where then is the hypocrisy?
Death of a Salesman:
Radha Syam Prabhu wants the readers of his latest emails of May 29, 2013 to buy the goods he is peddling; Srila Giri Maharaja has committed a great injustice against him when he carefully and precisely quoted RSd who wrote this on March 16, 2013:
I can hear from him [Bimalananda] or anyone else that he is qualified, but Srila Gurudeva will tell me and I will believe it.
But Srila Giri Maharaja included all the context he thought was relevant to catch the meaning RSd intended:
Recently a disciple (RSd) [Radha-Syam dasa] of Srila Govinda Maharaja, who had unequivocally declared his acceptance of me as the single bonafide acharya after Srila Govinda Maharaja, a man who took initiation in 2007 as I recall, rejected something I told him regarding my disciple’s qualification for second initiation, stating this:
“Srila Gurudeva will tell me and I will believe it”
When I asked RSd to explain “How will Srila Gurudeva tell you?” He ignored my question in his next email to me and became angry and perturbed with me.
I then asked the question again (in RSd’s email to me- “I can hear from him”, “him” means my disciple and “anyone else” includes me.). This was my email to RSd:I am asking you to simply explain your meaning of a short statement you made regarding our Gurudeva.Why not just explain what you meant when you wrote:> I can hear from him or anyone else that he is qualified, but Srila Gurudeva will tell me and I will believe it.It is natural, since Srila Gurudeva departed from our physical vision more than two years ago, that I would wonder how he “will tell” you who “is qualified”. Thus I asked:
How will Srila Gurudeva tell you?
Since my sending the above email, he has refused to communicate with me.
And yet, the one crying out against Srila Giri Maharaja’s great “injustice” offers little more than his remembrance of events to justify his remarks against Srila Giri Maharaja. For example:
“I only approved of any of my writings and/or letters posted or quoted if the context would be maintained along with the post, same for pictures, videos, etc.”- RSd
Is this a quote of his? No. Does he supply any context? No again.
Closing the door on the peddler-
“Watch your foot please. By the way, did you see the sign?” We shoot every other salesman and the last one just left.
he [Srila BRR Giri Maharaja] can post anything I write or say—RSd
Srila Giri Maharaja’s blog From censure to censor. Warning! You may be “horrified.”
to which Radha Syam Prabhu posted this comment on June 7, 2012
I recently sent Srila BRR Giri Maharaja the following E-mail. As I’ve expressed to him, I am for total transparency, and he can post anything I write or say. However sometimes I feel compelled to post myself, as in this instance. I will write further after the E-mail.
“…he can post anything I write or say” is unconditional, as one would expect with an offering of service to Sri Guru.
If Radha Syam dasa later decided to impose conditions on that which was previously offered unconditionally, it would be taking a step backwards from the service of our guru. Imposing conditions on one’s service to Sri Guru produces only karma-kanda, not bhakti. It is hard to believe Radha Syam dasa intends to leave the path of bhakti to pursue the path of karma. Therefore it is difficult to believe he imposed such conditions on the service he offered to our Srila Gurudeva or that he would now demand such conditions, thereby canceling his seva to our guru.
The Facebook incident that inspired the writing of this blog is provided below, uncensored. (See how easy it is to provide context?)
Comments & Responses:
Did you post these letters at the direction of Prabhu Radha Syam dasa?
If you posted them independently, did he give you permission to post them?
The above letters are in response to the following post:https://scsmathglobal.com/?p=1505.
Indra Bandhu das wished to do something about the erroneus portions of that post, I suggested after I finally responded to it myself, he may post my responses to Srila Giri Maharaja on his Facebook account. Certainly you should be going to Srila Giri Maharaja, your guru, concerning the situation and not either of us. Also, since we know you are aware of the context, this is your part you are attempting to play in baiting any further conversation exchange between yourself and us, which will not continue, respecting our privacy and your relationship with your Gurudeva.
In your email to Srila Giri Maharaja, you make it a point to say that he is your “Srila Gurudeva”:
“Srila Gurudeva will tell me and I will believe it…
…it was clear that I was referring (deferring) to you [Srila Giri Maharaja] as Gurudeva.
Thus the quote could also have read, ‘You will tell me and I will believe it’.”
Replying to my comment above you wrote:
“Certainly you should be going to Srila Giri Maharaja, your guru, concerning the situation and not either of us.”
From your email it is clear that Srila Giri Maharaja is not only my guru, he is your “Srila Gurudeva”, as well.
There is no reason why you and I cannot discuss our Guru and the problems you seem to have with behaving as a proper disciple. The contentious and belligerent attitude you display in your relationship to our “Srila Gurudeva” is not the way our Lord, Sri Krishna, instructs us to behave.
In Bg 4.34, Krishna says:
tad viddhi praṇipātena
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.
…mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge. Such a spiritual master should be accepted in full surrender, and one should serve the spiritual master like a menial servant, without false prestige. Satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life. Inquiries and submission constitute the proper combination for spiritual understanding. Unless there is submission and service, inquiries from the learned spiritual master will not be effective. One must be able to pass the test of the spiritual master, and when he sees the genuine desire of the disciple, he automatically blesses the disciple with genuine spiritual understanding…
You refer to Srila Giri Maharaja as your “Srila Gurudeva”. This is very wonderful and appropriate, for your other Srila Gurudeva, Srila Govinda Maharaja, named him an acharya of his Mission.
What does this mean then, for you and I?
“The third offense is to consider the guru a human being. Although so many human symptoms may be found in him, still, according to our sincerity to meet Godhead, the Lord descends and represents Himself in the guru to satisfy our hunger for the truth. We must see him as the agent of the Lord.
…God’s presence should be perceived in our gurudeva. We should see that God has come to give Himself to us. Generally we find mortal signs in the body of the spiritual master, but we must transcend that.” – SSK
So why then, are you publicly trying to prove your “Srila Gurudeva” to be defective? Why do you attack him, claiming him to be “hypocritical”, and his comments to be “erroneous” and “fiction”? Is this the proper behavior of a disciple?
No, it is not, nor has it ever been proper to treat one’s Gurudeva in such a spiteful way.
The Contentious Post:
From: Sriman Radha-Syam das brahmacari
Date: Wed, May 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM
To: BK Giri
Dear Srila Giri Maharaja,
I am writing in regards to an edit or revision that may be made on the SCS Math Global website.
On your website you quote me as saying:
“Srila Gurudeva will tell me and I will believe it”
Perhaps the meaning in my original letter wasn’t explained thoroughly since it should have been implied by remembering previous letters I had written leading up to the one in which I made the statement, in those previous letters it was clear that I was referring (deferring) to you as Gurudeva.
Thus the quote could also have read, “You will tell me and I will believe it”.
I did however attempt to clarify this in correspondence you may not have read, as is your choice.
To clarify, I had previously written you concerning Bhakta Ben (Bimalananda dasa) seemingly aggrandizing himself, and attempting to ingratiate himself upon me. My point was that he can tell me how qualified he is, or anyone else, but Gurudeva will tell me, meaning, that if you consider him qualified he’s qualified.
Concerning your censuring me or not, or your “canceling” me, I believe it would be ridiculous to do so over something misinterpreted and taken out of context; and I think given the circumstances of your censure by the IAB its hypocritical.
At a time when it was clear I was striving harder and harder to serve you in alignment with Srila Govinda Maharaja’s will, as you even note on the website, my position, and it was clear from our prior mutual correspondence I was referring to you as Gurudeva, as well as speaking to you about Bhakta Ben (Bimalananda dasa) seemingly seeking favor, it can at least be clear I didn’t mean the context implied in your post.
I only approved of any of my writings and/or letters posted or quoted if the context would be maintained along with the post, same for pictures, videos, etc. If this cannot be followed, as I was told it would be, and that you respected people’s choices to have said items posted/quoted or not, I would appreciate action on this, or follow through on removing it all from the site.
P.S. I will shortly reply to another fiction on the site concerning my being angry and disturbed.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Sriman Radha-Syam das brahmacari
Date: Wed, May 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM
Subject: angry and disturbed a fiction
To: BK Giri
Dear Srila Giri Maharaja,
On your website you claim that I became angry with you and disturbed.
That isn’t true.
In fact if that were true I’d have long since responded to the post on your site.
I’ve only responded to the post because you recently corresponded with me telling me I may contact you, and on the post at the bottom you mention being open to hearing from anyone involved concerning a possible misinterpretation.
I never spoke angrily or disturbed, nor did I write anything of the sort, you may and can choose to modify the statement you made in your post.
I’ll continue regardless to not be angry or disturbed either way.
In fact if you’d have chosen to read at the time my correspondence you’d have noted this was furthest from the truth. For example, if in fact I’d have written what you quoted out of context, in the context you portray (and I believe the way you wish to interpret it to play out your own agenda) I personally would have censured myself and been cancelled by default!
I think the post about sahajiyaism should at least show proof from our correspondences that I am angry with or disturbed by you. Neither is the case.