Srila Giri Maharaja: “The Situation” (Part 2)—”Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”



Dear _____________,

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

I am replying to this email we received from you on Oct 18, 2016:


With the current situation in Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Navadwipa Math I am surprised that Bhakti Kanan Girl Maharaja has not commented on it, especially since he was so vocal after Govinda Maharaja left. And, as many have appreciated his stand at that time, I wonder why such silence now??

For me, the battles being raged for supremacy and power are not what Guru Maharaja expounded. It is the science of self realization that we aspire to, not group or party realization.

I do not want my details posted on a public domain but would appreciate Kanan Giri Maharaja’s observations on this matter.

My response is very lengthy. Therefore I have divided it into parts. Part 1 is attached below my signature.

I feel your questions and my answers are important for many others to hear in addition to yourself and have already asked our webmaster to post this first part of my response to our website.

Unfortunately, I do not know exactly what you mean by “the situation.” Please be more specific and tell me what situation you are referring to.

With great reluctance I removed your name from the website post, as you asked that your details not be disclosed publicly. However, I do not like this sort of secret dealing. I do not think it is a good policy for either you or me.

You obviously see the value of public disclosures because you asked about me: “I wonder why such silence now?”

And yet, you ask I keep silent about your “details.”

I see nothing wrong with your email or the questions you raise therein. It is very natural that you would have such questions. Why then do you want secrecy with regard to them?

As you will read in my lengthy response attached below, I have guessed the reason is that you are afraid of the opinion of others. You must be afraid that you will be ostracized if it is discovered you have contacted me. But why write to me if you do not respect my conclusions and believe them to be in line with those of our sampradaya? And, if you have regard for the conclusions I present, why do you want to hide from having your name associated with them or me?

On the other hand, if you have respect for those you fear might discover you have contacted me, why don’t you follow their direction, advice or opinion and avoid me?

The secret dealings of several leaders of SCSM, the supposed acharyas, are largely responsible for many of the problems you asked about. Actually, almost the whole of SCSM has been polluted by the secret deals and dealings of its so-called acharyas. 

Our gurus did not like secrecy. Srila Sridhara Maharaja said this:

82.03.00 @10.51 “I don’t want to do anything secretly. Secrecy. Secrecy means conspiracy.”

Exactly as Srila Sridhara Maharaja said, their secrecy was done as a conspiracy; a conspiracy to deceive the devotees of SCSM so that they would believe Srila Govinda Maharaja wanted them to act as they did when, in fact, they were contradicting his wishes.

Sadhus should have open dealings. You have accepted the practicing life of a sadhu. You should, therefore, consider carefully the following:

Na hi gopyam hi sadhunam: “Sadhu, those who are saintly person, for them there is no secret.” There is no secret. There is no privacy. A sadhu, sadhu has no privacy. Just now in our ordinary social affairs, there is difference between private life and his public life. Now, if somebody is teacher… Now, he is very good teacher. He can very good… He can explain very nicely a subject matter, but his private life is not very good. Then he is not a teacher. He is not a sadhu. That is Vedic conception. One must be a teacher according to his own behavior in life. There is no secrecy or privacy. Now, we think that “We don’t mind what is private character. We don’t mind. We are concerned with his teaching.” No. That sort of teaching will not have any effect. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, apani acari prabhu jiveri siksaya: a teacher must demonstrate in his practical life what he is teaching. That is the meaning of acarya. Acarya means the teacher must demonstrate things by applying the same thing in his own life. That is called acarya. Therefore Krsna said that “You cannot disclose anything. You cannot keep anything private. Please disclose.”

—Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami, Govardhana Puja Lecture — New York, November 4, 1966

For the time being I have honored your request to not publicize your details. However, I hope you will change your mind and agree to my attaching your name to the email I published that was written to you.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. You will feel much more clean and refreshed when you come out into the sunlight.

It is stated in Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 22.31):

kṛṣṇa——sūrya-sama, māyā haya andhakāra

yāhāṅ kṛṣṇa, tāhāṅ nāhi māyāra adhikāra

“Godhead is light. Nescience is darkness. Where there is Godhead there is no nescience.” 

I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.


Swami B.K. Giri