Srila Giri Maharaja “A Transcendental Competition”

To inspire interest in thoughtful analysis of ideas presented as Gaudiya siddhanta but are actually antithetical to it, which we must identify and confront on a regular basis during our preaching activities, I am introducing what Srila Prabhupada Swami Maharaja termed a “transcendental competition.”

“I understand from Karandhara that you will be setting up another ISKCON Press in Los Angeles to engage our New York Press in transcendental competition for printing my books. Competition and profiteering spirit are always there in the living entity. It is not that they can be artificially removed in some manner. Factually we saw in Russia that by removing competition and profit calculation from society the people were not at all happy, and still these things are going on. So we shall not expect that we are any different. Only difference is, that our profit is for Krishna’s pleasure, and our competition is how to please Krishna more than someone else.”

— Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, Letter to: Jayatirtha, Dec. 9, 1971

I invite our readers to follow the letter below that I recently posted to some of my friends. Submissions should be sent via our CONTACT FORM. I will judge the entries based on the evidence of guru, shastra and sadhu which was presented to us by our near-term acharyas beginning with Srila Govinda Maharaja and extending to his two most prominently recognized gurus, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Swami Maharaja Prabhupada. Their immediate gurus are also accepted by their direct reference to them. Evidence means direct quotations from the books, letters, recordings etc. of the aforementioned acharyas which can be easily verified via our website or the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase. Flaws of logic will also be accepted as evidence of a flaw.

The entry containing the greatest number of flaws combined with the strongest evidence exposing them is most likely to win the competition. Overall, the entry I find most persuasive is likely to win the competition.

All entries must be received by October 10, 2019.

The winner’s name will be announced on our website as soon as I have made my determination. The Sripada, Sriman or Srimati (no other pronouns will be used) who wins will receive a hardbound copy of The Loving Search for the Lost Servant along with free shipping anywhere within the USA. If the winning entry should come from a person in a foreign country we will pay the cost of shipping via International Priority Mail Flate Rate Envelope or Flate Rate Padded Envelope, or an equivalent delivery option selected by us at our sole discretion.

Badram te (good luck) to all and may our Supreme Lords, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridharijiu, be pleased with our attempt to serve Their lotus feet.

In service to our Divine Masters,

Swami B.K. Giri


September 24, 2019

Dear Friends,

My dandavat pranamas to each of you.

When I was a child there was a very popular magazine kept in the waiting rooms of doctors and dentists who treated children. One of its regular features was a sort of puzzle. To solve it one had to find a certain number of items that were hidden, but visible, within a picture. For example: there might be a green bird sitting on the branch of a tree surrounded by green leaves making it difficult to pick out the outline and form of the bird.

While trying to find a tangible source as a reference for the apa-siddhanta being espoused by Yuga Avatar das, a disciple of Bhavananda I’ve been conversing with on Facebook, I found a talk given by Bhavananda to his disciples in 1985.

Below my signature I have attached a PDF of that talk wherein Bhavananda is announcing and explaining his falldown to “His American Disciples.” I wonder if you can point to the several flaws in his presentation. Hint: the flaws are deviations from Gaudiya philosophy and siddhanta accompanied by flaws of logic.

The flaws are interspersed among reasonable and emotional ideas that, like the green leaves in the bird example above, serve to hide and disguise them. Because they are somewhat well hidden, the flaws will tend to be overlooked in favor of the emotional draw of sympathy towards the subject, Bhavananda.

I think this may be called a “brain teaser.” I hope you enjoy it.