Srila Giri Maharaja “Acharya Sabha, Simplified”

The Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, the rightful members of the Acharya Sabha directed to “be formed” by Srila Govinda Maharaja.

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L-R (in alphabetical order): Sripadas Acharya Maharaja, Ashrama Maharaja, Avadhuta Maharaja, Giri Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja and Trivikrama Maharaja.The “International Acharya Board”
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(Front, Rear L-R) Sripadas Acharya Maharaja, Avadhuta Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja, Goswami Maharaja, Ashrama Maharaja.

All Glories to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.Dear devotees, friends and followers of Srila Govinda Maharaja.

I previously wrote an article regarding the Acharya Sabha. It was very detailed and perhaps unnecessarily complex. Here I have tried to condense the vital points.

Srila Govinda Maharaja, in his final directives to his followers, as stated in his Will, specifically named six sannyasis as Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Math who are to succeed him.

They are, in alphabetical order: Sripadas Acharya Maharaja, Ashrama Maharaja, Avadhuta Maharaja, Giri Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja and Trivikrama Maharaja.

That these six will be initiating Acharyas is undisputed.

Srila Gurudeva also stated in his Will in clear, unambiguous language:

“An Acharya Board (Acharya Sabha) shall be formed, composed of initiating acharyas, to consult with one another regarding all spiritual matters and to give guidance to all Trust Boards.”

That the Acharya Sabha “shall be formed” means it did not exist prior to the implementation of Srila Gurudeva’s Will. It does not exist now.

No meeting of the six Acharyas has occurred which would enable the formation of the Acharya Sabha.

I have repeatedly requested such a meeting. [Paraphrasing] “The Acharya Sabha should meet, with all six of the Acharyas named in Srila Gurudeva’s Will being invited to participate and, the meeting arranged in such a manner as to allow that participation.”

The five other Acharyas have been unresponsive to my invitations.

I am again calling upon them to honor the instruction of Srila Gurudeva to form the Acharya Sabha “to give guidance to all Trust Boards.”

These Boards have now been operating for ten months without that guidance. I believe this is unnecessary and intolerable.

Until Gurudeva’s direction is respected, I will not participate in events or places under the control of those who choose to substitute their own will for the Will of Srila Govinda Maharaja. To do so would set a bad example for others in our Mission. My conscience will not allow that.

I have been accused of arrogance and heresy for thinking in this way and have asked myself, “Is it arrogance that is motivating me?” I simply cannot conclude that pride is the motive for stating the obvious nor is it heresy to insist we follow the last instructions given by our Divine Master.

A copy of this article has been sent to each of the other five Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Praying for the mercy of the Lord’s devotees,

Swami B.K. Giri
Postscript
I sent the above article to each of the other Acharyas on January 23, more than a week ago, with the following preface:

Dear Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,I am preparing to publish the following article, or something substantially similar.

In fairness to you, I am, once again, first giving you the opportunity to correct any mistaken facts or misrepresentations you may find.

If you want, I will publish your response along with my article.

Sincerely yours,

Giri Maharaja

Note: No corrections have been received pursuant to the above offer.

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