Srila Giri Maharaja “Aparadha-bija, The Seed of Offense”

BKG folded hands

Dear Srimati Krishangi Devi,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

Nothing you presented is authoritative.

You are not a spiritual authority and Wikipedia is not a spiritual authority. It is foolish to offer the statements of either to support your views. No one will accept them.

At one time you wrote that you “highly respect” Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami, but actually you have become an offender to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and his gurus. In fact, you have become an offender to all those in the line of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura.

Because of your offenses you have fallen again into a hellish mentality under the control of maha maya and now consider the mundane to be spiritual and Wikipedia to be an authority on spiritual matters.

The Vedas are spiritual authority. Sruti, smrti, the puranas, itihasas, etc. are the only authoritative shastra accepted by those in the line of Sri Krishna Chaitanya.

What is presented on our website is our authority, as are the books of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and other bonafide acharyas in our line.

No other authority is recognized by those in the line of Srila Govinda Maharaja, which is my line. The authority that is accepted is described here:

SB 7.11.7

dharma-mūlaṁ hi bhagavān
sarva-vedamayo hariḥ
smṛtaṁ ca tad-vidāṁ rājan
yena cātmā prasīdati

Word for word:
dharma-mūlam — the root of religious principles; hi — indeed; bhagavān — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sarva-veda-mayaḥ — the essence of all Vedic knowledge; hariḥ — the Supreme Being; smṛtam ca — and the scriptures; tat-vidām — of those who know the Supreme Lord; rājan — O King; yena — by which (religious principle); ca — also; ātmā — the soul, mind, body and everything; prasīdati — become fully satisfied.

The Supreme Being, the Personality of Godhead, is the essence of all Vedic knowledge, the root of all religious principles, and the memory of great authorities. O King Yudhiṣṭhira, this principle of religion is to be understood as evidence. On the basis of this religious principle, everything is satisfied, including one’s mind, soul and even one’s body.

As stated by Yamarāja, dharmaṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītam. Yamarāja, the representative of the Lord who takes care of the living beings after their death, gives his verdict as to how and when the living being will change his body. He is the authority, and he says that the religious principles consist of the codes and laws given by God. No one can manufacture religion, and therefore manufactured religious systems are rejected by the followers of the Vedic principles. In Bhagavad-gītā (15.15) it is said, vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyaḥ: Vedic knowledge means to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, whether one speaks of the Vedas, scriptures, religion or the principles of everyone’s occupational duty, all of them must aim at understanding Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.2.6) therefore concludes:

sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā
yayātmā suprasīdati

In other words, religious principles aim at learning how to render transcendental loving service to the Lord. That service must be unmotivated and unchecked by material conditions. Then human society will be happy in all respects.

The smṛti, the scriptures following the principles of Vedic knowledge, are considered the evidence of Vedic principles. There are twenty different types of scripture for following religious principles, and among them the scriptures of Manu and Yājñavalkya are considered to be all-pervading authorities. In the Yājñavalkya-smṛti it is said:

svasya ca priyam ātmanaḥ
samyak saṅkalpajaḥ kāmo
dharma-mūlam idaṁ smṛtam

One should learn human behavior from śruti, the Vedas, and from smṛti, the scriptures following the Vedic principles. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī in his Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu says:

pañcarātra-vidhiṁ vinā
aikāntikī harer bhaktir
utpātāyaiva kalpate

The purport is that to become a devotee one must follow the principles laid down in śruti and smṛti. One must follow the codes of the Purāṇas and the pāñcarātrikī-vidhi. One cannot be a pure devotee without following the śruti and smṛti, and the śruti and smṛti without devotional service cannot lead one to the perfection of life.

Therefore, from all the evidence the conclusion is that without bhakti, devotional service, there is no question of religious principles. God is the central figure in the performance of religious principles. Almost everything going on in this world as religion is devoid of any idea of devotional service and is therefore condemned by the verdict of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Without devotional service, so-called religious principles are only cheating.

Actually, the only authority one can positively identify is Sri Guru. Study of the Vedic literature is not permitted except under the guidance of a bonafide guru and cannot be understood except by the guidance and grace of a Vaishnava guru. Although the scriptures are useful in defining the characteristics of a guru and, thereby, helping us to identify such a self-realized soul, the actual process of Krishna Consciousness does not begin in a tangible way until one surrenders to the guidance of a guru who is realized in transcendental knowledge. Only then is the disciple able to substantially comprehend and apply the teachings of authorized Vedic scripture and make progress in the line of Krishna Consciousness.

When Krishna is merciful to the jiva, He brings him into connection with a spiritual guru who delivers to the qualified disciple the seed of pure devotion (bhakti-lata-bija). The guru then instructs the disciple to water that seed with sravanam and kirtanam, avoid bad associations and, avoid the ten offenses to the Holy Name, along with Namabhasa.

brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva
guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja

mālī hañā kare sei bīja āropaṇa
śravaṇa-kīrtana-jale karaye secana

—CC Madhya 19.151-152

atyāhāraḥ prayāsaś ca
prajalpo niyamāgrahaḥ
jana-saṅgaś ca laulyaṁ ca
ṣaḍbhir bhaktir vinaśyati

Word for word:
ati-āhāraḥ — overeating or too much collecting; prayāsaḥ — over-endeavoring; ca — and; prajalpaḥ — idle talking; niyama — rules and regulations; āgrahaḥ – too much attachment to (or agrahaḥ – too much neglect of); jana-saṅgaḥ — association with worldly-minded persons; ca — and; laulyam — ardent longing or greed; ca — and; ṣaḍbhiḥ — by these six; bhaktiḥ — devotional service; vinaśyati — is destroyed.

One’s devotional service is spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six activities: (1) eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required; (2) over-endeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult to obtain; (3) talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters; (4) practicing the scriptural rules and regulations only for the sake of following them and not for the sake of spiritual advancement, or rejecting the rules and regulations of the scriptures and working independently or whimsically; (5) associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness; and (6) being greedy for mundane achievements.

—Nectar of Instruction, 2

It is mentioned in the Padma Purana that there are ten kinds of offenses we must try to avoid in the chanting of the Hare Krsna mahamantra. There are also four kinds of namabhasa, or apathetic chanting, which will not give us entrance into the domain of mercy. Mere liberation will be effected by that kind of invocation.

These two improper kinds of chanting stem from our tendencies for exploitation and renunciation. We must chant the name with the spirit of service and avoid the ten offenses.

— The Search For Sri Krsna, Reality The Beautiful

Unfortunately, you are ignoring the promises you made at the time of your initiation, and afterwards. You are neglecting that pure spiritual seed you received from me in the line of His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaja and, the instructions for nurturing it. Instead you are giving your attention to water and nourish the seed of aparadha, the aparadha-bija. You have decided to follow the path of Ramachandra Kahn, as it is described in the authoritative scripture Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta:

CC Antya 3.144

rāmacandra khāṅna aparādha-bīja kaila
sei bīja vṛkṣa hañā āgete phalila

By inducing a prostitute to disturb Haridāsa Ṭhākura, Rāmacandra Khān caused a seed of offense at his lotus feet to germinate. This seed later became a tree, and when it fructified, Rāmacandra Khān ate its fruits.

Recently you have taken to eating fruits similar to those eaten by Ramachandra Khan, with the result that all you stood to gain from the bhakti-lata-bija is now being destroyed. If you continue to eat these fruits, the path in front of you is clear:

CC Antya 3.146

sahajei avaiṣṇava rāmacandra-khāṅna
haridāsera aparādhe haila asura-samāna

Rāmacandra Khān was naturally a nondevotee. Now, having offended the lotus feet of Haridāsa Ṭhākura, he became just like a demoniac atheist.

CC Antya 3.147

vaiṣṇava-dharma nindā kare, vaiṣṇava-apamāna
bahu-dinera aparādhe pāila pariṇāma

Because of blaspheming the cult of Vaiṣṇavism and insulting the devotees for a long time, he now received the results of his offensive activities.

Because of your previous offensive behavior I had to reject you as a disciple. After many years of pleading with me to again accept you, I did; provided you promise to never return to your offensive ways. You made that promise to me and, that you would be loyal to me and your vows. As long as you followed my direction, you offered some valuable seva to our Mission. But now you are breaking all your promises and again committing vaishnava aparadha.

I pray you will again come to your senses so that you can join with the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the service of the ever resplendent Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.

Your ever well-wisher,

Swami B.K. Giri