Srila Giri Maharaja “Be Cautious in Dealings With Your Guru”

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On Jun 28, 2015, _______ wrote:

Your Holiness,

Please accept my full dandavat pranams!

Yes, we are aware of your censure. That carried no weight with me. As a matter of fact, your holiness, it makes me ask one question. That question is “Why do they fear you?” Because only fear would drive such an action, in my opinion. … Your holiness I can no longer tolerate the mood of SCS Math [Navadwipa]. I am humble before you.

Your words have so inspired me! I have always been more drawn to Nityananda Prabhu than any other. … I am a social outcast … perhaps because I am so outspoken and strong in my beliefs. Yes, I am a bit stubborn. I grow weary of being told to be quiet, that my experience is not “true” or “real” because it doesn’t fit in with what someone else’s experience has been. I believe in a strong personal relationship with the supreme.

… nor can I any longer choose to have [their] association. I cannot tolerate gossiping either. And please, I mean no offense, the more they gossip about you makes me wonder, as I said before, why do they have so much fear.

… I humbly offer myself to you. I am at your lotus feet. Please allow me to be your servant…

Srila Giri Maharaja’s reply:

Date: June 29, 2015

Dear Sriman _______.

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Prabhu I am naturally sympathetic to all those who have come in the line of Krishna Consciousness. So, of course, I will try my best to offer you the benefit of my age and experience. However, before we delve too far into some of the issues you raise, I must ask if you have discussed your dissatisfaction with your guru, Sripada Acharya Maharaja. Have you approached him about the matters you have brought to my attention that trouble you so deeply?

If not, please try your best to resolve your difficulties with him.

If you have already done this, then please tell me why you could not find your answers there.

You wrote [previously]:
My plan is to build a center here.
and:
I have decided to distance myself from SCS Math Nabadwip.

It is not unexpected that we might find it difficult to work with our Godbrothers or certain authorities designated by our guru. To create another preaching center or temple in your area may be the solution to some of the problems you write of and may be a way that others of similar persuasion to yours might also find relief.

However, to distance yourself from SCS Math, Navadwipa, would appear to mean distancing yourself from the acharya of that Math, who is your guru. That is a move which must be considered with the utmost gravity before carrying it out.

Please consider all these things very carefully and inform me of your thinking about them. We must be very careful not to put the cart before the horse.

I pray this finds you well in health and spirits. Please convey the same to others there in your association.

Swami B.K. Giri