Srila Giri Maharaja “Should Goswami Maharaja Initiate in Navadwipa?”

From: BK Giri
To: Sripada Bhakti Vijay Trivikrama
Subject: A quick note

Date: July 11, 2011

BVTrivikram

Dandavats Maharaja,

I just “tried” to speak with Acharya Maharaja to talk to him about some of the things I just discussed with you.

Regarding Acharya Maharaja’s statement supporting Goswami Maharaja as an initiating guru in SCSM, Acharya Maharaja said, “Yes, he can do. Anyone can do. I have no objection. I am very broadminded.” In short, his remarks reminded me of your opinion on this matter.

I then asked him “Can Goswami Maharaja initiate in Navadwipa?” Then Acharya Maharaja completely changed his idea saying, “He would never do that. Gurudeva did not want that.” I tried to press the point further but he just kept talking over me and there were so many noises, because he was in a car traveling somewhere, that he didn’t hear anything else I had to say.

So, in his opinion, anyone can initiate, anywhere they want, except Navadwipa, India, Acharya Maharaja’s territory. Because “Gurudeva didn’t want that.”

Well, Gurudeva didn’t want Goswami Maharaja initiating in Russia either. Why is that not important? Why is it OK for anyone to initiate anywhere? There are no rules for anyplace, except India? This is inconsistent, faulty logic.

I’ve told you before, in my opinion, what applies for the Acharya of Navadwipa is applicable everywhere. That is, Gurudeva only wanted Acharya Maharaja to initiate there, and he intended the same for the other zones. In Russia, only Avadhuta M. would initiate, and so forth.

The converse of the above would also necessarily be true.

If Goswami Maharaja can initiate in the zone of Avadhuta Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja, Ashrama Maharaja, and so on, why not the zone of Acharya Maharaja?

If those other Acharyas are free to invite (as Acharya M. and you say they are) anyone into their zones to initiate, why should Acharya Maharaja be restricted from “inviting” other Acharyas to initiate in Navadwipa?

But why is an invitation necessary? Acharya is Acharya, right? How can he be restricted? If someone in Navadwipa is attracted by the preaching of Goswami Maharaja why should anyone interfere with his natural inclination to take diksha from Goswami Maharaja, his natural guru? That would be cruel, abusive, unnatural, would it not?

Why am I making these points? In the future they will be made by Goswami M. and/or his supporters. At that time it will be too late to say no, the precedent will already have been established. Goswami M. will take Navadwipa away from Acharya M., and Acharya Maharaja is inviting him to do it. All of you who agreed to his recent proposal to be recognized as an initiating guru within SCSM are inviting him to take the Navadwipa Math away from Acharya Maharaja and your Maths away from you.

After Srila Guru Maharaja’s disappearance the Math in London [Dinsdale Road] was being held by three signers, Kashinatha, Sagara Maharaja and Puri Maharaja. Kashinatha, by some false pretense, convinced Sagara Maharaja and Puri Maharaja to sign over their rights to him. He then sold the London Math and removed the Deities to a private location. He then took the money and went to South America and disappeared.

Srila Govinda Maharaja thought Puri Maharaja and Sagara Maharaja behaved very foolishly putting so much faith in this Kashinatha.

In my opinion, you all just signed over your rights to Goswami Maharaja in much the same way as the story above.

Goswami Maharaja “would never do that?”

He did it before. He sold his temple, Deities, publishing rights, Gurudeva’s recordings, everything sacred to him and to us. He sold them all, threw off his sannyasa vesha in favor of long hair and Western clothes, and disappeared for almost ten years. [See: “The Pied Piper of San Jose”]

Was it all just part of his Divine Lila? Many seem to think so. I do not.

But then, what do I know?

Giri Maharaja

 

Editor’s Note:

“Should Goswami Maharaja initiate in Navadwipa?”

Sripada Acharya Maharaja said “He would never do that. Gurudeva did not want that.”

Srila Giri Maharaja wrote:

“If Goswami Maharaja can initiate in the zone of Avadhuta Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja, Ashrama Maharaja, and so on, why not the zone of Acharya Maharaja?
. . .
“If someone in Navadwipa is attracted by the preaching of Goswami Maharaja why should anyone interfere with his natural inclination to take diksha from Goswami Maharaja, his natural guru?”

Within two years of sending the above email, someone in Navadwipa was “attracted by the preaching of Goswami Maharaja” and Goswami Maharaja did initiate him in SCSM Navadwipa, “the zone of Acharya Maharaja” where Acharya Maharaja said: “He would never do that. Gurudeva did not want that.”

28 March 2013
Mahananda Prabhu Bhakti Ranjan becomes Sripad Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj by receiving the holy order of tridandi sannyas yesterday from Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj in the presence of all the Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. The initiation took place on Srila Guru Maharaj Srila Sridhar Maharaj’s veranda. “Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Gurudev suddenly and powerfully made their wish clear in different ways, with the assertions of the Acharyas as the catalyst.” (scsmath.com homepage)

The above announcement makes it appear that the “assertions of the Acharyas” must represent the Absolute. Srila Sridhara Maharaja did not agree:

82.03.06 B

82.03.06.B @4:03
Yashomatinandana dasa (Ynd)- No. Individually they [GBC] are not Absolute. But collectively as a body, as a whole, that is Absolute.

SSM- That can never be. That is foolish.

It may also be noted that Srila Giri Maharaja was not present for the initiation of Madhusudana Maharaja, nor did he approve of it taking place within Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Therefore, the initiation was not done: “in the presence of all the Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.”, as the announcement wants us to believe.