To: Kamala Krishna das
From: B.K. Giri
Date: Jan 21, 2009
Dear Prabhu Kamal Krishna,
My dandavat pranams.
Listening to the recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja today this appeared:
82.11.05.C_82.11.06.A @ 15:45
Srila Sridhara Maharaja – “One day Achyutananda interviewed with me and asked some question about the Holy Name, Divine Name, and I replied; and he took notes and “Back to Godhead” sent an article that there is mention of Charaka, Charaka Rshi, the ancient doctor; the medicine of Charaka. His example I quoted there… His opinion about epedemic. He has written a book, that when, in the name of justice, the court pleaders, advocates, they are supposed to help the justice. But when they, themselves, do injustice, conceals the truth for their own selfish purpose, then there is an anomaly, anomaly in the air, vibration. That lying in the name of justice, a very subtle thing, most treacherous and that creates a vibration in the atmosphere and by that atmosphere, the water and the earth, and the plants also, they are polluted coming in contact with that atmosphere. And the plants, the crops also, polluted…”
My assertion that Achyutananda Maharaja used his personal notes, and not a tape recording (from which he would later transcribe the talk) as the basis for his article “Descent of the Holy Name” is also asserted by Srila Sridhara Maharaja:
“One day Achyutananda interviewed with me and asked some question about the Holy Name, Divine Name, and I replied and he took notes”
I hope you will take the time to carefully read a previous explanation for the readers of our website as to why we removed the article from it. (It follows at the end of this email.)
If you say “Here is Mr. Gosh” means you find the siddhanta of Srila Sridhara Maharaja present within the article, I never disputed that. My point is also “Here is Mr. Gosh”, but to show that there is something of Achyutananda present in the article. I also have no problem with that. My problem is that the reader is mislead into thinking that what he will read are the direct words of Srila Sridhara Maharaja as indicated by “After some silence he began to say, ‘Nitai Caitanya, Nitai Caitanya,’ and then began:”
What began at that point was an article written by Achyutananda based on his notes and his remembrance of the talk of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, not the direct words of Srila Sridhara Maharaja. This, to some degree, is how the spiritual science is diluted. Originally it was pronounced by a Guru to his disciple but then some modification happened when it was passed on to others. Eventually it becomes lost and the Lord or His agent must set it right again.
If you say it doesn’t matter, “the article still has potency as proved by Sriman Rshabhadeva’s enlivenment from hearing it” my question to you will be, “Will it be less potent if the true origins are known to the reader?” If Mr. Gosh is Mr. Gosh then it should not matter, and it (the true origins) should be described accurately.
I must also ask “Is it not possible that the potency of the article would be even greater if, in the manner of “full disclosure”, its true origins were known to the reader?” My belief is that it would.
On the other hand, if one reads the article assuming it to be the direct statements of Srila Sridhara Maharaja and then finds it is otherwise, he may lose some degree of faith in whomever was representing it to be Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s true words.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja presented to Achyutananda an analogy based on a statement of Charaka Rshi:
“Seize the sound waves traveling within the the ether, and your happiness is assured in spiritual life. One sage has explained in his sutra that massive epidemics are due to contamination of the ether by impure sound.
When the lawyers and pleaders in the court begin to tell lies in the name of justice, these sound vibrations contaminate the ether, which in turn contaminates the air and water which people breathe and drink, and epidemics are the result.”
In my opinion there is now a massive epidemic of distrust of persons such as ourselves who are trying to preach the true message of Chaitanya Saraswati. This has come about, to a great degree, precisely due to misrepresentations made by “devotees” of Mahaprabhu.
It is also my opinion that we should distinguish ourselves from them by avoiding such misrepresentations. Srila Sirdhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja have shown us, through their preaching, extreme care to present our siddhanta in a very precise and accurate manner. I have listened to hundreds of hours of talks by Srila Sridhara Maharaja and have never heard him present as truth something that was speculation or conjecture unless he identified it as such.
He is very careful to make clear what are his original thoughts, what he has heard from others, what is from personal experience and what is coming from the scriptures.
When being grilled by the ISKCON GBC over his acceptance of sannyasa from Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Sripad Puri Maharaja told them “Because you consider yourselves to be absolute I consider you as relative and because Srila Sridhara Maharaja considers himself as relative, I consider him absolute.” When Srila Sridhara Maharaja heard this, he liked it very much.
To say that something is a fact which is not a fact is to try and make the relative into the absolute. “Your honor, I object.”
PS I am CC’ing Nrsingha Chaitanya since he also showed an interest in this topic and Sriman Gokulananda who was likewise interested and had helped me with my original research.