On February 12, I was happily surprised to receive this news within an email from His Grace Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari:
Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari
You now officially have a new centre in the UK.
I wasn’t sure what to call this humble abode so I simply put SCSM Global UK Centre, subject to your correction.
I pray it will be of some service to Your Grace. All friends and members of your SCSM Global Preaching Mission are welcome here.
It is a small house and cannot serve as an ashram but it can serve as a modest centre and meeting point for friends, members and well wishers of SCSM Global.
May Srila Gurudeva be pleased with this humble attempt to serve His devotees.
SCSM Global UK Centre
Buckinghamshire HP10 9
Strictly maintaining the tradition of America and England being two great countries separated by a common language, Sriman Uddharan assures his fellow countrymen will not be confused with the spelling of “How do you say it in your country?” “Centre.”
Following suit, we “Yanks” also offer a polite tip of the hat to this quaint English tradition which we always find both charming (chaa-ming) and amusing, though our busy life prevents us from further discussions of the matter during “high tea”, which of course is our misnomer for “low tea” whose subtle divisions into “Cream Tea”, “Light Tea” and “Full Tea” are as bewildering to us as the terms pound, sterling, guinea, Sovereign, quid, etc. which, as near as we can figure, refer to some type of “dollar”, a term, you might note, that is readily understood by all peoples of the world.
While I understand the egoistic interest of the Brits to strengthen the bonds that separate us, I am most happy to rejoice in this occasion that make stronger the bonds that unite our devotees in the service of Srila Gurudeva and our Sri Guru Varga.
His Grace Uddharan Prabhu, is always a devotee first, last and in-between, making it easy to maneuver past the extreme differences in our culture and language to arrive at the common interest of service to our Divine Masters.
He, along with his wife Srimati Lilavati Devi were among the very first group of devotees in England to seek and receive initiation from His Divine Grace Srila Sridhara Maharaja. From that time until now he has always faithfully served His Divine Grace and after him, his successor Srila Govinda Maharaja, who placed great trust in Prabhu Uddharan, which was exhibited in many ways.
Therefore, when he made clear his desire to serve our Mission, it was natural I would ask him to act as one of its trustees. He graciously agreed and has since been one of our mainstays for support and encouragement. I also regularly consult with him on matters of importance. Out of humility he is reticent to offer me advice, which further enhances its value. I am a most arrogant person and seeing such humility, simple heartedness and selfless eagerness to serve the devotees, always helps to remind me of the importance of such qualities.
As we have been advised to let the dead bury the dead, I will leave it to the English to determine their own nomenclatures. However, for those of us not privileged to call the great isle our home, it would be nice if you could decide, at least, on a name for your great country. We are always embarrassed when, in polite company, we do not know whether to refer to your country as Britain, Great Britain, England, United Kingdom or by some other name.
Until then, I know I am very fortunate to have Sriman Uddharan’s association along with his good wife, Srimati Lilavati Devi and heartily encourage everyone to also take advantage of the opportunity for their association via our SCSM Global UK Centre.
In service to the Lord’s devotees,
Swami B.K. Giri
Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gaura Nitai, Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subadra, Ki Jaya.
Sri Sri Laxsmi Narasimha Dev Ki Jaya.