Dear Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of our Divine Masters.
As I suspected would be the case when I posed my questions to you, nothing of substance has changed since I began discussing these topics with you in April of 2010, immediately after Srila Gurudeva’s disappearance. Your responses at that time to my urging you to accept the duties of acharya of Brazil, as ordered by your guru, Srila Govinda Maharaja, show little to no signs of maturing in the last seven years. Your ideas today are essentially the same as they were seven years ago.
As a reminder, these are some of the things you told me then by way of explaining your refusal to accept Srila Gurudeva’s order to “be the acharya of Brazil” (emphasis added):
I think you are reasonable in your arguments as always. You are a brilliant person and maybe you feel comfortable to be an Acharya. In my case, I’m a hill Billy and have nothing to do with that, honestly. I always felt, even in the presence of Srila Gurudeva, that Srila Acharya Maharaj, Sripad Janardhan Maharaj, Sripad Ashram Maharaj, Sripad Avadhuta Maharaj and Sriman Mahananda B. R. (I’m not going to mention so many others, because it would extend to much), are my well wishers and if I have to serve the mission as a Sannyasi in Brazil (or wherever they want) I will do as I was doing for Srila Gurudeva. In other words, if they want me to be their rtwik, I will be and even so that order must come formally or personally from them. I would happily be a rtwik for anyone of them, and if they say they don’t want me to be that and they prefer to ordinate other for that service, I will be glad too. I think I can postpone the position of Acharya until I can and humbly serve Srila Acharya Maharaj in what way He wants from me. I think if we start to discuss the negativity and the positivity of accepting the position of Acharya, it’s going to have no end, but in a other hand, I’m sure I have the rights to postpone that and humbly work under the guidance of my well wishers headed by Srila Acharya Maharaj. I know Srila Gurudeva will be happy with my decision. I think the better seed must prevail when cultivating a field.
— BV Trivikrama’s email to bkg, April 9, 2010
The only difference between then and now is that you accept the position of acharya in name, but not in substance. You have not accepted the responsibilities associated with being an acharya. Those responsibilities you transfer to Acharya Maharaja by designating him as being “in a central and more important position” than yours. To manage this you have concocted a new system for arranging the photos of the disciplic succession which deviates from the one previously established in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math by Srila Sridhara Maharaja and followed by Srila Govinda Maharaja.
The second line of your email “All glories to Srila Gurudeva and His sucessor President Sevait Acharya Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj.” is enough for me to understand your whole state of mind. Your answers to my question only serve to add detail and intensity to that understanding.
It was wrong to promote Srila Acharya Maharaj as the only Acharya, but it’s one error that is already corrected, at least in Brazil, but also not accepting him as in a central and more important position, . . . is wrong.
In the same sentence you first claim the “one error [Acharya Maharaja being promoted as the one worldwide acharya] is already corrected” and then nullify that statement by writing “not accepting him in a central and more important position, . . . is wrong”, thereby, restoring him again to the position of the one worldwide acharya. Therefore, I don’t see that anything has been corrected. You simply use word jugglery hoping I will not notice there is no substantial difference between “one worldwide acharya” and the acharya who is “in a central and more important position” than all the other acharyas.
Your placement of Acharya Maharaja’s photo in the parampara of your Math in Brazil, which identifies him, not you, as next in line after Srila Gurudeva gives further weight to the conclusion in the paragraph above and indicates that devotees in Brazil, even your disciples, are free to ignore you in favor of the one you promote as being “in a central and more important position” than your own. In this way you are cheating your disciples who should see you as supreme above all others but, instead, are encouraged by you to see the acharya of “the Indian Mission” as holding the supreme position.
Srila Govinda Maharaja “Hapaniya Morning Lecture (12/26/93)”
SGM: If they will show in altar Srila Swami Maharaja’s photo, that will be misguide to others. That is, it is not ashram of Swami Maharaja, not his disciple. Disciplic succession. Altar means disciplic succession you will show, then you must show what is disciplic succession of Sridhara Maharaja’s Math. This is matter. It is not matter that you cannot worship any Vaishnava. You must worship Vaishnava, no problem. And that is our life’s goal, we worship the Vaishnavas”
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Clear conception. We are not envious. And we are not rule breaker. What is the rule, that we shall follow. Who is disciple of Guru Maharaja, he must follow this, line.
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Disciple not will think, “My guru is small guru and Swami Maharaja is big guru.” That is offense to guru.
Disciple must think, “My guru is the supreme.” And, there, in the [parampara], my guru’s guru. My father is my father. It is very easy thing to understand. My grandfather may be a king. But, my father is my father. He’s my father.
Adjusting the first paragraph above to suit your circumstances, it would read as follows:
If they will show in altar Acharya Maharaja’s photo, that will be misguide to others. That is, it is not ashram of Acharya Maharaja, not his disciple. Disciplic succession. Altar means disciplic succession you will show, then you must show what is disciplic succession of Sridhara Maharaja’s Math (now Trivikrama Maharaja’s Math). This is matter. It is not matter that you cannot worship any Vaishnava. You must worship Vaishnava, no problem. And that is our life’s goal, we worship the Vaishnavas”
Maharaja, you seem confused, as you confessed to me you had been for many years. You either have faith in Sripada Acharya Maharaja as your siksha guru or believe Srila Guru Deva has compelled you to accept him in that way and you are trying to do so. In either case you do not need to upset the parampara in order to fulfill your desire or what you believe is your duty to deify him. You can keep a photo of Acharya Maharaja in a place you believe is appropriate somewhere other than the altar of your Math. That is my advice. Please consider it carefully.
Your imprecise reading of Gurudeva’s Will has led you to some flawed conclusions. I may address your misreading of the Will at a later time. I know there are many others that have the same erroneous understandings and I may post my comments on our website at a later time to help correct them. I doubt you have an interest in my explanation for the reasons you are wrong to interpret the Will as you have. You seem to want to believe it means what you think it means and I doubt logic or reason will dissuade you from your feelings or faith that cause you to think the way you do.
Even if Srila Gurudeva’s Will was written to mean exactly what you think it means in relation to Acharya Maharaja, it no longer matters. His actions taken in violation of Gurudeva’s directions to him, as stated in the Will, have destroyed his credibility as one worthy of the station you wish to assign to him. I know for a fact Srila Gurudeva does not expect me to accept him as being “in a central and more important position” than all the other acharyas and especially not one who should hold such a distinction in relation to my preaching. No doubt he has many good qualities, as do all those who have been designated by the IAB to act as acharyas within SCSM. I accept them as IAB acharyas, acharyas elected to their positions by the International Acharya Board. I do not accept them as acharyas selected by Srila Govinda Maharaja. They lost that distinction when they refused to follow his direction to them. What you wrote about veganism perfectly describes their situation:
“If we do things whimsically, it can look apparently good, but no one will be spiritually benefited. It will be just on the platform of karma. Good karma, bad karma, or mixed karma.
Navigation in spiritual life should be very precise. If you don’t pay attention to the possible deviations presented to you in the form of some new idea, sometimes in a very nice garb, you will end up in some other area, but for sure not in the area of consciousness that your Guru Maharaj lives.”
They acted whimsically and no one was spiritually benefitted by their action. It was “just on the platform of karma.” As a result of their deviations they ended “up in some other area, but for sure not in the area of consciousness that your Guru Maharaja lives.”
They may promote or demote anyone they choose, to any position they choose. That will never serve to convert vox populi into vox dei, or mean their decision is the decision of Srila Govinda Maharaja.
Our system is a completely autocratic one. It is not founded in democracy or based on popularity. The decision of the guru is final. Those that disobey him are described as follows:
CC Ādi 12.10
ācāryera mata yei, sei mata sāra
tāṅra ājñā laṅghi’ cale, sei ta’ asāra
ācāryera — of the spiritual master (Advaita Prabhu); mata — opinion; yei — what is; sei — that; mata — opinion; sāra — active principle; tāṅra — his; ājñā — order; laṅghi’ — transgressing; cale — becomes; sei — that; ta’ — however; asāra — useless.
The order of the spiritual master is the active principle in spiritual life. Anyone who disobeys the order of the spiritual master immediately becomes useless.
Here is the opinion of Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī. Persons who strictly follow the orders of the spiritual master are useful in executing the will of the Supreme, whereas persons who deviate from the strict order of the spiritual master are useless.
You wrote the same thing in your article on veganism. You just can’t seem to bring yourself to believe it applies to Acharya Maharaja, the IAB and yourself.
If you have any questions I will try to answer them.
I pray this finds you in good health and spirits,
Swami B.K. Giri