Srila Giri Maharaja – Offering and Announcement for Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Avirbhava!

On the occasion of the celebration of the appearance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda-deva Goswami Maharaja, December 15, 2016 we are pleased to announce the posting to our website of 250 additional transcriptions of the audio recordings of his Divine Master, Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara-deva Goswami Maharaja.

Recently Sriman Paramananda dasa of the U.K. blessed us by delivering to us an amazing number of new transcriptions of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s divine discourses. He sent us 250 transcripts, each painstakingly transcribed from original audio files available to everyone from our website. The transcripts were presented complete with diacritic markings made by use of the Balarma font. Sriman Gokulananda dasa, who created and maintains our website, converted all 250 transcripts to PDF files and provided for the proper links and placement of these new files within our previous collection. The total number of transcripts now available from our website is 452! This is roughly half the audio files of Srila Sridhara Maharaja that are available to us.

Not content with his current achievement, Prabhu Paramananda has offered to convert all his transcriptions from the Balarama font to a newer one, Gaura Times. The Balarama font does not conform with UCS (Universal Character Set or Unicode) standards. As a result, characters produced with that font, that contain diacritic marks, are difficult to search, copy and paste using current standard (UCS) fonts. The new Gaura Times font is a UCS font and translates easily across a wide range of other fonts; thus, making it ideal for use on our website and for all users of the transcripts that would like to search, copy and paste, etc. from sections or entire documents for use in their own work.

Both Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja gave much encouragement to devotees to use the recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s discourses for their preaching and propagating activities. One sannyasi claimed Srila Sridhara Maharaja gave him sole custody of the recordings and charged him with deciding who should be allowed to have copies. After investigating this claim I determined it to be false, due to the preponderance of evidence to the contrary. However, as a result of devotees relying on this false claim, the recordings were practically hidden from all but a few leading devotees of our Mission for some twenty-five years and more. I have listened to all the recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja and do not recall ever hearing him designate anyone as the sole custodian of his recorded discourses. To the contrary, both Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja were very eager to see these discourses propagated to as wide an audience as possible. (For more on this subject please see: From censure to censor. Warning! You may be “horrified.” )

From Srila Sridhara Maharaja:

81.08.10B
“So I am unwilling and you have come and forced. Extract from me. If you find anything good, what is akin to your master’s gift, if you find that what you have already got from your Spiritual Master, similar things are to be found here, then of course you may come and try to snatch it and distribute to the world. You have got that right.”

81.12.02.A at about 30:00
Sriman Vidagdha Madhava asks Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s permission for Prabhu Satyanarayana Dasa to publish a small book with quotations from the tapes of Srila Sridhara Maharaja. This was his response:

“Yes, one who has got that, he may do. He may publish, I have no objection. Dhira Krishna Maharaja or something like [that], he also asked me, ‘May we print all these things?’. Yes, you do, yes, you do. Anyone who has heard it, he may do and publish if he thinks it is, to do some good to the world, then of course he is justified to do that.

I don’t want to make it a trade, it must be the most benevolent trade of Mahaprabhu. But no special trade. For His trade, to convert all under Krishna Consciousness, that earnest idea we must embrace, one and all. These are the interests of Mahaprabhu and Krishna, Prabhupada, Swami Maharaja. For their interest it is repeated, meant, worth something. Everyone is at liberty to do that. It is not mine. If the words come from our Master, Krishna, everyone should have right to accept that and to spread that. Yare dekha tare kaha krishna upadesha. If they consider it is Krishna upadesha, then they’re at liberty to spread it anywhere and everywhere. His conscience to be justified.

If he sincerely thinks that, of course he will do it. It is not mine, it is of my Gurudeva and he would say [these] are Mahaprabhu, a ray of Bhagavatam, Vyasadeva, in this way. Gaura Hari Bol… And, if anyone gets any real benefit out of that, then I shall get reward from above and I shall get good will from them also. I want that sort of blessing. For my own sustenance I want that. Gaura Hari Bol.

The reaction will come to me if really that is helpful, the reaction will come to me, to bless me, to make me more fit for the service of my Lord. Gaura Hari Bol.

Without that I may not have anything to change in my heart. I may not do. I pray to my Lord. To make trade over this Hari Katha, our Guru Maharaja condemned it…”

From Srila Govinda Maharaja:

“The Place of Compromise (2/12/89)”
@ 36:45
Devotee from Mauritius talking with Srila Govinda Maharaja about using extracts from recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja for publishing in “a journal every month, a sort of newspaper” they want to print.

Srila Govinda Maharaja- I know ___ so many tapes of our Guru Maharaja. We can print in journal.

Devotee- So, we can take these and, uh

Srila Govinda Maharaja- Very nice

Devotee- Every month there will be 500 and devotees can go and distribute.

Srila Govinda Maharaja- I want to do that always. And, I am very enthusiastic to tell it, to the devotees. And, I have no restriction. In the time of Guru Maharaja, I am giving everybody permission. In the time of Guru Maharaja, they’re asking signature of Guru Maharaja. Yes. I am taking immediately, “Guru Maharaja, give your signature, they will print.” This way.

and:

“Then, Guru Maharaja clarified many slokas. yena mam upayanti te, [Guru] Maharaja told there, upa[pati], this word, showing paramour love, it is very much a thinking conception, deeply thinking conception. What was given by Guru Maharaja, everybody will not understand that. But, by the mercy of Guru Maharaja, if they will try to understand, they can understand something. And Guru Maharaja told Sripad Sagar Maharaja, “You can add it [meaning of upayanti] in the English edition of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.” I did not give it in the Bengali edition. I was a little afraid to give it. And, at that time, Sripad Jajavar Maharaja influenced me too much, “You give what is there, [the direct meaning] that way. But, you don’t try to expose inside matter.”

I was also thinking, “I am publishing for the general public. Then, it will be good not to give too much. Who wants to know, he will come to Guru Maharaja, or to me. What I know, what I got from Guru Maharaja, I shall explain it.”

But later, Guru Maharaja was very merciful. That is, He gave gayatry-artha-viniryasam, gita-gudhartha-gauravam [Pranati-dasakam: 5] [1] . What was not given by other acharyas before, that explanation of gayatri mantram, that was also given by Guru Maharaja.

I was always giving some objection. That is, I was afraid. It is a hidden matter. But Guru Maharaja is trying to expose it, and nobody will understand. They will take it some other way and use it for their own mundane benefit.

Then, one day, I told Guru Maharaja, “You are giving gayatri explanation in front of the Western devotees. They do not know anything, actually, and you are explaining it.” But, Guru Maharaja’s mood was, “I do not know Western or Eastern. I want to explain something and they have come to me for hearing. I am thinking they are sincere seekers and they are trying to know something from me. If I do not explain the gayatri mantram, who will explain it? Nobody can do it, actually. And it will stay in a hidden position. From the time of Veda Vyasa, up to today, nobody has explained it. But many know it. Veda Vyasa knows, Rupa-Sanatan know, Jiva Goswami knows, everybody knows, but nobody has given it. That is, I want to give it. What offense will come, that will come. And, if you want to hide it, you can try to hide it, but I shall give.” That was his mood, in his last days. Guru Maharaja was not very, not very cautious. If anybody asked anything, he is giving answer. That was his way”. –Morning lecture, Miami, Florida, 7/17/93

[1] Pranati-dasakam Verse 5, found in Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol 1

On Gaura Purnima day, 2009, I wrote to Srila Govinda Maharaja telling him I considered him to be the only true and proper custodian of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s recorded talks and, as he had already stated his desire that his disciples, as well as others, be able to hear them and utilize them, I posted them on our website for that purpose.

Thus, the seal of the treasure chest of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s divya vani had been broken and the treasure chest pried open so that one and all could come and plunder the contents for their own spiritual enrichment.

Such foolish hypocrites, blinded by their own arrogance, cannot see that their miserliness, like consumption, is eating away their own inner vitality which had been freely given to them by the most magnanimous benefactors of the conditioned souls Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Gurudeva.

Neither can they see that the sincere and honest beggar for Truth will never be denied the coin he seeks as the All Merciful Supreme Lord is, Himself, searching for the chance to supply it through an honest broker.

ekala malakara ami kahan kahan yaba
ekala va kata phala padiya vilaba

ekala uthana dite haya parisrama
keha paya, keha na paya, rahe mane bhrama

ataeva ami ajna dilun sabakare
yahan tahan prema-phala deha’ yare tare

“I am the only gardener. How many places can I go? How many fruits can I pick and distribute?

“It would certainly be a very laborious task to pick the fruits and distribute them alone, and still I suspect that some would receive them and others would not.

“Therefore I order every man within this universe to accept this Krsna consciousness movement and distribute it everywhere.”—BVS, CC Adi 9.34-36

The fruits of the tree of Love of God are enjoyed not by hoarding, but by distributing.  It is not our business to decide who are proper recipients and who are not.

mage va na mage keha, patra va apatra
ihara vicara nahi jane, deya matra

anjali anjali bhari’ phele caturdise
daridra kudana khaya, malakara hase

“Not considering who asked for it and who did not, nor who was fit and who unfit to receive it, Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributed the fruit of devotional service.

“The transcendental gardener, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, distributed handful after handful of fruit in all directions, and when the poor, hungry people ate the fruit, the gardener smiled with great pleasure.”—BVS, CC Adi 9.29-30

For those who think we alone are entitled to hear the confidential topics discussed by Sri Chaitanya and His intimate associates, Srila Krishna dasa Kaviraja provided us with a guide to follow:

e saba siddhanta gudha, — kahite na yuyaya
na kahile, keha ihara anta nahi paya

ataeva kahi kichu karina nigudha
bujhibe rasika bhakta, na bujhibe mudha

“All these conclusions are unfit to disclose in public. But if they are not disclosed, no one will understand them.

“Therefore I shall mention them, revealing only their essence, so that loving devotees will understand them but fools will not.”—BVS, CC Adi 4.231, 232

Over the course of many years I have heard various arguments disputing the conclusions I am asserting. The arguments came primarily from the hoarders and the hoards that followed them.

The hoarders tend to share a common trait of believing they have been deputed above all others to restrict access to the treasury of Divine knowledge. It is most odd to me that even those among them who “can describe very beautifully anything they touch” are most unwilling or unable to describe any authority authorizing their regulatory control.

 From censure to censor. Warning! You may be “horrified.”

Immediately after we posted the more than 900 recordings of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Srimati Kundalata Devi and Sriman Paramananda dasa (both of UK) sent us about 120 transcripts they had completed so that they could be added to the store of nectar we had already collected. Added to the transcripts I had acquired through the years, we have arrived at our current total of 452.

It seems the more we distribute this nectar, the more the supply increases:

TEXT 24
luṭiyā, khāiyā, diyā, bhāṇḍāra ujāḍe
āścarya bhāṇḍāra, prema śata-guṇa bāḍe

TRANSLATION
Although the members of the Pañca-tattva plundered the storehouse of love of Godhead and ate and distributed its contents, there was no scarcity, for this wonderful storehouse is so complete that as the love is distributed, the supply increases hundreds of times.

PURPORT
A pseudo incarnation of Kṛṣṇa once told his disciple that he had emptied himself by giving him all knowledge and was thus spiritually bankrupt. Such bluffers speak in this way to cheat the public, but actual spiritual consciousness is so perfect that the more it is distributed, the more it increases. Bankruptcy is a term that applies in the material world, but the storehouse of love of Godhead in the spiritual world can never be depleted. Kṛṣṇa is providing for millions and trillions of living entities by supplying all their necessities, and even if all the innumerable living entities wanted to become Kṛṣṇa conscious, there would be no scarcity of love of Godhead, nor would there be insufficiency in providing for their maintenance. Our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and no one provided for our livelihood, but at present we are spending hundreds and thousands of dollars all over the world, and the movement is increasing more and more. Thus there is no question of scarcity. Although jealous persons may be envious, if we stick to our principles and follow in the footsteps of the Pañca-tattva, this movement will go on unchecked by imitation svāmīs, sannyāsīs, religionists, philosophers or scientists, for it is transcendental to all material considerations. Therefore those who propagate the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement should not be afraid of such rascals and fools.

We invite all our good readers to plunder our storehouse in the hope that, as you do, “the supply increases hundreds of times.”

I pray Srila Govinda Maharaja will be satisfied with our humble attempt and, on this most auspicious day of his appearance, bestow his full blessings upon all those who contributed their energy to increasing the supply of our storehouse of nectar and to all those who partake of its fruits. 

Humbly,

Swami B.K. Giri