Srila Giri Maharaja – “Openness”

Be it known to all people: the policy below—“Confidentiality”—regarding our website applies to all communications with me, Swami B.K. Giri.

I am a sannyasi. My dealings with others are open to public scrutiny. As a result, others’ dealings with me may face the same scrutiny. Every written communication I receive is shared with others; either devotees in our mission or as posts on our website, or both. All communications with me of any kind may be shared in a similar way. This is the example I have seen in the person of our gurus.

In addition to what I see as the obvious need for the above behavior, we are practicing the ways of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. He has a name. You have a name. I have a name. Remove the names and the personality is removed, with only something impersonal remaining. Thus, I address devotees and others by their names when I correspond with them and when I post their correspondence, or portions of it.

The impersonalists eliminate Krishna’s name from their explanations of Sri Gita, along with His personality. What remains after their defilement is something we abhor. Krishna’s name is beautiful. The names of His devotees are beautiful. The names given to us by our gurus are beautiful. The devotees named are beautiful, even though we may, for a time, find their thoughts or ideas to be wrong, disagreeable or even perverse. Whatever we find to be disagreeable in a devotee is temporary. One day it will be gone and his golden form will be seen in a glorious way.

We are practitioners, students. We should not feel so much ashamed of our names or conceptions about Krishna consciousness that we stifle our progress by avoiding the use of our names or exposing our thinking openly to correction and development, although that proclivity is a natural one.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja- “What I am within me, the people will know, and they will abuse me. But what I am, if I need to be abused, it will be well and good. Any offenses will be purged out.”—82.02.25.E @ 31:45

This is our process. How will “the people” know what I am within me if I hide it from them or hide my name behind a screen of anonymity?

Due to living since time immemorial with an overpowering false ego, ours is not an easy process to undergo. We did not come for an easy process. We came for an effective process. We have no alternative, then, but to sacrifice our ego on the altar of progress. This is a discipline we must accept and welcome. Otherwise, there is no advancement.


“I don’t want to do anything secretly. Secrecy. Secrecy means conspiracy.”—Swami B.R. Sridhara

Discussions with devotees should be frank and open. Excepting a prior arrangement, anyone contacting me via our website “Contact” form should expect their questions or comments may be posted on our website along with their name. Exceptions due to special circumstances will be decided by me, at my sole discretion. Whoever cannot accept my decision has no reason to contact me. If they have no faith in my opinion or decision, what purpose will be served by writing to me?—Swami B.K. Giri