Srila Giri Maharaja – “Please forgive my offenses and accept my apologies.”

Dear devotees, friends and readers,

I recently noticed some very troubling images on our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Facebook page.

We use WordPress to produce our website ( and have been using a feature it provides to automatically update our Facebook page with new posts made to the website.

The troubling images I refer to above were apparently cropped automatically (either by WordPress or Facebook) to fit some predetermined size or format. As a result I noticed some photos of our gurus appeared on our Fb site cropped in such a way that their heads were not visible.

As I am ultimately responsible for this, I offer my most sincere prayer to Srila Govinda Maharaja and Srila Sridhara Maharaja to please excuse my offenses. If the images of any other Vaishnavas appeared on our site with such distortions to their Divine Forms I pray to them to also forgive me for my unintentional offenses. Likewise, I pray the devotees and all others who view our Fb page will excuse my offenses and accept my most sincere apology for the most regrettable oversight on my part that allowed these photos to appear as they did.

I have taken steps to insure such things do not happen again. What follows is an email to our webmaster, Sriman Gokulananda dasa, asking him to correct the situation. So that the offensive material does not appear herein I am removing those portions of photos that were originally included in my email for descriptive and illustrative purposes.

From: Swami BK Giri
Subject: Sick to my stomach.
Date: February 2, 2019 at 6:19:07 AM EST
To: Gokulananda das

My dandavats Prabhu Gokulananda dasa.

I was just looking at our SCSMG Facebook page and saw this:

(Photo removed)

My heart sank to my stomach and my mind was very disturbed to see this photo that removes the head of our Divine Master.

I have seen similar things many times on our fb pages.

There must be some way to prevent this from happening as I have not noticed it with other fb sites.

Please look into this and do the needful.

If nothing can be done please inform me of that fact as we should consider what options are available to us.

Here is another example (the next post) of something similar:

(Photo removed)

And here, again:

(Photo removed)

How can we tolerate this? It is offensive to our gurus. Anyone seeing this who has any feeling for our Divine Masters should immediately feel as I do, disturbed in mind and body. Why would anyone visit our fb page if doing so causes him to see such things?

If this is the best that can be done with the auto posting feature of WordPress it should be turned off immediately and each post done manually and then carefully reviewed afterwards to be certain the result is pleasing to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.

The mayavadis can destroy their deity after it has served its purpose. The shaktas (worshipers of Durga) can burn their deity or discard her in the Ganga when their puja is finished. Some Christian sects display the horrific image of Jesus being tortured on the cross, and even glorify and worship this image of their savior, apparently happy and relieved that he has endured so much suffering in the belief that he has, and will continue, to be the one to suffer for their sins so that they will not be held responsible for them. All these acts in relation to a deity are proof of the power of illusion to bewilder the conditioned soul into mistaking the mundane for the Divine, and vice versa.

avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā
mānuṣīṁ tanum āśritam
paraṁ bhāvam ajānanto
mama bhūta-maheśvaram

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.”

Nama, rupa, guna, lila (name, form, qualities, pastimes): these are the qualities of the Divine we worship, whether they be those of Krishna, Guru or Vaishnava. We cannot see their Divine form with our mundane eyes. But the form we can see must be respected, treated and believed to be divine; otherwise, what purpose does it serve?

I pray all is well with you,

Swami B.K. Giri