Srila Giri Maharaja “Societies Are Destroyed from Within”

An Email to Sripada Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaja

Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja

The following was sent by email on February 7, 2011 to Sripada Bhakti Sudhira Goswami Maharaja with copies to each of the Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. I invite Sripada Goswami Maharaja to reply.

Dear Sripada Goswami Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Maharaja, I must say something to you that I would rather not say. I believe, however, it must be said, for the sake of the devotees of our Mission and for the Mission itself.

When someone will not give a straight answer to a question, especially when a simple yes, or no is sufficient to answer the question, there are two possible reasons that appear most prominently to me.

The first reason one cannot answer such a question is stupidity. One simply does not have the mental capacity to understand the question and respond appropriately.

The second reason is that one is trying to hide the truth. Sadly, for me, I know you are not stupid.

You may believe the lie you are promoting. That is irrelevant to me. What I must consider is the outcome that can be expected if others also believe it.

You are responsible for instigating two great misconceptions throughout our Mission. The first is that Srila Govinda Maharaja intended one worldwide Acharya and some other minor Acharyas. The second is that an Acharya Sabha has been formed in accordance with the direction and the spirit of Srila Gurudeva’s Will.

If these two great misconceptions continue their infectious spread, the potential damage to the worldwide mission of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, or even the Indian Maths, will be far more than could ever have been done by Paramahamsa Maharaja, Ranjit Prabhu and those like him.

Great societies are not destroyed from the outside, they are destroyed from within.

In a society like ours, that is completely dependent on the pure line of shiksha for its sustenance, deviation from such shiksha will bring its destruction.

What happened with Srila Swami Maharaja’s ISKCON? Our ISKCON?

They believed their troubles came from outside, Srila Sridahra Maharaja and his Western followers. Is that what changed their status from sampradaya, under Srila Swami Maharaja’s leadership, to apasampradaya, when following the GBC? No.

No outside force could do to ISKCON what they did to themselves.

If you continue to successfully manipulate the leaders, especially the Acharyas, of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math into promoting your misconceived notions, you may be blamed for that, but the responsibility for the result will fall on their heads.

And what is the root cause of all this mischief? First, if you cannot be the king, you will be the king maker. But, that is not enough for you, you want to make an emperor. Second, to try and establish you in a position Srila Govinda Maharaja did not specify for you, the seventh Acharya.

Maharaja, you know better than anyone that we are a shiksha guru parampara.

It is not necessary that you be recognized as the seventh Acharya for us to give due honor and respect to your ability to present the siddhanta of our Sri Guru Varga. In the end, that is our one and only hope, that we be recognized as properly representing the line of “Pujala ragapatha gaurava bange mattala sadhujana visaya range.”

Maharaja, I can worship you as a vaishnava. That is no problem for me. Your service and recognition by our gurus demands that I do so. First, however, I believe these other matters must be dispensed with.

Since you obviously have tremendous influence over the other Acharyas, I believe you could bring about a settlement to these matters without further disturbance to the society. On the other hand, you can continue your campaign that Prabhu Gokulananda, a faithful disciple of Srila Govinda Maharaja, characterized as “Burning down my Guru’s Mission.”

I have some further ideas regarding the above. You will find them addressed in my response to an email from Sripada Acharya Maharaja which I will soon be sending him, with a copy to you.

I pray this finds you well in all respects,

Giri Maharaja