“The Clowns” Post Demystified

The six initiating acharyas of SCSM as appointed by Srila Gurudeva:

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“The problem is, the devotees, the public, everyone, is seeing the Navadwipa Math website which is now publishing so much nonsense which makes them (and by association, us) look foolish…”

By comparing and contrasting my “Clowns Post” with recent blog posts of BSG, I think disciples and followers of Srila Govinda Maharaja will gain some valuable perspective that I anticipate will move my post from one that has been looming large in the distance as a gigantic mountain of foreboding to something more akin to a molehill.

I strongly urge the disciples of Sripada Acharya Maharaja and his fellow acharyas to READ NO FURTHER.

The quotes following below of Bhakti Sudhira Goswami (BSG), from his public blog “Ultimatum | To BN Acharya Maharaja” (UTAM), would “make a sailor blush.” I present them here, along with some others, for the purposes of comparison on topics intended for discussion among the mature disciples and followers of Srila Govinda Maharaja.

BSG has issued a number of scurrilous blogs over the past three months which have produced a lot of heat, but little light. His scorched earth policy first came to my notice when his scathing ridicule (“For My Disciples | Bhakti Sudhir Goswami”) targeted Sripada Bhakti Chaitanya Bharati Maharaja (BCB), a rtvik in Russia for Sripada Acharya Maharaja. This was followed by two blogs (including; “Ultimatum | To BN Acharya Maharaja”) attacking Sripada Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaja (BNA). Most recently BSG has written something about me and “Misconception”, which I have not read, but is apparently intended to convey his belief that Srila Govinda Maharaja,  knowing my many faults, appointed me to the post of acharya for the same mundane considerations he used in naming Acharya Maharaja as the acharya of the Navadwipa Math and “Indian group” —

“your qualification was, Nabadwip Math manager”

… You were picked because Srila Govinda Maharaja considers you fit to oversee his rice fields. You puffed up, impertinent Bangladeshi boy. — UTAM

BSG | The IAB’s Public Persona

“Who is BSG?” What he appears to be is the public persona for the IAB which he leads and directs, enjoying the privilege of making unilateral decisions on their behalf with regard to everyone and everything. This is apparent in his decision to singlehandedly excommunicate Sripada Bharati Maharaja by telling us of a remark Gurudeva made about him sometime before his disappearance. By calling attention to it now, BSG hoped to excommunicate BCB by driving him out of SCSM, and/or driving SCSM away from him.

Compare

Taken From “For My Disciples | Bhakti Sudhir Goswami”

BHARATI MAHARAJA [bold added]

Unfortunately I cannot forget the last words I heard from the lotus mouth of Srila Gurudeva regarding Bharati Maharaja, “I do not want to see his face; I do not want to hear his name.” In response to Srila Gurudeva’s offering him the seva of acquiring a new Math in London, he solicited Srila Gurudeva, “How much money are you prepared to give? Eighty; one hundred thousand U.S. dollars?” Srila Gurudeva was shocked; insulted by his insolence. He looked over to me, “Maharaja, what is this!” For those who propose to promote his face and name, may God help you (but I don’t think He will). I am reminded of Srila Gurudeva once saying, “You are telling it is Father Krishna but I am thinking it is Ma Kali”.

If someone wants to preach independently, I have no objection, but not as a parasite of the preaching of Avadhut Maharaja and his dedicated followers. To criticize him and then suck his blood is hypocrisy. Bharati Maharaja has shown expertise in converting Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math devotees into his factory workers but no such deftness at converting his employees into devotees.

I wish him all success in his sincere endeavors. Consistent with the statement above, one might say, to his credit, after the disappearance of His Divine Grace, Bharati Maharaja paid half the cost of the new London Math. But sadly, ignoring the order of Srila Gurudeva to pay the full amount, thereby rescinding all previous sanctions.

BSG wants us to believe that my objections to his unwarranted attacks against Bharati Maharaja amount to promoting “his face and name”. An offense so severe that BSG is sure God will not help me.

This threat is a cut-throat attempt to cut BCB off from any supporters. I hope this attempt will not be successful, and highly doubt it will be. I think BSG has highly overrated the extent of his influence over the devotees of Srila Govinda Maharaja, especially the more thoughtful ones.

If Srila Gurudeva, referring to BCB, does not “want to see his face” or “hear his name”, then certainly we, as Gurudeva’s disciples and followers must similarly shun him.

But why does BSG bring this up now, some four years or more after Gurudeva made the statement BSG refers to? Why does he do the same thing with Acharya Maharaja and myself?

If Srila Gurudeva wanted Bharati Maharaja driven out of SCSM, why didn’t he insist it be done when he was still present with us?

Similarly, I do not believe Srila Gurudeva would have appointed Acharya Maharaja, or any of us, as acharyas of his Mission if our behavior prior to being named as acharyas, would have disqualified us.

The fact that a particular person was named to be an acharya in SCSM proves to me that Srila Gurudeva expected he was up to the task or, at the very least, would grow into it.

For this reason, I have not pointed to any of the irregular behaviors of any of the acharyas that occurred prior to Gurudeva’s disappearance. They are completely irrelevant. What is relevant is our behavior after Srila Gurudeva’s disappearance.

BSG should know this. He must know it. I dare say, he knows it very well; but he doesn’t care. He is ruthless in his oppression of others. His purpose is to get his way by casting a shadow over his perceived enemy, using any means possible, even if he has to dig far back into the past to find the shadow he needs.

Quotations from BSG’s publicly posted blog “Ultimatum | To BN Acharya Maharaja”

After Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami’s disappearance, one of his disciples, Sriman Pradyumna, compiled a list of eighteen points of objection he had with the GBC (ISKCON’S Governing Body) He took these to Srila Sridhara Maharaja to get his opinion. Srila Sridhara Maharaja later told us, as I recall, “I found some of them to be objectionable, but some were not.” I am of a similar mind about the points made by BSG about Acharya Maharaja.

None of the points BSG makes, however, rise to the stage of being sufficient to justify removing and/or replacing Acharya Maharaja as the acharya of SCSM, Navadwipa. I have yet to be presented with any scenario that would make such a proposal acceptable in my mind.

BSG madly thinks he would be justified in taking such a drastic step on his own, if he believed it necessary:

NOW HEAR THIS!

If I, and others, withdraw our support from you, you are finished.

… It has been observed by some that I may not be everything you might desire in a friend but am considered a super-excellent enemy. Srila Guru Maharaja observed, “Goswami Maharaja is bold, bordering reckless”. You may recall, … I went after the biggest sahajiya guru in modern times. And in the words of neutral observers, “vaporized him”.

I will convince the world that you, in no way, shape or from, represent Srila Guru Maharaja and the Math that he conceived. Don’t dream for a moment that I am incapable of doing this.

Pardon me, but I don’t believe BSG is capable of single handedly taking down any of the achayras appointed by Srila Govinda Maharaja.

Nor do I believe BSG’s contention; “If I, and others, withdraw our support from you, you are finished.” This is more cut-throat scare tactics. The last card BSG has to play from his Machiavellian  deck.

Isn’t Srila Govinda Maharaja the guru of Acharya Maharaja? Sure, Srila Govinda Maharaja may give some weight to the dissatisfaction of any of his devotees and, if their dissatisfaction is heavy enough, he may withdraw from us. But that decision is solely in the hands of Srila Govinda Maharaja, not any of us. Srila Sridhara Maharaja offers the example:

When Ananta Vasudeva oppressed his Godbrothers Prabhupada withdraw from him. —83.07.25.D

…But I think when he began the ruthless oppression against us, we’re innocent people, and he began to oppress us in a ruthless way, and Prabhupada withdrew from him. And when he withdrew, then what to [is] left? He had no other alternative but to go against Prabhupada. He became some sahajiya, his previous family culture, sahajiyaism. He came from sahajiya family, and because his offensive, repression towards us who are innocent followers of Prabhupada, he had, Prabhupada withdraw from him. That is my finding.

I had thought that he was really qualified. Prabhupada also told many times that: “In which way I shall go, one man can say, that is Vasudeva.” When he was speaking Harikatha, Vasudeva Prabhu used to supply shloka that will be necessary in the next moment. Which way to go with that thought. He could supply the sloka. Afterwards I also could do, but in the beginning I, we saw that he used to supply the sloka, appropriate quotation from the scripture, and put before Prabhupada, and he was taking them and explaining and going further, we saw. Prabhupada told: “Which way I shall go, one man can say that.” That was remarked.

And also during his departure he told: “The Vasudeva may help professor and Sundarananda to preach what is rupanuga Vaishnavism.” The last word it is mentioned, “The Vasudeva to help Sundarananda and professor Rao [Sanyal]? to preach the real thing of Rupanuga.”

So rupanuga, what is rupanuga-bhajan, he had some idea, Vasudeva Prabhu. But anyhow my finding is this, that Prabhupada could not tolerate his oppressive nature towards us. We were innocent party, the second party. We had no greed for the property, as Kunja Babu had. But we had no greed for it, out of principle, for principle of the Math. But we were ruthlessly repressed, and for that Prabhupada withdrew from him, and he had no other alternative but to preach, go against him.—SSM, 83.07.25.D

If I were BSG, I would worry the excerpts above might apply more to him, than to Acharya Maharaja. Actually, they both have cause for concern, as do all the members of the IAB. We should all be very careful with regard to the above warnings issued by Srila Sridhara Maharaja. None of us is exempt.

There is one more caution I hope BSG will consider; Ananta Vasudeva said “I challenge maya to take me away from Prabhupada’s feet.”:

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: “But I did not relish that challenge”, maya has Krishna’s backing mama maya duratyaya —83.07.25.D

It appears to me that BSG “NOW HEAR THIS!” is making these sorts of challenges to maya. I hope he is not, but if he is, I hope he will take care.

What BSG has proven he can destroy, is himself. This “I am as powerful as God” thinking of his tells me Srila Gurudeva had good reason to provide checks to his power and authority, such as by not naming him to be an acharya.

And, here we go again with BSG’s “Srila Guru Maharaja and the Math that he conceived”.

I will convince the world that you, in no way, shape or from, represent Srila Guru Maharaja and the Math that he conceived.

Acharya Maharaja’s principle duty is to Srila Govinda Maharaja, not to “represent Srila Sridhara Maharaja and the Math that he conceived.” Why does BSG keep crossing over Srila Govinda Maharaja and encouraging his disciples to do the same?

At one  time BSG thought he was going to be the savior of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja’s Mission, reputation, conception, etc. For that purpose Srila Sridhara Maharaja “empowered” him to initiate in the line of Srila Prabhupada.

… go on in the line of Swami Maharaj, as you can think, within you best – not to be silent or inactive. As much as we know, as much as we have got from him, with so small capital we shall go on, whatever, but sincerity in, of heart, sincerity of heart that is the real capital. If it is found anywhere…

The conscience that took me to that Great Messiah, Swami Maharaj,a I cannot neglect that inner voice of mine; that guide. I shall do accordingly. I should rely on my inner tendency that took me to Swami Maharaja, leaving so many things aside. So according to the dictation of my sincere heart, I shall go on. Go on. — 82.02.27.A

“but others in the posterity, they are going to be deceived, and there is your dissatisfaction. Why should you not [work (walk) smoothly?] in the line of Swami Maharaja, the trouble is there, para dukha dukhi… but the others are being deceived, they are not getting the thing, exactly what we got. There the para dukha dukhi… — 82.02.27.B_82.02.28.A

Very good, BSG was “empowered” to do some great work. We value that, we respect it. But something happened, which BSG warns Acharya Maharaja about:

You are not Absolute, Mr. Das. Do you not understand even basic Gaudiya Siddhanta? Guru is delegated power. It is an extension of Divine Grace. And meditate on this: according to Srila Guru Maharaja, it can be withdrawn.

Well, who would know better than BSG, who spent about ten years or so in the desert of withdrawn “empowerment”? Which tells me the “empowerment” extended to him by Srila Sridhara Maharaja was different than that extended to Srila Govinda Maharaja, the former was partial and temporary, the latter full and permanent.

Srila Guru Maharaja: ritvik means the representative. It may be temporary or it may be permanent. It may be partial or it may be full, as empowerment is there.

Dr. Asthana: Is the empowerment to Govinda Maharaja now temporary or permanent?

Srila Guru Maharaja: Permanent. Wholesale—both property and the function—transferred. If anyone has no recognition of this opinion of mine, I do not want them to live in the Mission. I drag them out.

BSG | The Accusations Against Acharya Maharaja

By coincidence I noted eighteen accusations made by BSG against Acharya Maharaja within the first three full paragraphs of his “Ultimatum” (“a final demand or statement of terms, the rejection of which will result in retaliation or a breakdown in relations”) to BNA. There were about 30 such paragraphs in all.

  1. He is no better than an ass: “If I catch your bray, its [it’s] as follows”
  2. He has no regard for the lives of other devotees: “You expect the members of the Primary Trust Board to endanger the lives of themselves and their followers …”
  3. He finds the above untrustworthy and insults them: “you dismiss them as untrustworthy? Stop insulting them with your nonsense.”
  4. He is “foolish” and acts under the influence of a “crazy little girl.”: “Under the influence of a crazy little girl, you foolishly …”
  5. He makes false accusations against devotees: “foolishly accused Avadhut Maharaja and I [me] of stealing 50,000 US Dollars”
  6. He thinks the Math and Mission are his personal property: “the Math and Mission (the one you think is your personal property)”
  7. He sleeps in a “self-intoxicated stupor”: “When you finally woke up, from your self-intoxicated stupor”
  8. He is easily “duped”: “you had been duped”
  9. He is a consistent offender to vaishnavas: “Consistent with your modus aparadhi”
  10. He does not apologize when wrong: “you offered no apology”
  11. He is a liar: “Neither did you set the record straight and correct the lies you told”
  12. He calls his Venezuelan followers a “Cartel”: “your Venezuelan Cartel”
  13. He is unappreciative of devotees sacrifices: “Have you no appreciation that Avadhut Maharaja and his devotees risked their lives to protect the Math, and to protect you?”
  14. He is cowardly: “All the while you kept yourself out of harms way, safely hiding outside of India …”
  15. He enjoys “basking in pratistha”: “hiding outside of India, basking in pratistha”
  16. He chants a nonsense mantra: “Your non-stop nonsense mantra”
  17. He tells jokes that are not funny: “a joke that is not funny”
  18. It may be time to replace him as the worldwide acharya and acharya of SCSM, Navadwipa: “Perhaps its [it’s] time to put a billboard in front of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, “Not to Worry; Under New Management.”

Later accusations include the following:

“Madhusudan Maharaja tried to warn you about your dalliances with the Brazilian girl you imported to draw your bath and tickle your fancy.”

“I resist the temptation to call you a “gober Ganesh” because it would be an insult to bullshit.”

“according to Srila Gurudeva, you are the successor of Nabadwip Math and “Indian group.” That you are the “worldwide” successor is hype, and you know it. And anybody with half a brain and their eyes open can see through your ruse.”

It was BSG who created the ruse;

“Srila Goswami Maharaj was the first man who supported unconditionally Srila Acharya Maharaj and presented him as a worldwide leader to the Acharya Board …  And even fought about this matter with Giri Maharaj at the very first meeting of the Acharya Board.” — Avadhuta Maharaja explains BSG’s attack on Acharya Maharaja.

Yes, I am the only one of the leaders who opposed it. I guess the others did not have “half a brain.”

“I will convince the world that you, in no way, shape or from, represent Srila Guru Maharaja and the Math that he conceived. Don’t dream for a moment that I am incapable of doing this.”

Contrast

Immediately below are the charges BSG made against me which landed me in the hoosegow; aka censured, excommunicated, shunned, etc. Do they even come close to the same level of “egregiosity” as the blistering words BSG used against Acharya Maharaja (“You, Ranajit, Bipul et al. all Bangladeshis; ego driven demons hellbent on destroying Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.”)?

The Acharya Board of Srila Gurudeva

Posted on August 1, 2011 by Bhakti Sudhir Goswami

The Censure of Sripad BK Giri Maharaja [bold text below added for emphasis]

… One may have a difference of opinion, another point of view, another conception. What is objectionable is to publicly attack the Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math; to publish extreme criticism. Giri Maharaja concedes he has made some “mild criticism of Sripad Acharya Maharaja” via internet spam. An example?

Srila Acharya Maharaja and his fellow acharyas are a “group of clowns” that he is “embarrassed to be associated with”.

I am reminded of a group of clowns… When a few Acharyas with big mouths and slow brains make foolish public declarations supposed to represent ALL OF US, I cannot and will not tolerate it. I do not want to be thought to be a part of such foolishness. In spite of all I’ve said and done to this point they continue to behave like clowns making all of us appear to be part of the clown act. I did not come to Srila Guru Maharaja to be a clown.

Is it acceptable to lampoon the Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math by publicly calling him a clown? Does that come under the heading of mild criticism? For some perspective, would it have been acceptable to lampoon Srila Govinda Maharaja as a clown? No. It would not have been acceptable; it is not acceptable now.

Another example:

Is Acharya Maharaja following the direction of his guru? If he is deviating why should he be respected? …that he is deviating is clear.

Is it acceptable to publicly vilify the Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math as disobeying the order of his guru and dismiss him as unworthy of respect? Would that have been an acceptable criticism in the time of Srila Govinda Maharaja? There were those who were of that opinion. Should they be invited back to the Math for a respectful hearing? No. It was not acceptable then; it is not acceptable now.

Same But Different

BSG is consistent (the same) in his method of getting what he wants. “Give a dog a bad name and kill it.” Or, label someone an “offender, acting independently and without authority” and shazam, “vaporized”.

What is different is that there is one standard for him and a different standard for everyone else.

One might now wonder “Why does the IAB not take any action against BSG when he violates the very standard he sets for the rest of us?

Is it acceptable to publicly vilify the Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math as disobeying the order of his guru and dismiss him as unworthy of respect? Would that have been an acceptable criticism in the time of Srila Govinda Maharaja? There were those who were of that opinion. Should they be invited back to the Math for a respectful hearing? No. It was not acceptable then; it is not acceptable now.

BSG = IAB

A friend of mine often confused me when he blamed BSG for making so much mischief in the Mission after Srila Gurudeva’s disappearance. I took the position that it was the IAB who should be blamed, not BSG. The choice was always open to them to follow Srila Gurudeva’s direction or follow BSG’s direction. They always chose to follow BSG, who would not have been accepted as an initiating guru within SCSM, except for being promoted to that post by his fellow IAB members. In fact, the one he berated so severely for being completely unqualified to hold the post of acharya of SCSM, is the principle person BSG depended upon to be accepted as an acharya himself:

Addenda | Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaja et al.

The present, President, Sevaite, Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaja, acknowledges that Srila Govinda Maharaja authorized Goswami Maharaja to initiate disciples and act as a Guru of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. — BSG, Chronicle

Many, perhaps most, of the things BSG posted for the public to read are not new to me. I have heard them before from such persons as Janardana Maharaja, Trivikrama Maharaja and others. BSG simply offers them a public voice to say what they are thinking and discussing among themselves.

I believe it is a mistake to think BSG is some outrageous beast that differs wildly from the IAB’s party line. They must be backing his positions. If they were not, they would take some action against him, as they did me.

Further proof that BSG would not take a step without the approval of the IAB may be found in an email wherein he assured me he would not publish any public statements without first receiving the consent of the IAB:

“As long as the acharyas you repeatedly mention, agree, I have no objection to your publishing what I have written.” — bsg to bkg, 1/31/11

Why does BSG have such a free hand to speak his mind, while I had to be silenced? Because he is the voice of the IAB, what he says represents them. So the IAB can censure me for your protection, but who will protect you, Achayra Maharaja, Bharati Maharaja or anyone else from BSG?

The pregnant questions now before us are 1.) Did my opinion represent such an extreme departure from the proper etiquette that it warranted my expulsion by the IAB?, 2.) Do BSG’s recent posts warrant the same punishment?, 3.) If not, why not?, 4.) If not, am I due an official apology by the IAB?

I welcome reader’s comments on these questions.

To Post, or Not To Post?

I often consult with others before taking a particular action.

Below is a letter from Sriman Uddharan Prabhu encouraging me to post the email again.

 

On Apr 20, 2013, at 1:47 PM, Uddharan Das wrote:

Dear Srila Giri Maharaj,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I have read all below and I think it is very publishable.

I think it is a brilliant transcendental piece of journalism which will serve to remind the servants and disciples of our great Gurus that all is not well on board that great ship they left us to sail, due to self interest and party spirit infecting those who are charged with guiding that ship and its occupants safely to the transcendental shore.

These so called leaders are hell bent on driving that ship upon the rocks of illusion and despair with no regard for the spiritual lives of those innocent persons on board.

Your use of the term ‘Insurgents’ is very apt. I am thinking BSG and his henchmen are actually committing acts of terrorism amongst the innocent devotees and trying to destroy the very highest  ideals and aspirations that brought these devotees to the lotus feet of our Divine Masters, Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Gurudeva, and Srila Swami Maharaj.

It is plain enough to see for those who have “jumped ship” or were “thrown over board” but those still on board seem to be totally blind to the raging madness that has infected the minds of the captain and his officers.

It  seems a long time since we last spoke together.

Would you be kind enough to bless us with your holy association some time soon?

Your servant,

Uddharan das

Preface

Those of you who have been passively observing the disintegration of a considerable portion of the worldwide Mission previously led by its two great Acharyas, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja (lest we forget), are not likely to take much interest in what follows. I, perhaps like you, am tempted to find such observations boring and tiresome, even tedious.

Our Lord, Sri Krishna, has given us fair warning of the nature of His Divine deluding potency which serves as the impetus for such despondency; mama maya duratyaya “My maya is very difficult to overcome.” Because of this difficulty, many have given up the attempt. Rather than actively expending their energy in seeking surrender to Sri Krishna, which is the only means by which one can be lifted above the influence of His illusory potency, they have settled for a relationship with the illusory Krishna, the one Srila Sridhara Maharaja would not accept as having been seen in a tree across the Ganges by a local man who had taken to dressing as a woman, in the belief it would help him attract Krishna to him.

My brothers and sisters, I implore you, please do not succumb to “this petty weakness of heart.”

1) Sanjaya said: The Supreme Lord, Madhusudana, then spoke the following words unto griefstricken Arjuna, who was overwhelmed with compassion and whose sorrowful eyes were brimming with tears.

2) The Supreme Lord said: O Arjuna, why has such illusion overcome you at this critical moment? This is unbefitting a noble man (Aryan). It is an obstacle to the attainment of heaven, and a destroyer of good name and fame.

3) O son of Kunti, give up this cowardice, for it does not become you. O great hero, cast off this petty weakness of heart, and arise for battle! — Bg 2.1-3, The Hidden Treasure of the Sweet Absolute

Our gurus stood fast to the principle of ideal realism, warning us away from any lesser object:

“The absolute idea is not to be dismissed as an abstract thing; rather, it is the basis of all existence. Reality is there, but it is ideal realism.”—Loving Search for the Lost Servant

Dear readers, please don’t trouble yourselves to remind me these topics are not popular, will not help me to win friends or influence people, etc. I am keenly aware of these things. I am not writing to gain popularity nor do I even hold much hope to influence anyone’s thinking. I write principally to remind myself, and those of similar interest, that transcendence above mortality and, more particularly, one’s acceptance as a bonafide servitor of the Lord and His devotees is not a trifling matter nor is it accomplished simply by imagining it to be so. Neither is it an impossible goal or achievement.

The party in the vanguard of the march to despair seek to gather us up with them, as misery always loves company. They would like us to succumb to their very attractively presented temptation that the exalted positions attained by such personages as Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunatha, (Divine union in separation) have already been captured by the leaders of despair via some process extracurricular to the process of saranagati, unconditional surrender to Sri Guru.

We are offered a share of the exaltation, if we will only abandon the teachings of our sad gurus, in favor of this new breed of messiahs who assure us “We don’t need to read Gurudeva’s Will, we know what he wants.” (BPJ, 4/8/10) and “I have the inspiration from the upper world” (BSG email, 2/14/09).

However, while offering us a share, it is never an equal share. If we challenge their elitist claim, we may be told something like this “Don’t come to me with your insane, ridiculous interpretations of Gurudeva’s Will. It would be laughable, if it wasn’t pathetic.” (BSG, 12/19/13) and immediately relegated by them to the status of untouchables.

For example, if I, or any outsider to the elite shareholders of the “upper world”, were to issue the counter claim “I have the inspiration from the upper world that you are completely bogus.”, I would likely be (as I have been) branded as “an offender” for not paying homage to the new messiahs.

If the new “seers” were to admit at all that there may be other stockholders of the “upper world”, we would be told the new seers are the only ones in possession of the preferred voting shares, while the rest of us hold only common stock, with no voting rights. If partners at all, we are “silent partners” who might be seen, but should not be heard.

It is remarkable how quickly the transformation occurs from the chant of “Four legs bad, two legs good.” to “Two legs good, four legs bad.” It is carried out with such astonishing dexterity that the inherent hypocrisy is all but successfully concealed behind a thin “noise canceling” veil of illusion that amplifies acceptance while silencing dissent.

Perhaps I should be content with merely chronicling the odd behavior I witness, reserving comment. But I think it is too much to expect the witness of the march of the lemmings to not express his amazement at the sight before him.

How much restraint is required, and to what purpose, to see the ugly stark nakedness of the king, without shouting out “The king has no clothes.”?

If the disassembly of the great structure of the teachings of our sampradaya were occurring in a more gradual way, it might gain less notice. But how can we ignore and refrain from comment on the destruction and collapse of a great skyscraper? We could only pretend, at best, not to see it.

And should we not warn as many as possible to run to a safe distance to avoid the collapse and the flying debris?

Such events as these, which bring into stark relief the sharply contrasting lives and teachings of our gurus who stood for the principle of “ideal realism”, must certainly draw our notice and attention. The principles for which they expended their full energy, insisting we accept nothing less for ourselves, must constantly be brought to the fore, lest they be relegated to a history incapable of being repeated.

It is the ideal that makes one great, not any material possession. One who has the highest ideal is really wealthy. The highest ideal is the most valuable thing we may possess. And less valuable things must be eliminated if we are to concentrate our efforts and save ourselves from useless endeavor. —Loving Search for the Lost Servant

The deluding potency will incessantly endeavor to deceive, discourage and dissuade us from our goal of ideal realism. However much apparent vaishnavism attempts to represent itself as real Vaishnavism, we must not accept anything less than that which was represented in the body of teachings of our Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.

While the structure is crumbling, can we not at least join together to preserve the valuable treasures contained within? Is it offensive to insist we do so?

The vapu (physical representation of Sri Guru) is destined to disappear from our vision but his vani (instruction) is indestructible and will endure eternally, if we will only choose to preserve and protect it from molestation.

The email reproduced below was originally posted to our website on March 15, 2011 and removed the following day after I, perhaps mistakenly, acceded to the plea of Sripada Avadhuta Maharaja who found it too shocking, provocative and counter productive to promoting ongoing working relationships with the other acharyas selected by Srila Govinda Maharaja.

Assuring me that my entreaties to the other acharyas to follow Srila Gurudeva’s direction would receive a fair hearing by them, if only I would refrain from such provocations, coupled with my dire hope for such an outcome, caused me to overlook the ease by which exaggeration and confusion could come to separate Avadhuta Maharaja’s utterances from reality.

At the time the post was titled “Upholding the Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math”.

While ever hopeful of keeping that idea alive, the SCSM International Acharya Board (“IAB”) and its supporters, like all insurgents, take full advantage of the knowledge that it is always easier to provoke chaos and rebellion than maintain order and discipline.

Such behavior serves only to belittle the dignity of the established order, which is very difficult to reclaim, once lost.

Greatly assisted by nature’s law, which always favors a slide towards degradation, rather than an upward climb to improvement (contrary to Darwin’t theory), we find ourselves in the most distressing position of admitting the IAB has already gone a long way in accomplishing their agenda of instituting the “new order” in place of the previous “established order.”

Calling attention, as I do, to their destructive graffiti tagging campaign to deface our holy edifices with slogans mocking the purity underlying their establishment may also appear crass, just as the very discussion of the detrimental effects of pornography will tend to evoke images of the very thing whose elimination is being sought.

I have thus decided to rename the post (“The Clowns”) as appropriate to its content and historical relevance while keeping the original blurb:

“The problem is, the devotees, the public, everyone, is seeing the Navadwipa Math website which is now publishing so much nonsense which makes them (and by assosciation, us) look foolish…”

I pray my gentle and devoted readers will indulge this crass commentator in consideration of the importance of the subject matter.

We shall march on to our goal in the only way possible, following the path shown by our predecessors. We must steadfastly adhere to that path with a willingness to sacrifice everything, up to our last breath and last drop of blood, for the service of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga, just as they have done.

— BKG

The Email: Upholding the Dignity of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math

Date: October 10, 2010

To:  Srimati Divyashakti Devi

 

Dandavats Divya Shakti Devi,

Your points are all good ones and must be considered.

The problem is, the devotees, the public, everyone, is seeing the Navadwipa Math website which is now publishing so much nonsense which makes them (and by association, us) look foolish in the eyes of the public, and other Gaudiya missions, what to speak of our own devotees worldwide who look to that website believing it to be what they say it is “the Official Website of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math” or as you say the “central Math”.

Is this how you want your guru represented? Excuse me for saying it, but when I see that photo of the IAB, with so much nonsense attached to it, I am reminded of a group of clowns. And when I see my photo posted next to theirs I am embarrassed by it. Is this the best we can do to represent who we believe to be the leaders of the proud heritage of the rupa nuga sampradaya?

(Can you now begin to understand why I stopped referring to the Navadwipa Math as the main Math, central Math, etc.? It is Acharya Maharaja’s Math. He is the Acharya of Navadwipa and what is posted on that website is done by his secretary, Mahananda Prabhu who has vowed to serve him.)

There was a time when I was too shy to stop our parikrama party from chanting what I thought to be sahajiya songs while doing Navadwipa Dhama Parikrama. When I heard it I was in a state of shock. I thought “I can’t believe what I am hearing. It is not possible that Sripada Tirtha Maharaja and other Bengali devotees like Hari Charan Prabhu, Aranya Maharaja and so forth would allow this to continue if it is what I thought it to be. There were a few other Western sannyasis also present such as Sripada Janardana Maharaja who I thought would say something if it was wrong. I therefore questioned myself as you are doing. I thought, “It must be me, I am foolish and proud, therefore I am thinking badly about the devotees of our Math. Better to mind my own business.”

So, I said nothing but, to be safe, kept silent rather than chant with the others.

When we came to “the Central Math”, “akara math-raj Sri Chaitanya Math”, the Math established by the greatest enemy to the sahajiyas, Srila Saraswati Thakura, a brahmacari sent by Sripada Yati Maharaja came running to stop the chanting. Yati Maharaja would not allow our kirtan party, the party of Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja to chant the sahajiya songs in his Math. (He had become the Acharya there after Srila Tirtha Maharaja)

Can you imagine the embarrassment of Srila Govinda Maharaja upon hearing this news? No, you cannot!

He was, as we say mortified. As you are pointing out regarding the Deity Puja here, Srila Govinda Maharaja said to me, “We, the followers of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, are the ones who are supposed to be setting the standard for all others to follow. And our kirtana party has to be stopped by Sripada Yati Maharaja?”

It was horrible.

Remembering this incident some years later, while in the area of Radha Kunda, as we were doing parikrama around Govardhana, I tried to stop our babaji guide from speaking rubbish about Srila Krishna das Kaviraja and other Acharyas. I got into a short argument with Paramahamsa Maharaja over it, made my points, saw that I was helpless to stop the foolishness and continued the tour with our group of devotees.

When I reported the events to Srila Govinda Maharaja he responded “I am the Acharya”, meaning it was his responsibility to look after such matters, not mine.

When thinking about whether or not I should go to Soquel with the “cloud” hanging over it, as some are requesting me to do, I remembered the incident of Srila Saraswati Thakura at Radha Kunda. One of the local babajis had made a remark to the effect that, “They could give blessings to Rupa Goswami because they were brahmanas and he was not.”

Unable to tolerate this remark, Saraswati Thakura began fasting and continued to do so until an apology was issued. Explaining why he took such a drastic measure, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati said, “If I was an ordinary vaishnava I could simply leave without saying anything. But I am the Acharya of a big mission organized for the preaching of Mahaprabhu’s precepts.”

Considering this I decided I cannot go to Soquel. I may not be the Acharya of a big mission, but I am an Acharya and I will not go where the position of Acharya is being diminished or disrespected unless it is to set things right.

The Acharya of Soquel and the other members of the Intenational Acharya Board believe Gurudeva made a poor choice, perhaps a mistake, in selecting me and Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja. They believe only themselves, the five, should be Acharya and thus, they think Gurudeva also made a mistake when he did not name Goswami Maharaja as an Acharya.

Now they are tying to rectify Gurudeva’s mistake by eliminating myself and Trivikrama Maharaja from the Acharya Sabha and replacing us with Goswami Maharaja. This is the crux of the issue I am dealing with. Of course, no one will say it, but this is the fact. It is as glaringly apparent to me as the clown photos.

Your points are valid regarding disturbing the faith of the public or the newcomers or even our own devotees. I am very happy to know you are giving this weighty consideration. But what about preserving the dignity of the mission of Srila Guru Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja, our gurus and our predecessor acharyas? Are they to be given any consideration?

The standard of Deity worship can always be improved and I have already told you I will be happy if you can do that. So if you want to take over the work of the pujari, or see that your ideas are implemented, you have some freedom to do that. It will mean you will have to divert all your attention from collecting to Deity worship. Is that really what you want?

It is a very difficult point to understand but we must try to understand it. The first attention is not to the Deity, it is to the vaishnava, the guru, the Acharya. Krishna is living with them in a more substantial from than that of the Deity. This was one of the first lessons learned by Srila Sridhara Maharaja when he came to Gaudiya Math.

So, my first attention, as you have seen, is to the Acharyas selected by Srila Govinda Maharaja to guide our mission. Our gurus often cautioned us to not be distracted by Deity Puja. Our mission is a preaching mission, not a puja mission. My attention is mainly to the preaching, the ideal, the conception. In their own zones I do not want to interfere with the other Acharyas. We must all have a free hand to do as we see fit. That will give life to our mission and make it a more dynamic preaching force.

But, when a few Acharyas with big mouths and slow brains make foolish public declarations supposed to represent ALL OF US. I cannot and will not tolerate it. I do not want to be thought to be a part of such foolishness. In spite of all I’ve said and done to this point they continue to behave like clowns, making all of us appear to be part of the clown act. I did not come to Srila Guru Maharja to be a clown. (or a teddy bear or an avant guard artist in the pose of the “thinking man”)

When Sripada Janardana Maharaja told me he wanted my photo to put up on the Navadwipa Math website with the other Acharyas, I assumed it would be done in a proper way. I was wrong. Instead, I am embarrassed by the whole mess.

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Below: The International Acharya Board (IAB). Composed of four initiating acharyas + one non-initiating “acharya” (BSG). As posted on scsmath.com, October, 2010.

IAB

Below: The initiating acharyas “in addition to … Sripada Acharya Maharaja” as per Srila Gurudeva’s Last Will and Testament (LWT). Six months after Srila Gurudeva’s disappearance, and following the publication of my article “Six Months – Still No Acharya Board”, the IAB “felt” it was time to allow those named by Srila Gurudeva to do what Sripada Acharya Maharaja and myself had already been doing (following Gurudeva’s direction), act as initiating gurus within SCSM.

Oct. 2010 Initiating Acharyas on SCSM.com

Below from: “Acharya Sabha, Simplified”

All the initiating acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math directly appointed by Srila Gurudeva. [“An Acharya Board (Acharya Sabha) shall be formed, composed of initiating acharyas” — LWT]

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L-R (in alphabetical order): Sripadas Acharya Maharaja, Ashrama Maharaja, Avadhuta Maharaja, Giri Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja and Trivikrama Maharaja.

 

Below:The acharya appointed by the IAB:

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Ok, enough about me. Who will represent the others who see the foolishness? Important leaders of our mission cannot believe the shenanigans they are seeing. One of them [Prabhu Devashis] told me weeks ago that if it continued he would give up his post as the leader of one of our most important temples and just keep to himself. Then, as we have just been reading in the class, Srila Sridhara Maharaja said, “We are going to capture new men and the old are already going back? They are being driven away, the old and important members that got the grace of our Guru Maharaja, they are being discouraged and indifferent. And we are going to recruit new persons? Is it not a farce?” So, who will be their voice? Do they not deserve to be recognized? Should they be abandoned and left to flounder with no encouragement or support?

Shall we tell them, as I was told, just follow the leaders? Never mind they cannot justify their actions or ideas on the basis of our philosophy, or as importantly, Srila Gurudeva’s Will. Keep quite about that. Don’t ask too many questions. We are too busy with our big projects to deal with your questions. Or, as Goswami Maharaja once said to me “The question is not important, it is the answer that is important.” So, “tuck your tail between your legs, pretend nothing happened and get back to your watch dog post and bark to warn us if you hear anyone object to what we do. Then attack them. That’s a good boy. Here’s a biscuit.”

Things have not gotten that bad, yet. But, we should learn from the past and not repeat the same horrible mistakes that put the grand worldwide preaching mission of Srila Swami Maharaja into the hands of those whose main interest was in “dollars, diplomacy and despotism” (Guru Maharaja’s words) and who sucked the very life, the purity, out of the mission and substituted their own bogus siddhanta.

As I said in the paper you read [Six Months – Still No Acharya Board”], I am a small man, a firefly in comparison to so many big men. The same was true in 1981 when I knew pursuing sannyasa from Srila Sridhara Maharaja would displease the big men and likely mean being thrown out of ISKCON. Time has shown the big men were not only wrong, they were horribly wrong, and I was right to do what I did. It doesn’t mean I will always be right. I may also be wrong. But I have a long record of ending up on the right side of things.

A man will be known by his ideal. Our ideal, our philosophy, our Guru Gauranga, they are everything to us. There is nothing in this world worth having without Them. And with Them we can change the world, we can shape it to fit Their ideal. It is possible. It is impossible. It is achintya.

Whatever it may be, we must try for that and nothing less than that. Otherwise, we can all get jobs, health insurance, a 401 K and go to church every Sunday that doesn’t conflict with a football game.

Giri Maharaja

“The service of Godhead is the highest of all functions. My Gurudeva does not say that others will be unable to do the work because it happens to be the highest. Neither does he say that he will not allow any other person to serve Godhead, on the ground that it is the highest of all functions. The chant of Hari-Nama that is performed jointly by all persons is Sankirtana.” –Be Humbler than even a Blade of Grass, Srila Saraswati Thakur

 

PS

Date: October 10, 2010

To:  Srimati Divyashakti Devi

I forgot to mention:

Being a member of the Acharya Sabha with the other four from the IAB, or five as it’s likely to turn out, is not looking as appealing as it once did. If they don’t want the two little junior varsity Acharyas on their Sabha, that may be Gurudeva’s arrangement to save us from being lumped in with them. If they do not change course, and they show no signs of doing so, I will not want to be included in the sort of group photo we’ve seen or as one who will be blamed for the foolish decrees they may issue. As only one of six or seven votes my presence may not count for much. None of my gurus were ever part of such a thing.

Giri Maharaja
“My first concern is that my books shall be published and distributed profusely all over the world. Practically, books are the basis of our Movement. Without our books, our preaching will have no effect.” -Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami

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