Transcendental competition: Who’s the Mystery Man?

In our post BSG | “I need your association.” we offered the chance to request a full copy of the email sent by Sripada Goswami Maharaja to me, Giri Maharaja. Among the requests we received was this one:

Your Name: Ramai
Your Email: [Redacted]
Message to the Secretary: Dandavat Maharaja. Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology

Although the name is listed as that of Ramai (Sriman Ramai dasa brahmachari) and the email matches with the one I have on record for him, I was highly doubtful that he would have much interest in this matter. Neither have I heard anything from him (that I can recall) for the past eight years or so.

More to the point, this demanding language: “Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology” does not ring true to me as language this gentle vaishnava would use to “request” a copy of an email from me, a long time friend of his.

Therefore, I responded as follows:

Dandavats. Send me a copy of Goswami’s email of apology

You are not the Ramai dasa brahmachari I once knew.

I don’t recall him ever ordering me, or anyone else, to do anything. I don’t believe he would do so now.

Who are you?

Do you have permission to use Sriman Ramai dasa brahmachari’s email address?

If so, please ask him to call me at the Math’s phone number to verify your identity and confirm you have his permission to use his email address. After this information has been verified I will send the full email you have requested.

Swami B.K. Giri

The demanding tone used to make the request sounded to me to be more like the tone I would expect to be used by Sripada Janardana Maharaja, the acharya of the Soquel Math.

So, I suspected it was probably Janardana Maharaja who had actually sent the request using the name and email address of Prabhu Ramai dasa.

But no, that could not be; because Janardana Maharaja wants nothing at all to do with me. The last communication between the two of us in March of 2011 ended thusly:

From: (email redacted)
Date: March 4, 2011 7:58:11 PM EST
To: BK Giri (email redacted)
Subject: nothing to do with you

For my part, I have already written you that I find you to be very offensive and I don’t want to hear from you again. I will expand that to say “again in this lifetime.” Honestly, Maharaj, I really want nothing to do with you.

Bhakti Pavan Janardan

Furthermore, surely Janardan Maharaja (also a signer on the letter of censure against me) would not know anything about what might be presented on our website, much less be involved in sending an email to me after he had approved this statement:

“We must inform the devotees that Giri Maharaj is acting offensively, independently and without authority. We do not recognize him as a bonafide leader of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. We advise all faithful followers of Srila Govinda Maharaj to avoid his association, personally, or through email and the internet.”

—IAB, “Censure of Sripad BK Giri Maharaj”, 7/1/11

In light of the above, it stretches the limits of credulity that Janardana Maharaja, or even someone working under his direction in the Soquel Math, would find something on our website so compelling he would risk associating with such an offender and otherwise totally deplorable person as myself (when alarming warnings have been issued against doing so) just to see a complete copy of an email that is already presented in part on our website.

Perhaps Sriman Ramai, acting as his own man and independent thinker did, in fact, make the request, although the language used makes that appear to me to be highly doubtful.

But, if not Prabhu Ramai, then who?

We would like to get to the bottom of this great mystery and have, therefore, devised a “Transcendental Competition” with a prize to be presented to the first person to properly identify the mystery man. Is it in fact Sriman Ramai, or, perhaps, someone else using his name and email?

We hope to find out soon and await Sriman Ramai’s phone call to make everything clear.

The transcendental prize we are offering is a free copy of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Loving Search For The Lost Servant presented in a beautiful hardback edition. Free shipping to the winner is included.

The entries will be judged first for accuracy and then, if there is more than one correct answer, by the earliest time stamp on the email received by us via our “Contact” page.

After the winner is determined he will be contacted for the pertinent shipping information needed to deliver Loving Search For The Lost Servant.

So that I will not influence the decision as to who the winner will be, Sriman Gokulananda dasa will act as the judge and his decision will be final, although I will write the verdict.

In the event a winner cannot be determined, due to our inability to adequately verify the true identity of the person using Sriman Ramai’s name and email address, the book will be donated to our favorite charity: Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in the name of the first person from whom we received an entry to our contest.

We invite everyone to submit their entry as soon as possible and wish everyone bhadram te (all good fortune unto you).

Swami B.K. Giri