Srila Giri Maharaja “Srila Gurudeva’s Biography (II)”

“It is not so easy to be a Shukadeva or a Krishna dasa.”

Date: 12/10/17

Dear Bhaktin Shylaja
C/O Srila Prabhupada Awareness team,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

You wrote:

“We are a group of devotees from South India working with the objective to increase awareness and appreciation of Srila Prabhupada; through His biographies written by your god brothers or god sisters. You are certainly glorious for being one of the rare recipients of Srila Prabhupada’s nectarean association during his physical presence. . . . We started this project in mid-2012, where few of us got together and indexed more than 45 biographies written on Srila Prabhupada by various devotees. . . . we are trying to increase Prabhupada’s Read More...

Tuesday 5th December 2017 – The Appearance day festival of Om Vishnupada Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 89th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Sevaite President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja which will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the UK center.

This festival will include kirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious activities. Please RSVP by clicking on the contact page and using one of the methods available there.

36th. Anniversary of Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja’s sannyasa initiation.

On the Gaura Pratipat day, during the month of Keshava, Gaurabda 495 (Friday, November 27, 1981), Srila Giri Maharaja received sannyasa diksha from His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva Goswami Maharaja. Giri Maharaja was the first westerner to approach Srila Sridhara Maharaja for sannyasa diksha and be accepted by him as his sannyasa disciple.

Prior to receiving sannyasa diksha Srila Sridhara Maharaja asked the then Kanupriya dasa brahmachari (a twice initiated disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja) “Are you prepared to go alone in the world?” and then “Can you preach to women?” Kanupriya dasa answered in the affirmative to both questions and his sannyasa initiation took place the next day.

The event occurred that year, according to the Sun calendar, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Sex, and other confusions”

Email to: Steve Deace
Date: 11/25/17
Subject: You seem confused.

Dear Steve Deace,

Please accept my warm greetings and regards.

During one of your recent podcasts you were speaking on some point of Christian theology and said something like this: “I am not a theologian so my opinion may not represent the faith.” This seems an odd statement when only a week or so before you were celebrating Luther and the reformation for their liberation of the masses (people) from the authoritarian hierarchy of the church.

In other words, first you say everyone (by the reformation) has access to the word of God, then you admit that you cannot be depended upon to know His word because you have not been recognized as a theologian by the hierarchy of your faith. I may not have your points exactly right, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Srila Gurudeva’s Biography (I)”

Sep 18, 2017

All glory to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga

Dear Giri Maharaj,

Please accept my obeisances. I hope this finds Your Holiness very well. I am currently with our devotees at Villa Govinda Ashram in Italy.

I am just writing a note to express my deep appreciation for the wonderful service you and your team are doing in steadily uploading so many hundreds of invaluable audio and video recordings of Srila Gurudev and Param Guru Maharaj. I have found some recordings there which seem to have been lost from other archives.

Since I am writing I also would like to mention that I have been working on a biography of Srila Gurudev for several years now, based on what I have been able to collect from numerous recordings, articles, and the hearts of the devotees. The final work will be edited by Sripad Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Reformation—the elephant in the room.”

10/31/17

Dear Mr. Deace,

Please accept my warm greetings.

I listened to your “Reformation” podcast hoping to gain some insight as to what all the kerfuffle was about between Catholics and Protestants. As happens with many of your disputations whereby you attempt to establish sola scriptura as the preeminent basis of faith, I marvel at how both you and Todd—who represented “the church” side of your mutual disputation—miss the elephant standing in the room.

The elephant that wreaks havoc with both your arguments is the guru or spiritual master, who may also be known by the term acharya (ācārya), who is recognized and accepted as the representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Ostensibly, both you and Todd accept Jesus as your guru. And yet when you argue over which Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “List of Audio and Video Files”

Date: 10/20/17

Dear Sriman Gaura dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of our Divine Masters.

I was wondering if you have a list of all the audio and video files at a quick glance instead of having to scroll through each lecture ?

Your question is the question of many.

Unfortunately, we do not have the sort of list you are asking for. We do not have the manpower or resources to produce such a thing at this time.

Since you recognize the obvious advantages of having access to such a list and would find it useful for your own research, I think you should endeavor to compile it. If you do so and submit it to us we will post it to our website to make it available for the benefit of everyone.

If you are interested in undertaking this seva I can refer you to a few others who have Read More...

In Remembrance of Our Divine Masters

Today is Srila Govinda Maharaja’s sannyasa day and tomorrow is Srila Guru Maharaja’s avirbhava. Now is a great time to remind our website family that we now have 337 videos of Srila Sridhar Maharaja and of Srila Govinda Maharaja live on this website. That is in addition to the 900 audio files of Srila Sridhar Maharaja and over 1000 audio files of Srila Govinda Maharaja. There are still more audio files being prepped for release in the coming months…so stay tuned! Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Deva-Goswami Maharaja’s sannyasa day, ki jaya!

Saturday 14th October 2017 – Appearance of Srila Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva-Goswāmī Mahārāja

Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 123th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Founder President Acharya, Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva-Goswāmī Mahārāja which will take place at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Center in the UK.

Please click this link to see and hear Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja speaking on this most auspicious occasion in 2007.

This festival will include Nama sankirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious activities. Please RSVP by clicking on the contact page and using one of the methods available there.