Srila Giri Maharaja – Krishna’s appearance, Nanda Maharaja’s greatest gifts.

Date: 8/13/17

Dear Sriman Nila Madhava dasa,

Please accept my humble regards and well-wishes.

Tuesday we are celebrating Sri Krishna’s appearance. The following day is Sri Nandotsava, the day Sri Nanda Maharaja celebrated his son’s birth by distributing great quantities of his wealth in charity. That day also marks the appearance day of our Divine Master Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. Therefore, we can consider Srila Swami Maharaja’s appearance to be the greatest gift of charity of Sri Nanda. Sri Krishna’s appearance “to annihilate the demons and establish the principals of religion” was fulfilled in our time by the appearance of Srila Prabhupada, who appeared to give everyone the gift of Sri Krishna in the form of Krishna consciousness.

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Your humble request.”

Date: 8/10/17

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa Adhikari,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes in consonance with the wishes of my Divine Masters.

I know you have told me time and time again that if I have any questions to feel free to ask.

Yes. There is nothing wrong with your humble request that I direct your study with more specificity. Actually, I am the servant of my disciples, although appearances may seem to contradict that fact.

I find all our texts to be of great interest, worthy of thoughtful consideration and discussion, and vital to the understanding of my disciples. Therefore, I have not sought to push you too much in one particular direction for your study. My principal interest remains this: resist the temptation to explore texts not authored or published by our trinity of Read More...

On the observance of the disappearance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva-Goswami Maharaja, July 23, 2017.

Introduction:

The disappearance of Sri Guru reveals a great many things to those whose diligence applied to studying the event is sufficient to catch them. The day of his disappearance is a time to memorialize the greatness of Sri Gurudeva. The days following his disappearance are a time for those who proclaim his greatness to walk through the purificatory fire sparked by the event. Some will be burned by the fire while surviving it, others will be consumed by it, a few will emerge in a brilliant pure golden form as an example for all to follow.

So there may be disturbances, rather, we may say it should be, disturbance must come, because my most beloved Guru has withdrawn from amongst us. And should we like to live peacefully? Such a great curse, as it may Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Service to the Lord . . . run to it”

Date: 7/25/17

Dear Sriman Nila Madhava dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I would love to visit your center and attend a program. Do you have scheduled programs at your center?

We announce programs for special festival days on our website and invite everyone to attend those programs. Otherwise, we are a very small Math worshiping Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandhavika Giridharijiu, following the practices for Their worship as instructed by Srila Sridhara Maharaja. I am not personally involved with many formal programs such as puja, kirtana, etc., but am always happy to meet with and associate with devotees following in the line of Sri Chaitanya Saraswati.

At the time I came to associate with Srila Sridhara Maharaja he attended very few formal programs, maybe less than half a dozen a year. Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Age for Initiation, Real Education, Controlling Lust”

Date: 6/4/17

Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

Please see this lowly servant offering his most humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

Yes, I am seeing you as such and appreciate your carefully constructed phrase expressing your sentiments with regard to yourself and your spiritual master. It is very sweet and appropriate.

I pray all is well with you. Please forgive the late reply. I haven’t an internet connection in the house yet so I have to wait until my day off to visit the internet cafe.

I understand the transition from your old job at the internet cafe to your new one will make it a little more difficult to access the internet. On the subject of your new job I will offer some friendly advice in the realm Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “If I were your disciple”

Dear Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Since my use of the word “cheating” troubled you so much I thought I should take another look at the way I used it.

Your placement of Acharya Maharaja’s photo in the parampara of your Math in Brazil, which identifies him, not you, as next in line after Srila Gurudeva gives further weight to the conclusion in the paragraph above and indicates that devotees in Brazil, even your disciples, are free to ignore you in favor of the one you promote as being “in a central and more important position” than your own. In this way you are cheating your disciples who should see you as supreme above all others but, instead, are encouraged by you to see the acharya of “the Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Nothing corrected.”

Date: 6/30/17

Dear Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja,

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

As I suspected would be the case when I posed my questions to you, nothing of substance has changed since I began discussing these topics with you in April of 2010, immediately after Srila Gurudeva’s disappearance. Your responses at that time to my urging you to accept the duties of acharya of Brazil, as ordered by your guru, Srila Govinda Maharaja, show little to no signs of maturing in the last seven years. Your ideas today are essentially the same as they were seven years ago.

As a reminder, these are some of the things you told me then by way of explaining your refusal to accept Srila Gurudeva’s order to “be the acharya of Brazil” (emphasis added):

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Srila Giri Maharaja “Our ashraya vigraha”

Note: In his reply to my first email to him (Dated: 4/22/17) Sriman Devashis dasa wrote (on 4/26/17) “I will take counsel of my own conscience in these matters and I think I have little chance of convincing you that your own stance may be flawed and worth reconsideration and so our continued dialogue is sadly pointless.”

Until now (6/30/17) Sriman Devashis has not supplied his proposed quotation from Srila Saraswati Thakura’s Will nor responded in any other way. — bkg

Subject: Our ashraya vigraha

Date: 4/26/17

Dear Sriman Devashis dasa,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas in remembrance of our Divine Masters.

[Devashis dasa (?Dd”)] It is kind of you to write to me considering my welfare. I always consider Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Parampara – The Disciplic Succession Following Srila Govinda Maharaja”


Date: 6/28/17

Dear Sripada Trivikrama Maharaja,

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

In pursuance of your phone call yesterday, and the ensuing conversation, I have a few questions.

One of the last things you mentioned was to the effect, as I remember it, that you want to continue to support Acharya Maharaja’s Indian Maths, take your disciples there and keep some sort of ongoing relationship with those Maths. Will you kindly tell me why you feel these things are important to you?

You said you agreed with me on most points, that you made mistakes and hope to correct them and so on. One of the mistakes (my words) was to initially establish Sripada Acharya Maharaja as the acharya of your Math in Brazil, even though Srila Govinda Maharaja said it was you Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “They cannot remove the āchārya.”

Date: 4/22/17

Dear Sriman Devashis dasa,

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

I recently had a conversation with someone who seems to have some knowledge of the internal affairs of Acharya Maharaja’s London Math, of which, you are the president.

I have no right to interfere with such matters. However, as a matter of friendship, I would like to relate some of my thoughts to you.

Whether it is true or not, I do not know, but I heard that due to some improper behavior on the part of Sripada Acharya Maharaja, actually a lengthy history of such behavior, you were considering removing his photo from the parampara on the altar there. I strongly urge you not to take such an action. I base this advice on the following, among other things (emphasis added):

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