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Dear Sriman Pada Tirtha dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes and please convey the same to your family and especially my dear disciple Srimati Arundhati Devi dasi.

I was very pleased, satisfied and happy to learn from you about the intense eagerness of Srimati Arundhati Devi to make progress in Krishna consciousness. I am very encouraged to hear such things and very pleased that you have taken the time to write to me about them.

Srimati Arundhati Devi is my disciple, but we see our disciples as representatives of our guru. I take it from your report of her activities that it is a message from my gurus that I should feel such intense desire to understand the direction of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga as she is attempting to understand through her devotional practices. I think you and Read More...

New and updated transcripts for the Srila Sridhara Maharaja Media Archive

Introduction

A few weeks ago we were blessed to receive, from Sriman Paramananda Prabhu (UK), 150 transcripts of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s audio recordings. His email, notifying me of this auspicious presentation, along with my reply, are attached below.

Most of the transcripts I received are corrected forms of transcripts previously submitted by him and posted on our website. Others are new transcripts. All of them have now been presented in a universal type font making the characters with diacritics much more portable, as they can now be easily converted into a great number of fonts for use in a wide number of digital and print formats and devices.

I forwarded the new files to Sriman Gokulananda, who serves as our devoted webmaster, so that the updated files can be replaced with the Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “The Situation: Part Three”

Prologue

During the last few months I have been contacted by a number of devotees from Russia, Ukraine and other parts of the world who are expressing great distress, concern and doubt with regard to what I call “SCSM IAB”, the portion of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math that is operating under the direction of present or past members of the International Acharya Board (long since rebranded as simply “Acharya Board”).

I have responded personally to these devotees and attempted to allay their doubts and fears, often referring to Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s use of: na hi kalyana-krt kascid durgatim tata gacchati, as in this example—

We need society only to help us. If our affinity to the society keeps us down, then that should be given up, and we must march on. There is the absolute Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – In Memoriam of “That Gentleman.”

Saturday night my next younger brother (Gary) called to inform me that a gentleman known as ‘our father’ had passed away that evening at the age of 97. When I tried to turn the subject to the spiritual implications of the event he closed that door declaring “I don’t want to discuss religion.” That is his prerogative. Mine is to open the discussion to those who are inclined to have it. I do so herein.

While no one can be compelled to discuss the spiritual implications of death, no one can avoid the event. Srila Sridhara Maharaja several times referred to these lines of Thomas Gray to illustrate the point:

?The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “A guru should not adopt the thinking of his disciples.”

Srila Govinda Maharaja once said to me, dismissive of something one of his disciples was thinking, “What does a disciple know?”

The spiritual master is worshiped with these words:

nikuñja-yūno rati-keli-siddhyai
yā yālibhir yuktir apekṣaṇīyā
tatrāti-dākṣyād ati-vallabhasya
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

“The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha-Krsna’s conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrndavana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.”

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, 

After Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Forgetfulness—and Remembrance.”

Recently I heard this supposed poem, that contains no noticeable elements of a poem (or, if present, escaped my attention) such as meter, rhythm or rhyme:

Forgetfulness
        by Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, 

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

 Long ago you kissed the names of the nine muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets, 

something else Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – Offering and Announcement for Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Avirbhava!

On the occasion of the celebration of the appearance of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda-deva Goswami Maharaja, December 15, 2016 we are pleased to announce the posting to our website of 250 additional transcriptions of the audio recordings of his Divine Master, Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara-deva Goswami Maharaja.

Recently Sriman Paramananda dasa of the U.K. blessed us by delivering to us an amazing number of new transcriptions of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s divine discourses. He sent us 250 transcripts, each painstakingly transcribed from original audio files available to everyone from our website. The transcripts were presented complete with diacritic markings made by use of the Balarma font. Sriman Gokulananda dasa, who created and maintains Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – “From your hands come very valuable jewels.”

In anticipation of our celebration tomorrow of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s avirbhava and a forthcoming announcement of a large number of new transcripts of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s audio recordings being posted on our website, I thought he would be pleased to hear some auspicious news. I present it here for the satisfaction of the vaishnavas, Srila Gurudeva’s disciples, friends, servants and follows; for it is by their grace that such news will reach his ears.—Swami B.K. Giri

Email to Sriman Paramananda dasa of the United Kingdom.

Date: 11/25/16

Dear Sriman Paramananda dasa.

Please accept my humble obeisances and my echoing your chant of the glories of our trinity of gurus, Their Divine Graces Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Read More...