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...

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...

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.

In the time of Nanda Maharaja, he Read More...

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...