“Mūrkha Tumi, Tomāra Nāhika Vedāntādhikāra – ‘You are a fool,’ he said. ‘You are not qualified to study Vedānta philosophy.”

A recent email sent to Srila Giri Maharaja –

Dear Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Jai Srila Gurudeva!

Speaking of whom, did you intentionally avoid posting a notice of our observance today (now yesterday) of his disappearance?

To my shame I forgot to post it.

Lilavati Devi reminded me I hadn’t posted it but by then the day was almost over.

I checked if I had posted last year’s observance but it seems I had not done that either.

I am thinking that as well as a bad memory I have a mental block as I do not find it a happy day to remember.

I remarked to Lilavati Devi that I remember it as the day the world went mad and when the good sense, reason and sobriety of prominent devotees who were ordered by the spiritual master to become acharyas was lost due to the influence of illusion Read More...

“Na Hi Gopyaṁ Hi Sadhūnāṁ – Certainly, No Secrets are to be Kept by Saintly Personalities”

An email from Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja to Uddharan dasa –

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari,

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

I hope you will post your excellent email to Sripada Paribrajaka Maharaja, with or without his name. I lean in the direction of including his name because: 1. He is a sannyasi and a guru. As such, his is supposed to be a public life and he should not expect too much in the way of “secrecy”. “na hi gopyaṁ hi sadhūnāṁ— Certainly, no secrets are to be kept by saintly personalities… ”

        SB 10.24.4

        etad brūhi mahān kāmo
        mahyaṁ śuśrūṣave pitaḥ
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Vyasa Puja offering from Uddharan dasa & Lilavati Devi dasi


Dear Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept our humble obeisances on this most auspicious day of your appearance in this world.

Rather than any fasting, I will be more pleased if sumptuous prasadam is made available for distribution to all my disciples and friends beginning from eight o’clock in the morning. As told to me by Srila Govinda Maharaja, this was the ideal shown by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura when celebrating the appearance days of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura. I will be very happy if my disciples and friends follow the same.—Swami B.K. Giri

We liked this idea very much and followed it as much as possible by us. See below.

Srimati Lilavati Devi made the rice (a mix of 3 types), dahl, and chutney and I made the subji and halavah.

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“If they consider it is Kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa, then they’re at liberty to spread it anywhere and everywhere”

At the request of Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja I recently posted an article by Sriman Jagadananda dasa Adhikari entitled “Correction and Instruction”.
I asked Srila Giri Maharaja if I could also post his Holiness’s reply to his disciple concerning the submission for publication of this article.
I received this reply –

Dear Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranamas.

| May I post this reply to your disciple and If so what title should I use?

Srila Sridhara Maharaja has given the answer to your question.

81.12.02.A at about 30:00

?Yes, one who has got that, he may do. He may publish, I have no objection. Dhira Krishna Maharaja or something like, he also asked me, ?May we Read More...

Monday 24th October 2016 – Grand Appearance Day Celebration of Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

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Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 122th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Founder President Acharya, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Dev-Goswami Maharaja which will take place at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Centres in the UK and Odessa, Ukraine.

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.

“It is verified.” by Swami B. K. Giri

My dandavats,

I have sometimes made the point that disciples should not be overly interested in their param guru(s), a disciple’s connection is with his immediate guru.
While doing some reading this morning I found confirmation of that point:

        A disciple’s connection is with his immediate guru, not a param guru.

From:
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Morning Walk—February 3, 1976, Māyāpura

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: I remember one time Kārttikeya Mahārāja was chanting to a picture of Bhaktisiddhānta. You chastised him and said, “What is your connection with Bhaktisiddhānta? Your connection is with me.”

Prabhupāda: Who said?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: You did.

Sudāmā: You did. I remember.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: When Kārttikeya Mahārāja Read More...

The dissapearance of Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Srila Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaja

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On the 24th August 2016 at 07.35am in Navadwip Dharma, West Bengal, India, Sripada Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaja passed away from this world, causing deep feelings of separation and sadness for those who knew and loved him for his simplicity, humility, faithfulness and unalloyed pure hearted devotion to his beloved Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

Sripada Bhakti Prasun Aranya Maharaja was one of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s earliest disciples, perhaps the very first, and one who Srila Govinda Maharaja noted was always faithful to him (Srila Govinda Maharaja).

duḥkha-madhye kona duḥkha haya gurutara?
kṛṣṇa-bhakta-viraha vinā duḥkha nāhi dekhi para

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu asked, ?Of all kinds of distress, what Read More...

Thursday 25th August 2016 – Sri Krishna Janmastami Grand Festival Celebration.

Lord Krishna & Yashoda Maa

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate along with devotees at the SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA, and at the UK and Odessa, Ukraine centres in the grand festival for Sri Krishna Janmastami on Thursday 25th August at 8pm until 12am midnight. Complete fast all day until midnight (then no grains).

You are also invited to attend Sri Nandotsava and Thakura Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appearance day celebrations the following morning on Friday 26th August.

The festivals will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.