Sriman Jagadananda das “Our Spiritual Master, Our Guru”

Jagadananda das

All glories to my spiritual masters, Srila B.K. Giri Maharaja, Srila Govinda Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Swami Maharaja.

Please accept my most humble obeisances.

We have all heard the popular saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I’m not certain of the roots of this cliche, but it is one that has been repeated many times and is so commonplace most of its original meaning is lost. However, this is a powerful statement.

In  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, we find the following in chapter six entitled “Taking to Krsna Consciousness”:

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“If we are sincere, we will get a sincere spiritual master by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. If, however, we want to be cheated, Kṛṣṇa will send us a cheater, and Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “At Each Such Juncture…We Become Stronger”

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Date: 1/27/16

Dear Sriman Dayardra Nitai dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

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I am very happy to hear you are engaging in sankirtana each week with at least one other person. You are acting as the expeditionary leader of one of our outposts in the new frontier known as Altoona, Pennsylvania. Such an adventure dictates that you first create a beachhead where you marshall men and supplies. As you gather strength you will be able to take more and more territory for the service of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga. So, first make yourself strong with perfect faith in the chanting of the Maha Mantra, avoiding the ten offenses and following the four regulative principals. As your strength and abilities increase, enlist as many as possible to help you, and gradually expand. pṛthivīte āche Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Without…the Guru, the Disciple is Nowhere”

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1/25/16

Dear ____________ ,

Please accept my blessings.

Your view, as expressed through your so-called questions, is mundane. I cannot have a mundane relationship with my disciples. If you want to have a spiritual relationship with me then you must follow the spiritual path:

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tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena sevayā upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ

Word for word: tat — that knowledge of different sacrifices; viddhi — try to understand; praṇipātena — by approaching a spiritual master; paripraśnena — by submissive inquiries; sevayā — by the rendering of service; upadekṣyanti — they will initiate; te — you; jñānam — into knowledge; jñāninaḥ — the self-realized; tattva — of the truth; darśinaḥ — seers.

Translation: Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.

and:

yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau tasyaite kathita hy arthah prakasante mahatmanah

"The key to success in spiritual life is unflinching devotion to both the spiritual master and Krsna. To those great souls who have full faith in both Krsna and the spiritual master, the inner meaning of the scriptures is fully revealed."

Verses such as those above describe the spiritual path to spiritual perfection. If you are really searching for Sri Krishna, there is no choice but to follow the directions given above, as I have continuously instructed you to do.

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Шрила Гири Махараджа, “Животные также имеют души”

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Дорогой __________________,

Пожалуйста, примите мои самые теплые поздравления и пожелания.

Хотя мы не в состоянии присоединиться к вам в день Благодарения,
мы, тем не менее, думаем о вас и вспоминаем вас и вашу семью.
Вам соответствует доброта, щедрость и присоединение, которые вы так любезно проливаете на смиренных нас; это никогда не теряется в нас, хотя мы не всегда в состоянии ответить взаимностью прямо или достаточно.

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Srila Giri Maharaja “The Supreme Mantra is Supreme in All Respects”

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Date: 1/13/16

Dear Sriman Dayardra Nitai dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.

You asked my opinion about an article you read that was written by someone outside our sampradaya. You must remember that I have already expressed my opinion about this. As I told you previously, to read or hear topics regarding the Absolute Truth from those outside our sampradaya is to invite confusion and doubt.

Now you have asked me to follow you outside our sampradaya by reading the article connected to the link you sent me. I have no interest in this. What our gurus have given is sufficient to answer all questions and remove all doubts. Why should I stray from their clear path to follow you down some dangerous road?

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Jagadananda das “Enthusiam”

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Recently I came across a quote that I have read many times before throughout my life and has always remained with me. It is by Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford motor company. It reads:

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”

—Henry Ford

Immediately I was reminded of the third text of the Nectar of Instruction: An authorized English presentation of Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Sri Upadesamrta:

utsāhān niścayād dhairyāt

tat-tat-karma-pravartanāt

saga-tyāgāt sato vtte

abhir bhakti prasidhyati

Word for word:

utsāhāt — by enthusiasm

niścayāt — by confidence

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Srila Giri Maharaja “Animals Also Have Souls”

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear __________________,

Please accept my warmest greetings and regards.

Although we were unable to join with you on Thanksgiving day, we were, nevertheless, thinking about and remembering you and your family. Your consistent kindness, generosity and inclusion, which you extend so graciously to our humble selves, are never lost on us, although we are not always able to reciprocate directly or sufficiently.

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Although we do not live per se a cloistered life, our spiritual practicing life often deters us from societal interactions that expose us to meat eating, gambling, illicit sex and intoxication. Before receiving spiritual initiation we took a vow to strictly shun these four items we consider to be sinful activities. While it is sufficient for us to maintain Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Krishna Consciousness Can be Attained in a Moment”

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Date: 12/25/15

Dear Sriman Pada Tirtha dasa,

Please accept my humble obeisances and, as appropriate, my blessings and well-wishes to yourself, Srimati Kum Kum Devi and Srimati Arundhati Devi dasi.

Yes, it seems like a long time since I last heard from you, but I am very happy you took the time to inform me of the news about my dear disciple, Srimati Arundhati Devi.

Previously you told me she inspired her family with her serious interest to know the Absolute Truth, Sri Krishna. The key to such attainment is full faith in Sri Sri Guru and Krishna:

yasya deve parā bhaktir yathā deve tathā gurau
tasyaite kathitā hy arthāḥ prakāśante mahātmanaḥ

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Sunday 27th December 2015 – The Grand 87th Appearance day celebration of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

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Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 87th 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 Maharaj which will take place at SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at the SCSM Global Centers in the UK and Odessa, Ukraine.

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.

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