Thursday 15th December 2016 – The Grand 88th Appearance day celebration of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 88th 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 Center in the UK.

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.

The 35th anniversary of Srila Giri Maharaja receiving sannyasa from His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rashaka Sridhara Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

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On this day 35 years ago, November 27th 1981, Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja received the holy order of tridandi sannyasa from His Divine Grace Om Visnupada Paramahamsa Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Dev-Goswami Maharaja.

Please follow this link to hear a talk given by Srila Giri Maharaja on 11/03/2007 entitled  “The First Western Sannyasa of Srila Sridhar Maharaja” 

Srila Giri Maharaja – Guru: “Beyond Our Thinking”

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11/12/16

In response to our post: Analyzing Self-Analysis & “The Duties of An Acharya.”

Mark Viswambhardas Bartolome asked: “Where is my acharya?”

This was my response.

First we shall ask “Where am I, where is the disciple?” Before the acharya manifests, the qualities of a disciple must be present. Otherwise, the guru may be standing directly in front of a person, and he will not be recognized as the guru.

The qualities of a disciple develop as faith develops. That development procedes in this way:

ādau śraddhā tataḥ sādhu-
saṅgo ‘tha bhajana-kriyā

“In the beginning there must be faith. Then one becomes interested in associating with pure devotees. Thereafter one is initiated by the spiritual master Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja: Analyzing Self-Analysis & “The Duties of An Acharya.”

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The following are excerpts from an email to Sriman Uddharan dasa Adhikari dated October 23, 2016 followed by some additional comments.

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“What we received from our spiritual master we understood only in a rough estimation. Now, things have come in such a way that we have to scrutinize ourselves in every position. We have to analyze ourselves. Atma-niksepa, self-analysis has begun. We are under trial. What we received from our spiritual master, in what way have we received it? Properly, or only showingly?”

—Swami B.R. Sridhara, Sri Guru and His Grace

For years I have been troubled by the transcription of Srila Guru Maharaja’s words used in that text. I’m sure it is taken from this recording: 81.08.12-13 aka 12/13-8-81

For comparison, Read More...

Contact Page Update

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Our contact page has been updated with the addition of the following text:

Confidentiality—

“I don’t want to do anything secretly. Secrecy. Secrecy means conspiracy.”—Swami B.R. Sridhara

Discussions with devotees should be frank and open. Excepting a prior arrangement, anyone contacting me via our website “Contact” form should expect their questions or comments may be posted on our website along with their name. Exceptions due to special circumstances will be decided by me, at my sole discretion. Whoever cannot accept my decision has no reason to contact me. If they have no faith in my opinion or decision, what purpose will be served by writing to me?—Swami B.K. Giri

Srila Giri Maharaja: “The Situation” (Part 2)—”Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

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10/23/16

Dear _____________,

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

I am replying to this email we received from you on Oct 18, 2016:

Pranams.

With the current situation in Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Navadwipa Math I am surprised that Bhakti Kanan Girl Maharaja has not commented on it, especially since he was so vocal after Govinda Maharaja left. And, as many have appreciated his stand at that time, I wonder why such silence now??

For me, the battles being raged for supremacy and power are not what Guru Maharaja expounded. It is the science of self realization that we aspire to, not group or party realization.

I do not want my details posted on a public domain but would appreciate Kanan Giri Maharaja’s observations on this matter.

My Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Why silent on the current situation in the Navadwipa Math?” (Part I)

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Part I

10/22/16

Dear _________________,

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

I appreciate your questions and will answer them as best I can with reference to background and context.

First, you wonder why I have not commented on “the current situation in Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s Navadwipa Math.” The word you use, “situation” is very broad and can encompass many, many things. If you will present your question in a more specific way I will try to give a proper answer. Until then I will answer in the following way.

As you noted I “was so vocal after Srila Govinda Maharaja left” and you wonder “why such silence now?” The explanation is this: Srila Govinda Maharaja gave specific instructions in his Last Will and Testament (?LWT?) 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...

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