|Sridhara Maharaja is my siksa guru?
12 May 2006
Dear Krishnakant Prabhu,
my obeisances to you,
guru gauranga jayatah!
Thank you very much for your free Final order. Now I finished reading of
This book is interesting ...
I have one question to you please. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, he told "to
make GBC body and to wait for self effulgent acharya". So in this
line of thinking we may see one or more self effulgent acharyas. Srila
Prabhupada is this, but we may see Srila Sridhara Maharaja also the
same, and possibly others. This Bhaktisiddhanta conclusion does not
saying that "he must be one man only". By this we may establish
more people next to Srila Prabhupada I see.
Regarding others, it is possible that Srila Prabhupada told "no man
from my godbrothers is able to act as acharya". Sridhara Maharaja
did not like to have any position so in one sense he was not able to act
as an acharya. This does not necessary mean that all godbrothers
was bad persons.
Next, Sridhara Maharaja was not establishing anybody to acharya from
Gaudiya Math. Maybe some temple presidents or so but not as an acharya.
Some other man of Gaudiya Math, yes, possible they were in some problem
but things to nowadays are changing, they adopted some correction or so,
we may see. But what is very interesting, in your book there is mention
that Srila Prabhupada told "Sridhara Maharaja is my siksa guru".
Your explanation to this refers to diplomatic behaviour, warm heart and
attempt to give some chance to serve to godbrothers. How to solve this?
Prabhupada was very serious men regarding this kind of points. It is
difficult to try to imagine that he is using word "guru" in some
hazy, light, low, joking or so manner. This does not look like
Prabhupada, what more, this is contradictory to him almost. So it is
difficult to accept that in this line of thinking Prabhupada is adopting
diplomacy. All your book is good example of logic etc but this one point
is not so steady and I think you know it - you must if your thinking is
in line of your whole book.
So by this we may harmonize all.
My second question please, where is this mention about 10 000 years of
one acharya Srila Prabhupada? I think I read something like this but not
in this form and sense and purport.
My obeisances to you again please.
All glories to all merciful Lord Chaitanya and to our gurus!
S**** dev das,
disciple of Srila Govinda Maharara,
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Dear S**** Dev prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Thank you for your appreciation and questions.
1. The exact phrase used was 'self-effulgent acharya'
Therefore it refers to one individual. Also Sridhara Maharaja
could hardly be this self-effulgent acharya since he only became known
due to getting followers from Srila Prabhupada's movement in the 1980s.
He only displayed any sort of 'effulgence' due to taking the
remnants of the real self-effulgent acharya, Srila Prabhupada. Therefore
even if for the sake argument we accept that Sridhara Maharaja was in
some way displaying 'effulgence', since this was merely
REFLECTING the already existing effulgence of Srila Prabhupada,
since he merely recycled the disaffected followers of ISKCON, it simply
establishes Srila Prabhupada's effulgence, and not his.
2. Srila Prabhupada did not say that none of his Godbrothers were able
to ACT as acharya. He actually said:
"Actually amongst my Godbrothers no one is
qualified to become acarya. So it is better not to
mix with my Godbrothers very intimately because instead of inspiring
our students and disciples they may sometimes pollute them."
(Letter to Rupunuga, 28/4/74)
Therefore whether Sridhara Maharaja 'liked' to become acharya or
not is irrelevant. Srila Prabhupada is saying he did not actually
possess the ability to do so, as he was not qualified.
3. Sridhara Maharaja DID establish an acharya for the Gaudiya
"So Sridhara Maharaja and his two associate gentlemen
unauthorizedly selected one acarya and later it proved a failure."
(Letter to Rupunuga, 28/4/74)
4. Regarding Srila Prabhupada's statement about Sridhara Maharaja being
his 'siksa guru' let us look at the complete statement. It comes
from a letter in 1969 to a disciple Hrisikesa, who had ALREADY
REJECTED Srila Prabhupada, and who wished to join the Gaudiya Matha.
However he had selected to join Bon Maharaja who Srila Prabhupada
describes in the same letter as being a 'black snake'. Therefore
in order to save someone who had already left ISKCON, from going to a
black snake, Srila Prabhupada refers him to Sridhara Maharaja. Why?
Because as Srila Prabhupada states later:
" But in my opinion he is the best of the lot. He is my old friend,
at least he executes the regulative principles of devotional
(Letter to Rupunuga, 28/4/74)
Because Sridhara Maharaja was the best of the 'lot', the same 'lot'
which Srila Prabhupada also condemned as not being qualified to be
acharya, and at because he AT LEAST followed the regulative
principles, Sridhara Maharaja was recommended as an alternative to a
Therefore this was NOT just an act of diplomacy. It was an act of
mercy, to save someone from a black snake, and therefore the person was
advised to take shelter of Sridhara Maharaja, and in THIS CONNECTION
Sridhara Maharaja is praised, in order to induce his disciple to leave
However please note the following facts which are relevant:
- EVEN if we accept for the sake of argument, that Sridhara
Maharaja WAS Srila Prabhupada's Siksa guru, Srila Prabhupada
never tells US to accept Sridhara Maharaja as OUR
Siksa guru or to consult him. On the contrary, as I have quoted
before, he instructs US to actually AVOID Sridhara
- Further the only time anyone was advised to go to Sridhara
Maharaja, was only to STOP that person from going to a
- Thus there are NO instructions from Srila Prabhupada
instructing us to take shelter of Sridhara Maharaja (except to stop
one person from taking shelter from a 'black snake'), but there
ARE instructions from Srila Prabhupada telling us to NOT
take shelter of Sridhara Maharaja.
Therefore we can conclude:
- If you wish to take shelter of a black snake, and have rejected
the shelter of Srila Prabhupada, THEN Sridhara maharaja is a
- In ALL OTHER CASES - Avoid the association of Sridhara
This is what Srila Prabhupada actually advises.
The 10,000 year concept follows from the following facts:
- Lord Caitanya's movement will last for 10,000 years. (Mentioned
in Bhagavatam many places)
- Srila Prabhupada is the person who established Lord Chaitanya's
movement in every town and village. (Historical fact).
- Srila Prabhupada is the acarya of the Gaudiya Sampradaya:
|"In suitable words you write and issue another pamphlet.
In Bengali and in English. Which may not touch there, but we
write in our own way that “By the order of his guru he went to
America. Then he...” That’s a fact. What is the fact, that
should be written. Give the list of the books and so on, so on.
[...] Yes, temples. And “He is the acarya of the present
(Room Conversation, January 19th, 1976)
Therefore Srila Prabhupada is the acarya who will spread Lord
Chaitanya's movement for 10,000 years. And it is a fact. Whilst so many
other acaryas will come and go, to be replaced by their successors, only
Srila Prabhupada's books and teaching will endure for 10,000 years.
Other acaryas are known for a few years and then they are gone, replaced
by their successors. But even in the deviant ISKCON, it is still Srila
Prabhupada's books which are being distributed in the millions. And this
will continue in one way or another - through ISKCON now and the revived
IRM-ISKCON in the future - for the next 9500 years. No other
acarya from the Gaudiya Sampradaya will even touch this. In 200 years
time, they will not be distributing the books of Sridhara Maharaja or
Govinda Maharaja. They will promote whomever is the current acarya of
the Sri Caitanya Sarswata Matha at that time. This is the problem with
the 'acharya' matha system. No one acharya can ever emerge, since after
20-30 years they will be replaced. But the IRM will ensure that Srila
Prabhupada will remain for 10,000 years, and the ISKCON 'gurus' are
fading away due to their own nonsense and our preaching.
Your servant, Krishnakant