Your appropriate quotation from the scriptures aroused in our heart the feeling that the scripture itself is coming down to you to show its inner meaning. Otherwise, to collect the correct essence of the scripture from different instructions therein, is generally impossible—so you are extremely blessed.
His Divine Grace, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaja, the founder Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, personally authorized Bhakti Sudhir Goswami to initiate.
His Divine Grace, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev Goswami Maharaja, succeeded Srila Guru Maharaja as the Sevaite, President and Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Srila Govinda Maharaja acknowledged Srila Guru Maharaja’s empowering Bhakti Sudhir Goswami to initiate disciples and expressed his own approval and authorization for Goswami Maharaja to initiate disciples and act as a Guru for Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Srila Govinda Maharaja named Bhakti Sudhir Goswami a member of the Acharya Board on March 7, 2010.
Empowered to Initiate by Guru Maharaja + Gurudeva
1) The following is the transcription of the audio of Srila Bhakti Rakshak Dev Goswami Maharaja, Srila Guru Maharaja, authorizing Bhakti Sudhir Goswami to act as Guru and initiate disciples into his line of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
You will give initiation in general, but any particular case you may take to me, otherwise you will be there locally. In general, local people, I am giving my consent — deal with them; the responsibility I am transferring to you. [May 6, 1982]
2) Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev Goswami authorized Bhakti Sudhir Goswami to initiate on his behalf:
He is already directly empowered by Srila Guru Maharaja to initiate. But if he will act as my ritvik, I will be very happy.
Before his disappearance, Srila Govinda Maharaja, authorized Bhakti Sudhir Goswami to act as Guru of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and initiate disciples:
If Goswami Maharaja will act as a Guru of Chaitanya Saraswat Math that will be very good. Guru Maharaja was attached with Goswami Maharaja. Five vigraha Goswami Maharaja first gave me: Search for Sri Krishna: Reality the Beautiful; Sri Guru and His Grace; Golden Volcano of Divine Love; Loving Search for the Lost Servant; Subjective Evolution of Consciousness. Five; he gave me five Deities. [January 9, 2010]
3) On March 7, 2010 Srila Govinda Maharaja named Bhakti Sudhir Goswami as a member of the Acharya Board of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Srila Gurudeva named five Acharya members:
Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaja
Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaja
Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaja
Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaja
Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaja
The document was approved; signed, “Swami B.S. Govinda”.
Quotes from Srila Govinda Maharaja
Your service, in spreading the glories of Srila Guru Maharaja around the world, has surpassed the seva that I have done in thirty-five years!
My order is that everyone will follow my friends…and Goswami Maharaja is the one, the best one person.
Srila Govinda Maharaj: “Sagar Maharaja, you are the King of Publishing!” Humbly deflecting praise, Sripad Sagar Maharaja: “But Maharaja, what about Goswami Maharaja?” Srila Govinda Maharaja: “Him? He is Vyasadeva!
You are the shining light of the Maha Mandal.
Questions regarding Siddhanta
Mahananda Prabhu: Around the world Gurudeva, I think all devotees know, that they can come to Sripad Goswami Maharaja in particular, for siddhanta; questions about siddhanta; what is right, what is wrong; in siddhanta. Because these days, many questions are coming, but we are not able to bring all questions to your Divine Grace…
Srila Govinda Maharaja: Come to Goswami Maharaja.
Srila Avadhut Maharaja: “After your disappearance whom shall we approach for instruction on siddhanta?
Srila Govinda Maharaja: Goswami Maharaja.
Srila Guru Maharaja wrote, mahad adbhuta pavana shakti padam in glorification of Srila Saraswati Thakur (Pranamami Sada Prabhupada Padam). But Goswami Maharaja translated this to English and would begin his letters with this phrase to praise Srila Guru Maharaja, ‘All glories to the wonderfully purifying power of your holy lotus feet!’ And that would give Srila Guru Maharaja and myself great joy in our hearts.
Quotes from Srila Guru Maharaja
Our Sudhir Goswami Maharaja, he has published many books; collecting some thoughts of our Guru Maharaja and from me; and that can help you all.
Sudhir Goswami Maharaja, your nature of publishing things is unique; meself, Bhakti Rakshak, you translate as The Guardian of Devotion; such a dignified position you have given me!
Srila Guru Maharaja, regarding the quality of the publications of the Guardian of Devotion Press:
the touch of your hand and brain gives a very wonderful effect.
In 1981 Bhakti Sudhir Goswami wrote a 17 page paper to help the leaders of ISKCON and the devotees around the world properly understand who is Srila Guru Maharaja, and what is his relationship with Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada. Upon hearing a reading of every word, on every page, Srila Guru Maharaja, erupted, clapping,
Today, we have heard a very good lecture! I am properly and fully represented here.
The paper originally titled, “Srila Prabhupada and Srila Sridhar Maharaja: A Transcendental Relationship”, was subsequently published as, The Guardian of Devotion.
Books of Guardian of Devotion Press
It may be my thought, but that was scattered, the slokas etc. But to organize that — analyze and adjust — to harmonize them, your systematic presentation; that is a very rare quality.
They are all your books. What I spoke, was in a random sort of way. But like Vyasadeva, you compiled what I said and gave it structure; samasa and vyasa.
Acharya | Inner Meaning | New Light
Srila Guru Maharaja says an acharya is one who can reveal the inner meaning of the scriptures and find new light (acinoti yah sastrartham).
Your appropriate quotation from the scriptures aroused in our heart the feeling that the scripture itself is coming down to you to show its inner meaning. Otherwise, to collect the correct essence of the scripture from different instructions therein, is generally impossible — so you are extremely blessed.
They will say that Goswami Maharaja is the root of all evil… a nasty fellow, but I see him as one of those who are the very lovers of the ideal. I think Bhakti Sudhir Goswami’s position is such. He’s has got so much confidence in me… He told, if I am allowed to remain with your association, I must be allowed to speak the truth; but if you come to interfere there, I will leave your association. I love my ideal the best. He is saying this openly; at the cost of everything, I shall try to follow the highest ideal. That is the be all and end all of my life.
Goswami Maharaja has an independent and solid basis; not like some, who are encouraged by others for the time being; it is not like that. He is man of real solid propaganda position; understanding and preaching — both, in a solid basis. From the beginning to the end; he understands everything.
The strongest is Bhakti Sudhir Goswami; he is the most firm, he started the independent movement.
Swami B.R. Sridhar Maharaja | A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
We are encouraged and pleased that you are helping the helpless with such firmness and courage. Your spiritual master, our revered Swami Maharaja, preached about the noble and magnanimous mercy of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from door to door in the Western world. It is intolerable that anyone will be separated from that nectarine ocean which is inaugrated by that great apostle of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Swami Maharaja Prabhupada.
As a messenger of that great messiah, directed by your sincere conscience you are advancing with firm step to help the helpless, and that is much encouraging to us. We have no doubt that Srila Prabhupada Swami Maharaja is doubtlessly satisfied with you, as also we are. We have no doubt that you will be blessed profusely by the Supreme Lord with all His paraphernalia.
Letter from A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Bhaktivedanta Vedabase contains a letter from Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavan, in his final days, in 1977:
Srila Prabhupada has expressed his great pleasure at the preaching going on in the Eastern European Communist Countries. Now that your report has come Srila Prabhupada considers it the high point in all preaching.
His Divine Grace, Srila Prabhupada said,
Your preaching is more successful than that of all other countries. Krishna is giving us all encouragement. I am very much grateful to both of you. My Guru Maharaja was so anxious for some books to be printed and distributed. Now because of your assisting me, my Guru Maharaja is so much pleased. I am very much indebted to you both. [July 30, 1977]
Final Instructions from Srila Guru Maharaja
Govinda Maharaja, I have selected him my representative, and I think him fittest; I pray your assistance to him, after me, in the fullest sense, to support him. Among many affairs, he is more than meself. This is my earnest and ardent request to you; that you will support him to the fullest extent possible. This is my last request to you and prayer to you. You are a man of solid construction, constitution, so your backing is substantial.
Guru Maharaja Quotes | Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
We are all indebted to him. Anyone concerned with Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and its preaching, are all indebted to Sudhir Goswami Maharaja.
Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaja, he was the pushing man; he began preaching in my favor; he got impression, and he began to preach in my favor.
In reality Sudhir Goswami is increasing the prestige of Chaitanya Saraswat Math and the real substance of the preaching of this Math. He has taken it out to the public, and that is the main thing. We are all indebted to him.
Our Goswami Maharaja did this movement in the name of Chaitanya Saraswat Math, but it is really founded by Goswami Maharaja.
All those that feel something, who get help from this institution, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, they should be thankful to Sudhir Goswami Maharaja
The direct quotes from Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja clearly authorize Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaja to initiate disciples and act as a Guru of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
The many quotes cited also make it clear why Srila Guru Maharaja had faith in Goswami Maharaja’s representation of himself and his line, and why Srila Govinda Maharaja named Goswami Maharaja a member of the Acharya Board, to help guide Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math after his disappearance.
Bhakti Sudhir Goswami | Initiations
Harinam: September 1971; A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Mantra Diksha: May 1972; A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Sannyasa: May 1982; Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami
Guardian of Devotion Press
Publisher | Editor in Chief
BOOKS | Publications
Search for Sri Krishna: Reality the Beautiful
Sri Guru and His Grace
Golden Volcano of Divine Love
Loving Search for the Lost Servant
Subjective Evolution of Consciousness
The Guardian of Devotion
Addenda | Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaja et al.
The present, President, Sevaite, Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaja, acknowledges that Srila Govinda Maharaja authorized Goswami Maharaja to initiate disciples and act as a Guru of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
The following Acharyas, named in the will of Srila Gurudeva, acknowledge that Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaja is an Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math; authorized to initiate disciples; and is a legitimate member of the Acharya Board (Acharya Sabha).
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaja
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaja
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaja
Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaja
Srila Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaja
Acharya Board named by Srila Gurudeva
On March 7, 2010 His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaja established the Acharya Board of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.