Following the unexpected departure of Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj on 10 May, our worldwide mission was thrown into sadness and separation. Additionally, there has been much confusion because, having left so suddenly, Srila Acharya Maharaj did not leave a formal will.
Numerous devotees, however, have confirmed that Srila Acharya Maharaj was training his disciple Sripad Bhakti Tilak Nriho Maharaj as his successor, and Srila Acharya Maharaj also explicitly stated this intention on many occasions. Furthermore, all who know Niriha Maharaj clearly and practically see his chastity, purity of heart and sincere desire to serve.
It has therefore been decided by our worldwide leaders that while Sripad Nriho Maharaj will not immediately begin acting in the capacity of an initiating Guru, he will at present take the role of the president of our Indian Mission. Although Sripad Niriha Maharaj is still young our leaders feel that with the support and blessings of all the Vaishnavas he can become a bright shining light in our Mission.
As our beloved Gurudev Srila B.S. Govinda Deva-Goswami used to emphasize, “We are living in the faithful plane.” Although some may fixate upon the fact that Srila Acharya Maharaj did not leave a formal will, this is irrelevant to those who are faithful.
Another expression of our Gurudev also comes to mind: “We are practising Krishna consciousness, or we came to practise Krishna consciousness, not for any mundane benefit. Where we shall see the real light of Krishna consciousness we must really pay obeisances there.”
So we pray that all the faithful Eastern and Western Vaishnavas will give their support and backing to Sripad Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj so that he can become what Srila Acharya Maharaj desired of him.
Regarding this matter I am sharing here a copy of the resolution which was drawn up by our Indian leaders and supported by international leaders within the mission:
All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
Since the Spiritual Head of the organization Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, chose to depart from the material world on 10-05-2021, we the organizational heads of all the states of India and other countries where the mission is currently functioning have officially convened this meeting today on 02/06/2021 in furtherance to the meetings convened on 01/06/2021 and previous various meetings in regard to this subject. Since there is restricted movement due to the pandemic situation the meeting was convened virtually.
All the official heads of the organization have agreed together and come to the following conclusion which is resolved as follows:
IT IS RESOLVED THAT, Sripad Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj will be appointed as the President and care taker of the organization UNTIL, a consensus is achieved by all the worldwide devotees in a general assembly on the Spiritual Succession by the already existing Acharya Board members and mission leaders internationally.
IT IS RESOLVED THAT, till further official notification or declaration comes from joint association of Acharya Board and worldwide devotees, no one person in India is officially considered to be a spiritual initiating guide or Guru representing the Guru-parampara of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, founded by Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj and spread worldwide by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj and also carried on by Srila Acharya Maharaj till his sudden demise.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, preaching of the philosophy and teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the lineage of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math should be carried on and Sripad Niriha Maharaj and all those connected sincerely with Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math should carry on with it on behalf of our honourable Guru parampara of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Sincere seekers of spiritual guidance should never be bereft of it and all the true members and followers of our SCSMath are requested to keep engaged in personal spiritual sadhana and preaching according to individual capacities and possibilities and keep the sovereignty of our Math intact. Regarding official proper spiritual shelter, diksha initiation procedures would be later clarified after the possible meeting of senior Vaishnava devotees, worldwide devotees within and outside India and especially Acharya Board members appointed by our Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj.
IT IS RESOLVED THAT, Sripad Niriha Maharaj, together with assistance of Bengali and Indian devotees will represent and peacefully tackle all the legal standing of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and all temples and ashrams connected, currently till the practical possible gathering of worldwide devotees at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, India.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, Sripad Niriha Maharaj will continue to operate the accounts under his signature which he was authorized to operate by Sri Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj during his physical presence. Similarly, if necessary he could open and operate new bank accounts according to the local needs of all the temples coming under our SCSMath.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, Sripad Niriha Maharaj is hereby authorized to take necessary steps to activate all frozen accounts and operate the accounts under his signature. Other trust members present in West Bengal, Orissa, and other parts of India, appointed by Srila Acharya Maharaj will assist him on the day to day functioning of the organization.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, Sripad Niriha Maharaj will upload the Income Expenditure of the organization through official emails on a weekly basis for the perusal of the devotees.
IT IS FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, the official heads of each state in India and official heads of the mission in each country and all the respected Acharya Board Members appointed from the time of Gurudev Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj, would be sent a copy of this resolution of authorisation in their official Email ID and requested to resend the same with their supportive confirmation to the officially created email address SCSMATHINDIA@GMAIL.COM, to smoothen the functioning of the organization.
The meeting concluded today with the aforementioned resolutions.
In the presence of :
1. Sripad Sandeep Das (Managing Trustee of SCSMath Vrindavan and Govardhan Math)
2. Sripad Sanjeev Krishna Das (secretary and trustee of SCS Math and Mission Vrindavan and Govardhan)
3. Dr. Ramsundar Das ( trustee member/ secretary/ Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Krishnanushilan sangha)
4. Dr. Madhumangal Das (trustee member and head of Bihar and Jharkhand Bokaro mission)
5. Dr. Krishnakant Das (head of state Gujarat, Dwarka mission)
6. Dr.Amit Krishna Goswami (Head of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh mission of SCSMath)
7. Dr. Jayakumar Das ( trustee member and head of South Indian mission)
8. Sadananda Das (Secretary – SCSMath, Bokaro mission committee)
9. Dharmendar Das (Manager-SCSMath, Bokaro mission committee)
10. Raju Krishna Das ( Treasurer- SCSMath, Bokaro mission committee)
THIS RESOLUTION IS SUPPORTED BY THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF SCSMATH FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF WEST BENGAL AND OTHER PARTS OF INDIA:
1. Ashok Prabhu (Vrindavan)
2. Abhay Prabhu (Narasimha Palli)
3. Bishnu Maharaj
4. Bhakti Purn Shrauti Maharaj (Hapania)
5. Sunanda D.D
6. Dipali D.D
7. Madhavi D.D
8. Krishnapad Prabhu
9. Ananta Prabhu
10. Kartik Das (Uluberia)
11. Sampa D.D (Tarakeshwar)
12. Seetal Prabhu
13. Rampada Prabhu
14. Sakuntala D.D
15. Paresh Prabhu
16. Ashok Prabhu (Tarakeshwar)
17. Shyamsundar Prabhu
18. Gauranga Prabhu
19. Biswanath Prabhu
20. Prabeer Prabhu
21. Bapi Prabhu
22. Abhay Prabhu ( Tarakeshwar)
23. Shanti Prabhu
24. Kishore prabhu
25. Sunil Prabhu
26. Kesto Prabhu ( Lalpur, Tarakeshwar)
27. Rina D.D
28. Mallika D.D
29. Tarak Prabhu
30. Rana Prabhu (Nandhan Ghat, Burdhwan)
31. Rekha D.D (Kalna)
32. Putul D.D
33. Sachirani D.D
34. Sunil Prabhu (Bakura)
35. Ashok Prabhu (Bakura)
36. Nilima D.D
37. Narayan Prabhu
38. Maina D.D
39.Harihar Prabhu( Gangasagar)
40.Prajapati Prabhu ( Gangasagar)
THIS RESOLUTION WAS PRESENTED TO VARIOUS WORLDWIDE DEVOTEES AND SENIOR VAISHNAVAS INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE ACHARYA BOARD AND LEADERS OF SCSMATH IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES AND RECEIVED THEIR FULL BACKING, SUPPORT, AND BLESSINGS:
Indian Origin Mission leaders from Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines
Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj (America)
Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj (Mexico)
Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaj (Brazil)