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Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.
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Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D. is a direct disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja. In 1971 he was awarded a Ph.D. from a prominent university in USA. He is a leading Vedantic authority in all of the Gaudiya Vaishnava line of thought in the world today. Apart from that he is also a scholar in Hegelian Dialectics and is giving regular guidance to his students. Moreover, he has spent many years in Nabadwip, West Bengal, India, under the guidance of his Gurus in search of Vedantic conception of Absolute Truth. He has a profound grasp of both Vedanta and Western philosophy and due to his mood of humility and complete surrender he has received much appreciation from previous acharyas. Srila Sridhar Maharaja told to Sripad Puri Maharaja, “I am just like you. My nature is just like yours,” thus accepting his philosophical and devotional mood of service. Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja told to the servitors of scientific sankirtan movement that “Service to Puri Maharaja is service to me.” Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Goswami Maharaja (Srila Sripad Maharaja also known as Dr. T.D. Singh) appreciated Sripad Puri Maharaja’s humility and disinterest in worldly designations. He told him, “Your consciousness is very pure.” Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D. is a follower of Srila Prabhupada, the instructions of Srila Sridhar Maharaja and the direction of Srila Sripad. Srila Sripad Maharaja instructed a number of his disciples to follow and serve Sripad Puri Maharaja and learn from his deep knowledge on Hegelian spiritual dialectic as well as Vedanta. Sripad Puri Maharaja holds regular classes in Princeton as well as online Skype classes with his students all over the world. By the grace of previous Acharyas of Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya Sripad Puri Maharaja is highly empowered to guide the Scientific Sankirtan movement meant for establishing a lasting Harmony between Science and Religion.

Srila Sridhar Maharaja told to Srila Sripad Maharaja and Sripad Puri Maharaja to build a temple over the tomb of Darwin. Srila Prabhupada has given two powerful transformative scientifically observed truths unrecognized by modern materialistic science, (1) Life comes from Life, and (2) Matter comes from Life. When Sripad Puri Maharaja explained to the Nobel Biologist Professor George Wald, who was a very big atheistic evolutionist of his time, that why don’t you consider that, “Matter comes from Life”, he became convinced. After this Professor Wald wrote a series of articles denouncing his own earlier stance towards materialism in understanding life and instead talked about how life was prior to matter and is therefore its source. Sripad Puri Maharaja is engaging the scientists to think about higher order concepts of Life and its utmost relevance for conceiving our true identity for more than four decades. He is the visionary behind the ‘Science and Scientist’ annual conference series and we are all eternally indebted to him for his love, affection and extraordinarily meritorious guidance.


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"Darwin has given the theory of evolution— Fossilism. Vedanta has given subjective evolution. In Darwin’s theory of objective evolution, matter evolves consciousness. The object exists first, and by its development, life is coming, consciousness is coming— from stone. That is objective evolution. But an object is a relative term; without the subject, an object cannot stand. The subject is the primary substance. Whatever is to be felt is only an idea in the subjective ocean. "
– Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
– Albert Einstein

"Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation."
– Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"Thoughts without intuitions are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind."
– Immanuel Kant

"The soul is always in a state of living —the properties of the soul are willing, feeling and thinking. The soul can move, and the jada, the material, cannot move. But even within matter, souls are living. Within a tree is living a soul, and this has also been proved by scientists such as Jagadish Bose. But this knowledge is not new; in the ancient Vedas we will find all knowledge given in a living way. The knowledge given by the Vedas is that behind everything is the living soul, and if we study the Vedas we will find this out."
– Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja

"When subject becomes the object of its own study then spiritual life begins."
– Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Goswami Maharaja, Ph.D.

"The study of the "knower" belongs to theology, as the knower corresponds to the soul, according to the subjective perspective of modern day understanding (produced by the Enlightenment). Of course, theology is not so shallow-minded to think that the knower is the infinitessimal soul. The particularity of the soul is grounded in that which is universal, sometimes referred to as Reason, and even more fundamentally in Spirit, and more specifically in God. Thus the category of the "knower" is placed within the wider field of the study of theology, rather than in the more narrow field of what is referred to as pneumatology."
– Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.