Thursday, October 23, 2014

Govardhan Celebration

Govardhan Celebration in Nimaihuset saturday 25 October!

This day we remember Krishna's pastime of lifting the Govardhan Hill on one finger, to protect the residents of Vrindavan from the demigod Indra's rage over being neglected in favour of Krishna, the Absolute, and thus showing His devotees the meaning of 
the final instruction and conclusion of Bhagavad Gita:


Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me.
I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.


There will be singing of bhajans, lecture, altar ceremony, 
and afterwards some nice prasadam will be served

We start at 17 

Welcome!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Progress (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Follow the Angels 

Picture from the appearance day celebration of Srila Sridhar Maharaj 2014 
in Sri Caitanya Sarasvat Math, Vrindavan


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"If we make progress towards the east, the west will be left behind"

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Progress means elimination of old things and acceptance of the new. Progress means a living, new experience: bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra ca – "Devotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things. (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.42) 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Times are changing" – Gurumaharaj on food and more, going officially vegan (Vrindavan yesterday)

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj settling the matter with milk products, white sugar, and non-organic food (and pointing at some time-related imbalances).


"You could say, milk from the market is coming from the cow concentration camps. [---] Then comes the next thing, that this milk industry, producing this concentration camp-milk, -butter, -cheese, -yoghurt, – that industry puts chemicals into the cows and produces a milk that is not healthy. In other words, all these milk products, they're the reason why you have this disease and that disease and that disease, and why the hospitals are filled. This is not healthy food. [---] We want the Vrinda Family to go in a vegan lifestyle. [---] We didn't want to make it like an absolute, but at least we wanted to give that example." (3:54f)

(See also the Sunday Chat "What kind of food can we offer to Krishna?" here)


Friday, October 17, 2014

Srila Sridhar Maharaj (biography, links, index)


Today is the appearance day of one of the greatest Vaishnavas of recent time and a great favourite in Nimaihuset: Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. 

The Perfection of Renunciation (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Gurumaharaj speaks about sannyasa – the renounced order of life – and things related, on the appearance day (2012) of his sannyasa-guru Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj.


"Enjoyment is a natural propensity. And the only joy and the only happiness, according to the Vaishnava philosophy, will be achieved when someone overcomes his separate interest from Krishna: when somebody makes Krishna's wish his wish, when he makes Krishna's love his goal of life. Srila Sridhar Maharaj is a general amongst the renunciants. He has shown to us that renunciation is a very joyful path. Undoubtedly renunciation is a challenge. It challenges our conditional thinking altogether. But is responds to a higher craving which is also within you. Because real love is abnegation of egotism, entirely. Just like a mother never thinks of her comfort when her child is in danger. Any kind of discomfort becomes to her the most natural and first choice. Because that's what love is all about. So we are very fortunate when we see our love being put into the circle of divine understanding. [---] Krishna's goal, Krishna's service, Krishna's devotees, Krishna's love, everything Krishna." (3:34)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gurumaharaj in Vrindavan yesterday

Morning lecture from the roof veranda of Vrinda Kunja: 
Gurumaharaj connecting Gaudiya Vaishnavism with his work with the indigenous people of South America.
A little internal maybe, but the sound vibration is ecstatic, and worship/service of sound vibration is what it's all about anyway, so...


 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Congratulations Gurumaharaj!




Today is Vyasa Puja, the appearance day of our Gurudeva Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj. So we ask You to please receive Nimaihuset's offerings of gratitude. 


The meaning of Vyasa Puja


http://nimaihuset.blogspot.se/2014/03/personal-agenda.html
  "He comes to this material world to carry all conditioned souls back to God"


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The meaning of Vyasa Puja
(From a Vrinda page, by unknown devotee) 

The worship of the spiritual master on the day of his appearance, is called Vyasa Puja. Puja means worship, and Vyasa refers to the powerful incarnation of God who came 5000 years ago to compile the Vedic literature. Srila Vyasadeva could foresee the degraded condition of the people of Kali Yuga and therefore compiled millions of verses of Vedic wisdom, to give the fallen souls of this age a chance to reach the perfection of life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vyasa Puja 2014

Vyasa Puja



Saturday 11th October at 17.00
and
 Sunday 12th (the real day) at 14.00  

in Nimaihuset

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This weeend we celebrate the appearance day  of our Gurudeva, 
Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj,
founder of Vrinda Mission and co-founder of World Vaishnava Association



On Saturday at 17.00:
With singing of devotional songs, lecture, puspanjali (flower petal rain)
 and afterwards prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food)



On Sunday at 14.00: 
With more singing, offerings from the devotees, arati (altar ceremony), 
puspanjali, and afterwardprasadam
 
And at 18.00:
At Lejontrappan by Brunnsparken for an 8000 Drums event
a special gift to our Gurudeva
More about the event HERE 
 

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Welcome! 


8000 Drums Sunday 12th October

8000 Drums at Lejontrappan, Sunday 18.00!



On the 12th of October, which is the very very auspicious apperance day of our beloved Gurudeva, we invite you to participate in a global gathering of healing the wounds of our minds and re-establishing the sacred relationship with Mother Earth. Two years ago Gurudeva initiated this to the Vrinda Mission after inspiration from the elders of the tribes from Sierra Nevada Colombia, to gather to a global drum manifesto. It is set on the date of 12 of October which for us is very auspicious, but for the indigenous cultures in Amerika it is considered a day of grief, as it was the day Columbus and the western colonization, slaughter of different worldviews, took off. 

We will gather 18.00 at Lejontrappan, the Lion stairs just next to Brunnsparken and make a celebration for Mother Earth and the River of God/Göta älv (Göta is a fornnordic name for God), the holy water which is Radha and Krishna's love extacy combined, and continue to connect to our true selves – eternal spirit sparks of the love divine.

Please join in and bring a drum for this holy celebration!

// Arci devi dasi

Pictures from the 8000 Drums event 2 years ago:


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mohana visited from Colombia (Pictures)


Last week Nimaihuset was visited by our dear sister Mohana Vamsi Bihari devi dasi from Colombia. As the winner of the sankirtan marathon she gets to go to Vrindavan (India), and on the way she decided to pass Sweden and Gupta Vrindavan Nimaihuset, to see her friend, Nimaihuset's songbird Gandharvika Sundarim dd, and to pick up Madhu Mangal das, who is also going there. We had five wonderful days of her precious company – high, sweet, and fun.
  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mi Sombra (Manah Siksa Devi Dasi)

A video clip with the song Mi Sombra from Nimaihuset's Manah Siksa dd's new CD Razón de Ser, based on Srila Atulananda Acharya's long-poem with the same name. More about it here.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Responsibility – Freedom – Love (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Gurumaharaj in Berlin (April 2014) about freedom. And a particular fruit even higher than that. And the premise for both.



"Freedom is something like a fruit. You have like a very wonderful papaya fruit called Freedom. It's totally ripe and somewhere out there, but you don't know how to get there. How will I get this papaya? How will I deserve to get this Freedom? – Freedom... Libertad... Freiheit... It's a word that makes your chest enlarge. So this big Freedom papaya which is so high up, it has a certain restriction. What is the restriction to freedom? What do we have to accomplish in order to be able to deserve freedom? And is there a fruit even higher than Freedom? The key connection between yourself and Freedom, that is something called Spiritual Realization. It's called Responsibility."

"What's the fruit of responsibility? – Freedom, yes. And after freedom? – Love! You cannot get love if there is no freedom. You cannot get freedom if there is no assuming responsibility."


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Individuality (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Is individuality illusion? Does it disappear in the oneness of Brahman? Does spiritual realization exclude individual existence? A well-read and amused (and amusing) Gurumaharaj wielding the sword of divya-jnana – divine knowledgein the jungle of philosophical speculation.  
(From the Berlin temple, 9th April 2011)


"Spiritual life is a question of realization."

"You can not love anybody if you don't have distinct individuality. The very word 'love' would have no meaning if there is no eternal individual existence; it would be a fantasy word. You could say, if there is no eternal individuality, then the biggest illusion, the biggest word of the material existence, is called love. And it's the opposite. It's the solution to our material existence and ignorance. Love is the solution. And love is the message of the Vedas, in all its profoundity. Love. Unlimited love. Love, which is available to all."

"We need vedic knowledge. We need the truth. We need the understanding of what the law means, and what's the benefit of following the law. And we need love, which helps to realize all these things."


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Selected Posts on Krishna Consciousness (25): The only price is earnest desire (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


Excerpt from Follow the Angels

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Dedicated to Primal Scream, my first spiritual masters



Friday, September 26, 2014

Selected Posts on Krishna Consciousness (24): Everything is sweet (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

In this fantastic informal talk on his veranda, Srila Sridhar Maharaj describes how to make your transition from the path of this nether-world to the path to the Gracious World, from the land of bondage to the Land of Freedom, in 3 easy steps. You can start from wherever you are.

1. Stop acting on a personal agenda. Do your duties, your responsibilities, what's "on your table", but don't cash in the fruits from it.

2. Accept your karma as it comes to you, without resistance or trying to enjoy it.

3. Think of Krishna, the Supersoul/Superconsciousness, the Absolute Person (situated in your heart), the Supreme Will behind the Universal Flow, and surrender everything to Him. Chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is the best method for that. If you want to add power to it, think of its inner meaning as "Please let me be an instrument of Your love".

Then just watch your surroundings change, and follow what unfolds in that flow. 


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Srila Sridhar Maharaj


Everything is Sweet
(27 July 1982)