Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gaura Purnima Celebration


 Gaura Purnima – the appearance day of 
Sri Krishna Chaitanya, “The Hidden Avatar”,
as a child known as Nimai!

Saturday 7th March

Sri Krishna Chaitanya is Krishna Himself — The Absolute, Source, The Supreme Spirit/Light/Consciousness, God — incarnating “secretly” in the form of a devotee of Himself, for the double purpose of experiencing His devotees’ ecstatic love for Him, 

and to show the conditioned souls how to be a devotee

We will sing bhajans, there will be a lecture about Nimai, abisheka (ceremonial bathing of the Nimai Deity), arati (Deity greeting), and afterwards some fine prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food)!

We start at 17.00

The feast does not cost anything but donations are gladly accepted

Warm welcome!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Selected Posts on Krishna Consciousness (25): Associating with the sound incarnation of God (Srila Prabhupada)

Excerpt from a lecture on the Hare Krishna mantra, 
given in New York, September 8, 1966

“If you want to spiritualize your vision, if you want to spiritualize your action, 
if you want to spiritualize the whole constitution of your existence, 
then you have to associate with the supreme spirit.”

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Om Namah Shivaya (Nina Hagen)

Today (and tonight) is Shiva Ratri, Lord Shiva's night. Closet devotee Nina Hagen (see the Hare Krishna Top 10 list) sings the Shiva mantra.




Lord Shiva as Gopīśvara (Srila B.S. Tirtha Goswami Maharaj)


The Shiva Lingam in the Gopīśvara Mahādeva temple in Vrindavan India
(This is where you have to go first when you come to Vrindavan
to ask for Lord Shiva's permission to enter)




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reprise: Gurumaharaj singing to Srimati Radharani (Mallorca 2013)



This is Gurumaharaj's poem "Commentary to the Maha Mantra" (read it here).
Very beautiful lyrics. Very beautiful music. And singing. Better. Than. Ever.
With the swedish and mallorcan yatras one morning in Mallorca, by the Mediterranean.
Follow that voice. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Shiva Ratri – Lord Shiva's Night


Wednesday the 18th February we honour Lord Shiva, Gopīśvara Mahādeva — the greatest Vaishnava, gatekeeper of Vrindavan, and helper of Krishna-devotees. We will sing Shiva-bhajans, there will be lecture, we will offer Bael leaves to Him, and then we sing some more. 

Bring some fruits or flowers to offer to Lord Shiva and come sing with us and hear about Him.

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We start at 19.00
When we end, we don't know :)
Warm welcome! 


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Vrindavanvani-pate jaya soma soma
maule sanandana-sanatana-naradeya 
gopishvara vraja-vilasi-yuganghri-padme
prema prayaccha nirupadhi namo namas te 

O Shiva, O gatekeeper of Vrindavan! O you who are accompanied by Uma! O you who carry the moon in your hair! 
O lord worshiped by Sananda Kumara, Sanat Kumara and Narada Muni! 
O Gopisvara, the worshipable deity of the gopis! 
Desiring that you bestow upon me love for the divine couple, Sri Sri Radha Madhava, who perform joyous pastimes in Vraja, I offer my obeisances unto you again and again.

 Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, Sri Sankalpa-Kalpadrum 

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Om Namah Shivaya


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Laddu Gopal has got a night cap (2) (Pictures)


 Laddu Gopal in His new night cap, next to 4 and a half of the 6 Goswamis


The attraction never wanes for giving presents to Nimaihuset's Baby-Krishna-Deity Sri Laddu Gopal, who came from Vrindavan to Nimaihuset in 2010 (via a sannyasi, to Madhu Mangal Das in Ecuador, and the day after, on to his visiting father going back to Sweden). This was after Tulasi Devi Dasi had offered laddus (very sweet chickpea candies) to Nimaihusets Deity altar every night for 2 weeks. Devotees, friends, and guests who hear about Him love to donate sweets and clothes to Him (read about it here), and recently Nimaihuset's Chaitanya Das was given the special service to see to that there is always a supply of laddus to give Him for breakfast and evening tea. 

Last Christmas, Rohini Devi Dasi from Bulgaria (who resided in Nimaihuset when Laddu Gopal first came here) sent Him a christmas present – a big blue home-knitted night cap. Beautiful, and perfect for Sri Laddu Gopal. Subal Das came by and took pictures.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Appearance Day



Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Goswami Prabhupada
(6 February 1874 – 1 January 1937)


nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktisiddhanta-sarasvatiti namine

sri-varshabhanavi-devi-dayitaya kripabdhaye
krishna-sambandha-vijnana-dayine prabhave namah

madhuryojjvala-premadhya-sri-rupanuga-bhaktida
sri-gaura-karuna-sakti-vigrahaya namo ’stu te
namas te gaura-vani-sri-murtaye dina-tarine
rupanuga-viruddhapasiddhanta-dhvanta-harine
 

 
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I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varshabhanavi-devi-dayita dasa [Srila Bhaktisiddhanta], who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy and the deliverer of the science of Krishna.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Caitanya’s mercy, who deliver devotional service which is enriched with conjugal love of Radha and Krishna, coming exactly in the line of revelation of Srila Rupa Gosvami.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, who are the personified teachings of Lord Caitanya. You are the deliverer of the fallen souls. You do not tolerate any statement which is against the teachings of devotional service enunciated by Srila Rupa Gosvami.


As a child, held by his father, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura



Bimal

 
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Bhaktivedanta Memorial Library (complete writings, articles about, etc) here
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Museum on-line (biography, pictures) here
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta on Nimiahuset's blog here 


 

The Universal Teacher

Today is the Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada, the Spiritual Master of among others Srila Prabhupada, Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Puri Maharaj  the three Spiritual Masters of our Spiritual Master Srila Paramadvaiti Maharaj. We observe it with this inspiring biographical documentary.


The speaker: 
"During the early part of the 20th century there occurred a unique event in the spiritual history of modern India. In a remote village on the banks of the sacred Ganga there resided a distinguished personality who would, in due course, do more to help raise the consciousness of human civilization than any other person at this time." (0:35)

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami (Gurumaharaj): 
"Bhaktivinoda Thakura could see that there is also some sincerity in the Western search for truth and answers to the mysteries of life, and he knew that there were the answers – in the Vedas, in the transcendental tradition. So he surely appreciated that an effort should be made to convey this message in a language people could relate to." (12:53)

And at the end of the documentary: 

"Krishna Consciousness is the eternal consciousness of the soul. It is not limited by race, colour, or a particular society. Krishna Consciousness is universal, and those who understand this are indeed fortunate." (54:13)


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sunday Chat: Love God above all things (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

  
India, January 25, 2015

My dear spiritual family,
A greeting from the heart from Berhampur, 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj in Nimaihuset 3-9 May

 
Dear readers of Nimaihuset's blog, 

The dates for our Gurudeva's visit to Sweden this year are set: 
Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj will be in Gothenburg/Nimaihuset
from the 3rd to the 9th of May. 

More information when it gets closer. 

If you have questions, please mail: nimai.arts@gmail.com, or phone: 031-405 108 

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Presentation of Swami B.A. Paramdvaiti Maharaj: click here.


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Blog-posts with Swami B.A. Paramdvaiti Maharaj (audio and video lectures, Sunday Chats, etc): click here.



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nitai Pada Kamala (Gaurangi Devi Dasi and Srila Prabhupada)

Today is the Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The blog gives you Nitai-Pada-Kamala, sung by Gaurangi Devi Dasi, with purport by Srila Prabhupada.




Purport to Nitai-Pada-Kamala
By Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 

Los Angeles, January 31, 1969, Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day

Prabhupada: (sings) 

nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala
je chayay jagata juray
heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai
dridha kori’ dharo nitair pay


se sambandha nahi ja’r, britha janma gelo ta’r
sei pasu boro duracar
nitai na bolilo mukhe, majilo samsara-sukhe
vidya-kule ki koribe tar


ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya
asatyere satya kori mani
nitaiyer koruna habe, braje radha-krishna pabe
dharo nitai-carana du’khani


nitaiyer carana satya, tanhara sevaka nitya
nitai-pada sada koro asa
narotamma boro dukhi, nitai more koro sukhi
rakho ranga-caranera pasa


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nityananda Trayodasi Celebration



Nityananda Trayodasi celebration
on Saturday January 31st!
 
Lord Nityananda, who is Balarama, Krishna's first expansion, 
is the original spiritual master, the source of spiritual strength, 
and the most merciful, even more merciful than Krishna Himself. 
On Saturday we celebrate His appearance day. 

We will sing bhajans, there will be lecture, Deity bathing, 
and afterwards some fine vegetarian prasadam.

We start at 17.

Warm welcome to Nimaihuset! 



Friday, January 30, 2015

Die to live (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

 Excerpt from 
"The magnanimous nature of Nityananda Prabhu" 
(Sri Guru Vandana 1986)

Hegel said, "Die to live". If you really want to live in that plane, then you will have to die wholesale as you think you are in this life as flesh, blood and bones. It is of opposite type; the purity is there; it can be measured; it is not non-scientific but it is really scientific. It is the process of 'die to live'! And love is there. The dying tendency for the object of love, that is love proper; otherwise imitation, it is hypocrisy, it is conspiracy to one's own attainment.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rascaldom (1) (Srila Prabhupada)


Excerpt from Life Comes From Life

Śrīla Prabhupāda: A sensible man will take a good lesson, but a rascal will never take a good lesson. There is a story of a great poet named Kālidāsa, who was a great rascal also. Once, Kālidāsa was sitting on the branch of a tree and simultaneously cutting it. A gentleman asked him, "Why are you cutting this tree limb? You will fall down." Kālidāsa replied, "No, no, I will not fall down." So he kept cutting the limb, and he fell down. The conclusion is that he was a rascal because he would not take good advice. By their so-called scientific advancement, scientists are going to hell. But they do not listen when they are told; therefore they are rascals. Rascals repeatedly make a plan, see it frustrated, and again make another plan. This plan is also frustrated, so they make another plan. Yet when we try to explain to them that all their materialistic plans will be unsuccessful and useless, they refuse to listen. That is rascaldom. The rascals repeatedly chew the chewed. At home, in the street, at the nightclub, at the theater — wherever he is, sex in its different varieties is his only pleasure.

Student: Śrīla Prabhupāda, one could say that that is bravery.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, you can say that, but that bravery is their rascaldom. They are bravely going to hell, that's all. 

Rascaldom (2) (Srila Prabhupada)

Srila Prabhupada with disciples (A young Gurumaharaj second from left)

Once in New Vrindavan (1976) Srila Prabhupada was discussing with some devotees posing as scientists and calling them rascals frequently. So, one of the devotees posing as scientist protested and asked why he called them (the scientists) rascals. Instantly, Prabhupada’s mood became light from grave and with a smile he said, “Because I love you and I can’t see you suffering. Please develop your love for Kṛṣṇa and go back to the spiritual world. Understood you rascal?”