Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday feast! Every week!

Friday, July 31, 2015

No other business (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

The Search For Sri Krsna 
Reality The Beautiful 


Everyone is searching for rasa, pleasure. The status of rasa is the highest. As persons we have our subjective existence, but rasa, pleasure, has His supersubjective existence. He is a person. He is ahkila rasamrta murtih: the reservoir of all pleasure. He is Krsna. Rasa is Krsna. There cannot be rasa in any other place but Krsna. He is the fountainhead of all different types of rasa. So, by the nature of our constitution we have to search after Krsna. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gaura Arati (Qüirio)

Mexican artist-duo Qüirio – our dear Godbrother Mahavishnu das and Godsister Murli Manohara devi dasi, disciples of Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj – doing Gaura Arati in their own beautiful way.

The picture in the clip is from when they last visited Sweden and gave a performance of this song in Restaurant Sattva (where Nimaihuset's Mahahari das distributes high-quality prasadam every weekday). Now, a 20 seconds-clip of that performance is available on Swedish Internet buy-and-sell-market Blocket, in an ad where Nimaihuset is renting out its sound system, which is used here. Gaura Arati on Blocket! And whaddya know!, Siddhanta das, who is managing the sound system, and who is also known as the undisputed master in putting up tents, is guest starring in the clip as first solo guitarist to the far left! The whole performance can also be seen here.

Gaura Arati LYRICS (by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

Friday, July 17, 2015

The improbability of a human birth

After many, many births and deaths one achieves the rare human form of life, which, although temporary, affords one the opportunity to attain the highest perfection. Thus a sober human being should quickly endeavor for the ultimate perfection of life as long as his body, which is always subject to death, has not fallen down and died. After all, sense gratification is available even in the most abominable species of life, whereas Kṛṣṇa consciousness is possible only for a human being.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.9.29

The Srimad-Bhagavatam stresses again, again, again, again, again and again how rare and valuable a human birth is, using the word durlabham: very difficult to obtain. Unfortunately we tend to forget this and take our human bodies for granted, which is very tragic considering just how rare and valuable they are. Someone who has understood this will try to use this chance to the utmost, and not waste a second on any other endeavour than self-realization.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Srila Prabhupada about accepting Krishna

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: How can we stop speculating?

Prabhupāda: Stop speculation? Don't manufacture ideas. You take what Kṛṣṇa says, then it will automatically stop. Speculation, the question of speculation comes when you do not accept what Kṛṣṇa says. If you accept Kṛṣṇa, what Kṛṣṇa says, then there is no scope of speculation. That is our movement, that "Accept Kṛṣṇa's teachings as it is. Don't speculate; then it is lost." This is our movement. Kṛṣṇa says that ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate (BG 10.8): "I am the origin of everything. Everything emanates from Me." If you accept, then it is all right. And if you speculate, you can do that. But our movement is to accept Kṛṣṇa. Brahma means janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1), the origin of everything. Here is the person. He says, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate (BG 10.8). Accept it. Very simple thing. You are searching after who is the origin of everything, and Kṛṣṇa says, "I am the origin of everything." So if you accept, your question is solved. If you don't accept, go on speculating. There is no difficulty. Difficulty is when you do not accept Kṛṣṇa's instruction. Then difficulty is. Otherwise, there is no difficulty. And why people do not accept? That is also explained in the Bhagavad-gīta: bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate (BG 7.19). After many, many births' speculation, when one actually comes to the platform of knowledge, bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate. So we don't find many such jñānavān. Vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā. One who's accepted Vāsudeva, Kṛṣṇa, as everything, that kind of mahātmā is very, very rare to be found. It is not very ordinary thing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Brahmana and the Cobbler, a story told by Srila Prabhupada

Narada Muni, he used to visit Narayana every day. So when he was passing on the road, so one very learned brahmana and taking thrice bath and everything very nicely, he asked Narada Muni, "Oh, you are going to Lord. Will you inquire when I shall get my salvation?"

"All right. I shall ask."

And then another cobbler, he was under the tree, sewing the shoes, old shoes. He also saw Narada Muni. He also inquired, "Will you kindly inquire from God when my salvation is...?"

Monday, June 15, 2015

But not linked to any religion in any way (Srila B.B. Tirtha Maharaj)

"We want to communicate freely with representatives of different movements but not to be much linked to any religion in any way. This is our way and our free will. We belong to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's school of thought, which practices and preaches pure devotion – one-pointed devotion to Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, by serving whom we serve all."
– Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

Friday, May 29, 2015

Surrender (2) (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Surrender – with love. Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj about the prime essentials in Krishna Consciousness. What it means, and what it does not mean.

"What we are aspiring for in this process of spiritual life, it's definitely not an ordinary thing. [–] It is actually the supreme goal of life, which can only be produced upon coming in contact with a true source of spiritual energy, and by reciprocating to that source with the appropriate attitude, which is called surrender. [–] Mundane surrender is the war situation: people pull out the white flag and announce their unconditional surrender to the enemy. This is not the surrender which the spiritual master calls upon. [–] In spiritual life, the word 'surrender' means to embrace the greatest of all loving invitations, without any shaking."

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sweden Mela 2015 report

We held a mela (gathering) between May 3 to May 9 to celebrate the visit of our beloved Gurudeva, here comes a short report!

Day 1

Gurumaharaj arrived in the morning, and we gathered at Arci's and Vasudeva's place, from where we went on a walk in the forest, where Gurumaharaj gave a Sunday chat about the financial challenges in maintaining a devotional lifestyle in modern society. Jay Lalita from Berlin (far right in the picture) also graced us with her presence, and a lecture that she gave the day before (on the appearance day of Nrsimha). Afterwards we shared anecdotes about events which had strengthened our belief in a higher power.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Surrender (1) (Srila Prabhupada)

"Dovetailing with Krishna".  
An incredibly cool Srila Prabhupada explains bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion, the spiritual technique used in Krishna consciousness. Which also translates to the meaning of saranagati, surrender.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Donations (5): Flowers

The altar last Saturday

The temple frequently gets donations of all kinds: fruits, kitchen machines, tea-lights, chick pea flour and clothes for the Deities, vaccum cleaners, cars, even a cat and a peach tree. And money: from betting company gambling (not betting, but playing out different betting companies against each other), and from some business involving import of american cars... And what not. (Read more here [1] and here [2] and here [3] and here [4], and about Felix the cat here.) 

Recently, two very nice and generous flower dealers started donating for the Saturday Feast every week: flowers for a fortune's worth every Saturday, in this small temple... When the altar is full, we put flowers beneath the altar, at the temple room entrance, and in the windows; and we make garlands, for the one who gives lecture, and for the Deities, and for the pictures of the spiritual masters; and what's left we save for puspanjali (flower petal rain) for the Guru puja on Sunday morning... Here are some pictures of the altar from last Saturday:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What we came into connection with (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

  From Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, Vol 1

Whatever beautiful and valuable things we come across, we cannot but surrender ourselves to them. That is the criterion. If we come across anything higher within our vicinity, our appreciation means surrendering ourselves unto that. So according to the degree of our surrender, we have to measure what degree of quality of truth we have come across. That can be measured only according to the degree and intensity of surrender, or how much we could surrender to what we came into connection with, to the point of no return.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday Chat from Sweden (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Gothenburg, 3rd May 2015.
57 minutes vaikuntha-sabda – transcendental sound, appearing in this world by means of the authentic guru parampara.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The loss of a loved one (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj in Nimaihuset May 5)

Evening lecture with Gurumaharaj in Nimaihuset May 5, about the loss of a loved one – a mother and a spiritual master.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Q & A with Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti yesterday

Abhay Charan das: You say we should love everyone, then God will be happy. His message is, we should love everyone. Then why, God sent us to this material world if He really loved us? Why [...] this pain?

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj in Gothenburg 3–9 May!

Our dear Gurudeva Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj,
disciple of Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and 
Srila BR Sridhar Maharaj
comes to Gothenburg – 3rd to 9th May. 

Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th 
there will be open lectures in Nimaihuset at 18.00. 

Warm welcome to all!