Thursday, April 10, 2014

Meditate on this

Dear blog readers, 
From April 10 to 21 we are in Berlin for a festival with Gurumaharaj, and during this time the temple will be closed. Here is something to meditate on until we’re back. (Yes, several times have we published this, but it’s really all you need to know.)


Two Instructions
(Follow the links)


Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Nimai), Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya lila 22.25



Monday, April 7, 2014

Beautiful, cool, gentle


“’Your glance steals the beauty of the best blooming lotus growing in the clear lakes of autumn in the saintly land of Vraja.’ In this way the gopis describe the extraordinary beauty, fragrance, coolness and gentleness of Krsnas eyes by comparing them to the superexcellent autumnal lotus flower.”

— Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Sarartha Darsini (Srimad Bhagavatam tenth canto commentaries), chapter 31, text 2.

 

Friday, April 4, 2014

New monkeys in Gupta Vrindavan (2)

The new monkey on the monkey shelf


Recently, the readers of the blog were informed of the auspicious advent of new monkeys in Gupta Vrindavan Nimaihuset (read about it here). Soon after this, Nimaihuset's Padma and Subala showed up with yet another monkey. Somehow or other this monkey had got the essential information, and recognizing two temple devotees, somewhere or other, he kind of latched on to them and, one way or another, communicated his wish to be taken to the temple. For one reason or another, before Subala brought him to the temple, Padma gave him a pair of John Lennon-glasses. 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

11 hours Srila Prabhupada chanting the Maha Mantra

The maha mantra chanted by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadabenefit from hearing it from a pure devotee and Saktiavesa Avatar (a soul empowered by the Lord to represent Him). During the day in the background, and at night while asleep. 11 hours hi-quality connection, purification and consciousness raising, with sweet ambient sounds. 



Thanks to Nitai Gauranga 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Rama Navami Celebration — With Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj!

On saturday April 5 we celebrate yet another incarnation 
of The Absolute – Sri Rama, the gentle warrior, the righteous king, 
the perfect husband, and the lord of 'vairagya' (or in afro-american
 english, 'cool'): dispassion, detachment, self-control. 

There will be bhajans (music meditation), Swami B.A. Sridhar
Maharaj visits from Poland and gives lecture, there will be arati
(altar ceremony), and there will be prasadam (sanctified food).

We start at 17.00.

The feast does not cost anything but donations are gladly accepted.

Very welcome to Nimaihuset and celebrate with us!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beyond rules and regulations (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)


"The bhagavata vidhi (bhagavata way of approaching Krishna) is something totally outside of the common. The bhagavata vidhi is the realization portion, it is the internal development. A bhagavata is the most excellent devotee, is the most excellent stage of consciousness. [–] It's the path of living the essence. [–] It's not an artificial stage, it is something that can only be reached by realization. [–] It will be seen by the results, alone." 

"It's beyond rules and regulations, but it's sustained by rules and regulations. [–] You can not put hard and fast rules on kindness, on love. They don't fit. They frustrate the whole. [–] You have to understand what is the meaning of something. Just following an external ritual, it doesn't mean you've realized anything about it. [–] The reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam is a training for becoming a better servant, so if there is some more important service to be done right now, I may not go to class. [–] We have to be attached to the essence, not to the form." 

"You make the advancement by your wish to serve. The more you serve, the more you advance." 

"To get the real thing, the real essence of it, you have to dive deeply into the very substance. And what is that substance? It's devotional service, my friend. It's when you start thinking for God, when you start making plans for God, when you're inspired to be with God, in God, and do wonderful things. That's when life starts getting interesting, that's when we are going the path back Home, back to God."


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pictures from the Gaura Purnima celebration in Nimaihuset

The Golden Avatar – Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Gaura, Mahaprabhu, or Nimai – just before the Gaura Purnima celebration starts. The Deities to the left of Nimai: Sri Laddu Gopal and Sri Giriraj. To the right: Sri Nrsimhadeva and Sri Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. 7 representations of the sentient Absolute in a small basement in Gårda/Gauda.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Love is Higher than Law — Gaura Purnima lecture by Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj


 

Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj's brilliant lecture from the Gaura Purnima celebration in Nimaihuset, on raganuga bhakti — “Defined by Sri Chaitanya as bhakti which is governed by raga, or love, as against vaidhi bhakti, which is governed by law, or rules and regulations [of the sastras/holy scriptures]. So that means bhakti can be practiced both ways, but love is always higher than law.” (From 4:59)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gaura Purnima Special: Two Instructions (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu)


 Mahaprabhu's hands



— Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Nimai), Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya lila 22.25




Gaura Purnima Special: Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Doya Koro More

Beautiful and swinging Narottama Dasa Thakura-bhajan with unknown children singing to Sri Krishna Chaitanya (Nimai). Don't miss the ship's bell in the background. A Nimaihuset classic. To be played on repeat for a couple of hours or more.




Gaura Purnima Special: Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu — The Golden Avatara



“Lord Chaitanya [is] the boy genius, who casually defeated the greatest scholars; the young revolutionary, who organized India’s first civil disobediance-movement; the social reformer, who transcended the rigid hindu caste system; the supreme renouncer, to whom common people, religious leaders, and even kings bowed; and above all, Sri Chaitanya is the perfect devotee, who blessed the world with sankirtan — congregational chanting of the names of God. [---] In 15th century Europe, the Renaissance was turning people’s vision from God to man, from religion to humanism, from a search for the self to a search for unexplored continents. But in India, Sri Chaitanya and His associates were to shift people’s vision back to God, and make God’s love accessible to everyone.” 



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sri Siksastakam (Gaura Vani)

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sri Siksastakam the only writing this supreme scholar left to the world (unless you consider His life supreme poetry, living Literature) in a beautiful bhajan by Gaura Vani.


Sri Siksastakam — Translation and Illumination by Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sri Siksastakam 
with Illumination by Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj




Friday, March 14, 2014

Just run (Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj)

 Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (successor acharya of Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Just run — and don’t look back — whether your eyes are open or closed it does not matter, you won’t fall down. We cannot guess from here how much joy and ecstasy is there in our home, how much happiness and enjoyment.  

— Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kula Shaker: (Acintya Bheda-Abheda) Tattva

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Acintya bheda-abheda tattva*

Like the flower and the scent of summer
Like the sun and the shine
Well the Truth may come in strange disguises
Send the message to your mind

Acintya bheda-abheda tattva

At the moment that you wake from sleeping
And you know it's all a dream
Well the Truth may come in strange disguises
Never knowing what it means

Acintya bheda-abheda tattva

For you will be tomorrow
Like you have been today
If this was never-ending
What more can I say?


* Inconceivable (for the mind to grasp) simultaneous oneness and difference.