Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Narasimha Caturdasi Celebration!

Come over to Nimaihuset on Saturday the 2nd May and celebrate the appearance day of yet another incarnation of The Absolute: 
Sri Narasimhadeva — Krishna, the Source of Consciousness, the Original Person, taking the form of a lion-man, descending for the sole purpose of protecting one single devotee.

There will be bhajans (singing of mantra songs), lecture, arati (altar ceremony), and prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food)!

We start at 17.00


Friday, April 17, 2015

Guru Tattva

The text accompanying the video:
Cat helps blind dog home after a walk
“My cat leading my dog home, when my dog lost her sight,” said Greg.
Jaya Gurudeva! Jaya Sri Krishna!

Friday, April 10, 2015

"Prabhupada said" – Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj this morning

Morning class with Gurumaharaj from Berlin (Friday 10th April).

First five minutes, "Prabhupada said..." Funny stories about pragmatic Srila Prabhupada interpreted dogmatically. "Four lines", "Dhal, rice, chapati", "No sweets for brahmacaris", "5 chick peas"... And: "Prabhupada said: Who said that?"

And more Prabhupada, and stories from communist East Germany with Stasi, and some "Back to Home, back to Godhead"...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"We start to getting out of the womb" – Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj this morning

Morning class with Gurumaharaj from Germany (Wednesday 8th April).

"Everything which Krishna allows to happen has to be that way, we have to go through that. Because we start to getting out of the womb. That's a terrible experience. And at the same time a liberating experience."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj from Germany this morning

Morning class with Gurumaharaj from the German mela (Tuesday 7th April). 

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj from Germany yesterday evening

Evening class with Gurumaharaj from the German mela (Monday 6th April). 
How to connect with Krishna, what He wants and wants to give, playing with Him and the dynamics of surrender and free will, true enjoying, 3 kinds of happiness – and a 4th... 
Final 12 minutes about Rights of Nature and more.

BAP Archive on the blog

Check out the archive of Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj-posts on Nimaihuset's blog 2007-2015(f), continuously updated on this link:

Lectures (audio, video, text), Sunday Chats, Quotes, Letters, Pictures and more.

The archive at present:

Friday, April 3, 2015

Prabhupada about maya (the material illusion)

I found some quotes, which I appreciated very much, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, about the nature of māyā (the illusion of being the body), and organized them as questions and answers below.

Why do we fall into illusion?

Purport to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam verse 2.9.1:
The child cries to have the moon from the mother, and the mother gives the child a mirror to satisfy the crying and disturbing child with the reflection of the moon. Similarly, the crying child of the Lord is given over to the reflection, the material world, to lord it over as karmī and to give this up in frustration to become one with the Lord. Both these stages are dreaming illusions only. There is no necessity of tracing out the history of when the living entity desired this. But the fact is that as soon as he desired it, he was put under the control of ātma-māyā by the direction of the Lord. Therefore the living entity in his material condition is dreaming falsely that this is “mine” and this is “I.”

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj from Germany this morning

Gurumaharaj this morning in Germany, talking about his early days in Berlin and reading Srimad Bhagavatam.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Loving Autocracy (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Today we celebrate yet another incarnation of The Absolute: Sri Rama. He comes as the gentle warrior, the righteous king, the perfect husband, and the lord of 'vairagya': dispassion, detachment, self-control, or in afro-american english, 'cool'. This is Srila Gurumaharaj about Sri Rama as the perfect king, and the difference between spiritual leadership and mundane. Happy Rama Navami!

"Sri Ramacandra has come to teach us that one can love all those who have taken full responsibility, from the core of your heart, and build up with them a very loving environment of spiritual service."

"Please don't think that we are promoting a dictatorial style of imposition of anyone on top of others, this is not the meaning of autocracy in accordance of the spiritual community. We are talking here of the common ground being representative by the common interests, in the vision of the mature conclusion of the spiritually responsible person. I always give the example that how ever democratic we may be, at the time of driving, one person holds the steering wheel, and not five or six."

"The relationship with our leaders has to be not only nice, it has to be very loving. And very trusting. And very dedicated. Then it is becoming a real relationship. Then it is becoming something substantial we can build upon."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rama Navami Celebration

On Saturday 28 March we celebrate yet another incarnation 
of The Absolute – Sri Rama. The gentle warrior, the righteous king, the perfect husband, and the lord of 'vairagya': dispassion, detachment, self-control, or in afro-american english, 'cool'

We will sing bhajans, Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj visits from Poland and gives lecture, there will be arati (altar ceremony), 
and afterwards prasadam is served (sanctified food)

We start at 17.00

The feast does not cost anything but donations are gladly accepted

Welcome to Nimaihuset and celebrate with us!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Q & A with Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj

Questions and answers with Srila Gurumaharaj from Mayapur earlier this month. All kinds of. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Service — Samadhi* — Lila** (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

When you engage yourself, under the guidance of your spiritual master, 
in transcendental welfare work, and you do so without a selfish motive 
but rather as a service real, without any hidden agenda, then this becomes samadhi.

* Samadhi Ecstatic state of consciousness in which the mind becomes completely still, one-pointed or concentrated, and the consciousness of the experiencing subject becomes one with the experienced object.
**Lila — Divine play

 Some blog posts on service:
“I want to serve You, I want to be with You” (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)
“By service” (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)
So the real current is His pastimes (Srila Sridhar Mahraj)
Service, service, service (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)
Two instructions (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu)
Service to the Absolute  (Srila B.B. Tirtha Maharaj)
Service, Beauty (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)
Service (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj) 
Doing what you want to do  (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj) 
Devotional service is on an Absolute level (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj) 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In a particular direction (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Follow the Angels

Srila Srdihar Maharaj – Vaisnava

In the Vaisnava, the truth is animated more than in the vigraha [Deity], the tirtha [holy place of pilgrimage], or the sastra [scriptures].We find a direct connection with Krsna in the consciousness of a Vaisnava [devotee]. We find that which is regulating all his activities and withdrawing him from worldly attraction, guiding him towards some unknown and most desirable direction. He is moving towards that direction. The Lord is making him move in a particular direction that cannot be traced by any loss or gain of this world. 

What is that thing?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Living the essence (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. [–] 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."