Monday, August 22, 2016

Sri Krishna Janmastami!

On Saturday the 27th August we celebrate Sri Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day 5000 years ago of The Original Person, The Spiritual Sun, the last word of the sweet Absolute Truth, Sri Krishna, 
paying a visit in the material world, to clear up a little, 
speak the Bhagavad Gita, and play.

There will be kirtan (congregational singing of the Holy Names), 
lecture about Sri Krishna by Brahma-Samhita Prabhu,  
abisheka (Deity-bathing), arati (Deity greeting), 
and lots of Krishna-prasadam – sanctified vegetarian food.
The celebration begins at 17.

Warm welcome!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

True renunciation

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

My beloved devotees, I hope you are very well in your respective services.

I want to tell you that sending a weekly message to the whole community has been my habit during the last 15 years. However, this year we have left it in one way or another. This is a new attempt to get back to sending the Sunday chat to share with each one of you.

There are three things that one must never give up in one's spiritual practice. That is: tapa (austerity), yagna (sacrifice) and dana (charity). Austerity is something basic to realize in the era of Kali-yuga. Srila Prabhupada also called it ”simple living with high thinking”. Sacrifice is expressed as chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord; may it be in the form of japa, in kirtan at meetings, in conferences or even writing about the glories of the Lord. Charity refers to making temples with such a beautiful atmosphere that people do not want to leave and go back to material existence where we all come from. Places full of sadhu-sangha.

All what is realized in the company of the sadhus or the devotees, is profound and beneficial purification. The sadhu-sangha is full of rasa, full of taste and appreciation for others. There may even be people for whom we do not have a natural appreciation in the world, but then they suddenly transform into recipients of a special mercy. As it is said in the prayer: ”Lord, please grant me Your mercy when I deserve it the less, because that is when I need it the most.” In this way we can constantly maintain the wish to encourage all those who are around, which includes members as well as non-members of the spiritual community.

In the same way that we have to learn to know the action in non-action, we have to learn the concept of disregard/unattachment in attachment. This means that since they have a material body, the devotees who search disregard, they constantly have to be in contact with the material energy. This is inevitable. Thus, the devotees have to keep temples and centres open in a practical and efficient way so that people can learn more about spirituality. They have to participate in campaigns to resolve unfavourable ecological situations that can affect the beings around them. They have to take care of their health and respective bodies to be in perfect conditions when they share the message of Sri Krishna to the world. They have to maintain their families happy and healthy. They have to become excellent professionals in the fields that Srila Prabhupada defined that the devotees must enter in action, etc.

Sometimes one can feel a strong impulse to renounce all material attachments and run away from them, but in that case the true renunciation becomes the act of fulfilling one's duties and responsibilities. Because it is through this accomplishment that one qualifies for transcendence. As soon as one abandons one's independence and takes refuge under the protection of a vaishnava, the very vaishnava gives you responsibilities to protect that only can be carried out with mature criteria and individual judgement. Such a responsible and careful attitude is totally healthy for spiritual advancement of those who have become inspired by the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.

I beg you to reflect upon these topics and share with the members of your community and families.

Jay Srila Prabhupada!

All my love from Ecuador.
Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti

Manah Shiksha Devi Dasi

Friday, July 29, 2016

The tent: Moving around on the transcendental plane

It's interesting how the perception of the tent-jobs has changed as we get faster and faster. It's service to the Temple/Guru/Krishna, and with the increasing ease and ensuing joy for service, so the reciprocation – spiritual ecstasy – has increased. And we have reached new levels. 

In the beginning it was slow and heavy: it took around 4 hours to put the tent up, and down – always faster – around 2. As increasing skills, speed, ease and tent job-ecstasy took us to a higher level, the experience was that in comparison to the previous, we were so fast putting it up that it felt like we were taking it down. And on reaching the next level, it was dreamlike. One job was so fast and ecstatic that it was like it never happened.

Now it's beyond time. It's eternal. The feeling is that there is no putting it up or taking it down, it's always there – transcendental, just either manifest or unmanifest. And we just move around on this transcendental plane in an Eternal Now collecting donations to the Temple in beautiful gardens.




Photos from Stenkullen by Mattias Tempsch

Previous posts about the tent:

/ Sevananda das

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The tent: Rävlanda. This Year's Team

Rävlanda, 37 km east of Gupta Vrindavan Nimaihuset: this year's tent team. From left to right: Subal "Tent Intelligence Prabhu" das, Premsita "Gupta Harikatha" devi dasi, Sevananda "Danam Collector" das

The renter made lots of seva and donated extra, and afterwards we had a spontaneous satsang over a nice cup of tea on the veranda about spiritual sound. In the evening he also had a sound-file in his mailbox with Srila Prabhupada chanting the Hare Krishna-mantra for 1 hour, about as high spiritual sound as it gets.

On the way back in the car we remembered 2 years back when we explained reincarnation to a renter who was throwing a party for his 50th birthday. If he didn't get it before, he probably did when Premsita waved him goodbye with: "See you on your next 50th birthday".  

Photo-seva by Siv Rosén


Previous posts about the tent:

/ Sevananda das

Friday, July 22, 2016

Natures Hidden Teachers - The Personalities Of Trees

Tree Hugging And Spiritual Activism

"One of the most important women on the planet"

And the peoples she refers to in this talk...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Nimaihuset 10 years-celebration!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Natures Hidden Teachers - The Personalities Of Trees

Ravīndra-svarūpa: The plants have more consciousness, manifest consciousness, than aquatics?
Prabhupāda: Huh?
Ravīndra-svarūpa: That plants and grass, they are more conscious than aquatics.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That is also mentioned in the Bhāgavata, about different animals, how they are conscious, developed.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: In the Bhāgavata, in the later chapters, Śrīla Prabhupāda? Not up to the present Fourth Canto that...
Prabhupāda: Fourth Canto there is, how one animal is more conscious than the other.
Ravīndra-svarūpa: Yes.
Devotee: Prabhupāda, did you say that trees have the ability to see and hear in the Bhāgavatam?
Prabhupāda: Yes.

Birch / Björk (Betula)
  If the Oak is king of the forest then the Birch is certainly Queen, especially here in Sweden. With her beautiful silver bark and flowing branches the Birch is obviously feminine in character.
She is amongst the first of trees to colonise new ground and she can withstand many extremes of temperature showing us the resilience and primary importance of the feminine aspect. As the ice-caps left northern Europe and Scandinavia at the end of the last ice-age Birch was quick to take root.
She moves us with her grace and beauty and helps us to glimpse the world of emotion that is ever present just under the surface of our perception of reality. Birches power time is in the early Spring when the first strings of life emerge after the cold dark winter. She carries us into summer where she matures into the fullest expression scattering thousands of tiny seeds on the winds. Birches sap rises early in Spring, surging in response to the returning sun.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Duality needs a trinity to unite eternaly

our 2 problems in life
diversity without unity.  Hers and his blind competition to dominate over this and that.
All from divorce to ugly war
unity without diversity is the black field behind the eyelids of the indifferent salvationists
 desiring private peace
in caves they try to hide themselfes from birth, death old age and disease

unity presupposes a diversity that has been unified
diversity presupposes a unity that has been divided

The heart of unity is diversity
and vise versa
Wise are those individuals
whose hearts are one with our source persona

Unwise are those averse to our center source
thrown away from the fountain emanation
by some magical centrifugal force

the further away we deviate from the center
the further away we shall be separated from each other

subjective duality without loves shelter
is the many in the circumference that lost memory of the one center
here is the world of the upside-down life story
we are born and grow only to die
where all drama has a certain finale tragedy

Searching to resolve conflicting duality, we pray and contemplate simple divine mathematics 

Duality needs a trinity to unite eternaly

Uni is 1 and div is 2
1+2 = 3
equation 3 is pure love that needs both 1 and 2 to truly come to be
This love story never ends and brings to all delight!
before the beginning, before time! love before the first sight!
we are all children of their love
Deep bluish black and golden bright