Thursday, December 31, 2015

Saturday feast! Every week!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sri Krishna Janmastami


On Saturday the 5th September we celebrate Sri Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day 5000 years ago of the Source of all Avatars Himself: The Original Person, the Supreme Consciousness, 
the last word of the Absolute Truth, Sri Krishna.

There will be kirtan (congregational devotional songs), lecture about Sri Krishna by Bhakti Shakti Devi Dasi, Children's theatre, abisheka (ceremonial Deity-bathing), arati (Deity greeting), and afterwards Krishna-prasadam – some fine, vegetarian, holy food.

The celebration begins at 17.

Warm welcome everyone and anyone!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Balarama Jayanti Celebration

On Saturday 29th August we celebrate Balarama Jayanti, Lord Balarama's appearance day. 

The presence and effulgence of Lord Balarama in a Deity form

Balarama, or Baladeva, is Krishna's first expansion: His big brother in the spiritual world. He is also Sri Guru/the Guru principle, manifesting in the heart of a self-realized soul surrendered to Krishna, to guide the souls in the material world to the spiritual, or more precisely to Vrindavan, the innermost of The Absolute – Krishna-land. 

Come and celebrate with us on Saturday! We will sing bhajans, Brahma-Samhita prabhu gives lecture, there will be arati (altar ceremony), and afterwards we take some fine vegetarian Krishna-prasadam.

17.00

Warm welcome!


Monday, August 24, 2015

The tent: Another temporary temple cat

Now and then during summertime the temple expands its range all over Great Gothenburg by means of a 40 square meter big party tent, which we have since Vasudeva's and Arci's wedding, and started renting out occasionally after that. Whether it is an actual expansion of the temple itself or a potential expansion of it as an idea in the Platonic sense, we don't really know. But Gurumaharaj has been in it and sung and given lecture, so vaikuntha sabda – transcendental sound – has filled it, and a fire yajna has been performed in it, so Krishna as Agni has been there too. So maybe. We don't exactly know. But if a cat enters the energy field of the tent, we are inclined to say Lo y'all, another temporary temple cat!


An expansion of the temple. Maybe. In Sätila by Lygnern. 
The renters donated a jar of high quality own-produced honey to the temple.




Lo, y'all! Another temple cat! 
A very friendly little guy, 1-2 years old, pitch black with green eyes.
Very calm, fearless, trusting and sweet.  


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Come to the world of love (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Another great intimate lecture from the days around Christmas in Berlin 2011. Gurumaharaj on his favorite topic: Love. 

"Love for God is in your heart already. It's a potential, it just has to be awakened. By what? – You have to hear, you have to listen to the heart, to the words coming from pure-hearted people – those who are pure in purpose, those who love God, who talk about God."

Listen to this.

 (Picture by Rasa Lila dd)

Monday, August 17, 2015

The tent: Vallda. Another perfect day (Pictures)

Vallda the other day, 33 km south of the Temple. Another perfect tent day. Perfect tent conditions: big flat lawn, no special arrangements, nice and quiet area. Perfect tent weather: blue sky, 23 C, a light breeze. As made for a new time record... 

"Siddhanta. Perfect conditions."
"Yup."
"Take timing or enjoy it?
"Enjoy it."

Friday, August 14, 2015

Srila Sridhar Maharaj Disappearance Day


Today is the disappearance day of one of the greatest Vaishnavas of recent time, the sannyasa guru of our guru Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj, and a great favorite in Nimaihuset: Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. 

Srila Prabhupada himself maintained the highest respect and confidence in Srila Sridhar Maharaj (at one time he wanted him for president of ISKCON but Srila Sridhar Maharaj declined), and there is a famous quote by Srila Prabhupada to one of his disciples, recommending him to take direction from Srila Sridhar Maharaj when his own direct guidance was not possible: "I consider Srila Sridhar Maharaj to be my siksa guru, so what to speak of the benefit that you can have by his association." He sang the glories of Srila Sridhar Maharaj by saying "Jaya Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj ki jay!" – a glorification that is only ever offered to one's guru.

A drop of Nectar (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

On Srila Sridhar Maharaj's disappearance day, here is 4 minutes with him from the veranda in Navadvip: A drop of nectar

Nectar is something concentrated and sweet that is both fulfilling, satifying, and at the same time creates a desire for more. In this talk Srila Sridhar Maharaj speaks about that. "More... More..." 
This is also an adequate description of the ever-fresh, ever-new talks themselves from Srila Sridhar Maharaj. Sweet, satifying, with some palpable attraction. It's not possible to say exactly what the attraction is, but it creates a desire for more. It's not really the words, what he is speaking about, neither just the sound, the frequenzy or energy of it, but some still excitement and intense attraction by which it is uttered, by which it flows. Which tells of a true connection with That which he speaks about, that seems to be possible to chase by just talking about it. Preferably in terms of unconditional self-surrender, sacrifice, service – love.
Here is a drop of that.


More drops of nectar:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Last week's Saturday Feast (Pictures)

Last week's Saturday Feast we were visited by two friends from Stockholm, Uffe and Raya. Uffe took some pictures.

The lounge on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

No other business (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

The Search For Sri Krsna 
Reality The Beautiful 


Introduction

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. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

The tent: Something like a dream


Fjärås the other day. Another sweet day in service to the temple: sweet weather, sweet company of devotees, nice renters, nice ride with the car. Normal. 

We don't take timing anymore, we're fast and we know it, it's nicer to just enjoy it. But this day we could feel we were very fast. Most likely the fastest ever. We were amazed as it was happening – "Can you see it Siddhanta, extremley fast, isn't it?" Normally when you have put up a tent you can feel it for a while – Yeah, we put up a tent, it was nice. But this time we were so fast that when we left Fjärås there was no such feeling; it was as if we had put it up the day before and just had come back to see if it was still there. Something like a dream. Not normal. 

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Earlier posts about the tent here, here, here, and here

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Picture by Siddhanta das


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...?"

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My inner guide (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


"We receive confirmation from our heart’s approval, our inner approval. We must trace it to there because that took me to my Guru. Guru is all in all, but who took me to my Guru? It was my inner sentiment, my inner guide. It did not like anything else in the environment but instead selected that advice. Many others do not care to come here, and many may ridicule this life, but what made me come here? 
I cannot deprecate that internal approval, consciousness and sincerity. Therefore that is an important factor, and ultimately we have to depend on that internal consciousness the most. When collecting advice from the Scriptures and when seeking or relying on advice from a sadhu, the only thing that takes me there is my internal approval, my inner friend. If it were not for that, I would not have come."
– Srila Sridhar Maharaj