Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mantra Meditation Course with Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj 5–6 September


From friday to saturday September 5th and 6th, a rare opportunity is given to learn the art of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, under the guidance of Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj, disciple of Srila Prabhupada, visiting from Poland, on our ecological farm Imlitala outside Kungsbacka.

From 18.00 on friday to 18.00 on saturday there will be lectures and guided meditations. On pauses inbetween there is time to be outdoors and get nurtured by the fresh sea-air and rustic environment.
The night is spent on the farm. 

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Date: 5-6 September, 18.00-18.00
Place: Imlitala farm, Kungsbacka (phone or mail for further information)
Price: 200 SEK (accomodation and meals included)

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For booking and more info
mail: nimai.arts@gmail.com
or phone: 031-405 108  


Take the opportunity to learn the science of this most powerful meditation technique!  


Monday, August 25, 2014

Sri Radhastami!

 
Tuesday 2nd September we celebrate Sri Radhastami, 
the appearance day of Srimati Radharani – Sri Krishna’s Beloved, 
the female half of the Divine Couple (the Sentient Absolute 
forever divided)

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There will be a small but devoted celebration with bhajans (devotional songs), lecture, puspanjali (flower petal rain), 
and afterwards some prasadam (sanctified food)
 
We begin at 19.00 

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The feast does not cost anything but donations are gladly accepted

Welcome to Nimaihuset and celebrate with us!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Srila Prabhupada Appearance Day Special: The first TV interview in New York 1966

In september 1965, during the blossoming of America's hedonistic counterculture hippy movement, sannyasi A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, 70 years old and outside India for the first time, arrives in New York City. He comes to fulfill the instruction of his spiritual master, accepted as order, to spread the teachings of Lord Chaitanya in the English language.

An acquaintance of Srila Prabhupada remembers: 
“When he left Calcutta harbour for New York there was no one on the shore to bid him goodbye. He was alone. No friends, no supporter, no disciple, nobody.“ 
And when he arrives in America there is no one to greet him welcome...

The voyage across the Atlantic on board the Jaladuta cargo ship takes one month, during which time he suffers two severe heart attacks. But the trip itself is very smooth. Srila Prabhupada writes in his diary:
Mr. Travers told me that he had never such experience of calm & quietness of the Atlantic Ocean. There was always typhoon, cyclone, fog, etc. at least for days in every trip in the past. I said it is Lord Krishna's Grace. If such things as usual in Atlantic would have taken place, I would die.
He reaches New York with just some few personal possessions, a trunk full of his newly-published Srimad Bhagavatam books, and the equivalent of seven dollars. 

A plan is put into action: he goes to Central Park, sits down and begins playing kartalas and singing the Hare Krishna mantra. And pretty soon things start moving. 

This is the first TV interview, from October 1966.


 The rest is history.

Srila Prabhupada Appearance Day Special: The most confidential part of knowledge

Morning Walk, 
 Los Angeles, December 5, 1973  
(Excerpt)


Srila Prabhupada on a relaxed morning walk in California, expounding on the final, topmost, and quintessential instruction of the Bhagavad Gita: Forget everything I have just told you. Abandon all varieties of duties, religion and spirituality and just surrender to Me. Trust Me. [Bg. 18.66]



Srila Prabhupada Appearance Day Special: Blog-post index and Internet links


Srila Prabhupada with disciples and guests. 
Third from right, a young Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sri Krishna Janmastami Special: Jaya Radha Madhava (Ramya Devi Dasi)


jaya rādhā-mādhava kunja-bihārī
gopī-jana-vallabha giri-vara-dhārī
yaśodā-nandana vraja-jana-rañjana
yāmuna-tīra-vana-cārī

(All glories to the Lover of Radha, Who enacts amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrndavana
Beloved of the cowherd girls, Holder of the Govardhana hill
Darling Child of mother Yasoda, and Delighter of the inhabitants of Vraja
Who wanders in the forests along the banks of the Yamuna)


Sri Krishna Janmastami Special: Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava (Srila Prabhupada)

Srila Prabhupada explains the song Jaya Radha Madhava, about Krishna in Vrindavan, His original form (not an expansion or incarnation).




TRANSCRIPT

Sri Krishna Janmastami Special: The 4 principal verses of Bhagavad Gita (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)



Srila Sridhar Maharaj's deep-diving and beautiful translations and commentaries on what is called catur-sloki – the four principal verses of the Bhagavad Gita (10.8–11), where Krishna describes Himself as The Absolute – Source, the Spiritual Sun – and what His business is with us, His emanations (simultaneously one with and different from Him), thus hinting to His final, topmost and quintessential instruction: Abandon all varieties of duties, religion and spirituality and just surrender to Me (Bhagavad Gita 18.66).


Friday, August 15, 2014

Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj Special: Maha Mantra Kirtan in Nimaihuset


Nimaihuset friend Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj, visiting from Poland again on Janmastami tomorrow (and once again in 3 weeks to hold a 2-day mantra meditation-course), doing the Maha Mantra in his own bluesy way, accompanied by some groovy beats, handclaps, and a choir of response-singing devotees. The best interpretation of the Nimaihuset vibe as of yet. (Gurumaharaj in the chair.)


Monday, August 11, 2014

Balarama Jayanti Celebration at Vasudeva's, Arci's and Karuna Mayi's (Pictures)

The temple has a very small and beautiful Deity of Balarama, Subhadra and Jagannatha. But for the Balarama Jayanti celebration we took them for a ride through Gothenburg (a little jumpy) to Vasudeva's, Arci's and their daughter Karuna Mayi's place, who also have them on their home altar, to celebrate the day at theirs, with some singing, lecture and prasadam.

 
Nimaihuset's Balarama, Subhadra and Jagannatha Deities, very, very small and very, very dear, in front of Gurumaharaj, guest-starring on Arci's and Vasudeva's home altar.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Razón de Ser – New CD from Nimaihuset's Manah-Siksa Devi Dasi

Razón de Ser is an album containing 14 songs in spanish, based on a beautiful long-poem by Atulananda Acharya. In 2008 I composed the first songs, and now, six years later, I have completed the album, which covers the major part of the poem.


 
To order the CD, send an e-mail!
To pre-listen, go here!


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Manah-siksa Devi Dasi on Razón de Ser:

El Despertar (From Manah-Siksa Devi Dasi's Razón de Ser)



Pre-listen to the whole album here


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration — With Swami B.A. Sridhar Maharaj


I am Krsna, the Sweet Absolute. 
I am the root cause 
of the all-comprehensive aspect of the Absolute [Brahman]
the all-permeating aspect of the Absolute [Paramatma]
and also the personal aspect of the Absolute [Bhagavan] – 
the Master of all potencies, 
who commands the respect of everyone – Lord Narayana of Vaikuntha. 
The universe of mundane and divine flow, 
every attempt and movement, 
the Vedas and allied scriptures which guide everyone's worship – 
all are initiated by Me alone. 
Realizing this hidden treasure, 
the virtuous souls who are blessed with fine theistic intellect 
surpass the standards of duty and non-duty, 
and embrace the paramount path of love divine,  
and adore Me 
forever. 

Those surrendered devotees take Me as their life and soul, 
and go on discussing My ambrosial narrations among one another, 
exchanging the ecstasies of devotion unto Me. 
They constantly relish the nectar 
of their realized divine relationships with Me 
in their respective internal natures 
of servitorship, friendship, parenthood, or consorthood.  


– Bhagavad Gita 10.8 and 9, translation by Srila Sridhar Maharaj



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tent – The Movie

Tent – The movie
Starring Siddhanta das and Sevananda das
Tjörn island, 60 km north of Nimaihuset, July 28
Edit: Bhakta Mandus
Soundtrack: Source Direct

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


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Awakening to the Absolute (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

"Bhakti can never be finished, it is of the eternal type. It has got connection with the eternal aspect of the universe. We are to come in connection with that plane of life." 

Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj in a rare, long video (1 hour 41 minutes) about the importance of remembering and surrendering to Kṛṣṇa, and Rūpānuga-dhāra – the flow of pure devotion. 
Top quality hari-katha.
  
Much of this talk has later been transcribed into the book Awakening to the Absolute. (Excerpts from it here (0.09ff) and here (21.46ff).)