Monday, February 29, 2016

Saturday feast! Every week!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Serve – connect – feel – experience (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


Whatever beautiful and valuable things we come across, we cannot but surrender ourselves to them. That is the criterion. If we come across anything higher within our vicinity, our appreciation means surrendering ourselves unto that. So according to the degree of our surrender, we have to measure what degree of quality of truth we have come across. That can be measured only according to the degree and intensity of surrender, or how much we could surrender to what we came into connection with, to the point of no return. 


When our appreciation for saranagati [surrender] comes, we will realize that we have come into the relativity of a great substance. Otherwise one cannot find the necessity of saranagati at all. Why saranagati? We want mastery over everything! Modern science, the exploitationists, the karmis – they want everything under their control. But this is just the opposite, and opposite to the highest degree. In this, we shall find such a great and noble aspect of nature that we will voluntarily offer ourselves to be the eternal servant of it. I am in the relativity of such a magnanimous, noble thing! Saranagati, herself, is reality. She contains Krsna within her boundary. Come to saranagati, and you will find Krsna. The halo of Krsna is saranagati. Through saranagati you can approach the Krsna conception [of the Absolute], but not by inquiry


And then service – to be utilized by Him. To serve means to taste the juice. Only by serving can we connect, feel, and have any experience.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Devotional service (Srila BA Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Berlin 21st April 2011.

“Full enthusiasm for self realization. More full enthusiasm for embracing the divine Lord’s sweet will and becoming His instrument. And the even more fuller enthusiasm of simply fine-tuning everything to enter the sweet lila [play] of Krishna and to simply become submerged in that realm of divine ecstasy in total surrender.”

“Devotional service is purely ecstatic. To do something for Krishna to make the temple work better, to collect some laxmi [money] for the temple or whatever the Guru asks us, it should make us purely ecstatic.”

“When you have some desire to do something for Krishna, you don’t have to worry, it will be already taken care of, you just have to be there and do your job. Just be there and tolerate and wait and see.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January's Gurumaharaj lectures on Nimaihuset YouTube

Not all Gurumaharaj material is posted on the blog, many lectures are only published on our YouTube channel (but all Gurumaharaj material on the blog and the YouTube channel can be found in the continuously updated blog archive, here). January's Gurumaharaj lectures on YouTube are all from Vrindavan (2000–2015). And there is always a special quality in the lectures from there that makes them extra valuable to listen to, no matter what the subject is. Ecstatic, joyful, revealing, summer-scented, home-felt... So inject your consciousness with an extra dose of vaikuntha sabda, transcendental sound, and make spiritual progress by just listening (sravanam – the first limb of devotional service). Here is a bunch:

* Reading from Bhaktiratna Kara 1 (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, November 2015)

* Reading from Bhaktiratna Kara 2 (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, November 2015)

* The Unlimited Infinite Supreme Lord (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, March 2007)

* One in love (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, November 2015)

* Maha-mantra (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, November 2015)

* Envy (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, November 2015)

* Raganuga Bhakti (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, October 2000)

* The land of Love (Audio lecture, Vrindavan, October 2015)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pictures of our dear Gurudeva

Some favorite pictures of Gurumaharaj (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)...

Monday, January 18, 2016

The tent: Like it never happened

A leftover tent-post from last summer – so much like-it-never-happened that it never got published.


Stobées Trädgård, Göteborg, on a Saturday noon: 4 hours for a christening. 
The renters had permission from the police, and they sent us a satellite picture of how they wanted the tent put up (marked in yellow). Normally we don't take tent jobs on Saturdays because we're busy all day with the Saturday Feast, but for some reason we said okay.


We were late for the job, and in a hurry to get back and prepare for Saturday Feast. But they got what they wanted, in exact time. And the job... With perfect conditions, double time pressure, and tent job ecstasy (it's service to the Temple/Guru/Krishna, it works that way, direct reciprocation), we were so fast putting it up and taking it down, with just 4 hours between, that it was like it never happened. At night, after Saturday Feast, seeing the tent nicely packed in the temple basement, we looked at each other: 
Did we just have a tent job?

Friday, January 1, 2016

The land of Love – Vrindavan consciousness (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Gurumaharaj from Vrindavan (India), 24 October 2005.

"One of the features of a living individual is his longing. His craving. Which in the material world becomes very sensual and material, but which is in its root cause a very strong spiritual longing. Just like the longing for affection. There is no real physical need for affection, to be caressed, to be talked to with sweet words, but we all have a longing for that. [—] It is the sense of each and every one’s search for love which brings about this longing. And it is clearly indicative that the soul actually longs or is in need for love. This love which we are so needy for, so anxious, is the love for God. [—] It is actually a need for the soul to be in a positive environment where you are appreciated, and where you appreciate."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Guardians of Mother Earth (Srila BA Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj from Italy earlier this year, on his transcendental welfare work with making people wake up and take responsibility, the first step towards freedom, love, and self realization.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The basics again

Going Home

Going back to home, back to Godhead, is our only target. There is nothing else to do here.
Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj 

Two instructions
(Follow the links)

— Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Nimai),
Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya lila 16.70

Saturday, December 19, 2015

What is Maya? (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

What is Maya?

12 May 1982

What we conceive, what we feel, what we trust, what we believe — 
not only what we read but also what we believe —
 when it is not in consonance with the universal reading, 
then it is māyā.


Proposal and disposal: one goes up and the other comes down. They are waves. Suggestion and acceptance. All are His līlā [play].

naiva tasya kṛtenārtho nākṛteneha kaśchana
na chāsya sarva-bhūteṣu kaśchid artha-vyapāśrayaḥ
(Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā: 3.18)

Vi-apa-āśrayaḥ: all waves are welcome when one can can read their meaning, their deeper meaning.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Tables 2015!

Time again for the yearly Christmas Tables!
A Nimaihuset tradition from 2007 for our friends
and their friends too.
 A colour-dazzling vegetarian (mostly vegan) buffet, 
with traditional and less traditional christmas-tastes from 
the four corners of the world, in Gothenburg's coziest little temple!


2 occasions:

Sunday 13th December, 13-22

Thursday 17th December, 15-22

Price: 150 SEK


For booking (required) and details,
031–405 108
or mail:


Map: [Click]

A   S p o o n   R e v o l u t i o n   o p e r a t i o n

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bliss Festival 2015, Educational & Environmental Program (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Srila Gurumaharaj about Mother Earth, Rights of Nature, veganism, eco villages, eco farming, world conscious movements networking, and more. "Reflecting the Srimad Bhagavatam's teaching in a practical application".
From Bliss Festival 2015 (17th November) in Vrindavan. 

(The sound is a little bad in the beginning but gets better after a while)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava (Srila Prabhupada)

Today is the disappearance day of the world acharya and Guru of our Guru Srila Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (presentation etc here, mission statement here, blog archive here). Here is a favorite: Prabhupada's purport to the song Jaya Radha-Madhava, about Krishna in Vrindavan, His original form (not an expansion or incarnation).


The whole residents of Vṛndāvana, they love Kṛṣṇa. They do not know anything else. They do not know that Kṛṣṇa is God, or not. Neither they are very much harassed that "I shall love Kṛṣṇa if He is God." "He may be God or He may be whatever He is. It doesn't matter, but we love Kṛṣṇa." That's all. That is called unnalloyed love. "If Kṛṣṇa is God, then I shall love Him" — this is conditional love. This is not pure love. Kṛṣṇa may be God or whatever He may be, but by His wonderful acts the Vrajavāsīs [inhabitants of Vṛndāvana] they are thinking, 
"Oh Kṛṣṇa, he is very wonderful child. Maybe some demigod."



Jaya Radha-Madhava (Srila Prabhupada)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Govardhana Celebration Saturday 14 November

Nimaihuset's very dear Sri Giri Raj

On Saturday we celebrate Krishna's earthly pastime of lifting the Govardhana Hill on His little finger, to protect the residents of Vrindavan from the demigod Indra's rage over being neglected in favor of Krishna – the Absolute, the Source of Consciousness, the Original and Supreme Person (a.k.a. God). Thus showing His devotees the meaning of the last instruction and 
final conclusion of the Bhagavad Gita:

“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me.
I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.”
(BG 18.66)

There will be kirtan, Bhakti Sakti Mataji gives lecture, we will make arati for our very dear Giriraj, and as on every day of the Kartik month we also offer ghee-lamps to Sri Damodara. 
Afterwards some fine prasadam will be served, 
with a hill of sweets. 



Monday, November 9, 2015

Who am I, inside out? (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

"We have to understand one thing. We don't really know who we are."
Gurumaharaj in arty clip from a lecture in Bulgaria, skillfully framing you. 

There is the day, and there is the night. Two different lives. And then each day is also a little different. And every night is also quite different.
Where do you really live?

Who are you really?

When you look in the mirror, you think you see somebody you know.
We have to understand one thing. In our normal life, we don't really know who we are.
We also don't take into consideration who we are.
We only look at the body. And we become worried about the body.

We are not the awakening, we are not the sleeping. We are the conscious soul. 
That soul which has an independent existence of this body.

The materialistic philosophy is beg, borrow or steal.
Get deed and enjoy life.
Eat, sleep and be merry. Beg, borrow or steal.
This is what our life nowadays is like.
Because we are in the age of Kali Yuga. 
This time is dominated by the spirit of exploitation. Rampant materialism.
And we are suffering from that. Because when people want to enjoy, they become crazy.
So if we preach the philosophy of dedication, to God and to humanity, we are actually trying to save people from a very negative future. Actually trying to awaken people to the reality of themselves a spirit units, conscious units.

All your life you worship this body. 
And when the conscious unit leaves, you want to throw away the body.
Do we first need to die to realize that we are not this body?
Or maybe we can try to understand it before, by listening carefully.

But if you want to listen carefully, you have to stop the materialistic lifestyle. 
And that's what people don't want to do.