Friday, December 28, 2012

Neither poetry nor imagination (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


Excerpt from Subjective Evolution of Consciousness 
— The Play of the Sweet Absolute 

Questions & Answers with Srila Sridhar Maharaj, 
Dr. Marchetti, Dr. Singh, Dr. Murphey, and others

Srila Sridhar Maharaj:
We should understand that we are living in the plane of misconception. The whole thing is false. It is all a part of illusion. Within the world of illusion, some thing may have its place, but when we deal with the real truth, however, we will conclude that everything here is like a dream. This whole world is like a dream, a misconception. Any part of this world will therefore also be misconception. What is real, what is truth, will become apparent when a thing is judged in connection with the real world. The association of saints who have a genuine connection with spiritual reality promotes this transaction.

What is real and what is unreal? Whatever has a connection with the real self, with the soul, is real. Soul is consciousness in the world of pure consciousness. Whatever is connected with the mind in the mental world of false ego, is all false. A part of the false is also false, extremely false. But it has got its negative utility.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Approaching the Spiritual Master (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


Excerpt from Sri Guru and His Grace



We must be careful to get proper direction. That direction has been given by Krsna in the Bhagavad-gita (4:34):

                                       tad viddhi pranipatena
                                       pariprasnena sevaya
                                      upadeksyanti te jnanam
                                      jnaninas tattva darsinah

"To understand transcendental knowledge, you must approach a self-realized soul, accept him as your spiritual master, and take initiation from him. Inquire submissively and render service unto him. Selfrealized souls can impart knowledge unto you, for they have seen the truth."

Here, Krsna has given us the standard by which we can understand what is what, from a bona fide source. The standard to measure truth or untruth must come not from a vitiated, vulnerable plane, but from a real plane. And to realize that, we must have these three qualifications: pranipat, pariprasna, and seva. Pranipat means we must surrender to this knowledge, for it is not an ordinary class of knowledge, which as a subject we can make our object; it is supersubjective. We may be the subjects in this mundane world, but we will have to become objects to be handled by the superknowledge of that plane.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Spoon Revolution Operation (Pictures)



To at the same time distribute Prasadam (spiritualized food, more effective than meditation in terms of what stays with you) and do some service to our Gurumaharaj (and this way make progress on our spiritual path, back to Godhead, back to Home) by promoting his project the Spoon Revolution (vegetarianism, for spiritual, consciousness-raising, ethical, environmental, world-economical, and personal health-reasons), yes, to do all these things, we arranged 3 vegetarian christmas tables


So 3 tuesday evenings in december we opened the door to the temple.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Service — Samadhi* — Lila**

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 pastime
 

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Play of God (Swami B. V. Tripurari)

Excerpt from 
Aesthetic Vedanta: The Sacred Path of Passionate Love


By Swami B. V. Tripurari

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Absolute Harmony: J S Bach's Air and Srila Sridhar Maharaj from the veranda


I don't remember what came first: if JS Bach's "Air" reminded me of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's "Absolute Harmony" or the other way around. But in either case, here is Bach's "Air", a piece of music that most people would think of as the epitome of harmony, but which is actually full of dissonances, all the time. And below, an excerpt from Srila Sridhar Maharaj's "Absolute Harmony", where there is talk of how even discord is harmonized in the Absolute.

In this clip the disharmonies can be visually seen in graphics. Every time the white rectangles touch, that is disharmony – friction, two notes of two incompatible movements meeting and creating dissonance. But you won't really notice, because as listener you are following the greater movement of the piece, and you will anticipate the greater harmony that the piece itself is both promising and delivering, and in that way harmonize the discord. At 2:47 and 4:19 the dissonances are extra pronounced (and can be given more stress by the conductor than in this version).


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Paramatma (Excerpts from Bhagavad Gita)






The Supersoul


The Supreme Lord, by His plenary portion as Paramatma [Supersoul / Superconsciousness / Superself / Mighty I AM Presence], is present in everyone's heart. Therefore, making distinctions between species and by social points of view is meaningless, being differences of the body.

The Lord is equally kind to everyone because He treats every living being as a friend yet maintains Himself as Paramatma regardless of the circumstances of the living entities. The Lord as Paramatma is present in the outcaste and in the brahmana.

The soul and the Supersoul within the body are of the same spiritual quality. The equality in quality does not, however, make them equal in quantity. The individual soul is present only in that particular body whereas the Supersoul is present in each and every body. The similar characteristics of the soul and the Supersoul are that they are both conscious, eternal and blissful. The difference is that the individual soul is conscious within the jurisdiction of the body, whereas the Supersoul is conscious of all bodies. 

The Supersoul is present in all bodies without distinction.

 Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad Gita, 5:18, purport





Friday, December 7, 2012

Played by God (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


Excerpts from The Loving Search for the Lost Servant 

Srila Sridhar Maharaj

(Headings, linebreaks, notes by Sd)





Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bhakti begins there (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)






Bhagavad gita 7.19:

          bahunam janmanam ante
          jnanavan mam prapadyate
          vasudevah sarvam iti
          sa mahatma su-durlabhah

After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

So, bahunam janmanam ante… After many births, when the jnanis, those of the impersonal school, come to understand that the Prime Cause of the consciousness of their quest is a personal one, then they come to conceive of Vasudeva [Krishna as the Source-of-All-That-Is and the All-pervading Spirit/Consciousness/Light/Love].

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Love (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)



Thanks to the Berlin temple for this one.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Nimai — The Hidden Avatar


Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (or as a child Nimai, born under a neem tree), "The Hidden Avatar", is Krishna Himself – The Absolute, Source, The Supreme Spirit/Consciousness/Light, The Spiritual Sun, OM, Prime Cause, Adi, I AM, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, God incarnating "secretly" in the form of a devotee of Himself, for the double purpose of experiencing His devotees' ecstatic love for Him, and to show the conditioned souls in forgetfulness how to be a devotee, to liberate them and retrieve them into the fold of the divine play of the Sentient Absolute.

Nimai — The Hidden Avatar 


Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, or Nimai (born under a neem tree), "The Hidden Avatar", is Krishna Himself — The Supreme Personality of Godhead, The Supreme Spirit/Consciousness/Light, The Absolute, Source, OM, The Spiritual Sun, Prime Cause, Adi, Adonai, I AM, God incarnating "secretly", in the form of a devotee of Himself, for the double purpose of experiencing His devotees' ecstatic love for Him, and to show the conditioned souls in forgetfulness how to be a devotee. "Do like this. It's beautiful."


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Service to The Absolute (Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj)


Western philosophers corroborate that the criterion of the Absolute is 'for Itself and by Itself'. Indian saints say 'He' instead of 'It', so therefore, the Absolute is 'for Himself and by Himself'.

Nobody can know Him by adopting a challenging mood. He is unchallengeable self-effulgent Truth. He can be realized only by His own grace, and grace descends only to a completely surrendered soul.

The Lord has infinite manifestations in which He reveals Himself. In the eternal abode, the Lord's associates serve Him in different relationships [passive adoration, servant, friend, parent, lover]. Therefore, He manifests in various forms, so as to facilitate the individual soul's desire to serve Him in a form suitable to their taste.


(Dasavatara - Ten manifestations of Godhead, by Swami Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj)




The Spoon Revolution Ops Command presents: Nimaihusets Vegetariska Julbord 2012 / Nimaihuset's Vegetarian Christmas Tables 2012


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

So the real current is His pastimes (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Home Comfort 

“...and we can enter into His service, the highest position, 
and thereby see the affection, love, harmony, and beauty 
that exist there”

Please listen attentively to what I shall explain. In a scientific way I shall try to explain the subject to you, in general, independently of all religious conceptions. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Srila Sridhar Maharaj (biography, links, blog archive)


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

Gurumaharaj yesterday, singing in Radha Kunda on the Radha Kunda Appearance Day

Singing better and better for each day...

video

Gurumaharaj this morning (Appearance day of Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Srila Gurumaharaj from Vrindavan this morning: Hassling with the monkeys, singing, and finally giving a lecture on Srila Sridhar Maharaj (His sannyasa-guru) on His appearance day. 1 hour and 8 minutes (that's 1:08).

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Beyond immortality, beyond liberation, beyond oneness (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Life-nectar of the Surrendered Souls


A barren conception of mere "deathlessness" cannot afford us any knowledge of a positive thing, but only freedom from the negative side. If immortality means "no influence of mortality," what, then, is its positive conception? What will be the nature, movement, and progress of that which is immortal? Without this understanding, immortality is only an abstract idea. Because it does not appear to exhibit the symptoms of death, stone would be "more immortal" than human beings, and conscious entities would be "mortal," forever denied immortality. 

What, then, is the positive conception of immortality? How are the immortal "immortal"? What is the positive reality in immortality? How can one become immortal? One must search out his intrinsic location in the universal order. It will not do to attempt to solve only the negative side of life which is full of suffering – birth, death, infirmity, and disease. We should know that there exists a conception of life worth living for. This positive side has been almost totally neglected in most general religious views.

For instance, the Buddhist theory is that after liberation, nothing remains. Buddhists crave absolute extinction of material existence. And the Shankarite monist theory of liberation is to lose one's individuality by "becoming one" with the non-differentiated aspect of the Absolute. They postulate that when the triad of seer, seen, and seeing, or knower, knowable, and knowledge culminate at one point, the triad is destroyed and nothing remains.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vaishnava on two legs. Preview

Gurumaharaj and disciple

Friday, November 2, 2012

15 minutes Hi-Quality Krishna Consciousness (Chakrini Devi Dasi)

Nimaihuset favourite Chakrini Devi Dasi in sweet kirtan, from Festival of The Holy Name 2010 at New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida. (Watch the clip carefully, there are beautiful things going on here...)


Free download at  
(Don't miss tracks 1, 4, 6, 26, 29 from 2010)


Monday, October 29, 2012

Unikt tillfälle, matlagningskurs!

Passa på! Nu blir det matlagningskurs på Nimaihuset.
Söndagen den 18 november dedikerar vi nästan en hel dag i köket. 6 st rätter utlovas!
Anmäl dig senast den 11e november till vegkurs@gmail.com

Mer info: www.vegkurs.info

Välkomna!

Mycket goda resultat!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

God plays (Swami B. V. Tripurari)


Entering the Flow of Lila
By Swami B. V. Tripurari

Lila, or divine play, pastime, is a philosophical/theological necessity arising out of metaphysical worldviews such as Sri Caitanya’s acintya-bhedabheda [inconceivable simultaneous oneness and difference  both horizontal and vertical: soul-soul, God-souls], as well as other Vaishnava interpretations of revelation/Vedanta. Lila also plays a prominent though secondary role in Advaita Vedanta, where the divine play of Godhead is said to be a manifestation of ultimate reality in this world that does not endure in liberation.
The Bhagavata [Srimad Bhagavatam] itself is decidedly theistic and embraces a post-liberated life of participation in lila with God as its end (prema prayojana). Thus it was firmly embraced by Sri Caitanya. Although Krishna lila as depicted in the text represents an impression of the nature and basic structure of his transcendental lila, it at the same time represents an approximation of the lila, for Krishna lila lies beyond the scope of thought and language.


"A post-liberated life of participation in lila with God", in one of the five relationships, rasasArjuna on the left: friend.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ecstasy and cool

Krishna, The Spiritual Sun, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra,
"in the midst of Himself".
Ecstasy (the red in the eyes) and cool.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Plato's cave. And after liberation?

The 2400 years old works of Greek philosopher Plato can be called the basis of all western philosophy up to modern day. Some go so far as to say that the entire western philosophy history is but a footnote to Plato. If this is so, then all western philosophy must start off in his famous allegory of the cave, describing humanity's situation. (And if it doesn't?)




Plato lets Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall, backs to the cave-opening and the sun. The people watch shadows projected on the wall, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Simply by chanting Krishna's name (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta)

Excerpt from Amrta Vani –
Nectar of Instructions for Immortality

 

By Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura


Question 8. When will we understand that Lord Krsna is nondifferent from His holy names?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Auspicious Nectar (Nimaihuset News Bulletin) More 8000 Drums


And the newspapers were there. This is a front page picture from Göteborgs-Posten

And yes, in the background to the right, white parkas, looking like Liam Gallagher incognito (I've seen him incognito, he looks like that), is Yours Truly. 

Doing? 

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare 
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Auspicious Nectar (Nimaihuset News Bulletin): 8000 Drums

8000 drums for the healing of Gaia/Bhumi/Sophia/Mother Earth!

The birthday wish of our Gurumaharaj was to arrange the swedish part of the World Conscious Pact-manifestation 8000 drums for the healing of Mother Earth. A lot of countries, a lot of people.

Krishna gives you Guru, Guru gives you Krishna. Just follow the instructions.
"Kan ja väl", said Arci devi dasi ("Sure I can"). And did.
And Malmö followed, and Stockholm, and the Samis, the New Agers, the hippies, Occupy, Greenpeace, Ojnareskogen, and we don't know.

The police asked Arci:
"What is the purpose of the parade?"
"To claim Mother Earth's rights!"
"Okay."
And gave permission.

The swedish national radio asked Arci questions for five minutes.
"We are claiming Mother Earths rights, to heal her, us, and our future, förstår ni väl? (can't you see?)"

And on the 12th october, the birthday/appearance day of Gurumaharaj, we left all we had on hand and went drumming for Gaia.


(Video by Vasudeva das)

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Vyasa Puja 2012 in Nimaihuset


Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj - "Guru Maharaj"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vyasa Puja - Appearance day of Gurudeva

Vyasa Puja


Saturday 13th October



Nimaihuset


17.00



This week's saturday feast in Nimaihuset we celebrate the appearance day 
of our Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj


There will be music meditation, lecture, appraisals, puja (altar ceremony), 
and afterwards prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food)


The feast does not cost anything, but donations are gladly accepted


Welcome! 

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Nimaihuset, Underåsgatan 24, Göteborg 
Karta / Map

Tel. 031-405 108

E-mail: nimai.arts@gmail.com