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.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Absolute Harmony: JS Bach's Air and Srila Sridhar Maharaj from the veranda (Repost from 2012)

I don't remember what came first, if JS Bach's Air reminded me of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's talk about 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 in the Absolute even discord is harmonized.
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 (like in 2.36–2.50). 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 discord is extra pronounced (and can be given more stress by the conductor than in this version).


Excerpt from Absolute Harmony (transcription)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Absolute Harmony (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

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. And the blog gives you another precious gem: Absolute Harmony, a talk from his veranda in Navadvip, wherein he expounds on the harmonizing capacity of the Krishna conception of the Absolute, which supersedes the mere Oneness of impersonal Brahman.
This is Srila Sridhar Maharaj as we know him. The philosopher and the poet, deep-diving and high-flying, yet practical and down to earth. Soft, low-voiced and relaxed, yet intense, concentrated and exacting. And underlying it all: his main teaching surrender unconditionaland the unyielding focus on beauty.


Transcription (with minor edits)

Glorification of Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Pranam mantra

devaṁ divya-tanuṁ suchanda-vadanaṁ bālārka-chelāñchitaṁ
sāndrānanda-puraṁ sad-eka-varanaṁ vairāgya-vidyāmbudhim
śrī-siddhānta-nidhiṁ subhakti-lasitaṁ sārasvatānām varaṁ
vande taṁ śubhadaṁ mad-eka-śaraṇaṁ nyāsīśvaraṁ śrīdharam

I offer my obeisance unto my lord, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, whose speech is most pleasing; whose divine form is adorned with garments the colour of the newly-risen sun; who is an abode of intense, ecstatic devotion; who is the sole choice of the sadhus; who is an ocean of renunciation and knowledge; who is a treasure-house of perfect conclusions; who is resplendent with pure devotion; who is the best of the followers of Srila Saraswati Thakur; who is the giver of all good; who is the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis; and who is my sole shelter.”

Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj – Biography, links, blog archive

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Radha Kunda Kirtan with Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj

Today is the appearance day of Radha Kunda, according to the acaryas the holiest place in the universe, and the blog gives you a precious gem: Gurumaharaj and disciples in a great kirtan from Radha Kunda on the evening of the appearance day 2012.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kartik in Nimaihuset

Today starts the holy Kartik month and the worship of Krishna as child Sri Damodara.

Mother Yashoda and Baby Krishna Sri Damodara

During Kartik, from 27th October to 25th November, the program in Nimaihuset is as follows.

6.00: We sing Sri Damodarastakam and offer ghee-lamps to Sri Damodara. Afterwards, the regular morning program, with Skype-sanga at 7.00 as usual together with the Bulgarian yatra, where we read from Srimad Bhagavatam and talk and share. To join the morning sanga, just connect via Skype. 
Skype name: Jaiva Dharma.

18.00: We sing Sri Damodarastakam and offer ghee-lamps to Sri Damodara. 

18.30: Brahma-Samhita prabhu gives lecture via Skype on Sri Siksastakam, the only writing Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ("Nimai") left to the world: the essence of all Vedas and the core of Krishna Consciousness.
Skype name: Jaiva Dharma.

Small Wednesday feast. Evening program as usual at 18, and afterwards some small prasadam.

Every morning at 2.30 AM swedish time Srila Gurumaharaj gives lecture from Vrindavan on Skype. 

Skype name: VRINDABANDAS108.

Sri Damodarastakam (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj) with Sri Sanatana Goswami's purport

Sri Damodarastakam, sung by Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj. With lyrics in sanskrit, translation, and Sri Sanatana Goswami's fantastic purport.

This song, originally spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada Muni and Saunaka Rsi, is sung during the Month of Kartik, also known as the month of Damodara. As quoted in the Sri Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa, "In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodarastakam, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. (Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198)."


Sri Damodarastakam (Srila Gurumaharaj) (short)


namāmīśvaraḿ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaḿ
lasat-kuṇḍalaḿ gokule bhrājamanam
yaśodā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānaḿ
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā

rudantaḿ muhur netra-yugmaḿ mṛjantam
karāmbhoja-yugmena sātańka-netram
muhuḥ śvāsa-kampa-trirekhāńka-kaṇṭha-
sthita-graivaḿ dāmodaraḿ bhakti-baddham

itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe
sva-ghoṣaḿ nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvaḿ
punaḥ prematas taḿ śatāvṛtti vande

varaḿ deva mokṣaḿ na mokṣāvadhiḿ vā
na canyaḿ vṛṇe ‘haḿ vareṣād apīha
idaḿ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaḿ
sadā me manasy āvirāstāḿ kim anyaiḥ

idaḿ te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair
vṛtaḿ kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā
muhuś cumbitaḿ bimba-raktādharaḿ me
manasy āvirāstām alaḿ lakṣa-lābhaiḥ

namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam
kṛpā-dṛṣṭi-vṛṣṭyāti-dīnaḿ batānu
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ

kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktiḿ svakāḿ me prayaccha
na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha

namas te ‘stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne
tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai
namo ‘nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam

Friday, October 23, 2015

Turning lust into love (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Srila Gurumaharj in a great lecture from Vrindavan 27 mars 2006, about absorbing the mind: in material activities, which lead to bondage, or in spiritual, which lead to liberation, and the goal: love.

"My satisfaction – that is called lust. When our attachment, our desire, goes to Krishna – it becomes love. So what is the subject? Turning lust into love. It's the whole idea of spiritual life, the essence, the substance, the daily struggle. Turning lust into love."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Radha Kunda and Syama Kunda

Nimaihuset's Gandharvika Sundarim devi dasi and Bhagavata Purana das have expanded their griha under the shelter of Srila Gurumaharaj with children, 2 at the same time: twins Radha Kunda and Syama Kunda, to be raised in Krishna consciousness. Congratulations to high-quality devotional service 24/7 for the next 20 years or so! And welcome Radha K and Syama K to the Vrinda Family and Sweden yatra!

 Radha Kunda and Syama Kunda

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Srila Prabhupada

Monday, October 12, 2015

First meeting with Srila Prabhupada in Paris (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Today is the appearance day of our Gurumaharaj Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Swami, founder of Vrinda Mission and co-founder of World Vaisnava Association
A presentation of him can be found here
Blog archive (2007-2015) with lectures, chats, bhajans, pictures and more here.
In this audio he talks about his first meeting with his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada and the meaning of life. (From Berlin the 6th August 2011)

"What are you living for? Why are you here? What gives meaning to your life? Where do you want to deposit your service?"

"I want to serve Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, because His message is love – love for all."

"[Prabhupada said] 'The vani [teachings] is more important than the vapu [body/direct association]. My teachings are the most important. Some people are half a meter from me and don't understand me at all, while others are very far from me and they're right next to my heart. Therefore I order you, you dedicate your life to take this message to others in the world.'"


namah om visnupadaya divya-jnana pradayine 
srimate paramadvaiti swamine nyasi rupine
saranagata bhaktebya suddha-bhakti vidayine 
visuddha bhaktisiddhanta dhara-dhara nisevine

Guru – Simultaneously Absolute and Relative (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

There are two aspects of the guru – the absolute and the relative. On the "inspired" side, the guru is absolute, God, and within his own thinking he is a devotee of Krishna: relative, a spirit soul, part and parcel of Krishna (the Absolute). Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj, the sannyasa-guru of our gurudeva Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj, explains.

 Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj

From Sri Guru and His Grace

By the special will of Krsna, gurudeva is a delegated power. If we look closely within the spiritual master, we will see the delegation of Krsna, and accordingly, we should accept him in that way. The spiritual master is a devotee of Krsna, and at the same time, the inspiration of Krsna is within him. These are the two aspects of gurudeva. He has his aspect as a Vaisnava, and the inspired side of a Vaisnava is the guru. On a fast day like ekadasi, he himself does not take any grains. He conducts himself as a Vaisnava, but his disciples offer grains to the picture of their guru on the altar. The disciple offers the spiritual master grains even on a fast day.

The disciple is concerned with the delegation of the Lord, the guru‘s inner self, his inspired side. The inspired side of a Vaisnava is acarya, or guru. The disciple marks only the special, inspired portion within the guru. He is more concerned with that part of his character. But gurudeva himself generally poses as a Vaisnava. So, his dealings towards his disciples and his dealings with other Vaisnavas will be different. This is acintya-bhedabheda, inconceivable unity and diversity.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Vyasapuja 2015 – Appearance Day of Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj

Welcome to celebrate Vyasapuja with us, 
the Appearance Day of our spiritual master 

The real day is Monday the 12th October 
 but the official celebration will be on 
Saturday the 10th

We will sing bhajans (devotional songs), 
give appraisals to our Gurudeva, and make arati (ceremonial greeting) and puspanjali (flower petal rain), and afterwards we take prasadam – sanctified vegetarian feast-food

17.00 in Nimaihuset!

Warm welcome everyone and anyone!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Srimati Radharani's Mercy (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

On Srimati Radharani's appearance day: Srila Gururmaharaj in Seva Kunja, Vrindavan, telling the pastime of how Srimati Radharani lost a foot bracelet one night in the groves of Seva Kunja, and the sad devotee "Dukhi" (sad) Krishna Das sweeping the groves found it, was personally graced by Srimati Radharani Herself, named by Her Shyamananda Prabhu, and given a unique tilaka, with the shape of Her foot and a mark between the tilaka-lines of the form of an ankle bell, and a Deity, manifested from Her heart.
how Krishna Dasa received Radharani's mercy, the name Shyamananda, and his unique tilaka mark - See more at: http://gaudiyahistory.com/sri-syamananda-prabhu/#sthash.fkWQaSHX.dpuf
how Krishna Dasa received Radharani's mercy, the name Shyamananda, and his unique tilaka mark - See more at: http://gaudiyahistory.com/sri-syamananda-prabhu/#sthash.fkWQaSHX.dpuf
how Krishna Dasa received Radharani's mercy, the name Shyamananda, and his unique tilaka mark - See more at: http://gaudiyahistory.com/sri-syamananda-prabhu/#sthash.fkWQaSHX.dpuf
Beautiful, soft.  
Jay Sri Radhe!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Perfection of Yoga (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Yoga.* Gurumaharaj from Kurukshetra, Berlin, 2013. Intimate, sweet, to the core.

"Deep yoga, inbound yoga – there you find your priorities."

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sri Radhastami Celebration

On Monday the 21st September it's Sri Radhastami – the appearance day of Srimati Radharani, the female part of the Divine Couple.

We celebrate this very special day with bhajans (devotional songs), lecture, puspanjali (flower petal rain), arati (Deity greeting), and afterwards some sanctified vegetarian food – prasadam.

We begin at 18.

Warm welcome!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Swedish Mela 2015 (Video)

The swedish mela 2015 – 7 days in May with Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj, documented in a video. Lectures, excursions, 2 first-initiations (our dear Bhakta Tom became Satyavrata Muni das and Madhu Mangala's father became Nanda Maharaj das), 11 second-initiations, a vedic wedding, and more. 
By Siddhanta prabhu.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Linus på linjen / Mr Linea sings the Maha-Mantra

I am speechless. 
Thank you Sudarshan.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Srila Prabhupada – The Beginning

On the appearance day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: The Beginning. An un-commented documentary with scenes from the beginning of his mission in America in the mid-sixties. (The first TV-interview, where he states his mission, can be seen here.) And again: the rest is history. 

Nitya-lila pravista om vishnupada paramahamsa pravivrajakacharya astotarasata Sri Srimad Srila Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupada ki jaya! 

Srila Prabhupada on the blog:

A declaration of war against Maya (Letter) 
Accepting Krishna (Conversations)
Associating with the sound incarnation of God (Lecture excerpt)
Begin by engaging the tounge (Lecture)

Devotional service will free you (Lecture) 

Dovetailing with Krishna (Video lecture)
Everyone should be happy (Quote)

From tiger to rat (Lecture)
God consciousness — do like this (Quote + Audio)
Godder than the Hindus (Conversation)
Here is Krishna
I am not this dream (Lecture)
I should act for myself (Excerpt)

Jaya Radha-Madhava (Audio lecture)
Maya (Excerpts)
New York, 1966 (Quote)
Nitai-Pada-Kamala (Audio + Purport)
Paramatma (Excerpts)
Plato's cave. And after liberation? (Excerpt, in the commentary)

Rascaldom (1) (Conversation)
Rascaldom (2) (Quote)
Srila Prabhupada cooking for Krishna (Picture)
Srila Prabhupada in New York (Video)
Surrender (Video)
The Brahmana and the Cobbler (Conversation)
The Deity was nicely dressed (Letter)
The first TV interview in New York 1966 (Video)
The Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (Audio + Purport)

The most confidential part of knowledge (Lecture)
The Science of Self Realization (Quote)
We very much appreciate intelligence (Conversation)
Your eternal, essential characteristic — that is your religion (Lecture)
11 hours chanting the Maha Mantra (Audio)


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Govindam Adi-Purusam (Srila B.A Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Today is Sri Krishna Janmastami, and the blog gives you a gem: Gurumaharaj in Mallorca 2013 singing "Govindam Adi-Purusam", verses 29f of the highly esoteric Sri Brahma Samhitawhat Lord Brahma saw of Sri Krishna in his ecstatic trance of pure devotion

Descending in a straight line of disciplic succession: Lord Brahma's ecstatic descriptions, Sri Jiva Goswami's initiated commentaries on them, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's flashing purports to them, and Gurumaharaj singing them... 
Follow that attraction.

Tuesday, September 1, 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.


Warm welcome!

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)

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 


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. 

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...?"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj 
(Presentation, links)

By Vasudeva das

Gurumaharaj in the holy Ganga waters

This page:

* Swami Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti
Srila Gurumaharaj's own presentation
* Some video clips
* Selected blog posts
* Some pictures
* Links  

For info on when Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti comes to somewhere near you, or where he is now, check his itinerary here. For contact with the places he goes to, check the Vrinda Directory here.



Swami Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti

Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti is a hindu monk in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. His spiritual masters are Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (diksa guru), Srila B.R Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj (sannyasa guru), Srila B.P. Puri Maharaj (siksa guru) and Srila B.B. Tirtha Maharaj (siksa guru). He has been living as a traveling monk since he was 17 years old and has spent most of his time in Colombia where there now are many ashrams, temples, organic farms, vegetarian restaurants and Yoga schools. We, his diciples, affectionately call him Gurumaharaj and it simply means that he is a very nice Guru.

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Srila Gurumaharaj's own presentation...

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada my eternal spiritual master.
All Glories to the supreme Lord Sri Krishna who is the Supersoul in everyone's heart and who has taken me to the feet of my spiritual master and to many other spiritual guides as well.

By the way, let me welcome you. I want to serve my spiritual master and he requested me to serve all others who he will send to me. I am ready for that. Whoever you may be, we have met here by the will of providence. That means it is your Karma to meet me and it will be my Karma if I get to meet you. Karma means reactions for our past activities and desires. Or it is by divine intervention for us to meet here on Cyberspace. Then it would not be Karma, it would be the mercy of God. Well, let me tell you something about my path which brought me to become a monk and to be here with you on the Internet.

I was born in Germany just a few years after the second world war in 1953. Living in a tiny village of ten houses or so I was closely connected to nature. With my senses going crazy and with a world full of problems like the Vietnam war I quickly reached the conclusion that I did not belong to this place. At 15 I became a vegetarian. Here is a list of people who influenced me more or less, one after the other to show you how my inner development took place:

My mother through her kindness, tolerance and simplicity.

My paternal grandfather for being eccentric and dedicated to music.

My maternal grandfather for showing me that living in the past was useless.

My father for showing me that belief in God was not a sure thing.

Carl Orff through his simple music.

My uncle Nino who taught me that authorities are only real if they behave properly.

The Christian priest who failed to answer my questions during Christian education.

Karl Marx for his search for justice.

Marcuse, Bloch and other leftist ideologists who shaped the student mood of my early rebellion.

Che Guevara for what I considered a valiant step against corrupt systems.

Laotse for giving me hope again in a different reality.

The Beatles, Moody Blues, Quintessence and Pink Floyd for their sounds which made a difference for a while.

All the commune members who shared life with me and who did a great job of teaching me that real love cannot be found in simple physical relationships.

All the friends who wasted their lives on drugs thus saving me from going the same path.

The musical HAIR that connected me to the Mahamantra and saved me from military service.

Herman Hesse who gave me the word Govinda and a secret hope.

All those who stressed that the human form of life had the purpose to obtain self realization and not just sense gratification.

Many Yogis who I met to realize that Yoga without devotion to God will not give me the love I need.

The Lord in my heart who saved me from being a fool to kill my body.

My friend Wolfgang, who was with me every step in the search for a real spiritual path, except the last one to surrender to Srila Prabhupada.

Jaya Gauraji my first temple president as a young Brahmacari (attempt of a celibate monk). He was too sincere to forget.

Srila Prabhupada, the person I never repented of accepting as the captain of the ship of my human body to cross the dangerous ocean of material existence. He explained the most important thing to me which nobody previously had been able to address in any sensible way; Why do I suffer so much? Young and innocent, why do I feel horrible about this world and all its violence, etc.? He answered:" Because you have been a rascal. You gave sufferings to others in your past lives and now you are getting the reactions." What a relief. Finally a clear and positive picture . Something to be done to not continue in this ignorant position of egotism. And he told me to become a revolutionary of the truth, the soul, and the service to the real benefit for all suffering people. He denounced the consumer society, atheistic dialectical materialism. Communism and Capitalism. He gave hope through simple living, High Thinking, Praying, and serving with ecological wisdom. Use technology for serving the purpose of God alone. Not to create more sufferings for others. Otherwise we want to live in Vrindavan , the place of nature, love to all living beings and deep absorption in the divine couple of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna who are the origin of everything.

I wanted to go to India to meet a spiritual master but my father kept me in Europe, because he denied me a passport and I was yet under 18. Reading books of India's Yoga tradition was important after my faith in political organizations or hippy consumerism had crumbled.
George Harrison was on the right track. When he sang the Mahamantra on the radio it was clear for me. I got to find this teacher.
I arrived at the temple one night at 9 PM after an odyssey of trying to hitchhike to Paris. Dusseldorf, a broken building declared unlivable by the government.
Hippies had broken the door and two young devotees had occupied the top space under the roof establishing a little temple.
"How long you want to stay?" the devotee asked me. "A few days," I answered, but a voice told me from within, this will be much longer then you think.

Now at the age of just 18 I had found a monastery without roots in the west. All was new. We, the way we dressed, the music, the master, the food, the books, the daily routine, the haircut, the time to get up, in short everything.
And I loved it. Those who did not come inside were rather suspicious of us and our way of behavior, but those who shared a few days with us became friends at least. And many wanted to learn about the Yoga of Love. I did not understand much, but soon I had to sit down and explain to others. How to change your life?. How to stop taking drugs? How to form a sane relationship with the family? How to give up smoking? How to get strength to live? How to stop your girlfriend from getting an abortion? How to get or use money wisely?

From a little confused kid, quickly I had to learn how to help others. And repeating what I was hearing and reading seemed to have a miraculous effect. People wanted to "join" the 2 room Ashram with its only water supply six stories down, from the tap in the bath house in the back, in the middle of European winter.

It was as sweet as honey and as hard as severe austerities. And every day we went out to tell others about our spiritual master and path. 4 AM we got up and started our chanting of the Mahamantra. Then we sang songs to Govinda and read the books with the guidance of anyone of us as the lecturer. Then we cooked and cleaned the temple. Then we ate the Prasadam which is Karma-free spiritual foodstuff and it tasted incredible! Then around 11 AM we went out to distribute our few little magazines and to invite people to visit us and to donate to our ashram. I had concluded previously that money was really the reason for hate and greed and I still had the hippy ideal of being able to live without it. But Jaya Gouraji told me. "Money is only energy. We have to use it for the pleasure of the supreme, not against anyone and not for personal sense gratification. If people will give a donation to our temple and we use it honestly for spiritual activities it will be for their spiritual benefit." I was a bit skeptical but soon I realized the truth of this instruction. Those who happily helped in our activities turned out very happy and enthused to change their own lifestyles. I could not believe it. We even got a car donated by one young boy.
Then we heard that our spiritual master would soon come to Paris. Expectation went from one extreme to the other. It was a great enthusiasm all of us had to go to Paris and to meet our Guru in person. Wild imagination and hopeful prayer. Was it possible to meet someone like Lord Jesus in person? Was it possible to be taken by him to get out of this world? Did he have all the mystic powers? Could he solve the problems of this world? Could he remove our doubts, lust and difficult to control passions? Would he accept me? It was a mix, powerful enough to start something impossible.

I went to Berlin before to learn from Vasudevaji how to paint for Krishna. Alas, my talents again foiled my painting service. Here I was in the divided city and we had to make plans how to preach on the other side of the wall.
Then we went to Paris and what I had hoped came true more intensely than I had thought. "Tell everyone about Krishna. Make that the mission of your life." Srila Prabhupada's words still sound in my memory. Eight days of bliss, dancing, Prasadam and daily classes. And then, my initiation day came.
I tell you my friend, it was like a little kid being given three thousand presents at the same time! I did not know how to jump higher. I met my real friend. I met my father of the soul. I met my revolutionary of love. I met the scholar of the truth who valiantly defied materialistic society while never turning anyone away unhappily. I felt like having reached home. Real home. Life without a Guru is like a house without a roof. I found that roof over my head, I who had been so sad about this world of violence and apparent injustice. He gave this a new turn, a turn to become an activist to help solve the problem instead of remaining a passive culprit of the world as it is. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Whatever you do not give away is what you are going to loose. I did not want to lose anything, much less my love and my heart. Now I found someone to give it to. But he was to leave a few days later, so I had to imbibe everything very fast. Live for others, not for yourself. If you like and you want, be a monk for this whole lifetime. Vedic sages have recommended this. I did not know what to think. But I am happy. He was the person I can serve because he did not have any hidden motives behind his campaign.

Wow. That was a lot to introduce myself to you. I hope I did not bore you. Well I am not bored. And really, I wanted to take you with me right now to Paris to experience the same I was allowed to experience. Because if you would meet Srila Prabhupada you would properly understand why after 35 years from 1972 to 2007 I am still calling him my spiritual master and still aspire to become his real servant.
Another thing, he told me that we always have to be humble to not commit many mistakes. I admit that has not been easy. As a matter of fact sometimes when I saw that in his family someone did not behave properly and had to be stopped or exposed, I had to defend my Guru's legacy with strong words. But that is another story and you would only benefit from reading about that if you yourself dedicate your energy to form part of a spiritual community. Otherwise there is so much nectar in spiritual life, literature to read for the rest of your life, tasks to be done which start from living in the jungles of Ecuador and creating a wonderful retreat all the way to making CD-ROMs with the message of Krishna and his Bhagavad Gita. Even though I am a simple insignificant follower of my spiritual master, I had the chance to learn a lot and sometimes I feel the urge to write about it to benefit my fellow friends and ashram inmates. Srila Prabhupada in his infinite kindness sent me on missionary activities in many countries. Some of them I still visit and try to serve his devotees there who have kindly requested me to be somewhat involved in their lives. I have also accepted some students after his departure. Let me tell you about that phenomena.

Actually it is my heart's desire to take everyone to my own spiritual master. He is the backing I have for all my service attempts. But people must have someone to trust, to serve, who personally looks after them. That is who we call a siksa (instructing) Guru in our tradition. And that person has to be a real surrendered servant of his Guru. Otherwise the connection is interrupted. This is not a formal connection. It is heart to heart. Only if someone feels that Krishna is really coming to me through this or that devotee, then he can follow him and maybe he will discover his spiritual master. This is all in the hands of the almighty. No system can legislate or interfere in the personal spiritual relationship of anyone with his spiritual master.

Anyhow, I am such an insignificant soul. I cannot call myself a devotee of Krishna, but I pray that by the causeless grace of my spiritual master I may become a real devotee one day. Then somebody may ask me: "How do you dare to accept disciples if you are in such a beginner's position?" Well, it is really a long story and Internet readers have little time. But I had to see that after my spiritual master left this world, some of my brothers did not exactly behave too well and I had to either decide to take responsibility on my own shoulders or to stop preaching. That was not what my Guru had enthused me to do. But I had many doubts anyway. When you tell others about your spiritual master they become immediately curious. Where can we find such a family, such a spiritual protector, and relationship? Well if you have no answer for that they will leave very unhappy. If a very advanced devotee is in the vicinity and he really inspires you as well, it is the right choice to help him and to bring new souls to him for his guidance. But if nobody is close who opens his heart to the people or to you, do not trust him very much. Then you have to make a very big decision.

I was really troubled. But in Colombia where I was living at that time, there was no guidance and protection from any of my Godbrothers or other older devotees for the young Vaisnava community which I had had the fortune to participate in establishing. I went to India to get more clarity. There I met with Krishna's Grace again. I tell you, there is no limit to divine grace. I have personally experienced that. When everything looked real gray without my Srila Prabhupada, I met his Godbrother Srila B.R. Sridhar Goswami Maharaj. There are so many things to say about him, but Iíll make it short here. He encouraged me to take the risk of personally guiding others in their spiritual life with the protection of all the previous teachers of our Sampradaya (Initiation school).

He also accepted my renunciation and mercifully gave Sannyas Ashram initiation to me. That means he spoke that holy mantra in my ear which tells us about the highest goal and gave me the Name Bhakti= Love , Aloka= Light, Paramadvaiti= Highest oneness of the divine couple Radha Krishna in the form of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

A lot of name for a fool like me. Well this is what weíd like to become and to serve. The names we get from our spiritual masters always show us the way for our soul search. He also told me to go on serving the mission as my spiritual master had already explained to me and to help people by publishing spiritual books. We have been doing a bit of that over the years, but it is just a small beginning. (Books in Spanish Books in German)

The list of people who influenced me did not stop growing after I became a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Srila Harijan Maharaj inspired me by his humorous way of untiring service in South America. Srila Atulananda became my dear friend and his poetry has accompanied us ever since in the sweet kirtans in German. Walter Eidlitz and his Vaisnava teachings really lifted me up and are still with us in his books which are also translated to many languages. Friedrich Rueckert has inspired me, how he learned Sanskrit without a teacher making the first German Sanskrit Dictionary and translated the Vedic Verses into the most beautiful German poetry. And last but not least, Srila Bhakti Pramod Puri Goswami the President of the Visva Vaisnav Raj Sabha World Vaisnava Association has at the advanced age of 101 shown me not to give up under any circumstance. I had the chance to serve him as the secretary of that confederation of Vaisnavas and some of their Missions. He is so great that words cannot describe it. His sweetness and humility will be a guiding star for me for the rest of this life (I pray).

I am now trying to serve all my friends and I must admit that the Internet comes in handy for that. It is of course a problem as well, because the time I spent before speaking personally with everyone locally I have to share sometimes with the letters and questions presented via E-mail. But it feels so good to be able to be close to those who are physically on the other shore of the ocean. Actually I do not think that airplane-flying Sannyasis are a good invention. It is only the incredible service of Srila Prabhupada which created a need to visit Vaisnavas in such distant places. But we hope that future Sannyasis can dedicate themselves more to local regions where traveling can be done in simpler ways.

I am very happy to say that my spiritual master has blessed me with many beloved souls ready to renounce worldly egotisms, and help me in this difficult task of serving Vaisnava Yoga communities in many places. And to all the other devotees who have risked their hearts and souls for helping me to serve my Gurudeva, both Godbrothers and those who consider themselves my disciples, I am telling you here and today that Srila Prabhupada came to me through all of you. I will always try to serve you properly. I cannot say anything adequate to express my gratefulness for your existence.
I pray for you to get the infinite grace of Krishna Prema and Radha Dasyam, love for God and compassion for all suffering souls, happiness in this life, and strength to follow your vows and aspirations.

Now you know a little bit about my life and my feelings. Sannyas means one becomes a public person. Renunciation is compared to civil suicide. But this is good for serving others and for loving many souls. Marriage is a great love for a particular family. But Sannyas is the love for many people. That is possible at a certain stage of personal evolution. It shall not be artificial, otherwise it will be dangerous.

You can also contact me in order to present a question to be answered here. If you have a private question you can send it to my secretary: pswami@vrindavan.org. Forgive me if my answers are delayed up to three months. That is because I disconnect sometimes for months from the Internet and visit far of places with difficulties for any technology.

I wish you so much success on your spiritual journey. Do not lose the practice of doubting, to guard yourself from the untruth. On the other side, be ready to also doubt the doubting itself when you reach the crucial point of having your divine prayers answered. When the call reaches you from the infinite world you should be ready to jump into the arms of goodness divine (Visuddha sattva). 

//Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti


Some video clips

Who am I, inside out 

The Spoon Revolution with muppets, in spanish, 
on the Titicaca lake

Singing in the dungeons of Kali Yuga 

Harinama in Gothenburg streets 

Kirtan in Radha Kunda, Vrindavan, 
on Radha Kunda's appearance day 2012 


Selected blog posts:

Consciousness and Love (Video lecture)
The land of Love (Audio lecture)
How important are we? (Audio lecture) 
Divine Sound (Audio lecture)
Love (Sunday chat)

(Blog archive here)


 Some pictures



Vrinda Portal – Gurumaharaj and Vrinda Mission

Sunday Chat – Transcribed Informal Gurumaharaj classes

BAPcast – Archived Gurumaharaj classes on MP3

Nimaihuset YouTube – Gurumaharaj videos and audios etc

Wryndawana – Filmed Gurumaharaj/Vrinda classes

Harikatha – Gurumaharaj videos, audios and text

Video classes by Gurumaharaj

Vrinda Sofia – Gurumaharaj video classes


Divine encounters – Gurumaharaj site

Bhajans – Gurumaharaj singing (Podcasts)

Twitter – Latest Gurumaharaj news, classes etc