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.

MORNINGS:
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.

EVENINGS:
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.


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

AND:
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)."


LYRICS

Sri Damodarastakam (Srila Gurumaharaj) (short)

   

(1) 
namāmīśvaraḿ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaḿ
lasat-kuṇḍalaḿ gokule bhrājamanam
yaśodā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānaḿ
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā

(2)
rudantaḿ muhur netra-yugmaḿ mṛjantam
karāmbhoja-yugmena sātańka-netram
muhuḥ śvāsa-kampa-trirekhāńka-kaṇṭha-
sthita-graivaḿ dāmodaraḿ bhakti-baddham

(3)
itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe
sva-ghoṣaḿ nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvaḿ
punaḥ prematas taḿ śatāvṛtti vande

(4)
varaḿ deva mokṣaḿ na mokṣāvadhiḿ vā
na canyaḿ vṛṇe ‘haḿ vareṣād apīha
idaḿ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaḿ
sadā me manasy āvirāstāḿ kim anyaiḥ

(5)
idaḿ te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair
vṛtaḿ kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā
muhuś cumbitaḿ bimba-raktādharaḿ me
manasy āvirāstām alaḿ lakṣa-lābhaiḥ

(6)
namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam
kṛpā-dṛṣṭi-vṛṣṭyāti-dīnaḿ batānu
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ

(7)
kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktiḿ svakāḿ me prayaccha
na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha

(8)
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.'"

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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!