Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Temporary temple cat #10


This little guy, around 1 year old – sweet, affectionate, talkative, strong, well-behaved (knew where to take a leak and where not to) – turned up outside the temple one evening, crying. We found out he came from Hisingen but his owners didn't care about him. He put up at the temple for the night – took darshan from the Deities, honored a few plates of prasadam (spiritualized food, in this case some pumpkin-subji and rice), listened to Srila Prabhupada chanting Hare Krishna all night long, and got a Vaisnava cat name, Nrisimhadeva. The day after we took him to Djurskyddet, where they promised to find him a new home. The rumour is all around in Cat World: Go to Nimaihuset, good place, nice people, spiritual progress.


The other 9:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Contemplations on Guru-Tattva


by Patita Pavana das

Krishna consciousness is still quite young in the West. Only 50 years ago, Srila Prabhupada came and made it known around the world. That is just 2 generations, given a generation of 25 years. Therefore, there are still many misconceptions about the concept of Guru-Tattva and how it reveals itself in this world.

If you first consult the Bhagavad Gita, you can see that the original Guru or spiritual master is Krishna Himself. In one verse it is said that remembrance, knowledge and forgetting come from Him. That means then, that everything anyone in this world could know has its origin in Him. He is Bhagavan and Bhagavan is described in the Tattva-Sandharba by Jiva Goswami as Lord of all energies. He works through his energies, and the original energy from which every other emerges is Srimati Radharani.

Guru-Tattva is a work of Radharani, through which She reveals Krishna. Only through the will of Guru-Tattva can we know Him, otherwise not. As Srila Sridhar Maharaj said, "The finite cannot know the infinite, but the infinite would not be infinite if He could not make Himself understood by the finite." And if that understanding is going on, this revelation, then this transaction takes place through Guru-Tattva.