Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Planet 3 / Planeten 3



Monday, September 29, 2008

The Planet 2 / Planeten 2



Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Planet / Planeten



Saturday, September 27, 2008

James & Mike

English: James (picture above) continues trying to understand the truth. Mike (picture below) has started growing his own vegetables and sew his own clothes.

Svenska: James (bilden ovan) fortsätter att försöka förstå sanningen. Mike (bilden nedan) har börjat odla egna grönsaker och sy sina egna kläder.



Friday, September 26, 2008

We miss Janka / Vi saknar Janka

English: We all miss our dear Janka who stormed in to our (and others) lives during her stay in Sweden. Now she is in France, continuing the adventure of her life. She brought Oki with her though. We hope for some report soon of how he is doing.

Svenska: Vi saknar alla Janka som drog in som en virvelvind i våra (och många andras) liv under sin vistelse i Sverige. Nu är hon i Frankrike, där hennes livs äventyr fortsätter. Hon tog med sig Oki, i alla fall. Vi hoppas på att snart få en rapport om hur det går för honom.



Thursday, September 25, 2008

Introspective art session / Introspektiv konst-session

English: On the tuesday we had another introspective art session. This time the participants were to draw what's sacred to them, what they are focusing on at the moment and what they hate. It's always very interesting. If you want to join sometime, just leave a message.

Svenska: På tisdagen hade vi ännu en introspektiv konst-session. Denna gång skulle rita vad som var heligt för dem, vad de fokuserade på för tillfället och vad de avskydde. Det är alltid väldigt intressant. Om du vill vara med någon gång, lämna bara ett meddelande.



Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Om nån vill översätta denna text så även de som inte e så bra på engelska kan få ta del av den så blir jag tacksam :) jag e inte bra på att översätta...

//vasudeva das

the dialogue-------------------

A professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God. He asks one of his new students to stand and.....

Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof : Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student : Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him.
Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn ' t. How is this God good then? Hmm?
(Student is silent.)
Prof: You can ' t answer, can you? Let ' s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student: Yes.
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student : No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From....God.. .
Prof: That ' s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn ' t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?
(Student does not answer.)
Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don ' t they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?
(Student has no answer.)
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you.
Tell me, son...Have you ever
seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I ' m afraid I haven ' t.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn ' t exist.
What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.
Student: No sir. There isn ' t.
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat.
But we don ' t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can ' t go
any further after that.
There is no such thing as cold . Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy . Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn ' t darkness?
Student : You ' re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright
light, flashing light....But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it ' s called darkness, isn ' t it? In
reality, darkness isn ' t. If it were you would be able to make
darkness darker, wouldn ' t you?
Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can ' t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it.
Now tell me, Professor.Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)
Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.)
Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor ' s brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor ' s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain,sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable. )
Prof: I guess you ' ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it sir... The link between man & god is FAITH . That is all that keeps things moving & alive.



Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spoonrevolution at Peace Day / Skedrevolutionen på fredsdagen

Peace day at the World Culture Museum./
Fredsdagen på Världskulturmuseet.

Andreas, trying to stop the war on animals./
Andreas i ett fölrsök att stoppa kriget mot djuren.

The Spoonrevolution team gave out 300 plates of soup for free, in sponsored with the World Peace-group./
Skedrevolutions-teamet bjussade på 300 tallrikar soppa, sponsrade av Världsfredsgruppen.

Aaaaahhh.... :)

Pedagogy. How the resources for producing 1 kg of meat could feed 200 persons./
Pedagogik. Hur resurserna som krävs för att producera 1 kg kött skulle kunna mätta 200 pers.



Sunday, September 21, 2008

Simple bags for a good purpose / Enkla påsar för ett bra syfte

English: These bags are completely new, made by Andreas Nilsson. If you want to get one, come to the World Culture Museum in Gothenburg today between 12.00 and 17.00. It's the world peace day, and we will be there presenting the spoonrevolution, showing how peace and vegetarianism is connected.

One bag costs 80 swedish crowns.

Svenska: Dessa påsar är helt nya, gjorda av Andreas Nilsson. Om du vil skaffa en, kom till Världskulturmuseet idag mellan 12.00 och 17.00. Det är världsfredsdagen och vi kommer vara där för att presentera Skedrevolutionen och visa hur fred och vegetarism hör ihop.

En påse kostar 80 kr.



Friday, September 19, 2008

The Nimai House flooded / Översvämning på Nimaihuset

English: Yesterday afternoon: Water started to run in through the wall. Quick, remove all electronical stuff!

Svenska: Igår eftermiddag: Vatten började strömma in genom väggen. Fort, plocka undan alla elektriska grejer!

English: We had to take up the carpets etc. from the floor and put them on chairs. Sen var det mopp och skurhink som gällde.

Svenska: Vi fck ta upp mattorna etc. från golvet och lägga dem på stolar. Then it was time for a mop and a bucket.

English: A pipe had broken under the street next to our place. But after some time, a few guys came with a big machine to fix it. We were saved.

Let's see what more adventures are there to come in our lives.

Ett rör hade gått sönder under gatan bredvid vårt ställe. Men efter en stund kom ett gäng gubbar med en stor maskin och fixade det. Vi blev räddade.

Låt se vilka fler äventyr som väntar oss i framtiden.



Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mindful Living article / Mindful Living-artikel

English: The journalist Alma Trischler has written an article about us for the webpage www.mindfulliving.se, if you want to take a look at it, click here. It's also translated to english in this very post.

Svenska: Jounalisten Alma Trischler har skrivit en artikel om oss för websidan www.mindfulliving.se, kolla in artikeln här: http://mindfulliving.se/2008/09/17/art-minfulspaning-4-2-nimai-skedens-tradgard-sep-08

English translation of the article:

Journey to the garden of the spoon

To spread vegetarianism with love, humor and the spoon as a symbol and tool as the goal of the spoonrevolution. Around the world people are working actively to spread "the message of the spoon". Four of them are doing most of their work in the organic farm - Imlitala.

Far out in the countryside in a place lined with red ripe apple trees and earthy roads. A place where the mild late summer breeze is filld with the sweet aromas of the fruits and flowers, there is Imlitala. It's the name of both an organic farm and a yoga monastery where four persons spend every sunday. This sunday I have gone there together with Shyamananda, also called Shyama, to take part in the work on the farm. Shyama and the three others who runs the farm are vaishnavas which means that they are followers of vaishnavism, the most common faith within hinduism. Through the organic farm they produce a lot of vegetables which later serves many of the activities they have in the name of the spoonrevolution in central Gothenburgm where they also run a shop and social meeting place, the Nimai house.

Spade i trädgrdslandet på gården Imlitala

This Nimai house literally located next to the highways roaring traffic, and the life inside the high walls is a sharp contrast to the outside. Out at the farm though, the pressing reality of society is not present. The main road is so far away that the traffic does not reach our ears through the whispering winds in the trees and the humming insects. The place which is located in Fjärås, a hundred metres from the extensive ocean and a 15-minute-walk from a lake, gives an idyllic picture which moves the mind to Astrid Lindgren's stories. Maybe Bullerby, or the brother lionhearts' - Nangijala.

But to run an organic farm is not only peace and delight, it takes a whole lot of work. Today it's time to dig up the potatoes and get hay that will protect the plants during winter. Together with Garuda, I undertake the task to pick potatoes. Garuda is also a vaishnava, but on a temporary visit from Bulgaria to learn how to take care of an eco-farm, with the hope of being able to start one in his home country.

The time floats slowly as we dig and pick the potatoes, in two long rows they grow both yellow and read, many enormous, but here and there we find many which are not bigger than a cherry. Garuda digs the deep earth with his bare hands, unlike myself and the others who use sturdy garden gloves.

-The soil you have here in Sweden is the most beautiful I have seen, so nutritious. To feel it with my bare hands is an honor, he says and make the gloves seem bulky and unnecessary.

Potatisskörd på ekogården Imlitala

When the potatoes are picked and washed we offered our help in the kitchen where Shyama has started cooking. Today we make patties from fresh vegetables from the garden. such as potatoes and beans and for that, tomato salad and soup. The only thing not grown by themselves is the rice.

I sit down at the table och help peeling potaotes and soon we are sliding in on discussions on environmental issues and consciousness of life.

-For my part I think it started already as a seven-year-old. Already then I started seeking answers for questions about my own existence, says Shyama, as he is stirring a pot. He continues to tell that when he found a book of Dalai Lama in his mother's bookshelf that lead to buddhism for a couple of years.

-But there was something I always missed in Buddhism, that God is not mentioned, that's something you just hush down. That's what is so lovely about vaishnavism, where you can find texts telling about what God and his associates are doing on their spare time. That makes it so easy going in a way.

But in spite of that he thinks it's diffcult to express his faith in the Sweden of today.

-People don't understand when you speak about your faith with them, so instead we concentrate on vegetarianism and ecology, that's something which we can reach out with.


To be vegetarian is a matter of course for Shyama as well as the others, but aggressive persuasion is not a desirable method.

-We want to spread vegetarianism with humor. Fun, but not ajoke, he says and laughs.

Nowadays there are active spoonrevolutionaries in about 20 countries. Shyama tells that the initiators most often share the same religious views, but that anyone is welcome to help or to do their own thing in the name of the spoonrevolution.

After a delicious dinner and a full day out in the nature I seem to have forgotten what time it is. In some strange way the time has not existed, but when the sun slowly starts to set, I know it's time again. Time to go back to the huge, noisy, rushing life a few miles away.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Straw, dung and bugs part 2 / Halm, dynga och skalbaggar del 2

Garuda and Andreas working hard. This was by the way Andreas first visit to our place in the countryside. :)

Svenska: Garuda och Andreas i hårt arbete. Detta var för övrigt första gången Andreas var och hälsade på ute på vårt lantställe.



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Straw, dung and bugs / Halm, dynga och skalbaggar

English: This past weekend we have done many exciting things, such as going on a load of hay.

Svenska: I helgen gjorde vi många spännande saker, såsom att åka på ett hölass.



Saturday, September 13, 2008

Filosofisk utmaning / Philosophical challenge

SV: Vi utmanar idag våra bloggläsare att komma på ett hållbart argument för att evigheten inte finns. Den som lyckas vinner en påse karmafria kakor (vi skickar dom på posten). Men bara om argumentet är hållbart.

ENG: We challenges our blog readers today to come up with a sustainable argument to prove the non-existance of eternity. To the one that manages to do that we promise to send some of our karma-free cookies (wherever in the world you are). But only if the answer is sustainable.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Important day / Viktig dag

English: Today we celebrate Srila Jiva Goswami (above) who defended the statements of the Goswamis who revealed the science of our connection with God, how to come to Him and how He is.

We also celebrate Sri Vamanadeva (below), the avatar of God who let Ganga into this universe.

Svenska: Idag firar vi Srila Jiva Goswami (ovan) som försvarade Gosvamierna som uppenbarade vetenskapen om vårt samband med Gud, hur vi kan komma till Honom och hur Han är.

Vi firar också Sri Vamanadeva (nedan) som släppte in Ganges i detta universum



Thursday, September 11, 2008

Philosopher's corner / Filosofiska hörnan

English: "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."


Svenska: "Visa människor talar för att de har något att säga; dårar för att de måste säga något."




Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Angry wasps / Ilskna getingar

English: Yesterday out in the countryside, Maha Hari, Garuda and me went to a neighbouring farm to collect some straw for our vegetable cultivation.

Suddenly a swarm of very aggressive wasps attacked me and Maha Hari. Maha Hari got them off quite fast, but I had to run some 100 metres and throw away my t-shirt. We both got stung about 15 times. Fortunately none of us are allergic, but for the rest of the day we both had pain and got tired. He also got some fever.

I guess this was some karmic reaction for something I have done earlier, and maybe I deserve worse. I beg for forgivenness to everyone I might have caused distress during my existence.

Svenska: Igår ute på landet, var Maha Hari, Garuda och jag på en granngård för att hämta halm till vår grönsaksodling.

Plötsligt blev jag och Maha hari attackerade av en svärm mycket aggressiva getingar. Maha Hari fick av sig dem ganska fort, men jag fick springa något hundratal meter och slänga av mig min t-shirt. Vi blev båda stuckna ca 15 gånger. Som tur var, är ingen av oss allergisk, men resten av dagen hade vi värk och var trötta. han fick lite feber också.

Jag antar att detta är en karmisk reaktion på något jag gjort tidigare, och jag kanske förtjänar värre. Jag ber om förlåtelse till alla jag må ha orsakat svårigheter för under min existens.



Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sraddha devi ki jaya!