Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gupta Vrindavan Nimaihuset

Does it look like a projection from Godhead? Well it is. Gupta Vrindavan  secret Vrindavan (Krishna's own abode, the innermost place and state of consciousness). Inside  and outside. The Deities in the temple-room are Avatars, and they bring Vrindavan with them, hidden, veiled.

And it is a fact. In a range of 300-400 meters from Nimaihuset, it's all there.
The Yamuna is there.
Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda are there.
And yes, Giri Govardhana is there too...
I can not tell you more, but when you walk to Nimaihuset you do pass them all. 
The appearance of them tells us how far out in maya/forgetfulness we are, in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012.

All Krishna temples are Gupta Vrindavan – the Deities bring It with them. But also, Nimaihuset lies in the area Gårda, which phonetically is Gauda. And Gauda is the district where lies Navadvipthe place where Nimai (Sri Krishna Chaitanya, "the hidden Avatar", the Owner of Nimaihuset) played out his pastimes while on this plane of existence 500 years ago. And Navadvip is, emphatically stated, non-different from Vrindavan.

We quote reggae-legend and Krishna-devotee Lee Perry: "The world is a mystical thing."

Photo by Makhan Chor das

(The art-work by the sides of the entrance door is tree-branches, denoting that you are entering Vrindavan  the forest of Vrinda. Made by Vasudeva das after design by Tulasi devi dasi. Radha Giridhari devi dasi planted the forest flowers – Tagetes  at the entrance.)

/ Sevananda das

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hare Krishna Top 10 (10)

Ruth Copeland feat. George Clinton & Parliament: “Hare Krishna” (1971)

Conscious flower child Ruth Copeland in a nice gospelish track summing it all up with “Love” and “Hare Krishna”. Featuring singer, songwriter, bandleader, music producer and funk innovator George Clinton and his legendary band Parliament.

Ruth Copeland – “the first lady of P-Funk” – was active late 60's till mid 70's, both together with George Clinton/Parliament and solo. As solo artist she released three albums and three singles, of which “Hare Krishna” was one.

George Clinton has continued with his own career as well as working with other artists, such as genius Prince, hailed hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan, and Primal Scream, arguably the greatest band on earth of all time.

George Clinton


Other aspirants for the nr 10 position were:

Tony Scott, “Hare Krishna (King Britt Funke remix)” (2005) 
A trip-hop remix of a cool-jazz classic. (From 2:23)

Nina Hagen, I love Paul (1983)
Punk queen Nina Hagen singing the Hare Krishna mantra
in the refrains (1:15 and 3:04).

Boy George, “Bow Down Mister” (1991)
Sweet pop song by former Culture Club and Jesus Loves You-singer, 
gay icon, and Krishna-devotee Boy George.


Follow the countdown of the Hare Krishna Top10 


Next up, nr 9, is coming soon


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/ Sevananda das

The Absolute Truth (Stephen Knapp)

The Absolute Truth: What or Who is It?
By Stephen Knapp

Scientists agree that all time, all history, and all creation start from a single point. And that point would have to be the Ultimate or Absolute Truth. So what exactly is the Absolute Truth? How do we go back through time and space to find the original source of everything? Even if we research the Bible, the Koran, the Jewish writings, or even the Sikh, Zoroastrian, or Buddhist texts, we will find limited information on what is the Absolute Truth. And forget about depending on modern science, they are still searching and have many varying theories to offer. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Don't bless me like this!

From "The Methodology of Sadhu-sanga" by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura:

"If the sadhu were to bless such a person by saying,
'May your desire for sense gratification be extinguished,
your opulence destroyed and your relatives taken away',
the materialist would at once cry,“O sadhu-maharaja,
be kind! Don’t bless me like this."

Lol! / Sevananda das

Sunday Chat: What kind of food can we offer to Krishna? (Swami B. A. Pramadvaiti Maharaj)

(Excerpt from a lecture given in Miami, 5th August 2012)

Dear devotees,

Today we will recall a bit about Srila Rupa Goswami's Upadesamrita, more specifically the second verse explanation, that talks about the six activities that take us away from devotional service.

Atyaharah prayasas ca prajalpo niyamagrahahjana-sangas ca laulyam ca sadbhir bhakti vinasyati'

Let's recall the topics mentioned in this verse, explained by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur in a book called Sri Bhaktialoka. One of the topics touches us deeply at our sensual addictions, almost in a shameful way. Atyahara.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Begin by engaging the tounge (Srila Prabhupada)

In this lecture, given in Hamburg on Janmastami 1969, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada stresses how important it is to use our senses to serve Krishna/The Absolute Person in order to be able to understand anything about Him.

This touches the essence of Krishna Consciousness: Nothing is to be renounced. It's not yours to renounce — everything belongs to Krishna. Instead, everything is to be used, but in the service of Krishna. Everything. The senses too, all of them: the senses of perception and the working senses. Here Srila Prabhupada talks about the tounge, the most difficult one to control.

He starts the lecture with a quote from the Vishnu Purana, describing the situation of the living entities in the material world.

Janmastami 2012

Sri Krishna Chaitanya (Nimai) and Laddu Gopal (baby Krishna) dressed up on the Janmastami-celebration in Gupta Vrindavan Nimaihuset.

/ Sevananda das

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Individual Consciousness and "Becoming one with God" (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj in Nimaihuset)

"If you wish to be one with Him, He may allow you. But if you wish to be an eternal servant of Him, there's no way He's gonna do away with you."


/ Sevananda das

Steps to the highest love (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj in Nimaihuset 2009)

"What is mind?" (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj in Nimaihuset 2009)

Gurumaharaj (Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti) singing the Maha Mantra in Nimaihuset (2009)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Janmastami - Krishnas födelsedag!


Saturday august 11 you are all very welcome to Nimaihuset to celebrate Janmastami - the (latest) appearance day of Sri Krishna! We begin at 5 p.m. 
There will be singing of bhajans, a lecture, sancitfied vegetarian food (prasadam) and more.
The party does not cost anything, but donations are welcome.
If you want to cook something for Krishna, let us now!

Lördagen den 11:e augusti är ni alla väldigt välkomna till Nimaihuset för att fira Janmastami - Sri Krishnas (senaste) uppenbarelsedag! Vi börjar kl. 17.
Det blir bhajan-sång, föreläsning, helgad vegetarisk festmat (prasadam) med mera. 
Festen kostar ingenting, men lämna gärna en donation.
Om du vill laga någon maträtt till Krishna, hör av dig!

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