Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Go straight there, don't break your journey anywhere (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Inner fulfilment 

(From the preface, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj)
The need for every one of us in this world is to solve the real problem of suffering caused by our existence in this mortal world. The solution is well-known to those special souls who are truly acquainted with the eternal spiritual realm, and they are able to impart that to others. It is the introduction to these secrets which is being expressed in the booklet Inner Fulfilment a compilation of excerpts from the books of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, with the addition of transcribed selections from his taped discources.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Two instructions

Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Nimai), Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya lila 16.70

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Godder than the Hindus (Room conversation with Srila Prabhupada)

"I am not this body. Therefore we have to understand first that: I am not this body. Therefore I am not Hindu, not Muslim, not Christian, not black, not white. I am pure spirit soul. Aham brahmasmi. This is the first basic knowledge. This is not sectarian. This is a basic knowledge, you believe or not believe."

 — Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Melbourne, April 22, 1976

Room Conversation, 
Vrindavana, November 11, 1976

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nityananda Trayodasi - Celebration of Lord Nityananda's appearance day.

Saturday February the 23rd you are all welcome to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Nityananda with us. Lord Nityananda is an incarnation of Krishna who represents the Guru principle; He is the original Guru.

There will be singing of bhajans (mantra meditation), a lecture on Nityananda and the Guru principle, with opportunity to ask questions about this, and afterwards sanctified vegetarian food (Prasadam). Come and join us! (Map)

We start at 5 PM.

The feast does not cost anything but donations are gladly accepted.




Monday, February 11, 2013

Service, service, service (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Inner fulfilment

Service to the Lord is not labour. It is a giver, a sustainer. It does not deplete vitality, but it sustains more and more. It is life-giving. 

Pure service is life-giving, not life-taking 
 not vitality-killing, but vitality-supplying. It is opposite in the eternal plane, especially in the Goloka area where everything is a labour for love. Without labour the residents of Goloka will think themselves to be fasting, and when engaged in labour they will think themselves to be well fed. Service is nourishing.

Therefore our attempt should not be so much for knowledge, for trying to know everything, but it should be directed towards how we can utilise ourselves in the highest function: Service, service, service.

Don’t be afraid that service is depleting energy. Service is life-giving. It is feeding you properly.


Maha Mantra meditation (Letter from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta)

Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

“I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. As our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord’s form, qualities, and pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord’s form, qualities, and pastimes. The Lord and His name are one and the same. This will be understood clearly when the coverings in your heart are removed. By chanting without offenses you will personally realize that all perfections come from the holy name.

“Through chanting, the distinction that exists between the self, and the gross and subtle bodies, is gradually effaced and one realizes one’s own spiritual form. Once aware of the spiritual body, as one continues to chant, one sees the transcendental nature of the Lord’s form. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual form of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to Krsna’s form. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual qualities of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to Krsna’s qualities. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual activities of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to Krsna’s pastimes. 

By service to the holy name we do not mean only the chanting of the holy name; it also includes the other duties of the chanter. If we serve the holy name with the body, mind, and soul, then the direction of that service spontaneously manifests like the sun in the clear sky of the chanter’s heart. 

What is the nature of the holy name? Eventually all these understandings spontaneously appear in the heart of one who chants the holy name.

“The true nature of hari-nama is revealed by listening to, reading, and studying the scriptures. It is unnecessary to write anything further on this subject. All these things will be revealed to you through chanting”.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hare Krishna Top 10

(Countdown — presently at nr 2)

2. Stevie Wonder: Pastime Paradise
3. John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Give Peace a Chance
4. Marc Bolan and T Rex: “Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)”
5. Jedi Mind Tricks feat. El Eloh: “Books of Blood: The Coming of Tan”
6. Pretenders: “Boots of Chinese Plastic” 
7. Lee Perry: “Baby Krishna” 
8. George Harrison: “My Sweet Lord”
9. Goldblade feat. Poly Styrene: “City of Christmas Ghosts”
10. Ruth Copeland feat. George Clinton & Parliament: “Hare Krishna”
      Other aspirants for the nr 10 position:
      Tony Scott: “Hare Krishna (King Britt Funke remix)”
      Nina Hagen: “I Love Paul”
      Boy George: “Bow Down Mister”

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hare Krishna Top 10 (4)

Marc Bolan and T Rex:
Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)” (1968)

Flower Child, influential guitarist and glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan in a rare track ending with the singing of “Hare Krishna”, repeated at length, with increasing frenzy (2:23  3:59). Innocent, strange, beautiful.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Maha Mantra (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

"There is one thing that the Maha Mantra does that no other spiritual process does. What is that?" (2:39)

Gurumaharaj in the Miami temple (Vrinda Miami Meditation Garden Mandir) on the glories of the Maha Mantra, just before initiation of another fortunate soul.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Love or Nirvana (Swami B.V. Sadhu Maharaj)

A recent lecture on, among other subjects, the choice between Service or Liberation, Love or Nirvana, by Swami B.V. Sadhu Maharaj, Vrajavasi (Vrindavan resident), and one of Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti's sannyasi disciples.