Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tent – The Movie

Tent – The movie
Tjörn island, 60 km north of the Temple, July 28
 Starring Siddhanta das and Sevananda das
Edit: Bhakta Mandus
Soundtrack: Source Direct

Earlier posts about the tent:
 here, here, here, and here

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Awakening to the Absolute (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

"Bhakti can never be finished, it is of the eternal type. It has got connection with the eternal aspect of the universe. We are to come in connection with that plane of life." 

Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj in a rare, long video (1 hour 41 minutes) about the importance of remembering and surrendering to Kṛṣṇa, and Rūpānuga-dhāra – the flow of pure devotion. 
Top quality hari-katha.
Much of this talk has later been transcribed into the book Awakening to the Absolute. (Excerpts from it here (0.09ff) and here (21.46ff).)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sweden Mela 2014 (Video)

Some glimpses from the Swedish mela 2014 (June 11-18), a week of music and singing, lectures, feast prasadam, initiations, excursions, guest visits and more – and all sun and heat. Video by Siddhanta das.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The tent: And another lovely day (Pictures)

Today in Mjörn island, 50 km north of Nimaihuset: another lovely day of service to the Temple/Guru/Krishna. Wonderful weather – clear sky, 25 C still in the evening (it's been like this for two weeks now and it continues), cool but sweet breeze coming from the sea. Tent put up on top of a hill, just by the sea. Nice area, nice freeway-ride with the car, nice people, sweet company of devotees...

 Beautiful framing of that islet in the middle.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There is no non-Krishna (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Vairagya (rejection of the unfavourable) does not mean the elimination of the environment. With the environment you will make friendly relation, establish friendly relation. You belong to Kṛṣṇa, they also belong to Kṛṣṇa. If you alone want the connection with Kṛṣṇa leaving them away, they will remain your enemy, and one day or other they will attract you there.

So why you will be afraid of a particular thing, who is friendly, when you can see that it is only for Kṛṣṇa, meant for Kṛṣṇa's service. So positive adjustment with [the] environment in relation with Kṛṣṇa. That is what is necessary. Everything will remind you about Kṛṣṇa. The service of Kṛṣṇa.

"This is non-Kṛṣṇa". The non-Kṛṣṇa seeing must be off. There is no non-Kṛṣṇa. Isavasyam idam sarvam jagatyena jagam sarvat... everything belongs to Kṛṣṇa and [is] friendly to you. You must dive so deep to feel that everything is meant for Kṛṣṇa.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bossa De Amor by Siddhanta

A new piece of music by Nimaihuset's Siddhanta das (who is also the undisputed master in the art of putting up tents) – Bossa de Amor. Feel the '60s vibe! And don't miss the saxophone – it's LUV :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Chat: The Science of Love (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Srila Prabhupada in Sweden during Gurumaharaj's years as temple president here.
Gurumaharaj to the far left.

June 22 2014, Spain  

My dear devotees. I am very happy to share with you today's chat. First off, I want to offer my humble obeisances to my spiritual master, Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in whose place I am speaking here, because I know if he were here, we would all be listening. Srila Prabhupada planted many seeds of love in many places and it is a great joy for me to see every day how my spiritual master impacted the lives of so many people so deeply.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Faith can see, faith can feel it (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)


Devotee: What is the element that makes us perceive something as real?

Srila Sridhar Maharaj: The sastric name is sraddha, faith, and that is the developed state of sukriti [spiritual merit], as sadhu-sanga [association with agents of the spiritual world]. Those that are in the real plane, the nirguna plane, beyond the creative world, the world of creation, 'gunatita' nitya jagat; the agents of that upper world have come to establish some connection in our soul. The deepest element. What we think to be us, our soul. The connection with sadhu produces some thing which is faith and that faith can see. That is a world which is only approachable by faith. Just as we see color by eyes, sound by ear, so that world only faith can see, faith can feel it, and no other senses.

Faith, that is the real function of soul and that is awakened by the agent of Vaikuntha [the spiritual world], the sadhu. Sukrti, jnata-sukrti, sraddha. By sraddha, then sadhu sanga, the association with the sadhu increases. And the transaction of the culture of reality that takes place gradually makes us fully conscious that where we are living, this is all transient, this is of enemy type, and the real element, my home, is elsewhere, is located in the world of pure consciousness, pure place.''

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Social-spiritual responsibility (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

From Mallorca, August 2013.
"athāto brahma jijñāsā. The vedic scriptures say that every human being has a responsibility to strive for self realization. To try to realize his own soul and his prescribed duty. This is basic, because without understanding your spiritual responsibility you don't really have a concept of social responsibility, because you don't have a concept of what is responsibility." 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spreading the Message of Love – the most important thing in life (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)

Relaxed, informal talk with Gurumaharaj to Berlin-disciples August 2013.

"The most important for all of you is to understand that this human form of life is an extreme adventure to reach the extreme and supreme destination of life. It is not a casual experience. There is nothing casual. Everything is extreme. Everything is intense. Everything is consecrated. The nature of this world is do or die. This is something very exciting. [---] We are communicators of love. And that's what life is all about. "