Monday, May 30, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

This photo was taken in the ecological village sactuary of Varshana in Colombia, during  the meeting of the mystics as they formed the United Nations of the Spirit.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Spiritual knowledge, what is that?

Q: So you have a guru, what does it mean?

A: A guru is a teacher who gives spiritual knowledge.

Q: "Spiritual knowledge", what is that supposed to mean?

A: Let me put it this way. Have you ever truly felt compassion for someone? Or truly felt gratitude? Or been awestruck by the beauty of nature? When you feel these things, you have a basic awareness of the sanctity of life. But this awareness can grow into something much greater, like a tree grows from a seed. The sense of sanctity can come from the background into the foreground. It can enter your life like a rising sun. It will cause you to re-evaluate your old habits, and put your current sense of knowledge into perspective. You can't know these things before a guru crosses your path, but he will do so when you are ready.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

United Nations of the Spirit

In the native tounge of all humankind nature is mother
always adressed as the fair gender
all earthlings recieve her abundant care, so tender.

When the various forms our earth mother gives birth to
Illuminates bright in the light of wisdom shining trough hearts, transparent and pure
Then nature truly speak her heart to us on our common mother tounge.

In the shining rays of sages extatic poetry, trees will truly grow tall above us, as our revered teachers of fortitude and generousity.
Shrubbs, and grass will show us what means true humility

Her many forms forever expanding in aestetic limitless detail, inconceavably find themselfes in perfect composition within the golden frame of her all embracing love.

Earths wise elders, from cultures so diverse, dress the same naked wisdom in ever new garments, 
with threads of faith and trust they knitt a multicoloured tapestry
Earth adornes herself, preparing for a grand wedding 

yet dark and cold are the winter of ages, when humankind lost their kindness and with it, their humanity
Mother shed tears of compassion as she beholds her many poor children devoid of the wealth of simplicity,

The earths wise then saw their beloved Mothers need 
the eternal ice melting, once mighty rivers dying
chemical pollution and genetic engeneering of seed
Leaders of the great nations unite to trade,  unable to see, as if blind

As an answer to earth Mothers silent prayer, a gathering of mystics took place
in the highlands of the Andees
Attended by Chiefs of all tribes, Mammos, Shamans and  Brahmins, all of earths diverse wise
The elder brothers of our great world family
In the light of translation these great seers could see. The essence of all of earth ancestral wisdom
unconditional love, to be

Oh what a joyous celebration of faith!, a golden marriage within, of love and wisdom. Of unity and diversity!
And so from the Kiwa in Varshana, the sacred sanctuary of our great mothers heart. The united nations of the spirit formed, inviting the whole world to be a part

Nature recieves the suns arrival in hemisphere, with joyous youthful spring
flowers blossom, revealing earths concealed feelings, aromas carried by the soft breeze , truly intoxicating!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Why the Lord has a human form

Nobody wants to invite a huge cosmic manifestation into the house, it would not fit!
-- Brahma-samhita das
In other words; although the human form seems limited in time and space, these limitations make it very suitable for loving exchanges. The Lord may appear in a human body outside your house, just so you can invite Him in for tea. There is no question of inviting the all-pervading form which is already inside the house and has already tasted your cookies, that exchange would be meaningless.

The human body is quite awkward for a spirit soul; it has so many needs, even learning to walk on two legs is awkward for the baby. But all these needs enable us to serve each other, sacrificing our own needs to fulfil another's, and this makes our existence beautiful. All these limitations enable us to strive for something, just as there would be no union without separation. The human form is not perfect for attaining peace, but it is perfect for serving and being served. Is it therefore surprising that the Lord appears in this form, to love and be loved?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Subal's and Padma's wedding

A sweet video from the Vedic wedding of Subal and Padma on the Swedish mela, made by Siddhanta prabhu.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The purpose of Kali Yuga

Excerpt from morning class during Gurumaharaj's visit to Nimaihuset on 8 May 2016.

Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti: Any questions?

Satyavrata Muni das: Yes... I wonder what is the point of the Kali Yuga? Am I allowed to ask that question?

Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti: Ah... what is the point of Kali Yuga? I love this question, because, it obliges us to be self-critical. Sva... kalāv asmin yuge janāḥ mandāḥ sumanda-matayo manda-bhāgyā hy upadrutāḥ. This is one of the first verses in the Bhagavatam, explains the need of the Kali Yuga. He says, the Kali Yuga has come, in a way, to wake up those who are the laziest, the less intelligent, the less sincere, who have gotten the invitation of Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, and they still linger on, full of this materialistic "I want to get this and that", and they become so divided over everything, so, we need to get them the Kali Yuga atmosphere to hopefully wake them up. It's not exactly a charming reason, no? It means, there is another way, Prabhupad used to say, "Either you learn by hearing or you learn by suffering, and some people don't even learn when the suffering comes". Then they get another chance. First of all, at the pralaya, destruction, time of destruction, you get a resting time in Mahavishnu. And then you come back, and again the cycle starts. Because regardless of our stupidity God loves us, but He doesn't want to take away our free participation. And another thing I must add there, as I see a certain vibration going through your eyes, and that is, don't question the good intention of the divine towards us. Don't do that, don't allow your mind to do that, because if you do that, it's like, here we are, little stupid say say "God, could you please come on this chair, this is the accusation, accused chair, now we gonna bring... Hey, prosecutor, could you please present the case against him?" (laughter) And you, seat yourself on the judge seat. "Now listen, now my lord I will check you out", no? This Gurumaharaj says you should not do. It doesn't belong to us, this position of questioning the good intentions of the Creator towards us. It destroys something with us, it creates a kind of, artificial pride. And this artificial pride, by the way is very popular because those who deny the existence of God, they not only put Him on the accusation chair, they already deleted Him, as "the accused doesn't exist". (laughs)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mighty as thunder, yet shy

An offering to the Lotusfeet of Srila Gurudeva Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj

Your days turns into its pages
The life story of the Lord of all life is breathing and alive with you!

He surprises you and you surprise Him aswell
Just like Raya Ramananda, unaware what he was about to tell

In times of seperation you ornament fortunate dasis, sheltered by Vishnupriya devi, with pleasing qualities
Tutoring them in for the full moon ring dance, turning time into longing preperation.

Empowered by the Lord like his friend, Hero Arjuna
You bring relief to our earth mother
Unifying all brothers, Bhaktas, mamos and munis alike, the worlds diverse wise.
Shredding asunder with sharp arrows of truth all heavy lies.
Mighty as thunder, yet shy

As faiths first friend in confidence console her with expert grace
The whole world heals in her maternal embrace