Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Awaken (Ananda Shanti)

Some fine conscious electronic music by our Godbrother Ananda Shanti prabhu from Berlin/Canary Islands.

2:25: "That's what religion, that's what spirituality, that what yoga, that's what true human culture is meant to do – awaken the Divinity that is within us. And to be an instrument of That." (Radhanath Swami)



 
"Deep yoga, inbound yoga – there you find your priorities."

"The Srimad Bhagavatam is telling us about the perfection of the yoga system. What is that perfection of yoga? That which removes all the illusion in our life and establishes us in a healthy and wholesome way."

"What is the essence of all this? This is really the most important question to ask."

"The Inbound Yoga System is giving us a chance to become a member of that group of people who want to become instruments of Divine Love."

"We have to also understand that of all the yogas, the most ecstatic execution of communion is when we pray to the Holy Name [chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra]: when we invoke the presence of Ishvara in our life to become an instrument of His. No yoga exercise is comparable to that. Even if you do the most incredible and difficult yoga exercises, it has nothing to do with that intensive conclusion and dedication: My Lord, let me be an instrument of Your love."





/Sevananda das

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sri Radhastami celebration


On Saturday the 10th September we celebrate Sri Radhastami, 
the appearance day of Srimati Radharani.
Sri Radhe, the Queen of Vrindavana, is the female part of 
the Divine Couple – the Absolute, forever divided
for the purpose of love.

We celebrate this very special appearance day with kirtan, class by Brahma-Samhita prabhu, arati, and afterwards some fine prasadam, with extra focus on plums in different forms, Her favorite, from our own donated plum tree.

The celebration begins at 17.

(The real Sri Radhastami is on Friday 9th and we will celebrate this day too in a small and intimate manner at 18.)

Warm welcome!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sri Krishna Janmastami!

 
On Saturday the 27th August we celebrate Sri Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day 5000 years ago of The Original Person, The Spiritual Sun, the last word of the sweet Absolute Truth, Sri Krishna, 
paying a visit in the material world, to clear up a little, 
speak the Bhagavad Gita, and play.

There will be kirtan (congregational singing of the Holy Names), 
lecture about Sri Krishna by Brahma-Samhita Prabhu,  
abisheka (Deity-bathing), arati (Deity greeting), 
and lots of Krishna-prasadam – sanctified vegetarian food.
The celebration begins at 17.

Warm welcome!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

True renunciation




All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

My beloved devotees, I hope you are very well in your respective services.

I want to tell you that sending a weekly message to the whole community has been my habit during the last 15 years. However, this year we have left it in one way or another. This is a new attempt to get back to sending the Sunday chat to share with each one of you.

There are three things that one must never give up in one's spiritual practice. That is: tapa (austerity), yagna (sacrifice) and dana (charity). Austerity is something basic to realize in the era of Kali-yuga. Srila Prabhupada also called it ”simple living with high thinking”. Sacrifice is expressed as chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord; may it be in the form of japa, in kirtan at meetings, in conferences or even writing about the glories of the Lord. Charity refers to making temples with such a beautiful atmosphere that people do not want to leave and go back to material existence where we all come from. Places full of sadhu-sangha.

All what is realized in the company of the sadhus or the devotees, is profound and beneficial purification. The sadhu-sangha is full of rasa, full of taste and appreciation for others. There may even be people for whom we do not have a natural appreciation in the world, but then they suddenly transform into recipients of a special mercy. As it is said in the prayer: ”Lord, please grant me Your mercy when I deserve it the less, because that is when I need it the most.” In this way we can constantly maintain the wish to encourage all those who are around, which includes members as well as non-members of the spiritual community.

In the same way that we have to learn to know the action in non-action, we have to learn the concept of disregard/unattachment in attachment. This means that since they have a material body, the devotees who search disregard, they constantly have to be in contact with the material energy. This is inevitable. Thus, the devotees have to keep temples and centres open in a practical and efficient way so that people can learn more about spirituality. They have to participate in campaigns to resolve unfavourable ecological situations that can affect the beings around them. They have to take care of their health and respective bodies to be in perfect conditions when they share the message of Sri Krishna to the world. They have to maintain their families happy and healthy. They have to become excellent professionals in the fields that Srila Prabhupada defined that the devotees must enter in action, etc.

Sometimes one can feel a strong impulse to renounce all material attachments and run away from them, but in that case the true renunciation becomes the act of fulfilling one's duties and responsibilities. Because it is through this accomplishment that one qualifies for transcendence. As soon as one abandons one's independence and takes refuge under the protection of a vaishnava, the very vaishnava gives you responsibilities to protect that only can be carried out with mature criteria and individual judgement. Such a responsible and careful attitude is totally healthy for spiritual advancement of those who have become inspired by the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.

I beg you to reflect upon these topics and share with the members of your community and families.

Jay Srila Prabhupada!

All my love from Ecuador.
Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti

translation
Manah Shiksha Devi Dasi

Friday, July 29, 2016

The tent: Moving around on the transcendental plane

It's interesting how the perception of the tent-jobs has changed as we get faster and faster. It's service to the Temple/Guru/Krishna, and with the increasing ease and ensuing joy for service, so the reciprocation – spiritual ecstasy – has increased. And we have reached new levels. 

In the beginning it was slow and heavy: it took around 4 hours to put the tent up, and down – always faster – around 2. As increasing skills, speed, ease and tent job-ecstasy took us to a higher level, the experience was that in comparison to the previous, we were so fast putting it up that it felt like we were taking it down. And on reaching the next level, it was dreamlike. One job was so fast and ecstatic that it was like it never happened.

Now it's beyond time. It's eternal. The feeling is that there is no putting it up or taking it down, it's always there – transcendental, just either manifest or unmanifest. And we just move around on this transcendental plane in an Eternal Now collecting donations to the Temple in beautiful gardens.


 Unmanifest.



  Manifest.



Unmanifest. 



Photos from Stenkullen by Mattias Tempsch


Previous posts about the tent:

/ Sevananda das

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The tent: Rävlanda. This Year's Team



Rävlanda, 37 km east of Gupta Vrindavan Nimaihuset: this year's tent team. From left to right: Subal "Tent Intelligence Prabhu" das, Premsita "Gupta Harikatha" devi dasi, Sevananda "Danam Collector" das

The renter made lots of seva and donated extra, and afterwards we had a spontaneous satsang over a nice cup of tea on the veranda about spiritual sound. In the evening he also had a sound-file in his mailbox with Srila Prabhupada chanting the Hare Krishna-mantra for 1 hour, about as high spiritual sound as it gets.

On the way back in the car we remembered 2 years back when we explained reincarnation to a renter who was throwing a party for his 50th birthday. If he didn't get it before, he probably did when Premsita waved him goodbye with: "See you on your next 50th birthday".  

Photo-seva by Siv Rosén

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Previous posts about the tent:

 
/ Sevananda das

Friday, July 22, 2016

Natures Hidden Teachers - The Personalities Of Trees

Tree Hugging And Spiritual Activism

"One of the most important women on the planet"


And the peoples she refers to in this talk...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Nimaihuset 10 years-celebration!