Josh Schrei: The God Project: Hinduism as Open-Source Faith

I just read this article today and thought it was really great. I have spent the better part of a month trying to explain to my partner how there really is no Hindu religion…not in the way that we usually mean “religion”. Josh Schrei , in using the concept of “open source” and “closed source” software really does a magnificent job of explaining the main difference between Hinduism and the rest of the major world religions… Now, if only I could  explain the concept of “open source” and “closed source” software to my technologically challenged partner! :)

Josh Schrei: The God Project: Hinduism as Open-Source Faith.


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George Harrison – Govinda

This song is so beautiful and is from The Apple Records album, The Radha Krsna Temple with George Harrison on harmonium, guitar and bass guitar, Tamal Krishna Goswami on flute, Harivilas, Yamuna, Jivananda, Lilavati, Yogesvara on lead vocals, and assembled Hare Krishna devotees on vocals, mridanga and kartals. Govinda is played every morning at all of the ISKCON temples around the world, to greet the deities.

I found the lyrics for Govinda (below) and would really love it if someone could give me an English translation!!

GOVINDA LYRICS

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

Venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam
Barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam
Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

Angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti
Pasyanti panti kalyanti ciram jaganti
Ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

 

UPDATE 11/17/2011 – I found this translation today at this Hare Krsnas website!!

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
Venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam
Barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam
Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham
 

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals, His head decked with peacock feathers, the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, His unique loveliness charming millions of cupids.

 

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
Angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti
Pasyanti panti kalyanti ciram jaganti
Ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya
 

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane.

 

Tiny Wisdom: What It Means to Be Free | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

  • When you choose to forgive instead of seeing the world through bitter eyes, you are free.
  • When learn from your mistakes instead of letting them define or cripple you, you are free.
  • When you love yourself regardless of what other people think, you are free.
  • When you accept uncertainty instead of stressing about what you don’t know, you are free.
  • When you embrace chaos, instead of struggling for control, you are free.
  • When you recognize that we are all imperfect, and then resist the urge to fight that, you are free.
  • When you choose to appreciate what you have instead of lamenting what you’ve lost, you are free.
  • When you plant yourself in this moment, and do what you can to make the most of it, you are free.

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