Nectar Pot – Its Story and Vision

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Whenever devotees from all over the world would visit our sanga, they would ask me to copy recorded lectures, kirtans, soft books and other nectar for them. Since I have a large collection I ended up spending countless nights copying data unto hard-discs.

One day I started calling the discs Nectar Pots, because ultimately we should relish all this nectar in the nectar pot of our heart. Krsna steals butter from the gopis‘ pots and He relishes the prema-rasa in the nectar pots of His devotees‘ hearts.

Once they started relishing the nectar, they came back begging for more and wanted the latest nectar and I spent extra time cross-checking what they already had and what not. So the idea was to take Nectar Pot online. I purchased the domain nectarpot.com and was planning to keep on uploading nectar. Due to other commitments, this hasn’t taken off yet and I have used the domain for personal publications, which could easily be shifted to a sub-site.

In fact, that was the idea – that every member has an account and a personal platform with a profile that contains all their skills (e. g. expertise in a particular field of bhakti, language, healing, professional skills, etc), interests ( e. g. Hindi kirtans) needs (e. g. looking for Bangla to English translator in India), publications, links, etc. The Nectar Pot Bee Dance algorithm then acts like bees who come to the hive and show-dance to others where some newly discovered nectar matching their profile is waiting for them. Giving and taking is both nectar in bhakti, so both will be suggested to the members. Similar algorithms are used by platforms like LinkedIn.

Through Buddy Press we can have a dedicated Gaudiya social media platform without all the downsides of Facebook et al, and through open source Wiki we can have our own Gaudiya Wiki. However, we will tailor it in such a way as to minimize conflicts. Instead of putting edit against edit, we will provide parallel versions of Wiki entries on the same topic, allowing for a coverage of all stakeholders‘ opinions. This will provide an interesting one-stop research tool.

Every entry has a blog attached where Nectar Pot members can comment (contesting comments are limited to one comment with a link to a separate article and blog dedicated to debate, unless the creator invites debate). Membership is free but binds one to follow guidelines and etiquette, allowing admins to warn members, delete comments and suspend accounts.

The Nectar Pot library will systematically categorize all Gaudiya and related media in one space and provide links to where the nectar can be found, be it on other websites, Google drive or YouTube, etc. It will be searchable and browse-able by category. All member profiles (if permission is granted by the member) will be searchable too, so I can e. g. search for an English speaking parikrama guide in Assam. Of course, if I enter the same as a need then the Bee Dance algorithm will automatically find it or notify me once it becomes available.

Life is short, so I’m sharing this here with all devotees. In case I happen not to see this come to fruition, others hopefully will. Radhe-Syam!

About the Author

Radhamadhav Das is a monk, author and teacher living in Vrindavan, India. He is a disciple of the great Bhakti Yoga master Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, who served as the President of the World Vaishnava Association and wrote the classic Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates.

Besides his monastic engagements and writing, he is serving as the founder of the Sublime Union, as the secretary of the Dharma & Science Committee of the World Vaishnava Association, as a member of the Sustainable Vaishnava Committee, as a Yoga teacher, as a columnist of the Yoga Life Magazine and as a visiting lecturer in various universities.

Radhamadhav Das was born in rural Switzerland in 1980 into a multi-cultural family. His Swiss mother is a doctor and former state council of Zurich and his Malaysian father co-founded Interwind, setting up the first large wind turbines in Switzerland. After studying environmental science at the ETH Zurich (Federal IT), Radhamadhav Das taught at colleges in Zurich and Bern. In the holistic school Ecole d’Humanite, he taught networked science, Swiss geography, biology, mathematics, sound engineering, Batik painting, martial art and self-defense. He obtained PhD in philosophy from Florida Vedic College.

He has been living in and travelling across India for fifteen years, practicing and teaching Bhakti Yoga and classical Ashtanga Yoga. In 2oo1 he studied Yoga based on the classical samadhi-centered Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali in Chennai and then deepened his practice in solitude in the Himalayan mountains. From 2003-2005 he studied and served at the New Jagannath Puri Dham Temple Zurich and Bhakti Sanga Bern.

Thereafter, he moved to India, where he became the personal servant of the late Dr. Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu, who was the most eminent scholar on Gaudiya Vaisnava culture in Orissa and on Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur. He was known for rediscovering and serving Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur’s ancestral Radha-Madhava Deities.  Radhamadhav Das was fortunate to serve as Their Pujari and continues to do so when They visit Vrindavan every Kartik month. He also assisted Fakir Mohan Prabhu in completing his D. Lit thesis on the Origin and Development of Gaudiya Vaisnavism in Orissa, which is now being translated into English.

In 2007 he did his Bhakti-sastri in the Srimad Bhagavata Vidyapitham in Govardhan, where he also studied Sanskrit, Srimad-Bhagavatam and Tattva-Sandarbha. Sri Aindra Das Prabhu, the founder of the 24 hours kirtan in the Krishna-Balaram temple in Vrindavan, taught him Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu and gave him his blessings to take first and second initiation from Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

After his initiation in Mayapur in 2009, he traveled with his spiritual master across India for five years. Besides personally assisting him as his personal servant, he recorded and webcasted his lectures, edited and translated his books and photographed his perfect example of pure devotion. Srila Tirtha Maharaj instructed him to take care of the foreign devotees, to carefully study all devotional books, to complete his PhD thesis on Sri Caitanya’s acintya-bhedabheda-darsana and to present the science of devotion to the educated circles. On Gaura Purnima in 2011 he handed him his PhD certificate from the Florida Vedic College in the annual assembly. During his association with his spiritual master, he also served and received teachings from Srila Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Goswami Maharaja, the Chief Adviser of the World Vaishnava Association.

In 2014, Radhamadhav Das won the Audarya Award of Benevolence for his book Unity in Diversity. He initially started to compile this book at the request of the Director of the Bhaktivedanta Instititute, H. H. Bhaktisvarup Damodar Maharaj (Dr. T. D. Singh), to present the school of thought of Sri Caitanya in a scientific way. Around that time, his spiritual master decided to withdraw from the external world and enter a state of half-samadhi. Although it came with the price of a frugal lifestyle, Radhamadhav Das thereafter chose the path of an independent sevaka and scholar as this allows maximum loyalty to one’s own given services.

At present, Radhamadhav Das is focusing on making a green transition to a sustainable life in order to prevent the impeding ecocide and infrastructure collapses. This is lined out in Need of the Hour, his latest publication. He lives in Vrindavan, where he is building a self-sufficient Eco Village with local villagers and friends. He was given the 2016 Munger Raj Award for sustainable development.

To raise global eco-awareness, he is teaming up with VR producers in Hollywood to make a VR experience of Mother Earth, for which he has composed the song “I am Your Mother” as well as the script.

He is also working on a new book about the inner connection of Lord Caitanya and Lord Jagannatha focusing on Krishna’s empathic experience of Srimati Radharani’s super-excellent love for Him. Although this particular union in separation lies at the core of Sri Caitanaya’s inner journey, it is still waiting to be unfolded more and more to the devotee community.

This website is under construction.

More nectar will be added soon 🙂

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