What the Duck is Sevamrta?
Sevamrta quite literally translates from the Sanskrit as service nectar, roughly: the joy of giving.
Srila Gour Govinda Swami, my Siksa Guru and dear friend
Sevamrta is the reincarnation of an old website that was my first internet baby – the very first website that I ever built even before I started official IT (Microsoft mostly) studies back in the early 00’s and later on in Web Design and in Web Development.
The first Sevamrta was rather clunky but it did what it was told and did it quite well since its only real purpose was for me to upload mp3s of taped lectures of Srila Gour Govinda Swami plus a small collection of related images.
That purpose remains the same, only, since there are already many Srila Gour Govinda Swami mp3 lectures available on private websites and YouTube, albeit mostly very low bitrate, you’ll find that Sevamrta is the remedy for low bitrate files. Everything here should be 128 kbps or higher, up to and maybe including CD quality wavs. Over time, we might amass quite a collection, maybe not, life has limitations.
Sevamrta Later On
The next iteration of Sevamrta was a lot nicer on the eye than the first clunky version, and easy to use but, as usual, I tended to waffle on ad nauseum, then … after a while there was no time for Sevamrta for a few years.
Sevamrta nowadays is a mashup of all sorts of things all jumbled in together with little regard to rhyme or reason. I guess you could say that Sevamrta faithfully reflects the cacophony of my life. Yet somehow it’s all connected by a thread of experiences within a single consciousness that I’ve shared publicly via the web without feeling the need to do more than I care to do, as I would with social media like Facebook. I don’t want to feel pressure to post or respond; hence, Sevamrta.
Recently I was offered a good deal by my previous host to upload a website at a good price so, despite being inordinately busy at the time, I accepted the offer and, by utilising a pre-fabricated WordPress theme (called SG Grid) saved a lot of time and effort and since this portfolio layout can easily be utilised as a blog, thus I have combined as many functions into one as I need.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja Goswami Gurudeva
Sevamrta also offers uploads that share some of my Diksa Gurudeva’s mp3 classes but since there are so many already on the web, only my faves and anything that might be unique. Much of my thinking is based upon my understanding of things that Gurudeva has said, so things that Gurudeva has explained form the basis of my journey from here on. Again, higher quality mp3s of the recent Oz project form the basis of our web presence, plus the occasional jewel (IMHO).
A Common Garden Monster Demon
Although I have sat and listened and even formed a good friendship with both Srila Narayana Maharaja Goswami and Srila Gour Govinda Swami (especially) as well as Professor Fakir Mohan das, and a few other amazing people, I, myself am merely a useless demon, so don’t expect too much highbrow, holy roller opinionated religious comment from me – just the ideas that I understand (or think I understand), but often, there is bound to be a spiritual flavour within my posts, as there is within my life (assuming life slows down enough to permit me sufficient peace and quiet to pursue such inclinations).
Sharing A Life of Lights
You might also find a few photographs that I have taken using my mobile phone. If I see something that looks good, I often photograph it. I am not a photographer, nor do I own a real camera, nor does the little bit of photo-snapping that I do warrant owning a real camera, although I’d possibly use one; it’s just not priority… It’s simply a part of sharing images from the world that surrounds me with anyone who may be interested in checking out what it is that I experience – in short: my “life” – when I do, eventually, get one.
The trouble with death is that most people have never lived. (Socrates, a character in some crazy, entertaining book I read, called, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.)
Freedom on the Internet
Feel free to use any of my uploaded images for any purpose whatsoever, even commercial ones. Just don’t pretend that they are your own work (not that anyone would). You might like to contact me if you need higher quality versions. If you don’t now how to contact me, you probably have no business looking at this website.
The (Evil) Blog
If I think something, imagine something, “opinionate” upon it, ruminate upon it, am fascinated by… I’m inclined to rave on about it; thus the blog. Also, I like looking at the WWW, so if I see something good on the net, I might decide to use it, or part of an image from the web, a news item, a song, whatever. Some things interest me, some things don’t. Sevamrta might interest you. I hope it does.
Comments are enabled on the blog posts BUT I may not ever read them, highly unlikely that I’ll ever reply to them, but you can leave a comment if you like; might be a good way to communicate with your secret lover.
There is one restriction that limits the use of Sevamrta: it is kinda like a diary, so I don’t want everybody and anybody looking at Sevamrta. Please don’t divulge the address to ANYBODY. You may ask my permission to let someone view Sevamrta, if you so desire, and I may give permission. I might not. If I send you the address, it is for your use and for you alone (I don’t mind your kids or spouse looking over your shoulder, but the same restriction also applies to them).
Utilise and maybe even enjoy Sevamrta whilst I’m still inclined to maintain her.
Quack quack! Now you know what he duck Sevamrta is!
25 Oct 2015