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Fruits and Flowers: The Devotees of Moscow – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Fruits and Flowers: The Devotees of Moscow – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

The last stop of Indrayumna Swami’s Russian tour was Moscow, Russia. In a youtube video filmed in Moscow, Indradyumna Swami glorifies his Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada:

“We’ve also come with a sense of nostalgia, because this is where our Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada, came during his visit in 1971. Actually, there’s a number of well-known photos of Prabhupada, walking up toward Red Square, walking through Red Square, looking up at St. Basil’s Cathedral. It was during Prabhupada’s visit here that he met Professor Kotovsky. They had some discussion about Krishna Consciousness and just as significant is when Prabhupada’s secretary at that time, Syamasundara das, during a shopping spree getting some fruits and vegetables for Srila Prabhupada, he met one young boy interested. Anatoli came back to Srila Prabhupada’s hotel room and spent a significant amount of time with Srila Prabhupada for a few days speaking about Krishna Consciousness. And by Prabhupada’s boundless mercy, that young man became his first and only Russian disciple, and Ananta Santi, as he was initiated, did a significant amount of service in this country. He also traveled all over the country and preached Krishna Consciousness. So in this way Srila Prabhupada planted the first seed of Krishna Consciousness here in Russia and our good fortune has been during the last few weeks to travel the length and breadth of this country and inspire the devotees who came about as a result of that preaching. A seed grows into eventually a beautiful tree and produces fruits and flowers, so the fruits and flowers of Srila Prabhupada’s preaching up to the present day and certainly for many centuries to come is all the very beautiful devotees who have come forth.”

To listen to one of Indradyumna Swami’s classes delivered in Moscow, please visit his youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

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Moscow: The Fruit of Srila Prabhupada’s Preaching – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Moscow: The Fruit of Srila Prabhupada’s Preaching – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

The very last stop of Indrayumna Swami’s Russian tour was Moscow, Russia. Again, he was accompanied  by his dear friends and travel companions, Caturatma das and Badahari das.

Of the trip, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a recent post on his Facebook page:

Our visit to Moscow was the last stop on our preaching tour of Russia. There we discovered literally thousands of devotees, the fruit of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to the capitol in 1971. We arrived on Victory Day, a celebration by the Russian people of their victory over the Nazis in World War II. Red Square was alive with a show of military might. As we stood there we pondered that Srila Prabhupada also came to the same square during his visit to Moscow. In our heart’s we quietly celebrated his victory in bravely and boldly establishing Krsna consciousness in the country many years ago.

Please check Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook profile for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

To listen to one of Indradyumna Swami’s classes delivered in Moscow, please visit his youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

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The enthusiasm of the Devotees in St. Petersburg – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The enthusiasm of the Devotees in St. Petersburg – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Towards the end of his Russian tour, Indradyumna Swami traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia with his dear friends and travel companions, Caturatma das and Badahari das. Badahari das went on to narrate a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s visit to St. Petersburg.

Indradyumna Swami summed up the trip to St. Petersburg in a recent post on his Facebook page:

Towards the end of our Russian tour we visited the devotees in St. Petersburg, the cultural capitol of the country. In 6 weeks we had travelled over 10,000 kilometres from the far eastern city of Vladivostok. St. Petersburg was built over 300 years ago by Peter the Great. Our devotees have been active in the city since the late 1980’s. As everywhere we immersed ourselves in Krsna katha and endless kirtans!

Meanwhile, Badahari das narrated the video describing the visit in more detail. He said:

We’ve just had a wonderful three days here with the Devotees of St. Petersburg. Of course, St. Petersburg itself is a beautiful city, probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s approximately 315 years old and it was established by Peter the Great as the capitol city of Russia, and it’s  the cultural capital of the city.

We’ve very much enjoyed our stay here with the Devotees, They’re very enthusiastic and Krishna Consciousness has been here for a long time, since the 1980’s. Three hundred regularly initiated devotees and overall, there’s about 1500 in the congregation, so the programs are thriving. There are five restaurants in the city—very successful, nice restaurants. Harinama goes out once a week and there’s Food for Life four times a week. There are around 30 Devotees that do regular book distribution, and approximately 500 of Srila Prabhupada’s books go out in a week. So it’s a very thriving center. We always enjoy our programs here. As always, we’re impressed with the Devotees’ enthusiasm for Krishna Consciousness, the basic program of hearing and chanting. They love to listen to classes and they love kirtan. We go on for many hours with kirtan each day.

Please check Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook profile for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Badahari das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s youtube channel. To listen to one of Indradyumna Swami’s kirtans from St.Peterbsurg, please visit his youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

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“The residents of Vrindavan are more glorious” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“The residents of Vrindavan are more glorious” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Last week, Indradyumna Swami traveled to Sochi, Russia, situated on the Black Sea. He was accompanied by his dear friends and travel companions, Caturatma das and Badahari das. Caturatma das went on to narrate a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s visit to Sochi in Southern Russia.

Even while he is traveling all over Russian, Indradyumna Swami is thinking of Vrindavan and his heart remains there. He quoted on his Facebook page:

“I pray that I may engage in the service of the moving and non-moving residents of Vrindavan. What are Brahma and the other demigods in comparison to them? The residents of Vrindavan are more glorious. They are very dear to Vraja’s king. Their forms are eternal, spiritual and full of nectar. Their glories are limitless. They are the root that sprouts into the bliss of the Upanisads.”

[ Vrindavan Mahimamrita, Sataka One, verse 61 ]

And just a few days prior, Indradyumna Swami quoted in a Facebook post:

“I’ve spent many days in Vrindavan! I’ve chanted Radha’s name!’ Only these words will be my strength as I fall deep into hell due to my karma.”

[ Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati, Vṛndāvana-mahimāmṛtam 9.84 ]

Translated by Hari Parshad Das from the Sanskrit available at Gaudiya Grantha Mandira. Printed in Issue 376 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindhu, published by Gopal Jui Publications.

Please check Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook profile for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Caturatma das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

Beautiful Climate, Beautiful Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Beautiful Climate, Beautiful Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Last week, Caturatma das narrated a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s visit to Sochi in Southern Russia. He described the warm reception that he, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, and Badahari das received upon their arrival in this warmer more part of Russia located on the Black Sea.

Of the visit to Sochi, Indradyumna Swami wrote on his facebook page:

The city of Sochi in southern Russia was a milestone in our tour through Russia. The warm weather, the scenic views and the beauty of the Black Sea were overwhelming. But far greater was the association of the 400 devotees living in Sochi and their taste for Krsna katha, chanting the holy names and their constant endeavour to bring others into the fold.

In the video, Indradyumna Swami’s very good friend, Caturatma das, said (speaking about the Russian tour):

So many enthusiastic and happy devotees. This is the true statement that Krishna  Consciousness works. Sochi means wonderful programs, nice prasdam, wonderful kirtans, and the association of great devotees. We’re very happy to be here and we’re looking forward to coming back here again.

Please check Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook profile for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Caturatma das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

Warm Climate, Warmer Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Warm Climate, Warmer Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Last week, Caturatma das narrated a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s visit to Sochi in Southern Russia. He described the warm reception that he, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, and Badahari das received upon their arrival in this warmer more part of Russia located on the Black Sea. Sochi is considered to be the Mediterranean of Russia: the weather is beautiful, the beaches are there, and there are lovely snow-capped mountains in the background. About 600,000 people reside in Sochi.

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Indradyumna Swami’s very good friend, Caturatma das, narrated the video and said:

It’s been an adventure and everyone on our team has been excited at each of the different temples we’ve gone to and been enlivened by each of the different types of devotees that we’ve met and been very happy to share Krsna consciousness with the Devotees with whom we’ve come in contact. This is the wonderful thing about moving from one temple to another and sharing Krishna Consciousness as Srila Prabhupada gave it to all of us so many years ago and seeing how that has grown and blossomed so wonderfully here in Russia, in all parts of Russia, from the east all the way to the west, from the north all the way to the south.

Please check Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook profile for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Caturatma das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

The warm-hearted devotees of Sochi, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The warm-hearted devotees of Sochi, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Last week, in a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s visit to Sochi in Southern Russia, Caturatma das described how he, along with His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and Badahari das encountered the sweet devotees in this warmer more part of Russia located on the Black Sea. Sochi is considered to be the Mediterranean of Russia: the weather is beautiful, the beaches are there, and there are lovely snow-capped mountains in the background. About 600,000 people reside in Sochi.

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Indradyumna Swami’s very good friend, Caturatma das, narrated the video and said:

The devotees have been established here in the city for a very long time. Back in the 1980’s the early pioneers of Krishna Consciousness in Russia came to Sochi because it reminded them of India with its warm climate. Tropical trees, palm trees, banana trees can be found everywhere here. So they began preaching here and as a result its one of the oldest devotional communities in Russia.

Currently the devotee community is about 350-400 devotees residing here, they own a very nice piece of property just overlooking the city below. Two large brick buildings with a spacious space for all of their programs and pandals. Very, very wonderful Gaura-Nitai Deities are presiding over here and just behind Them on the altar are beautiful Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subadra. Very unique features like you’ve never seen before. We’re very happy to be in Sochi. After all of our travels around the devotees here are very warm-hearted. We’ve held several festivals here. It was two very jam-packed days: invitations, Nrsimha-Caturdashi, and then the following day we observed a ten couple wedding ceremony. It was a very wonderful event because it showed how much important these weddings are in a Vaisnava community, these commitments to each other and the commitment as a couple to the community itself. We were very well-received, the wedding was very, very popular and everyone was quite satisfied here with the results.

Please check Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook profile for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Caturatma das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from his ongoing Russian tour.

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“Cooperation Between the Devotees” in Yekaterinburg, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“Cooperation Between the Devotees” in Yekaterinburg, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

On Wednesday, in a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s travels to Yekaterinburg, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, Caturatma das, Bhakti Rasayana Sagar Swami (Indradyumna Swami’s sannyasa disciple), and Badahari das described the glories of the devotees in this part of Russia.

Bhakti Rasayana Sagara Swami said:

So for me this Yatra, Yekaterinburg, is quite special because I spent a number of years here and I know many devotees. And I think the special feature of this community is that there is no particular leader who is organizing and managing everything. They work in collaboration with each other, because there are so many senior devotees. And I think it’s [a] really wonderful example of what Prabhupada wanted to see, cooperation between the Devotees. And together, they do a lot of wonderful things. And there are many independent thoughtful devotees here who realize that the most important thing in Krsna consciousness is relationships with each other. That’s why this Yatra is so successful.

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Look at Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook for updates regarding his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Caturatma das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s facebook page. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find a kirtan with Indradyumna Swami and Badhari das in Yekaterinburg.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.

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The Mercy of the Spiritual Master – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Mercy of the Spiritual Master – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Sometime around 2003-4, I slept more than necessary. My wife, Rasika Siromani dasi always tried to wake me up and I wouldn’t get up easily. So one time she complained to our spiritual master, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami Maharaja about it. Maharaja generally doesn’t take sides in such not-so-critical disputes between husband and wife. In that particular instance, he was somewhat in a jovial mood and he also saw how Rasika was sincerely trying to help me by making me get up early to do my spiritual practices properly.

So he said “Govinda Caran: Whenever Rasika wakes you up, you have to get up. This is my instruction to you”. I had to obey it. For many years, that instruction helped me. Now her complaint is that I don’t sleep enough! Such is the mercy of the spiritual master! Indradyumna Swami Maharaja ki jaya!

[ Govinda Caran das ]

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The Russian Tour Continues in Yekaterinburg, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Russian Tour Continues in Yekaterinburg, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

This past week, in a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s travels to Yekaterinburg, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, Caturatma das, Bhakti Rasayana Sagar Swami (Indradyumna Swami’s sannyasa disciple), and Badahari das described the glories of the devotees in this part of Russia.

Chaturatma das said:

As Indradyumna Swami was saying, this temple community is quite successful and we particularly see that during the kirtans. The enthusiasm with the devotees as we’ve experienced all over Russia is just contagious. For me, personally, Yekaterinburg’s been particularly nice because while traveling through Siberia Vaisnavas were there and it was very good association but I didn’t know very many of them. One here, two there. Coming to Yekaterinburg where we’ve been so many times and where so many of these devotees are regular participants in the Polish tour, I know many of these devotees, so it’s like coming home.”

Look at Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook for updates in his Russian Tour. Actually, in several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the inspiring nature of his ongoing Russian tour with Badahari das, Caturatma das, and others.

The excerpt above, spoken by Caturatma das, came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s facebook page. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find a kirtan with Indradyumna Swami and Badhari das in Yekaterinburg.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.