Surprises at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Surprises at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been meeting and discussing Srila Prabhupada’s movement with various sadhus and spiritual leaders at the Kumbha Mela.

On Sunday, he wrote in a Facebook post:

Today the High Court Judge of Prayagraj came to Kumbha Mela. I met him along with Pundrik Goswami. Goswami spent much of the time telling him how our movement is spreading in Russia and China. The High Court judge was very impressed. Goswami concluded by telling him about Krsna’s Village of Peace at the Polish Woodstock. He went so far as to invite him for this summer’s Woodstock Festival on August 2 and 3. Who knows? Perhaps he’ll come. Lord Caitanya’s samkirtan movement is full of so many wonderful surprises.

Indradyumna Swami also met with Swami Avdheshanand and had a nice discussion about ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada with him. He wrote that he was touched to hear Srila Prabhupada praised by so many leaders at the Kumbha Mela. He wrote:

Swami Avdheshanand is the leader of one million renunciates called Naga Babas. The Naga Babas are given the privilege of being the first to bath in the Ganges at Kumbha Mela. But before they bath, their guru Swami Avdheshanand bathes. When we met yesterday he said, “Oh yes, I know you. We have met several times before. Your movement is spreading all over the world, creating a genuine spiritual revolution. It is most wonderful what your Prabhupada has done!” It is deeply satisfying to hear so many spiritual leaders speak highly of our spiritual master’s achievements.

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

Auspicious Meetings at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Auspicious Meetings at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

This past weekend, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been meeting various sadhus and spiritual leaders at the Kumbha Mela. He and Pundrik Goswami spent several hours with Swami Chidananda of Parmarth Niketan from Rsikesh the other day. Upon hearing the glories of Srila Prabhupada and of Vrindavan, Indradyumna Swami wrote that Swami Chidananda spontaneously offered his help in renovating several holy places in the dhama.

Indradyumna Swami and the devotees also went to take bath at the sangam. He explained in a Facebook post about how the confluence of three rivers in Prayag Raj is known as the Triveni Sangam. Tri means “three” and veni refers to a braid. Sangam means “union.” The dark blue and black Yamuna flows swiftly into the white and gray Ganges, and meanwhile, the sacred river Sarasvati flows underground.

He mentioned in his post, “Bathing in any of these sacred rivers is purifying but the purification is said to increase a hundred times where the rivers meet. The Varaha Purana states: ‘In Prayag there is the Triveni. By bathing there one goes to heaven and by dying there one gets liberation. It is the king of all tirthas [holy places of pilgrimage] and is dear to Lord Vishnu.'”

Yesterday evening, Indradyumna Swami met with Sri Ravi Shankar, and dedicated a Facebook post to the cordial meeting:

Yesterday evening we met with Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art Of Living Foundation with centers in 156 countries. We spoke to him of ISKCON’s success in spreading Krsna consciousness in the United States and mentioned, in particular, our annual Sadhu Sanga Retreat which takes place in his large retreat center in Boone, North Carolina each spring. He was very impressed that over 2,000 devotees come together for 3 days of kirtan and katha during the event. In appreciation, he kindly gave me a gift of a beautiful silk chaddar. So nice to be sharing our movement’s accomplishments around the world with the spiritual leaders of India. It is all the mercy of Srila Prabhupada.

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

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The Festival of Flowers – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Festival of Flowers – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

This past weekend, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami attended the huge and beautiful flower festival at ISKCON Chowpatty, the Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Mandir. He led kirtan and so did others, like Jahnavi Jivana devi dasi. He also wrote in a Facebook post:

The Flower Festival at ISKCON Chowpatty was especially nice this year with the attendance of hundreds of yoga students who had just graduated from their Yoga Teacher Training courses at Govardhan Eco Village. The kirtan roared for hours as the deities and then the devotees were inundated with literally millions of flowers.

The Swami also gave a lecture on the occasion of the flower festival, entitled “Krishna You Are Mine”.

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

The installation of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The installation of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Last week, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami the glorious installation of Radha Madan Mohan deities at the Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai. He created an album with many pictures from the installation ceremony and also revealed what the temple looks like from outside. Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

The large temple is an exact replica of the Madan Mohan Temple in Vrindavan. And the deity Himself is an exact replica of the original deity installed by Vrajanab, the great grandson of Krsna and later worshipped by Srila Sanatana Goswami. Radha Madan Mohan now reside in Karoli, Rajasthan.

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

The Amazing Eco-Village – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Amazing Eco-Village – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In mid-January, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami traveled to ISKCON’s impressive Eco-Village near Mumbai, where he has been happy to have the association of his dear Godbrother, His Holiness Radhanath Swami. There, he will rest some for the next three months until his summer preaching tours kick off again in earnest. Even while at the Eco-village, however, there has been plenty of scope for preaching so far, with devotee programs and with many visitors. As an update on his travels, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Yesterday, on my way to ISKCON’s Eco-Village, just north of Mumbai, I made a short stop at our temple near Juhu beach. I sought the blessings Sri Sri Radha Rasabehari to spend 3 months at the Eco Village, starting today, to rest and recuperate from a long period of active preaching. I also plan to spend significant time reading and chanting. My first break in many years! While taking darsan of the deities I had the good fortune of meeting Gopal Krsna Maharaja. An auspicious start to a new adventure for me!

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

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A Visit to Dubai – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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A Visit to Dubai – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In January, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami visited Dubai for several different programs, one of which involved a panel discussion in front of 500 of Dubai’s elite. In another sweet program, the devotees celebrated His Holiness BB Govinda Swami’s appearance day and Indradyumna Swami wrote him a sweet offering which he spoke at the program. To summarize the trip to Dubai, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

During a 3-day visit to Dubai in the UAE, we participated in several events. First of all a hall program for the local devotees. Then a public program attended by the elite of the city. It was entitled: “Awakening The Soul.” Finally we celebrated my good friend, BB Govinda Maharaja’s, Vyasa Puja. An amazing 72 hours!Your servant, Indradyumna Swami

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

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Remembering a Godbrother – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Remembering a Godbrother – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In early January, Kaliyaphani das left his body in a vehicle accident. Indradyumna Swami then recounted some very sweet memories with Kaliyaphani das in a Facebook post:

My dear godbrother Kaliyaphani prabhu:

It was with great sorrow that I learned of your departure from this world yesterday. I have many fond memories of our times spent together at New Mayapur in France during the 1980’s. I was the temple president and you served in the Gurukula. We both shared a love for chanting the holy names and I can still remember the roaring kirtans we had in the temple room each and every day, as well as on the streets of local towns. Your enthusiasm for chanting the holy names was endless! And who can ever forget the famous theatrical performance of the Appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva that we both participated in for an audience of several hundred devotees from around the European zone? Along with many devotees from New Mayapura we practiced for months. Surely everyone present vividly remembers the final scene of that drama when you as Hiranyakasipu – and me as Lord Nrsimhadeva – fought the final battle for almost half an hour! I still bear scars from the realistic performance we enacted! I will miss you my friend. I have no doubt you are serving our beloved spiritual master now in accordance with your heart’s desire. It will be an honor and a pleasure to serve alongside you again.

Your servant, Indradyumna Swami

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

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Kirtan in South Africa – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Kirtan in South Africa – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami was just recently in Cape Town, South Africa. There, he and some accompanying devotees visited Table Mountain, which he described in a Facebook post is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site and one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. Before that, he was in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was given a VIP Pass to attend a prestigious program: the Global Citizens event.

While in Africa, Indradyumna Swami has led kirtan and taken many pictures of the devotees eagerly participating and dancing in kirtan. He captured the pictures in an album he added to Facebook aptly entitled, “Kirtan in South Africa.”

In the same post, he quoted Srila Prabhupada’s own words about establishing a center in South Africa. Srila Prabhupada wrote in one letter:

“I am so glad to hear that you would like if we could open one branch of our International Society for Krishna Consciousness there in Cape Town, South Africa. That would be very nice. So if you can arrange for our reception, we may go there immediately, and even I may go on my way back from India and establish one centre there [ in South Africa ]. Undoubtedly this movement is very sublime and anyone who takes to it becomes happy.”

[ Srila Prabhupada letter, July 3, 1971 ]

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

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Kartika Parikrama: Vrindavan and Mayapur 2018

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Kartika Parikrama: Vrindavan and Mayapur 2018 – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Kartik Parikrama has begun! His Holiness Indradyumna Swami is now in Vrindavan, India, taking some 400 Devotees to various holy places with his associates, Bada Hari das, Caturatma das, and others.

Last week, the group started their Parikrama by going to the Radha Vallabha temple in downtown Vrindavan. He noted in a Facebook post that “Most of our 400 devotees had never seen that most beautiful deity with His dark black eyes!”
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The Parikrama party was also fortunate to visit Bharatpur. Indradyumna Swami described the town in a Facebook post:
Our Kartika parikrama took us to Bharatpur, a town within the sacred boundaries of Vraja Mandala, that is rich in the history of Vaisnava culture. A former king, Maharaj Suraj Mal, protected Bharatpur from foreign invaders, while at the same time inspiring his subjects in their spiritual lives. There are a number of beautiful temples of Radha and Krsna in Bharatpur. Our parikrama party of 420 devotees performed harinam throughout the city, much to the delight of the citizens.
Ananta Vrindavan das has already released a video about the Kartik 2018 activities and continues to photograph the activities of the Devotees and Indradyumna Swami while on Parikrama.

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

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Better Than Broadway – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Better Than Broadway – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been traveling to different locations around the United States with his festival tour group. Viva Kultura had an enormously successful show at Vanderbilt University recently, and they had another nice program in New Albany, Ohio, where the Mayor was in attendance.

In a Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami recounted the event:

Sloan Spalding, the respected mayor of New Albany, Ohio where we held our show two days ago, commented after the show “This is better than any New York Broadway production!” And he meant it.

After the program, Indradyumna Swami went on to the ISKCON temple in Chicago, where the Devotees were so pleased to welcome him. He led a vivacious kirtan that had everyone dancing and chanting with great joy.

Just a few days before, Indradyumna Swami posted on Facebook a beautiful meditation on Srila Prabhupada:

Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, it is said in the Bhagavad-gita that if one thinks of Krsna at the moment of death, he goes to Krsna. What if one thinks of his spiritual master?

Srila Prabhupada: He will go to Krsna because spiritual master is also going to Krsna.

[ Lecture, Nairobi, October 28, 1975 ]

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