A sober person – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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A sober person – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind’s demands, the actions of anger, and the urges of the tongue, belly, and genitals, is qualified to make disciples all over the world.” [Sri Upadesamrta, verse 1]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; November-December, 2009 – To see original post please click here.

Excerpt from Revolution – by Indradyumna Swami

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Yesterday, after His Holiness Indradyumna Swami finished his lecture a lady approached him. Indradyumna Swami was sitting next to the stage getting ready for the fabulous bhagavatam play and the lady came and said, ‘Can I sit next to you for a minute’. Indradyumna Swami said…”Hmmm….ok.” She said respectfully that she wouldn’t take much of his valuable time; she just wanted to thank Indradyumna Swami for what Indradyumna Swami shared in his talk today. So what Indradyumna Swami has said this afternoon has actually saved her life.

Last year she lost her son in a tragic car accident, and because of the trauma, tension and the confusion that it caused in her family, her marriage disintegrated. Her husband divorced her three months ago and it caused her to act in so many unusual ways that so many of her friends abandoned her. She couldn’t make sense of what’s happening in her life and she came to the point of complete desperation.

She said that she is embarrassed to say that seeing no other alternative, she was contemplating suicide. She was contemplating taking her own life and she was not even planning to come to Indradyumna Swami’s festival. She was just walking in a state of confusion down here by the port, and then she saw the colourful big event and she thought maybe it would cheer her up. So she came and sat on the front row, and immediately Indradyumna Swami came on the stage and in his lecture, Indradyumna Swami explained how we are all responsible for our actions both in this life. It was a little difficult for her to accept what Indradyumna Swami was saying about past lives, but logically it made sense to her, so she accepted it.

Why had all these problems come up for her? She had to accept the responsibility, and as Indradyumna Swami was speaking it was as if the good Lord was speaking to her. He was speaking through Indradyumna Swami. She said that the most significant part of Indradyumna Swami’s talk was when Indradyumna Swami explained that beyond this horrible tragic world, there is a positive alternative, and Indradyumna Swami said there is actually heaven; heaven really does exist. She said of course she had heard that so many times in church, but the logical way Indradyumna Swami explained everything point by point and with so much conviction, plus the conviction of the devotees here, convinced her that there is an alternative; there is another choice. She said she did not have to kill herself. She said she will bear all her problems and she will try to act in such a way that she can actually go to heaven.

Indradyumna Swami had mentioned in his talk earlier that when we pay attention to the Lord, there is confirmation from above, from the Lord Himself. So after their discussion, when His Holiness Indradyumna Swami walked upon the stage, he sent his garland with a little girl named Prema to the woman he had spoken to. She told the devotees that when she experienced that, she felt it was Indradyumna Swami giving a kind of sign of his concern for her, and mentioned that she was going to go to Indradyumna Swami’s tent and buy the Bhagavad-gita. Then she said that words cannot express how grateful she is to all of Indradyumna Swami’s disciples and to all the other festival devotees. She said Indradyuma Swami not only saved her life, but he gave her a new life.

And with that, she walked away with a big smile.

Fruits at the feet of the tamala tree – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Fruits at the feet of the tamala tree – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“O handsome, fragrant tamala desire tree blooming in Vrindavan forest and embraced by the madhavi vine of the goddess ruling this forest, O tree the shade of whose glory protects the world from a host of burning sufferings, what wonderful fruits do the people find at your feet?”
[Srila Rupa Goswami, Utkalika-vallari, Text 66]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; March 18, 2012 – To see original post please click here.

Running after Srila Prabhupada – Anecdote by Indradyumna Swami

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Running after Srila Prabhupada – Anecdote by Indradyumna Swami

“Once in Vrindavana after a public program, you and your servant left by ricksha for the Krsna Balarama Mandir in the dark night. I started walking home with some godbrothers, but I lagged behind and soon found myself alone. Suddenly your ricksha appeared as if from nowhere. You stopped the ricksha. ‘What are you doing here?’ you asked me. ‘I am lost, Srila Prabhupada,’ I said. You smiled. ‘Then follow me home,’ you said.

So I ran behind your ricksha the whole way back to Krsna Balarama Mandir. My dearest master, may I continue running behind you all the way back to the spiritual world, and there, in that transcendental abode, may I serve your every need and desire.” [Excerpted from Srila Gurudeva’s Vyasa Puja offering, 2012]

Written by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; December 23, 2012 – To see original post please click here.

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Preaching Krsna consciousness – Srimad Bhagavatam Purport quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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On preaching Krsna consciousness – Srimad Bhagavatam Purport by Indradyumna Swami

Srila Prabhupada writes: “The Krsna consciousness movement is spreading all over the world simply by describing Krsna. We have published many books, including Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in seventeen volumes, four hundred pages each, as well as Bhagavad-gita and The Nectar of Devotion. We are also publishing Srimad-Bhagavatam in sixty volumes. Wherever a speaker holds discourses from these books and an audience hears him, this will create a good and auspicious situation. Therefore the preaching of Krsna consciousness must be done very carefully by the members of the Krsna consciousness movement, especially the sannyasis. This will create an auspicious atmosphere.”

[Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.1.3, purport]

Excerpted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; November 14, 2012 – To see original post please click here.

The disciple who has affection for the guru – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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The disciple who has affection for the guru – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“The guru should speak the secret to the disciple who has affection for the guru.”

[Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti’s translation of Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.8]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; October 30, 2011 – To see original post please click here.

Within your mind render service to Radha and Krsna – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Within your mind render service to Radha and Krsna – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“Do not expect honor, but offer all respect to others. Always chant the holy name of Lord Krsna, and within your mind render service to Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana.”
[ Caitanya Caritamrta, Antya-lila, chapter 6, verses 236 – 237 ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; November 7, 2016 – To see original post please click here.

Bestow upon me continuous service – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Bestow upon me continuous service – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“I have been immersed for many lives in this ocean of birth and death. Oh Lord Gauracandra! Oh golden moon-like master! If You bestow upon me continuous service to Your brilliant lotus feet, I shall chant and describe to others the glories of Sri Hari forever.”
[Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Susloka-Satakam, text 99]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; March 4, 2016 – To see original post please click here.

Service to the advanced souls – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Service to the advanced souls – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“One can attain the path of liberation from material bondage only by rendering service to highly advanced spiritual personalities. These personalities are impersonalists and devotees. Whether one wants to merge into the Lord’s existence or wants to associate with the Personality of Godhead, one should render service to the mahatmas. For those who are not interested in such activities, who associate with people fond of women and sex, the path to hell is wide open. The mahatmas are equipoised. They do not see any difference between one living entity and another. They are very peaceful and are fully engaged in devotional service. They are devoid of anger, and they work for the benefit of everyone. They do not behave in any abominable way. Such people are known as mahatmas.”

[ Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.2 ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; March 4, 2016 – To see original post please click here.

The Giver of the Holy Names – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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The Giver of the Holy Names – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“The people had fallen into the sinful life of this age of quarrel, being overwhelmed by grief and delusion, disturbed by anxiety to acquire money for family and relatives. Considering the situation, the Golden Lord took birth in order to protect them. Being very merciful, He made manifest His delightful form as the giver of His holy names.”

[Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Susloka-Satakam, text 4]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his diary; September 23, 2015 – To see original post please click here.