Because He loves you – From a lecture by Indradyumna Swami

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Because He loves you – From a lecture by Indradyumna Swami

In the multitude of living entities—and there’s how many? Unlimited living entities! Nevertheless, in that multitude of living entities, Krsna can see His devotee in the midst. How? Because He loves you. How does He love you? You are just beginning! But still, in a family if there’s danger, the parents give immediate attention to the infants, to the babies. And He knows you’re there, because He can hear you. Because from your tongue, you always have His sweet Holy Names on your tongue:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna

Krsna Krsna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

[ Spoken by Hi Holiness Indradyumna Swami in his Kartik Parikrama lecture delivered at Ter Kadamba, October, 21, 2017]

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A most precious gift – Anecdote by Indradyumna Swami

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A most precious gift – Anecdote by Indradyumna Swami

My godbrother, Yadubara Prabhu, sent me a most precious gift: a photo of Srila Prabhupada with myself and several other devotees accompanying His Divine Grace on a morning walk in the early 1970’s. My dear spiritual master! Memories of you give me strength to continue my services with the hope that one day I’ll be privileged to walk by your side again.

Posted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook on April 30, 2014 – To see original post please click here.

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Real or symbolic – Lecture excerpt quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Real or symbolic – Lecture excerpt quoted by Indradyumna Swami

Devotee: “It says in the scriptures that Lord Brahma rides on a swan. Do we take this to mean it’s a real swan, or is it symbolic?”

Prabhupada: “Not symbolic, it is fact. Why do you say symbolic?”

Devotee: “Because it’s rather unusual.”

Prabhupada: “Unusual? What experience have you got? (laughter) You have no experience. Have you got experience of other planetary systems, what is there? Your experience is very tiny. So you should not calculate Brahma’s life and other things by your tiny experience.”

[ Lecture, SB 6.1.3, Melbourne, May 22, 1975 ]

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Obeisances to the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Obeisances to the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of all vaisnavas, praying I will not commit offences in my attempts to please them. To all vaisnavas who have ever been, and to all vaisnavas who will ever be, I offer my obeisances to their lotus feet.”

[the poet, Devakinandana dasa]

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Never fear any condition – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Never fear any condition – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“Devotees solely engaged in the devotional service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana, never fear any condition of life. For them the heavenly planets, liberation and the hellish planets are all the same, for such devotees are interested only in the service of the Lord.”

[ SB. 6.17.28 ]

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“All perfections come from the holy name” – Excerpt quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“All perfections come from the holy name” – Excerpt quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. As our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord’s form, qualities, and pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord’s form, qualities, and pastimes. The Lord and His name are one and the same. This will be understood clearly when the coverings in your heart are removed. By chanting without offenses you will personally realize that all perfections come from the holy name.”

[ Letter from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Srila Prabhupadera Patravali, Volume 1, pages 4-5 ]

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“Are You Chanting All Your Rounds?” – Anecdote by Indradyumna Swami

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“Are You Chanting All Your Rounds?” – Anecdote by Indradyumna Swami

It was the first time I had ever missed chanting 16 rounds. I had completed 14 and was so tired I rationalized that it was better to take rest and make them up the next day, as we had been told we could do.

When I went into Srila Prabhupada’s room early the next morning, the first thing His Divine Grace said to me was, “So, are you chanting all your rounds?” As always, he knew everything without requiring any outside information.

I told Him about missing two rounds the previous day, and that I was going to make them up that day.

Srila Prabhupada said:

“When you are regularly chanting 16 rounds, it is like a young child learning to walk with the help of the mother. Because the mother is holding the child’s hand, when the child starts to fall, the mother holds them up and they don’t actually fall. It is the same with chanting.

“If you are completing 16 rounds and start to fall down, Krishna will hold you up and not allow that to happen.”

Then with His eyes open very wide and a transcendental move of his hand back and forth in front of his face, His Divine Grace said:

“However, if you are not chanting at least 16 rounds every day, your whereabouts are unknown, and you will definitely fall down.”

(Nanda Kumar dasa, Srila Prabhupada’s servant in the early 1970s)

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“Will I ever see your transcendental glory again?” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“Will I ever see your transcendental glory again?” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“The fortunate town of Navadvipa remains on the earth. The seashore remains. The city of Jagannatha Puri remains. The holy names of Krsna remain. But Alas! Alas! I do not see anywhere the same kind of festivals of pure love for Lord Hari. O Lord Caitanya, O ocean of mercy, will I ever see your transcendental glory again?”

[ Srila Prabhodananda Saraswati Thakur, Sri Caitanya Candramrta, text 141 ]

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“Protect me from unsteadiness” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“Protect me from unsteadiness” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“O beautiful Krishna, who descended into the Vrsni house,

O Visnu, lion to kill the elephant of material existence;

O Krishna, garlanded by throngs of gopis’ lotus-eyes,

O Gopala, abode of mercy, protect me from unsteadiness.”

[ Bilvamangala-stava 1.97 ]

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The transcendental influence of a great soul – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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The transcendental influence of a great soul – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“As I read [this verse], I realized it also perfectly describes our beloved Srila Prabhupada and his transcendental influence upon fallen conditioned souls when he was amongst us.

‘Upon hearing his brilliant words, some people felt an extraordinary sense of detachment from material life and began to shed tears. Others who saw him responded by bowing down to him. Others were amazed to see him playfully laugh and simply stood in groups watching him. All these persons were relieved of worldly contamination.'”

Description of Prahlada Maharaja from the Hari bhakti sudhodaya [15.1-2 ]

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