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“Working according to his direction” – Srila Prabhupada Letter Quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“Working according to his direction” – Srila Prabhupada Letter Quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“Please accept my blessings. I am just in receipt of your letter forwarded from New York. Please be happy in separation. I am separated from my Guru Maharaja since 1936 but I am always with him so long I work according to his direction. So we should all work together for satisfying Lord Krishna and in that way the feelings of separation will transform into transcendental bliss.”

[ Srila Prabhupada letter to Uddhava dasa, May 3, 1968 ]

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

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Relieved from material contamination – Excerpt from Krsna Book Quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Relieved from material contamination – Excerpt from Krsna Book Quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“In the Second Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Maharaja Pariksit also explains that the pastimes and activities of Lord Krsna are medicine for the conditioned souls. If they simply hear about Krsna they become relieved from the material disease…. by hearing these transcendental pastimes of Krsna with the gopis, they will be relieved from material contamination.”

[ Srila Prabhupada, Krsna Book, Description of the Rasa Dance ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on December 23, 2013 – To see original post please click here.

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Krsna is the Master – Lecture Excerpt Quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Krsna is the Master – Lecture Excerpt Quoted by Indradyumna Swami

“You cannot ask Krsna, ‘Please come here. I’ll see You,’ just like you ask your dog or your servant. Krsna is nobody’s servant. Krsna is the master. He may like you, He may not like you.”

[ Srila Prabhupada lecture, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.26, Vrndavan, November 13, 1976 ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on December 26, 2011 – To see original post please click here.

How to relish chanting japa – Excerpted from Sri Harinama-Cintamani by Indradyumna Swami

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How to relish chanting japa – Excerpted from Sri Harinama-Cintamani by Indradyumna Swami

“Inattention arising from laziness prevents a person from relishing the nectar of the holy names while chanting japa. He is slow to chant and remember the holy names. Even after trying, he soon finds the effort unendurable and wants to sleep or otherwise engage himself in frivolity.

“Advanced devotees are cautious against such an offense. They never waste a single moment in useless talk or activities. Their meditation on the Lord’s holy name is unbroken. They are so absorbed in the nectar of the holy name that they do not want anything else. One must therefore aspire to associate with such rare devotees and follow their example, thus ridding himself of laziness.

[ Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Harinama Cintamnai, Chapter 12 ]

Excerpted from Sri Harinama-Cintamani by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on December 20, 2013 – To see original post please click here.

Developing attraction for the Holy Name – Excerpted from Sri Harinama-Cintamani by Indradyumna Swami

Srila Prabhupada

Developing attraction for the Holy Name – Excerpted from Sri Harinama-Cintamani by Indradyumna Swami

“Another effective method for ridding oneself of apathy towards the holy name is to sit in a closed room alone and meditate on the name as did the previous sages. Or one can cover the head and face with a cloth and concentrate on the sound of the holy name. This will immediately fix the mind firmly on the holy name. Thus one slowly develops attraction for the name and the offense of inattention vanishes.”

[ Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Harinam Cintamani, Chapter 12 ]

Excerpted from Sri Harinama-Cintamani by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on December 23, 2013 – To see original post please click here.

Mahaprabhu’s special concession – Excerpted from Sri Tattva-Sandarbha by Indradyumna Swami

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Mahaprabhu’s special concession – Excerpted from Sri Tattva-Sandarbha by Indradyumna Swami

“It is true that a mantra with names of God is effective only when received from a bone fide representative of God in disciplic succession through proper initiation. It is also true that in previous ages, out of fear of the adverse effects of offenses against hari-nama, generally only those who were already purified worshiped the names of Krsna and His internal potency. Therefore the Hare Krsna mantra in particular is almost never mentioned openly in sruti or smrti. Nevertheless, in the current age Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given a special concession, a kind of automatic or informal initiation to everyone, by ordering every man, woman and child in the universe to chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. In doing so, He has offered to take on His own head the reactions of our offenses against hari-nama when we chant according to His order. Thus even before being fully empowered by formal initiation to chant the mantra, persons of this age can chant the maha-mantra and make tangible spiritual advancement. ” 

[ Sri Tattva-Sandarbha, of Srila Jiva Goswami, Text 15, purport. Translated from the original Sanskrit, with the author’s Sarva-samvadini commentary, by Gopiparanadhana Dasa. Giriraja Publishing. ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on December 31, 2015 – 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.

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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.