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Praying for Nama-Ruci – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Praying for Nama-Ruci – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has returned to Mayapur after a brief tour in South Africa. He wrote in a Facebook post from today:

Yesterday I returned to Mayapura from Africa. Bright and early this morning myself and several devotees went on parikrama beginning from Yogapith, where Lord Caitanya appeared. Walking through villages, fields and forests we visited the bhajan kutir of Jayadeva Goswami, the Madan Gopal temple and a large banyan tree where Mahaprabhu gave darshan to Nimbarka Acarya. But my favorite place of all was where Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati chanted one billion names of Krsna on his japa beads before starting his preaching mission. As we chanted japa there I prayed for “nama-ruci” – a genuine taste for chanting the holy names. I also prayed for more service in delivering the holy names to others, as I know such service gives great pleasure to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati and my own beloved spiritual master, Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami.

Indradyumna Swami often discusses the importance of nama-ruci, jiva-doya, and Vaishnava-seva, and these aspects of devotional service were also propounded by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Srila Rupa Goswami, and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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Written by Indradyumna Swami in a Facebook post from March 8, 2018.

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“Many are called but few are chosen” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“Many are called but few are chosen” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In Sri Vrindavan Dhama, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a wonderful class on the glories of Srila Narottama das Thakur at the end of January just before traveling to Mayapur. His other activities in Vrindavan prior to heading to Mayapur are recounted in various Facebook posts but are also now recounted on his Twitter page.

Indradyumna Swami mentions in the class on Srila Narottama das Thakur:

I always lament that I wasn’t there in New York in 1965. Prabhupada said, ‘In the beginning, Krsna sent me a few good men.’ I always pray that in my next birth, I can be one of those men that Prabhupada called.”

He goes on to mention that the Acharya or Spiritual Master takes a group of disciples who help him in his mission. In a very instructive statement, Indradyumna Swami said that better than to go back to the Godhead would be to be part of that traveling roadshow preaching Krsna Consciousness.

This is not unlike what he says in a lecture delivered later on in Mayapur. In that lecture, he mentions that Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur said that he would not be satisfied until all the fourteen worlds were chanting the Holy Names of the Lord. Similarly, Indradyumna Swami said, “We will also not be satisfied until the fourteen worlds are chanting Hare Krishna.”

Spoken by Indradyumna Swami in a lecture delivered in Vrindavan on January 31st, 2018.

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“My Favorite Places” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“My Favorite Places” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami spent much of the month of February in the holy land of Sridhama Mayapur and gave a class in which he detailed his favorite places to travel to in Mayapur.

Some of his favorite places and pastimes in the Dhama include:

  • Performing Harinam Sankirtan through the streets of Navadvipa-Dhama
  • Meeting the people of Sri Navadvipa Dhama

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Indradyumna Swami and the group of Devotees he was traveling with went on harinam sankirtan several times through the same streets that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu walked on so many years ago!

Pastimes recounted by Indradyumna Swami in a lecture delivered in Mayapur on February 7th, 2018.

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“Not only do they hear you, they reply to you.” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“Not only do they hear you, they reply to you.” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami spent much of the month of February in the holy land of Sridhama Mayapur traveling to various places, giving classes, and leading harinam sankirtan through the streets. He recounted all of his adventures in the Dhama in various Facebook posts. In early February, he gave a class in which many children were present and so he recounted many stories for them from his adventures in preaching through the years.

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Indradyumna Swami mentioned in the class that he had always felt a connection with Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur. He said that he was shy when he was young, but one of his sankirtan leaders in France told him:

“Whenever you go to a town for the first time, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur accompanies you.”

Indradyumna Swami went on to say that Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur is the original pioneer of the movement. He not only rediscovered the Krishna Consciousness movement in Mayapur but he had the vision of the whole world becoming Krishna Conscious.

Toward the end of the class, Indradyumna Swami mentioned that he read that one time, someone asked Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, “When we pray to previous acharyas and great saintly people who have left this world do they hear our prayers?” As he was reading, Indradyumna Swami said that he was thinking to himself, “What’s the answer?” and covered the answer on the page with his hand.

Then, in order to draw it out even longer, he went and took some prasadam and then came back and revealed the answer:

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Spoken by Indradyumna Swami in a lecture delivered in Mayapur on February 7th, 2018.

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A Special Meditation from Bhakti Ratnakara – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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A Special Meditation from Bhakti Ratnakara – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a wonderful class on the glories of Srila Narottama das Thakur at the very end of January just before leaving Vrindavan for Mayapur. There is a lot of nectar in the class, but a particular part of the class is most special. Indradyumna Swami recounts how Narottama das Thakur oversaw the carving of five sets of Krishna Deities and one Gauranga Deity. The Deity of Mahaprabhu had appeared to Narottama das Thakur in a dream and Narottama subsequently discovered Him in a granary.

So at the Kheturi Festival, Indradyumna Swami described, there was a big installation ceremony for these six Deities, and Narottama das Thakur led the kirtan for the ceremony. Meanwhile, Srinivas Acarya carried out the installation ceremony.

Indradyumna Swami said that Narottama das Thakur is one of his heroes, and that for everyone for whom Narottama das Thakur is their hero, they memorize and often recite the mantra cited below. Bhakti Ratnakara gives the following mantra for meditating on these six amazing Deities:

gauranga vallabhi-kanta shri-krishna vraja-mohana
radha-ramana he radhe radha-kanta namo’stu te

[ Bhakti-ratnakara 1.422-6 ]

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Spoken by Indradyumna Swami in a lecture delivered in Vrindavan on January 31st, 2018.

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“Make the instructions of the Spiritual Master one with your heart” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“Make the instructions of the Spiritual Master one with your heart” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami spent a good part of the month of February in the holy land of Sridhama Mayapur and he recounted the various trips the devotees made while there and the ecstatic kirtans they participated in on his Facebook page in a series of posts. In early February, he gave a class in which a lot of children were present (see picture below). To encourage them in Krishna Consciousness and particularly in preaching, Indradyuma Swami told them enlivening preaching stories from his own experience.

He told them about how he had been going out on sankirtan in France in the early days, but at some point, the Devotees had reached every single town in France. What next? Indradyumna Swami went to Italy, and then to Spain, and then to the Netherlands, and then Europe was finished. So he took a plane to Brazil and went to the Amazon. Meanwhile, he was always remembering the statement his Sankirtan leader had told him in France: “Whenever you go to a town for the first time, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur accompanies you.” After Brazil, Indradyumna Swami went on to Chile, Colombia, and then on to Paraguay, where he and the Devotees were amazed to discover 50 Russian Devotees who had been there for five years and were running a farm community!

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In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami said:

We will also not be satisfied until the fourteen worlds are chanting Hare Krishna. This is what it means to make the instructions of the Spiritual Master one with your heart. Yes, we want to go back to Godhead. But the secret of going back to Godhead is to fulfill the desires of the Spiritual Master here, so you can fulfill his desires in the spiritual world.

Spoken by Indradyumna Swami on a lecture delivered in Mayapur on February 7th, 2018.

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The Great Acarya – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Great Acarya – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a wonderful three-part seminar on the glories of Srila Haridas Thakur while in Sri Mayapur Dhama. In the first lecture, Indradyumna Swami notes the two qualities of Srila Haridas Thakur which set him apart, according to Sanatana Goswami.

Srila Santana Goswami maintains that:

  1. Some preach, but have poor acara.
  2. Some have good acara, but do not preach.

Santana Goswami contends that Srila Haridas Thakur perfectly performs both duties in relation to the Holy Name—personal behavior and preaching.

Indradyumna Swami goes on to describe that the Acharya or Spiritual Master carefully chooses a group of disciples who help him in his mission. Mahaprabhu chose different associates to accomplish different parts of his Sankirtan movement. Through Srila Sanatana Goswami, He relayed the essence of devotional service. Meanwhile, through Srila Rupa Goswami. He revealed the ecstatic love and the transcendental pastimes of Vrindavan. Srila Haridas Thakur became the Nāmācārya even though he was born in a family of Yavanas.

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Indradyumna Swami quotes Srila Sanatana Goswami who says in the Hari-bhakti-vilāsa (2.12) that anyone can be elevated to the position of a brāhmaṇa by the process of initiation:

yathā kāñcanatāṁ yāti kāṁsyaṁ rasa-vidhānataḥ / tathā dīkṣā-vidhānena dvijatvaṁ jāyate nṛṇām

“As bell metal is turned to gold when mixed with mercury in an alchemical process, so one who is properly trained and initiated by a bona fide spiritual master immediately becomes a brāhmaṇa.”

Srila Prabhupada also frequently quoted the above verse.

Srila Haridas Thakur, Indradyumna Swami said, is an example for all of us—that no matter how low our birth is, by the mercy of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga, we can be elevated to the platform of Vaisnava and Vaisnavi.

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Spoken by Indradyumna Swami in a lecture delivered in Sri Mayapur Dhama on February 5th, 2018.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s trip to Mayapur and the blissful kirtans performed in the land in which the Holy Name was first inaugurated, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook.