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.