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The Holy Name of Lord Govinda – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Holy Name of Lord Govinda – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Two months ago, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a wonderful three-part seminar on the glories of Srila Haridas Thakur while in Sri Mayapur Dhama. In the second part of the lecture, Indradyumna Swami notes that in the Skanda Purana, a Mahatma says:

“I see that Kali Yuga is a like a black poisonous snake with a gaping mouth and fangs, but please don’t be disturbed, dear Devotees, and listen with faith. Once the Holy Name of Lord Govinda is being chanted, it is like igniting a forest fire which will burn to ashes the poisonous snakes within the forest.”

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In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami several times has the Devotees chant the Maha Mantra. He additionally 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.

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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, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook.

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The Nāmācārya – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Nāmācārya – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

A few months back, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a three-part seminar on the glories of Srila Haridas Thakur while in Sri Mayapur Dhama. In the second part of the lecture, Indradyumna Swami comments on chanting the Holy Names. He says that:

“Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur attests that if upon chanting Hare Krishna tears don’t flow from your eyes, that means you are committing one or more of the ten offenses to the Holy Name.”

Later in the lecture, he says that our chanting of the Maha Mantra can be a map of where we are in spiritual life. He said, “But it’s a long lonely road alone. Many hands make small work, so therefore—congregational chanting of the Holy Name!”

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So several times in the lecture, Indradyumna Swami leads the Devotees in chanting the Maha Mantra aloud. The children in attendance are especially enthusiastic about chanting loudly during the lecture series.

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

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook.

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“A weekend of transcendental bliss” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“A weekend of transcendental bliss” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Commenting on the 3rd annual kirtan mela in New Govardhan, Australia, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami wrote on his Facebook page:
Sacred sounds are flooding the beautiful foothills in and around the New Govardhan community here in New South Wales, Australia. Devotees have gathered from all over the country for a weekend of transcendental bliss.
In a previous facebook post, before beginning his own preaching travels in the western world, Indradyumna Swami had  reflected on Srila Prabhupada, writing:
Srila Prabhupada, your preaching continues to inspire us all many decades down the road!
He then linked to a beautiful video of Srila Prabhupada in Bombay, narrated in part by His Holiness Giriraja Swami.

Excerpted from a Facebook post written by Indradyumna Swami on March 27, 2018.

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“Reside permanently in Sri Purushottam Kshetra” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“Reside permanently in Sri Purushottam Kshetra” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Before the 3rd annual kirtan mela at New Govardhan, Australia began, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami was reflecting on the Holy Dhamas and their potency. 
In a beautiful facebook post, Indradyumna Swami quoted Sri Murari Gupta:

yāvat syāc cañcalaṁ cittaṁ na syād yāvat sunirmalam
tāvat tīrthāni puṇyāni vicaret sarvataḥ pumān

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, “As long as the heart is fickle and has not become steadfast in nature, till that time one should wander around everywhere in all the holy places.”

tataḥ sunirmale citte sthira-dhīḥ puruṣottame
nivāsaṁ kurute nityaṁ pathikaḥ svāśrame yathā

“Once the heart has attained a steadfast nature, one should reside permanently in Sri Purushottam Kshetra, just as a traveler finally comes back to live in his own permanent home.”

[ Sri Murari Gupta’s Kṛṣṇa-caitanyacaritāmṛtam (3.13.9 – 10) Translated by Hari Parshad Das from the Sanskrit available at Gaudiya Grantha Mandira (www.granthamandira.net) Found in Sri Krishna Kathamrta Bindu, Issue number 421 ]

Now Indradyumna Swami’s travels in the West have officially begun. Before he left the Holy Dhama, Indradyumna Swami visited Surya KundaVarsana, and Radha Kunda, among other holy places.

Excerpted from a Facebook post written by Indradyumna Swami on March 28, 2018.

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“The central jewel in the necklace of Goloka” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“The central jewel in the necklace of Goloka” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Before leaving for Australia last Wednesday, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami visited Surya Kund and he reflected on the pastimes that had previously taken place at this special place in a Facebook post
Indradyumna Swami wrote that Surya Kund where the Sun God performed austerities to see and serve Lord Krsna. His wish was fulfilled when Srimati Radharani asked him to warm the Lord’s transcendental body with his rays after Krsna came out of the water from battling the Kaliya serpent. Srimati Radharani visits Surya-kund every Sunday to worship Surya-deva. It is also a place where Radha and Krsna meet regularly for Their pastimes.
Indradyumna Swami wrote that he said prayers while gazing at the beautiful lake, begging to keep Vrindavan in his heart as he leaves that transcendental abode for the time-being. He quoted this verse, which is actually one that he quotes quite often:
sri rasa rangasya vikasa candrika
dipavalir ya vrsabhanu mandire
goloka cuda mani kantha bhusanam
dhyatva param tam bhuvi paryatamy aham

“I wander over this earth meditating on Her, who is a moon shining in the rasa-dance arena, who is a host of bright lamps in Vrsabhanu’s palace, and who is the central jewel in the necklace of Goloka.”

[ Narada Muni, Garga Samhita 1.8.12 ]
 Excerpted from a Facebook post written by Indradyumna Swami on March 18, 2018.
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“Nothing is lost” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

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“Nothing is lost” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami remembered his dear disciple, Saratbihari dasi, in a heart-rending memorial that he wrote to her on his Facebook page. This way, his other disciples could also pay her homage and remember her wonderful services.

In the letter, Indradyumna Swami writes:

But even if a sincere devotee like yourself is unable to remember the Lord at the moment of death, nothing is lost for it is written:

yadi vatadi doshena mad bhakto mam na cha smaret
aham smarami mad bhaktah nayami parama-gatim

“If My devotee is unable to remember Me at the time of death because of disturbances felt within the body at that time, then I shall remember My devotee and take him back to My supreme abode.” [ Varaha Purana ]

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on his Facebook page.

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“You are not forgotten” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Braja-vallabhi dasi

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“You are not forgotten” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Braja-vallabhi dasi

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami remembered his dear disciple, Braja Vallabhi dasi, in a very touching letter that he wrote to her on Facebook, which was published on his Facebook page.

In the letter, he writes:

Dearest Braja-vallabhi:

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Today, March 10, 2018, had you stayed with us, you would have turned 24 years of age. But the ways of the Lord are mysterious and by His arrangement you are now serving Him to your hearts content far from our vision. You touched the hearts of so many devotees while with us and you are not forgotten.

Your ever well wisher,
Indradyumna Swami

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on his Facebook page.

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Igniting a forest fire with the Holy Names – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Igniting a forest fire with the Holy Names – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami lectured on Srila Haridas Thakur recently while he was in Sri Mayapur Dhama last month. In it, he spoke a lot on the potency of the Holy Names and on the practice of chanting.

He mentioned that Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur said that if upon chanting the Maha Mantra, tears don’t flow from your eyes, that means you are committing one or more of the ten offenses to the Holy Name. He also mentioned that it’s a long, lonely road alone, but that “many hands make small work,” so therefore we have the congregational chanting of the Holy Name.

Indradyumna Swami cited one powerful verse from the Skanda Purana in which a mahatma says:

“I see that Kali Yuga is a like a black poisonous snake with a gaping mouth and fangs, but please don’t be disturbed, dear devotees, and listen with faith. Once the Holy Name of Lord Govinda is being chanted it is like igniting a forest fire which will burn to ashes the poisonous snakes within the forest.”

A verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami in February, 2018 and available on Narottama.

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“Transcendental wisdom gives us comfort” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

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“Transcendental wisdom gives us comfort” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami remembered his dear disciple, Saratbihari dasi, in the form of a beautiful letter that he wrote to her on his Facebook page.

In the letter, Indradyumna Swami writes:

As devotees we are prepared for such tragedies by education in transcendental knowledge, nevertheless when such things happen we are often stunned and taken aback. The element of human nature is there and cannot be denied. In Bhagavad-Gita, when Arjuna is crying out of compassion for his extended family members, Srila Prabhupada writes:

“Such symptoms in Arjuna were not due to weakness but to his softheartedness, a characteristic of a pure devotee of the Lord.” [ Bg. 1.28 purport ]

In the ultimate issue, however, it is transcendental wisdom that gives us the comfort and solace we need when our loved one’s depart. You were a dedicated disciple, a Krsna conscious wife and mother and a loving friend to many. Though you were removed from our midst at a young age, no one doubts that your service is now going on in a wonderful place personally choosen for you by the Supreme Lord, who is always affectionate to His devotees.

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on his Facebook page.

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“Lonely on the Battlefield” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Sridhar Maharaja

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“Lonely on the Battlefield” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Sridhar Maharaja

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami wrote a very touching letter to his Godbrother, His Holiness Sridhar Maharaja, which was published on Dandavats.

In the letter, he writes:

“You were one of the first to go forward, but you were also one of the first to leave. It’s getting a little lonely out here on the battlefield, Maharaja. It’s not that there aren’t others present. There are plenty, even new sannyasis who are rising to the challenge. But it’s not exactly the same. There is something to be said for those devotees who have spent thirty or forty years practicing and preaching Krsna consciousness as their life and soul. You were just such a personality. But now you have left and others are leaving as well. Soon the world will be bereft of the association of those men and women who were fortunate enough to have taken the dust from our Guru Maharaja’s lotus feet upon their heads.”

The letter is nostalgic and heart-rending in many ways, but Indradyumna Swami ends it with great hope: “‘Happy trails until we meet again’ were your last words to me. I keep those words close to my heart and long to be with you again.”

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on Dandavats.