The Glory of the Siberian Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar
In a video describing his recent travels in Siberia, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami spoke about what inspires himself, personally, to keep preaching in remote parts of the world.
Indradyumna Swami said, “I keep a letter that I printed out that Srila Prabhupada wrote to my dear Godbrother Prabhavishnu das in the early 1970’s. At that time, Prabhavishnu was preaching in England and he wrote a letter to Prabhupada in the winter telling Prabhupada the results of the preaching and sharing with him some of the austerities involved at the time and Prabhupada wrote back this wonderful letter, which for me is like a mission statement. And when I come to places like this or other places around the world where it’s a little difficult, I take that letter out sometimes and I read how pleased Srila Prabhupada is when we do these austerities for him. I’d like to read it to you. I have it here it front of me. Prabhupada writes to Prabhavishnu das:
“I can understand that it is not an easy matter to travel extensively over long periods of time without proper food, rest, and sometimes it must be very cold there also, but still, because you are getting so much enjoyment, spiritual enjoyment, from it, it seems like play to you. That is the advanced stage of spiritual life, never attained by even the greatest yogis and so-called jnanis. Let any man see our devotees working so hard for Krishna, and let them say they are not better than any millions of so-called yogis and transcendentalists, that is my challenge. Because you are rightly understanding through your personal realization this philosophy of Krishna consciousness, therefore in such a short time, you have surpassed all the stages of the yoga process to come to the highest point of surrendering to Krishna. That I very much appreciate. Thank you very much for helping me in this way.” (January, 1973).
All glories to the Siberian Devotees! All glories to our beloved Srila Prabhupada!
In the video, Indradyumna Swami describes how the devotees in Siberia go out on harinam three times a week in the Winter and every day in the Summer.
Excerpt came from a video of Indradyumna Swami available on his official youtube channel.