The Enthusiastic Devotees of Novosibirsk, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Enthusiastic Devotees of Novosibirsk, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In a video describing Indradyumna Swami’s travels to Novosibirsk and Barnaul, Badahari das described the enthusiasm of the devotees in Novosibirsk in Siberia, Russia. He mentions that the city was founded by Czar Nicholas in 1893. During the 1940s in reaction to the war, because the city is quite far to the east, 50 major factories were packed up and moved to Novosibirsk and so it became a center for production for the Red Army. Over 140,000 refugees came to the city and now 1.6 million live there. It’s also a center for scientific research.

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Badahari das mentions that the devotees came to the city in 1993 and established the first Hare Krsna Center. Now about 300 Devotees live there. They distributed 25,000 devotional books last year and have a very active Food for Life program. Badahari das mentions that the Devotees work so hard under difficult circumstances to spread Krsna Consciousness. Their dedication to Krsna Consciousness inspired His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, Badahari das, and Caturatma das. Badahari das mentioned that these devotees are the pioneers who are pushing Krishna Consciousness in this remote corner of the world in these difficult circumstances. Of the devotees, he said:

They’re very kind and loving. We always are very moved by the receptions that we get here and the appreciation of the devotees. So even though it’s a little difficult traveling in this part of the world, we feel very inspired to see Srila Prabhupada’s going on in such a wonderful way. And to me–Such great souls, such great pure devotees of the Lord. Thank you Srila Prabhupada for this opportunity to serve. Hare Krishna.

In a facebook post describing the visit to these two cities, Indradyumna Swami wrote:

Despite the austerities we underwent traveling in Siberia at the end of winter, we will gladly return!

Indradyumna Swami said in a video last week that Srila Prabhupada really set the standard in this regard. Prabhupada visited Moscow in the early 1970’s and that seed has just gone on to grow into a beautiful tree producing so many fruits and flowers of beautiful Devotees.

In several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the sweetness of his ongoing Russian tour.

The excerpt above came from a video on Indradyumna Swami’s facebook page. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find a lecture Indradyumna Swami delivered in Novosibirsk. One of the kirtans Indradyumna Swami led there is available also on Youtube.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.

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The Wonderful Devotees of Irkutsk, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Wonderful Devotees of Irkutsk, Russia – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In a video describing his recent travels in Irkutsk, Russia, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami discussed there are about 500,000 people in the city itself, which used to be a major trading post between China and Europe. ISKCON, Indradyumna Swami mentioned, has been present in the city since the early 1990’s. There are presently a little more than 300 active Devotees there and a large congregation as well. The Devotees have constructed a beautiful temple there, and they have a Gurukula and a daycare center for little children.

The Russian government imposed restrictions on what they call “new religious movements” which has made preaching in these areas difficult, Indradyumna Swami admitted. He said that in most of our centers and most temples in cities there is no harinam or book distribution allowed, and foreign missionaries cannot preach or teach the public. They can only inspire the devotees already there at the local centers. So that is a setback, Indradyumna Swami mentioned.

However, some of the temples in some of the cities have good relationships with the government and they are allowed to do a little harinam. One such place is the city of Irkutsk. The Devotees there go on harinam three times a week in the winter and in the summer, every day. Indradyumna Swami said he is very impressed with the Devotees there, and he said:

“When I come to places like this, the remote areas of Russian and Siberia, the devotees are so wonderful I feel like I am coming to get association.”

Indradyumna Swami said that Srila Prabhupada set the standard in this regard. He came in the early 1970’s to Moscow and that seed has grown into a beautiful tree producing so many fruits and flowers of beautiful Devotees. All glories to these Devotees!

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In several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the sweetness of his ongoing Russian tour.

Excerpt came from a video of Indradyumna Swami available on his official youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.

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Sweeter than the Sweetest Mango – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Sweeter than the Sweetest Mango – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In a video describing his recent travels in Vladivostok, Russia, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami discussed how inspired he was to find the Russian Devotees so enthusiastic. Indeed, they go on harinam 365 days a year! In several Facebook posts, Indradyumna Swami recounts the sweetness of his ongoing Russian tour.

In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami describes the sweetness of preaching in Russia. In the video, he says:

“Prabhupada was speaking with one devotee about his upcoming trip to Moscow, Russia. This was in the early 70’s. And that Devotee was saying, ‘Prabhupada, don’t go to Russia now. It’s snowing in Moscow. You should stay here and rest in Hawaii and enjoy the mangoes.’

Then Prabhupada famously said, ‘Preaching in the snows of Moscow is sweeter than the sweetest mango.’ So that’s why we come here. And this is our pleasure, to continue the mission of our Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada.”

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Excerpt came from a video of Indradyumna Swami available on his official youtube channel. Also, check out a recent lecture Indradyumna Swami gave in Vladivostok called “Don’t Jump Ship.”

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.

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The Glory of the Siberian Devotees – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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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.

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Excerpt came from a video of Indradyumna Swami available on his official youtube channel.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.

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Freed by Transcendental Sound – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Freed by Transcendental Sound – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In a class delivered at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in June of 2017, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami spoke on the power of transcendental sound vibration. His class was inspired by the 22nd verse of the fourth chapter of the Vedanta Sutra, in which it is stated that one is freed (“not fenced in”), by transcendental sound.

In the lecture, Indradyumna Swami goes on to explain that actually, we are liberated from material life when we encounter and absorb transcendental sound: sabda brahma. By contrast, repeated hearing of mundane sounds, which are almost unlimited, condition and bind us to matter, to this material world. In the class, Indradyumna Swami uses the example of starting the day by listening to a melancholy song versus an upbeat positive song or versus listening to a heated political debate. Those different sounds enter our consciousness and change it and affects our day moving forward. So does transcendental sound and discourse.

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In his class, Indradyumna Swami quotes from Narottama das Thakur’s bhajan “Hari hari! Bifale” the line “golokera prema-dhana, hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana”. This line, Indradyumna Swami explains, indicates that the sankirtan movement and the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra (the great chant for deliverance) has not come from this material creation.

So chant as often as you can!

Class delivered by Indradyumna Swami at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in June of 2017.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit Indradyumna Swami’s facebook and his lecture site at Narottam.

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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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“Why shall I ask You for anything?” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“Why shall I ask You for anything?” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Just days ago, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami captured the spirit of the 3rd annual kirtan mela at New Govardhan, Australia by quoting from a letter of Srila Prabhupada’s. Headed up by BB Govinda Swami, Bada Haridas, Sri Prahlada dasa, Janardan prabhu and others, the kirtan mela is enthusing the Devotees to unlimited degrees!

“Prahlada Maharaja said, ‘My Lord, I have no problem, so why shall I ask You for anything? I have no problem. Everyone has got problem in this material world. They’re trying to overcome the problem. But I have no problem. I have no problem because my mind is always absorbed in glorifying Your Lordship. Therefore, I have no problem.’ So kirtan. You’ll feel immediately refreshed. However burden you may feel, as soon as you perform krsna-kirtana, you’ll find immediately refreshed. So one who has got taste for this kirtana, he has no problem.”

[ Lecture, January 19, 1974, Honolulu, Hawaii ]

As of this past week, 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.

Now Indradyumna Swami’s preaching pastimes in the western world have begun, beginning with this kirtan mela.

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