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“Make the feet of Lord Gaura your charioteer” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“Make the feet of Lord Gaura your charioteer” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

While in Sridhama Mayapur last week, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post that the Devotees took darshan of the samadhi where Lord Caitanya’s hair is kept, as well as the samadhi of Kesava Bharati Maharaja. They prayed at the historic tree under which Lord Caitanya’s beautiful long hair was shaved and also bowed down to the samadhi of Das Gadadhar. Naru Gopal Prabhu explained that Lord Caitanya had kirtan where the Devotees were for 3 days straight after taking sannyasa. 

Following in His footsteps, Indradyumna Swami and the Devotees chanted and danced for hours in front of a beautiful deity of Lord Caitanya in a large temple on the grounds.

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Continuing in his meditation on Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Indradyumna Swami quoted from a beautiful bhajan about fixing the mind of Mahaprabhu.

re mana! kāhe karasi anutāpe
pahuṁka pratāpa-mantra karu jāpe

yo kichu vicāri mano-rathe caḍabi
pahuṁka caraṇa-yuga sārathi karabi

O mind! Why do you keep burning repeatedly in the fire of worldliness? Simply keep chanting the mantra of your dear Lord.

Think carefully about the ultimate aim of your life and then climb on the chariot of the [purified] mind. Make the feet of Lord Gaura your charioteer.

[ Translated by Hari Parshad Das from Vaiṣṇava-padāvalī, fourth edition, April 2010. ]

Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook post from February 13, 2018.

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“The joyous waves of prema” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“The joyous waves of prema” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

Recently, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami was in Sridhama Mayapur. He wrote in a Facebook post that ever since taking sannyasa in 1979, he has had a strong desire to visit the town of Katwa, where Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa 500 years ago. On February 11th, he was able to make the journey from Sridham Mayapur to Katwa.

Indradyumna Swami wrote that Naru Gopal Prabhu took the Devotees to the exact spot where Mahaprabhu was shaved up by a barber and where He took His sannyasa vows from Kesava Bharati Maharaja (pictured below).

Kesava Bharati

A few days later, Indradyumna Swami quoted from a beautiful bhajan focused on Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu:

śrī-pada-kamala-sudhā-rasa-pāne
śrī-vigraha-guṇa-gaṇa kari gāne
śrī-mukha-vacana-śravaṇa-anuṣaṅgī
anubhavi kata bhela prema-taraṅgī

By drinking the nectarean honey of the lotus feet of Sri Gaura, by singing the glories of Sri Gaura’s deity, by listening to the instructions of Sri Gaura, and by associating with devotees who follow his instructions, so many fortunate individuals experienced the joyous waves of prema.
[ Translated by Hari Parshad Das from Vaiṣṇava-padāvalī, fourth edition, April 2010. ]

Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook post from February 13, 2018.

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“Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krsna Himself” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krsna Himself” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

On the appearance day of Srila Narottama das Thakur, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami delivered a lengthy lecture on Narottama das Thakur. At the beginning of the class, Indradyumna Swami discusses how Narottama was the second generation from Caitanya Mahaprabhu and was personally chosen by Mahaprabhu to keep the sankirtan movement going.

Indradyumna Swami quoted from the Srimad Bhagavatam:

kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ
sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam
yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ

“In the Age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Kṛṣṇa. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Kṛṣṇa Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.”
One of the special associates of Caitanya Mahaprabhu was of course Srila Narottama das Thakur, and Indradyumna Swami went on to say that with each generation, the world is a little different, so the Devotees have to adapt the process of Bhakti Yoga without compromising the philosophy. He said that this is actually the duty of the Acarya. Each generation of devotees has something unique to do and to offer and Narottama das Thakur displayed this, as did Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta before him, et al.

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Indradyumna Swami often refers to Srila Narottama das Thakur as his hero and has explained why in lectures and articles previously.

Srimad Bhagavatam verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his lecture on Srila Narottama das Thakur from January 31, 2018.

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Traveling to Mahaprabhu’s Lila-Sthanas – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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Traveling to Mahaprabhu’s Lila-Sthanas – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

In recent weeks, Indradyumna Swami has had a packed travel schedule between events in Vrindavan, Mumbai, and now Sri Mayapur Dhama. He attended the chakra installation in Sri Mayapur Dhama and also has been taking Devotees and Gurukula students to many places held dear by Devotees of Mahaprabhu.

Just a few days back, Indradyumna Swami took the Devotees to the village of Srikhanda, which is a 3-hour scenic drive from Sridham Mayapura. Srikhanda is mentioned many times in Caitanya Caritamrta. He wrote in his Facebook post covering the trip: “Yesterday we spent 5 hours exploring the village where a number of Lord Caitanya’s personal associates resided 500 years ago. We had kirtan and katha at the exact place where Locan das Thakur wrote Caitanya Mangala. We also visited numerous temples where we had darsan of historic deities connected to the lila’s of Lord Caitanya. The highlight of the day was an exuberant kirtan we held through the entire village. The local people were in bliss seeing us. Here in the holy dhama of Mayapura we are trying our best to follow in the footsteps of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, who wrote:

‘In the company of intimate and beloved devotees, I will go to all the places that Mahaprabhu joyfully visited.'”

[ Suddha-Bhakata, verse 3 ]

The beautiful song composed by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur is taken from his book Saranagati.

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Indradyumna Swami often draws from the wisdom of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur in his Diary of a Traveling Monk series.

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his facebook post covering the trip to Srikhanda from February 10, 2018.

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Formula for World Peace – Lecture delivered by Indradyumna Swami

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Formula for World Peace – Lecture delivered by Indradyumna Swami

A few years back, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a wonderful lecture on the formula for world peace. In the class, he spoke about how we are all spirit souls with one common father. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krsna affirms that He is the father of all living entities. Indradyumna Swami quoted from the 14th chapter of the Gita:

“It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.”

In the class, Indradyumna Swami went on to say that although we are born in different cultures, speak different languages, and look different externally, on the level of the self, we are all part of one larger spiritual family. Realizing this, he said, is the formula for peace in this world.

Gurudeva!

Citing the advanced vision of a humble and realized sage, Indradyumna Swami quoted from the Bhagavada Gita again:

“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brāhmaṇa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].”

Indradyumna Swami maintained that the saintly soul sees the true equality of all living beings at the level of the soul and treats every living entity with respect. That’s how we will have world peace—with that vision.

At the end of January, Indradyumna Swami spoke on a similar topic when he was a participant of a  ‘Peace Forum’ along with seven other spiritual leaders in Mumbai. There are many pictures from that event.

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his lecture on world peace, delivered on May 28, 2010.

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“O tree, the shade of whose glory protects the world” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“O tree, the shade of whose glory protects the world” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

One way way of entering into the dhama, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami wrote in a recent facebook post, is to visit lila-sthanas, the holy places where the Lord performed His transcendental pastimes. Visiting various pastime places has made up a large portion of Indradyumna Swami’s time in the last couple of months and certainly recently.

A couple of days ago, he wrote in his Facebook post: “For the last couple of days I have been taking a group of devotees and some very fired-up gurukula boys to a few of my favorite places in Mayapura; such as the samadhi mandir of Srila Bhaktividnode Thakur, Nrsimha-paliwhere Lord Nrsimha rested rested after killing Hiranyakasipu and Hari Hara ksetra.”

Bhaktivinode

Indradyumna Swami has quoted previously from many different sastras which place emphasis on the benefits of visiting lila-sthanas. Back in November, he focused on a series of very descriptive excerpts from Srila Rupa Goswami’s Utkalika vallari, one of which was the following:

“O handsome, fragrant tamala desire tree blooming in the Vṛndāvan forest and embraced by the madhavi vine of the goddess ruling this forest! O tree, the shade of whose glory protects the world from a host of burning sufferings, what wonderful fruits do the people find at your feet?”

[ Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Utkalikā-vallarī, A Vine of Hopes, text 66; Indradyumna Swami’s letter to Braja Vallabhi dasi ]

Verses like these have the power to mentally transport Devotees to these lila-sthanas.

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami in his letter to Braja Vallabhi dasi, posted on Facebook on November 15, 2017.

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“Devotees are holy places personified” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“Devotees are holy places personified” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

This past September, a portion of Indradyumna Swami’s famous Festival of India tour was brought to America for the first time as the “Discover India” tour. The devotees held programs at Buffalo State University, Corning-Painted Post High School, Dublin Abbey Theater in Ohio, MIT, and other well-known venues, and carried out blissful Harinam Sankirtan in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, etc.

Ratha Yatra

While in Boston, Indradyumna Swami and the tour Devotees made a special trip to Commonwealth Pier, where Srila Prabhupada arrived in the USA in 1965. There, Indradyumna Swami delivered a lecture on the potency of the Sadhu who carries the Lord within his heart to turn any place—even Commonwealth Pier—into a Dhama. He quoted the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam also:

bhavad-vidha bhagavatas

tirtha-bhutah svayam vibho

tirthi-kurvanti tirthani

svantah-sthena gadabhrta

“My lord, devotees like your good self are verily holy places personified. Because you carry the Personality of Godhead within your heart, you turn all places into places of pilgrimage.”

[ Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.13.10 ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on September 26, 2017 – To see original post please click here.

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“The nectar of the service of Sri Radha” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

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“The nectar of the service of Sri Radha” – Verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami will soon be traveling more and more on his various preaching missions. As Winter turns into Spring, he’ll begin a journey to the West again, visiting disciples and joining in festival programs all over. Indradyumna Swami commented last year that as the years go by, it is becoming more and more difficult for him to leave the transcendental abode of Vrindavan.

And yet, he wrote last year, leave we must, for it is the order of Srila Prabhupada that his followers share their good fortune all over the world. And it is that very service which qualifies us to come back to Vrindavan in due course of time.

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As Indradyumna Swami left Vrindavan to begin his preaching activities in the west last year, he reflected on Srila Prabhupada’s austerity and then quoted one of his favorite verses from Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati:

“One who is extremely fortunate may get the mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. As much as one can devote his full attention to the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya, to that extent he will be able to taste the nectarine service of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani in Vrindavan. The more one engages in the service of Sri Caitanya, the more one finds oneself in Vrindavan, tasting the nectar of the service of Sri Radha.” 

[ Caitanya Candramrta, text 88 ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on April 21, 2017 – To see original post please click here.

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“My Dear Lord Nitaichand!” – Nectar drops by Indradyumna Swami

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“My Dear Lord Nitaichand!” – Nectar drops by Indradyumna Swami

On the occasion of Lord Nityananda’s appearance, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami posted a beautiful meditation of Lord Nityananda on Facebook. Last year, Indradyumna Swami commemorated the day by focusing on Srila Prabhupada’s vani related to attaining the mercy of Lord Nityananda.

“Nityananda Prabhu approached Jagai and Madhai at the risk of being personally injured and still He definitely delivered them. The world is full of Jagai’s and Madhai’s; namely drunkards, women-hunters, meat eaters, and gamblers, and we will have to approach them at the risk of insult, injury, and similar other rewards. To face such reverse conditions of life and to suffer thereby the results of actions is considered as the greatest penance and austerity in the matter of spiritual advancement of life.”

[ Srila Prabhupada letter, January 27, 1970 ]

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This year, Indradyumna Swami reflected on a bhajan composed by a medieval poet named Kanudas.

Nitai’s Trap of Love

1. Oh my dear Lord Nitaichand! He set up traps of krsna-prema in each and every home.

2. He sprinkled cooling waters from the corners of his eyes on all those living entities that were burning in the fire of material suffering.

3. He bestowed extreme mercy on Gauda Desh. Overcome with bhava while dancing, he forgot everything.

4. His body is whitish with a slightly reddish tinge. His hairs stand on end like the filaments of kadamba flowers.

5. His body is decorated with various ornaments. Gathering together various devotees, he sings joyously.

6. How many times does he not stumble while walking? The movement of his lotus feet resembles the movement of a restless khanjana (wag-tail bird).

7. Hearing of his mercy, my hope of getting delivered increases. This Kanudas begs love at Nitai’s feet

[ Translated by Hari Parshad Das from Vaisnava Padavali, fourth edition, April 2010. Compiled and edited by Hare Krishna Mukhopadhyay. Published by Shishu Sahitya Sansad Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata. Printed in Krishna Kathamrita Bindu, Issue no: 417 ]

Quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on January 29th. To see the original post, please click here.

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Mumbai Fest and Memories of Vrindavan – Nectar drops by Indradyumna Swami

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Mumbai Fest and Memories of Vrindavan – Nectar drops by Indradyumna Swami

On January 28th, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami gave a lecture on stage at the Mumbai Fest and then had several interviews with the attending members of the press. Indradyumna Swami was one of seven spiritual leaders holding a ‘Peace Forum’ at the event. Each of the leaders spoke for 10 minutes on how to achieve peace in the world. The Vice President of India and the Minister of Culture were in the audience, as well as millions of people watching on TV. Indradyumna Swami asked for Srila Prabhupada’s blessings prior to the event in a facebook post written a couple of days earlier.

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As Indradyumna Swami began his journey back to his home in Sri Vrindavan dhama, he wrote about how he was reminded of the following verse:

“My dear friend, now I have met my very old and dear friend Krishna on this field of Kurukshetra. I am the same Radha, and now we are meeting together. It is very pleasant, but still I would like to go to the bank of the Yamuna, beneath the trees of the forest there.”

[ Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-lila 1.76 ]

Written and quoted by Indradyumna Swami on his facebook page on January 28, 2018. To see the original post, please click here.