Kirtan in the Country Music Capitol – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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 Kirtan in the Country Music Capitol – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been in Tennessee this past week. Viva Kultura had an enormously successful show at Vanderbilt University, with many people walking away with Srila Prabhupada’s books, as well.

In a Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami recounted the event:

The other day we performed our show at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 1,400 students, professors, yoga students, spiritual seekers and the curious attended. Nashville is the capitol of country music in the USA. Not far from where we performed was the Grand Ole Opry, a famous weekly country music stage concert founded in 1925 and dedicated to honoring country music and its history. As we drove by the Opry later that evening I prayed that future generations of devotees would be conducting our festival program 93 years down the road as well!

Regarding the show at Vanderbilt, Indradyumna Swami wrote a post that also featured the video created by Ananta Vrindavan das covering the event:

Here is our performance at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 1,400 people attended our show. Nashville is famous as the capitol of country music in the USA. Though we presented a very different culture the people loved it. In fact, a number of them sang and danced with us during the final kirtan.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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On Tour, Remembering Srila Prabhupada – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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On Tour, Remembering Srila Prabhupada – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami left Houston, Texas last week and has been traveling to various places in the United States with his traveling festival program, bringing the science of Krsna Consciousness in a colorful, creative, graceful way to people across the nation. The festival has already been brought to Houston, Dallas, Little Rock, Nashville and they are headed to Knoxville today.

In the midst of all of this preaching in the United States, Indradyumna Swami humbly reflected on Srila Prabhupada. On his Facebook page, Indradyumna Swami quoted the following prayer in a beautiful post:

“O spiritual master, I continually offer my obeisances unto you, who are always in the presence of Srimati Radharani and very much devoted to Her. You always reside in the association of Her confidantes, the gopis, and you are the abode of loving devotion to Krishna.”

Regarding the show in Little Rock, Arkansas, Indradyumna Swami wrote:

Yesterday evening we held our festival in a small hall just outside Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas is the deep south, a very conservative area. Nevertheless, after much advertising over several weeks and a short street performance before our event, 500 people came to our show and everyone loved it. The fact that a number of people went home with Bhagavad Gitas under their arms demonstrated that Lord Caitanya’s movement is indeed meant for every town and village.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Janmashtami, Vyasa Puja, and a Traveling Krishna Festival – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Janmashtami, Vyasa Puja, and a Traveling Show – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami left Houston, Texas a couple of days ago but while in Houston he participated in so many nectarean events. Indradyumna Swami also celebrated Sri Krishna Janmashtami there with several of his Godbrothers, including His Holiness Giriraja Swami and His Holiness BB Govinda Swami. He also stayed there to celebrate the Vyasa Puja ceremony of his Godbrother, His Holiness Giriraja Swami.

At the ceremony, he read his beautiful offering to Giriraja Swami, which can be read on his profile on Medium.

So yes, we are friends, but I think a better terminology is that we are brothers, and you are the older brother. You are older in age, older in time spent in ISKCON, and older in your realizations and wisdom in Krsna consciousness. As such I take great pleasure in honoring you on this auspicious day. In fact, so much do I appreciate what you have done for me, that I honor you in the same mood as your disciples: as a representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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Since celebrating the sweet Vyasa Puja ceremony, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and his festival team have been on the go, preaching at different centers in Texas and now Arkansas. He wrote an update regarding their show in Texas in a Facebook post:

The second show of our USA tour was another success. Over 1,000 people from all over Dallas, Texas attended. Many of them were coming into contact with Krsna Consciousness for the first time. We had many nice comments and a good number of books were sold.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Janmashtami in Houston – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Janmashtami in Houston – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami is still in Houston, Texas, where the festival team held a very nice devotional program for a group of yoga students. Indradyumna Swami also celebrated Sri Krishna Janmashtami there with several of his Godbrothers, including His Holiness Giriraja Swami and His Holiness BB Govinda Swami. So far, Indradyumna Swami’s American tour is so far off to a strong start.

 In fact, he wrote on his Facebook page:

We have just begun our festival tour here in the United States of America. Today we are celebrating Janmastami in Houston, Texas. The day began with a small program with some yoga students. We’re off to a great start!

He includes a video created by Ananta Vrindavan das to show a little from the program.

Today, he also wrote in another post:

Yesterday evening myself and some members of my festival team did a program for newcomers to Krsna consciousness. It was very blissful! Programs don’t always have to be big and gorgeous to be successful. A little Krsna-katha and sweet chanting of the holy names can satisfy any sincere spiritual seeker’s heart.

Of the Janmashtami celebration in Houston, he wrote:

Several days ago Janmastami was celebrated all over the world. In Houston, Texas we had a wonderful program for the presiding deities, Sri Sri Radha Nilamadhava. With many distinguished guests we discussed the Lord’s advent and then danced in ecstasy until way after midnight!

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Srila Prabhupada in France – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Srila Prabhupada in France – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami is now in Houston, Texas in the United States for the next ten days. Very soon, his American tour will begin. Another rigorous schedule of preaching, this time in the United States, will mark the second annual festival tour for him in the U.S. Right now, his schedule indicates that the tour Devotees will visit twenty different universities in seven weeks. Last year, the American tour met with a lot of success from students, professors, and from the general public. In addition to university programs, the Devotees also carried out harinam sankirtan in Boston and Philadelphia. This year, after the tour, it won’t be long before he brings disciples and Godsiblings with him to the Holy Dhams in India: Sri Vrindavan Dhama and Sri Mayapur Dhama this year.

 With the upcoming appearance day anniversary of Srila Prabhupada, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post today:

My dear spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada: Just today, on the eve of the celebration of your appearance day next week, I found these photos from your arrival in Paris, France 44 years ago. I cannot express how dear they are to me! By the Lord’s grace I am still singing your glories daily and I pray to continue so forever and forever more.

He included with the text of the post four pictures from Srila Prabhupada’s visit back then, and Indradyumna Swami can be seen playing mridanga and kartals during the kirtan.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Every step is a dance – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Every step is a dance – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Indradyumna Swami and his team of Polish tour Devotees have now completed their Summer tour in Poland. Very soon, he will be off on his American tour with a subset of the Polish Festival tour team (75 devotees). In the meantime, they have been packing and sending 60 tons of equipment in five big trucks to Warsaw for storage. In America, the Devotees will visit over 20 universities in seven weeks. The Devotees ended their two-month tour in Poland with ecstatic kirtans that had the Polish people up and dancing.

 Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post last week:

Our yearly Festival of India in Poland allows people to experience the wonderful world of Krsna consciousness in a variety of ways. Through music, dance, theater, prasadam, seminars and more, our guests are introduced to a culture that exists eternally in the spiritual sky. A culture where every step is a dance, every word is a song and blissful festivals are a daily affair.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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First impressions: Sankirtan in Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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First impressions: Sankirtan in Poland – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Indradyumna Swami and his team of Polish tour Devotees have really refined their festivals over the last almost thirty years of operation. In this time, they’ve learned how best to attract people to the lively and ecstatic movement of Lord Caitanya.

Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post about a video that Ananta Vrindavan das created that showcases the festival programs and the participation of the local Polish people.

The title of this short video is, “First Impressions.” There is a saying that “first impressions are the most important.” A well organised, colorful, musical, devotional and blissful harinam is a great way to introduce people to Krsna consciousness for the first time. It creates a very favorable impact that encourages people to inquire further. It is said that Lord Caitanya’s samkirtan movement will continue to grow for 10,000 years. No doubt, much of that will be due to the original formula of taking the chanting of the holy names to the streets.

For Indradyumna Swami, these festival programs of large-scale preaching are his life and soul. In the video, Indradyumna Swami says that when people see the Devotees performing kirtan, they smile and it’s a sort of spiritual awakening for them. When they see the Devotees so happy, he says, “It’s infectious in a transcendental way.” He describes how the Polish people love to dance. You don’t have to encourage them and explain to them the benefits of dancing in kirtan. He says that as soon as the Devotees start singing kirtan, the Polish people join in.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

All by the grace of Srila Prabhupada – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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 All by the grace of Srila Prabhupada – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Indradyumna Swami has been leading the summer Polish festival programs for almost thirty years now. While the programs are wrapping up, the Polish people who participated in the programs this Summer will carry with them the memories of the Krishna Conscious plays, the classes on Bhagavad Gita, the kirtans which stirred their hearts, the prasadam which nourished body and soul, the kind interactions with the Devotees who answered all of their questions about spiritual life and made them feel like they belonged in a larger, spiritual family. Yes, the Summer festivals are coming to a close, but the memories of them will last a lifetime.

Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post thanking Srila Prabhupada for his continued guidance and shelter in this regard. He quoted from a letter that Srila Prabhupada sent to His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami.

Thank you Srila Prabhupada …

“I shall remain your personal guide whether I am physically present or not, just as I am getting guidance from my Guru Maharaja.”

[ Letter to Tamal Krishna Goswami, July 14, 1977, Vrindavan ]

For Indradyumna Swami, the festival programs, his preaching around the world, his organizing the Sadhu Sanga retreat program and the Kartika Parikrama program—these are all some of the ways in which he serves Srila Prabhupada’s movement. He offers the results of these programs to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

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Everyone Dances to the Holy Names! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Everyone Dances to the Holy Names! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Anyone who knows His Holiness Indradyumna Swami knows that preaching Srila Prabhupada’s message around the world is his life and soul. For almost three decades now, he has been dedicated to the large-scale preaching program in Poland.

Indradyumna Swami and the Polish festival team are wrapping up a summer of festivals along the Baltic Coast in Poland with wonderful programs and unprecedented results! More people than ever before are dancing to the Holy Names during the kirtans at the festival programs. Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post about a guest who attended the festival a few days ago and walked off with twelve of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

This is a guest who came to our festival yesterday. His name is Patrick. He came a little late and only caught one minute of my lecture from the stage. But somehow the philosophy of Bhavagad Gita had a profound affect on him. He immediately went to the book table and purchased 12 books. When I met him there I said, “You must be an avid reader!” He replied, “Actually, no. In my entire life I’ve only read 3 or 4 books. But what you shared with us from the stage really touched me. I promise you I will read all 12 of these books within no time!” Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

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A few days before, Indradyumna Swami had posted on Facebook:

“In a variety of ways, the inauspiciousness of the earth is destroyed by the feet, the inauspiciousness of the directions is destroyed by the eye glances and the inauspiciousness of the heavens is destroyed by the arms of a Visnu-bhakta dancing out of joy.” [ Hari-bhakti-vilasa 8.288 ]

The Polish tour Devotees have been dancing along the coastline and in kirtans at the festival and the amazing part of this all is that the Polish people join in with great enthusiasm and joy.

Today, Indradyumna Swami posted an update that mentioned:

When inaugurating the samkirtan movement 500 years ago Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced chanting the holy names and dancing in ecstasy. His followers have continued with the same formula down to the present day. The potency of such kirtan is that often those who have never seen devotees before immediately join in and sing and dance in great happiness. All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!

He links to a beautifully recorded video that Ananta Vrindavan das put together to illustrate how the Polish people are joining the Devotees in chanting the names of the Lord in kirtan.

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.

Pol’and’Rock Success – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Pol’and’Rock Success – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami and the Polish festival team participated in the Polish Woodstock Festival (now Pol’and’Rock) and had wonderful results from their preaching at the enormous event. Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Krsna’s Village of Peace at this year’s Woodstock festival – renamed Pol’and’Rock – exceeded all our expectations. Tens of thousands of youth came through, 150,000 plates of prasadam were distributed, Ratha Yatra went on four days in a row and kirtan was roaring 11 hours a day in the Mantra Yoga tent. We couldn’t ask for more. Our only request is that we may continue to serve Srila Prabhupada in the same way for many years to come.

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A few days before, Indradyumna Swami had posted:

The great Woodstock Festival is over. Ananta Vrindavan das is working on a full video of the event. It’s going to be a good one! The rest of us are taking it easy for 2 days before we continue our programs along the Baltic Sea coast. Myself, I am laying on my bed feeling a deep sense of separation from the great yajna we all performed at Woodstock / Pol’and’Rock. The mercy was flowing everywhere!
“The fortunate town of Navadwip remains on the earth. The seashore remains. The city of Jagannatha Puri remains. The holy names of Krsna remain. But, Alas, Alas! I do not see anywhere the same kind of festival of pure love for Lord Hari as before. O Lord Caitanya, O ocean of mercy, will I ever see your transcendental glory again?” ( Caitanya Candramrita, chapter 12, verse 140 )

For more on Indradyumna Swami’s transcendental travels and lectures, please visit the Swami’s facebook page and his lecture site at Narottam. On Indradyumna Swami’s official Youtube Channel, you can find many kirtans and classes from the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, his recent Russian tour, etc.