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Festival of India: Spreading Hare Krishna along the Baltic Coast

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In 1996, according to a Polish poll, the three most popular people in the country were Pope John Paul II, Mr. Jurek Owsiak, and then-Polish-president Mr. Kwasniewski.

Who is this Jurek Owsiak? At the time, Owsiak was the director and founder of Poland’s biggest charity, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Help. Every year during the Christmas period, the charity would put on television benefit programs, during which the public phone in pledges to buy medical equipment for children’s hospitals. In 1995, the Orchestra raised one million dollars, no small amount for an Eastern European country.

In the mid-1990s, Owsiak had also arranged a folk-rock festival in the summer, called Woodstock. The festival, which is based on the concepts of the original Woodstock in America, is attended by tens of thousands of young people. His original reasoning behind organizing the festival was “so that all of the people who took part in the winter fundraising can come together for a summer meeting of love, peace, and music.”

But what is love? And how can peace be attained? And what kind of music will facilitate that?

When he met the ISKCON Sannyasa-Guru, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami Maharaja, and the 230 devotees of the Laksmi Nrsimha Traveling Festival, Owsiak decided to invite the Hare Krishna Devotees to his pre-planned Woodstock Festival. He knew that Indradyumna Swami would be facilitating 15 festivals along the Baltic Coast of Poland that very Summer and he knew how much these festivals had positively affected the youth, the children, the Polish men and women. He wanted the Devotees to bring their uplifting personalities, their colors and their vibrancy–but also the very serious message of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition that they represented–the same message that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada had introduced to the West in 1965.

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In his lectures during the festival programs, Indradyumna Swami delivers the philosophy contained within the Bhagavad Gita, basing his lectures on Srila Prabhupada’s own classes, and he strategically attracts all to this ancient spiritual philosophy through the musical performances and theatrical presentations based on Vedic texts, graphic exhibits, stalls with books and handicrafts, and prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food) that the festivals include. Walking down the beaches of the Baltic Coast, Indradyumna Swami leads the harinam sankirtan party of Devotees, as they chant the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, giving the Holy Name of Lord Krishna to the young men, women, and children who were otherwise having an ordinary Summer day. Indradyumna Swami writes updates on the progress of the festival on his Facebook page.

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The Vedic literatures and saintly teachers following them attest that the Lord is present in the sound of His Holy Name. When Indradyumna Swami delivers his lectures at the Polish festival programs and at the Woodstock festival, he discusses how actual peace can be obtained when we recognize that we are all God’s children; how love for the Supreme, Krishna, will enable us to rise above the duality and suffering we encounter in this world, and how chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra can give us happiness—now—since it connects us to our spiritual source. “Associate with God, and you will also become happy,” Indradyumna Swami reiterates in his festival lectures.

As the festivals progress throughout the Summer, enlivening especially the youth and children of Poland, Ananta Vrindavan das, one of Indradyumna Swami’s disciples, is behind his camera, practicing his art of capturing stunning photographs of all the countless, blissful people participating in the kirtans and other festival activities. Ananta Vrindavan das, though humble, has refined his photography skills over the years, and especially concentrates on photographing devotee and other ISKCON events. Following his beloved Guru throughout the year, Ananta Vrindavan das takes photographs and creates beautiful Facebook albums, posted to Indradyumna Swami’s personal Facebook page, so that the Devotees can savor the memories for a lifetime.

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And the most joyous memories of the Baltic Coast festivals, for Indradyumna Swami, are the Polish people themselves and their personal accounts of how receiving a Bhagavad Gita, or hearing the Hare Krishna mantra sung on the beachfront, or trying delicious vegetarian prasadam, or joining the harinam and chanting and dancing next to Indradyumna Swami and the Devotees—had brought a joy to their lives not otherwise encountered. It was the missing puzzle piece in their lives.

In fact, every year, Indradyumna Swami meets someone who tells him that their journey in Krishna Consciousness, in Bhakti Yoga, began as a child, a young Polish girl or boy, who attended a festival program that changed the course of their lives. Indradyumna Swami meets with such people, the men and the women of Poland, hears and records their stories in his well-known “Diary of a Traveling Monk” and finds ways to then involve them in devotional service, so that their inner bliss, the very nascent beginning of their spiritual lives, doesn’t simply end when the festival ends.

This year, he met Kasia, a woman who told him that she’d first come to the festival with her parents when she was 11 years old. She returned this year, some 20 years later, with her own daughter. “I wanted her to have the same wonderful experience I had at your festival when I was young,” she said. “And most important I wanted to buy the book I remember you spoke on during my first visit years ago.” The book is Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Indradyumna Swami wrote of this experience on his Facebook page.

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The women are given the opportunity to meet with the female disciples of Indradyumna Swami, and they are given saris, chant and dance with the devotees during the festival programs, and learn the basic tenets of the Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy by interacting with the Devotees and by attending question and answer sessions held during the festival programs. Similarly, the men meet with the male disciples of Indradyumna Swami, chant and dance during the festival kirtans, and also learn the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga as presented in the Bhagavad Gita. Look at the photos contained within the Summer albums on Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook page and you’ll see it: the smiles and happiness adorning the faces of those who are uplifted by the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga.

When Owsiak invited Indradyumna Swami to that very first Woodstock Festival so many years ago, he didn’t know that he would be facilitating millions of people, over the course of the next 22 years, to participate in the blissful chanting of Lord Krishna’s Holy Names; he didn’t know that he would be giving the boys and girls of Poland a chance to find lasting happiness by learning about Vedic culture and the message of the Bhagavad Gita; he didn’t know that he was inviting men and women of all ages and creeds to “Krishna’s Village of Peace,” a place where they could experience a “different, better world” of equality that rises above the bodily platform—and not just for three days—but for as long as they wished; and finally, he didn’t know that he had connected them to the transcendental message that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought to the West over 50 years ago now—through the dedicated service of a dedicated disciple, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.

After the first Woodstock Festival, Owsiak wrote a stunningly heartfelt letter to Indradyumna Swami and the Polish Tour Devotees, which summed up the entire objective and purpose of the Baltic Coast festivals:

Dear Friends,

We will remember your being with us at the Woodstock Stop ‘96 forever. The peaceful Krsna village contributed extraordinary color and became one with the main stage, from which you gave your message of love, friendship, and peace to the young. Your efficient activities were praised by everyone who came to the festival. Your food and your meetings with the people will stay in our memory for a long time, together with the message of your philosophy, words, rites, and manners. All this gave us a three-day experience of a different, better world, and your music came to the hearts of everyone.

On behalf of my foundation, I’d especially like to thank Indradyumna Swami for being with us with his spirit, body, and work. Thank you for the delicious meals, smiles, and for everything.

Jurek Owsiak,

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With Srila Prabhupada’s mercy and guidance, may His Holiness Indradyumna Swami Maharaja and the Devotees continue to enliven and uplift the Polish people through their lively and vibrant presentation of Vedic culture for 28+ more years.

ABOUT INDRADYUMNA SWAMI

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness, who brought Bhakti Yoga to the western world in 1965. Indradyumna Swami is a spiritual leader, traveling monk, public speaker, writer, photographer, and Kirtan leader. He has been traveling the world spreading the peaceful teachings of Bhakti Yoga and running large-scale festival programs which feature kirtan (mantra meditation set to music), theatrical presentations of Vedic texts, and prasadam (vegetarian food that has been offered to the Lord).

Indradyumna Swami is well-known for narrating his experiences and documenting his festival programs in his Diary of a Traveling Monk series. Among the community of Gaudiya-Vaisnava devotees, he is also known for leading a 300-person pilgrimage to the holy city of Vrindavan during the auspicious month of Kartik and for coordinating a 2,000-person kirtan retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains every Summer.

For updates on his travels and activities, follow Indradyumna Swami on his Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to his kirtans and lectures on his official Youtube channel and on his lecture archive website, Narottam.

 

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Polish Tour in Full Swing! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Polish Tour in Full Swing! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

For the past two weeks, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been engaged in preaching on the annual Polish tour. He is keeping disciples and devotees up to date through his Facebook posts.

On July 4th, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Our 29th annual Festival of India is in full swing here on the beaches of the warm Baltic Sea coast in Poland. 250 devotees from numerous countries around the world have assembled for 2 months of harinam and festivals introducing people to our Krsna conscious movement. If the weeks and months ahead are anything like the first few days of our programs, we’re in for some real nectar.

Ananta Vrindavan das has been taking photographs of some of the tour Devotees’ in a portrait-like fashion and those photos can also now be found on Facebook.

Already, there are very heartwarming stories of how the Tour is impacting the local Polish people. In a touching Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami writes about Kasia, who first came to the Polish festival with her parents when she was 11 years old.

He writes:

As a child she was fascinated by everything. She even won a sari in the dance competition. She still has it. She returned this evening, 20 years later, with her own daughter. “I wanted her to have the same wonderful experience I had at your festival when I was young,” she said. “And most important I wanted to buy the book I remember you spoke on during my first visit years ago.” She is standing here next to me with that book: Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Just one of the many miracles these festivals are producing. All glories to Sri Krsna Samkirtan!

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All glories to the Devotees spreading Mahaprabhu’s mercy in Poland! All glories to Srila Gurudeva! All glories to Ananta Vrindavan das and his seva rendered at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva!

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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Honoring a Special Disciple – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Honoring a Special Disciple – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

On July 1st, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami honored the birthday of his long-time disciple and travel companion, Ananta Vrindavan das, who has accompanied him all over the world on his preaching tours. Ananta Vrindavan das is known for his skillful photography and videography of devotee events (retreats, weddings, festivals, etc.). Just now, Ananta Vrindavan das is in Poland, as the Polish Tour (Festival of India) has begun and he is capturing the magical moments with his camera.

To honor his disciple, Indradyumna Swami wrote a very sweet birthday note on his Facebook page:

Dear Ananta Vrindavan: A very happy birthday to you today! You are rendering a most valuable service to our movement by capturing for posterity many of the significant moments in the modern day pastimes of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You are appreciated by thousands of devotees around the world for your expert and artistic photos and videos. We are all so fortunate to have you onboard! You and I have been everywhere together! Looking forward to many more adventures with you. Yours always, Indradyumna Swami

Many of Ananta Vrindavan das’ photographs for print can be found on his website and also on his personal Facebook page.

All glories to the Devotees spreading Mahaprabhu’s mercy in Poland! All glories to Srila Gurudeva! All glories to Ananta Vrindavan das and his seva rendered at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva!

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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The Festival of India in Poland begins! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Festival of India in Poland begins! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

This past month, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami visited His Holiness Giriraja Swami in Carpinteria, but now he is off to Poland, as the long-awaited Polish Festival of India tour is about to begin in a few days.

The Devotees in Poland have been there for months now preparing and training and practicing. The Summer tour will be the culmination of all of their joint and individual efforts.

Looking ahead to the tour, Indradyumna Swami wrote on his Facebook page:

The Festival of India – the Polish Tour – begins in a few days. It will be our 28th year of performing along the Baltic Sea coast. Three hundred devotees are arriving at the base. I can’t wait for the nectar that comes from sharing our good fortune with others!

“The result of Krishna consciousness is that one becomes increasingly enlightened and he enjoys life with a thrill, not only for some time, but at every moment.”

[ Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad Gita 18.76, purport ]

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All glories to the Devotees spreading Mahaprabhu’s mercy in Poland!

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.

Catching up in Carpinteria – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Catching up in Carpinteria – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

For the past couple of weeks, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been visiting His Holiness Giriraja Swami, in Carpinteria, where he will remain for awhile longer.

While in Carpinteria, Indradyumna Swami continues in his planning for both his upcoming Polish tour, as well as for the Fall Kartik Parikrama program.

In one Facebook post, he wrote:

Dear disciples, friends and well wishers: We are now officially opening registration for our month-long Kartika parikrama this year. The special feature of this year’s parikrama is that we will spend two weeks in Vrindavan and two weeks in Mayapur. We are limiting the parikrama party to 300 devotees on a “first come, first serve” basis. So don’t delay!

The ecstatic news of the parikrama party heading to both Vrindavan and Mayapur fills the Devotees hearts with joy! To sign up for the Parikrama, please visit: https://www.indradyumnaswamiparikrama.com/Registration-Information

In another Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami meditated on the words of Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati, who is one of his favorite Acaryas to quote from.

“Sri Radhika, the lovely queen of Vrindavan’s bowerhouses, makes all spiritual goals and practices insignificant when She bestows upon one the festival of Her eternal service. In doing so, She inundates the whole world with news of Her nectarian beauty and Her face shines like innumerable autumnal moons.”

[ Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati, Sri Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi, verse 62 ]

All glories to Srimati Radharani!

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.

Visiting Giriraja Swami in Carpinteria – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Visiting Giriraja Swami in Carpinteria – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

After the Sadhu Sanga Kirtan retreat, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami headed to ISKCON Silicon Valley, where he participated in several home programs and visited with his Godbrother, His Grace Vaisesika dasa, and the devotees of the booming Silicon Valley community.

Now he is visiting His Holiness Giriraja Swami, in Carpinteria, where he will stay for the next three weeks. While there, he is recovering from an arduous preaching tour in Russia and Ukraine, but he is already looking ahead to the upcoming Polish tour, which will take place in Poland and also come to the United States in the Fall.

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Giriraja Swami wrote:

Indradyumna Swami Maharaja has come to spend four weeks with me at my ashram in Carpinteria, and today, watching him do his Deity worship, I was reminded of a statement in Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.5.23–24 purport) that a devotee “unable to worship the Deity must at least see the Deity worship, and in that way he may achieve success also.” Deity worship is one of the five most potent items in devotional service, and witnessing Maharaja’s worship had a powerful effect on my heart.

In a Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami wrote:

Our Festival of India in Poland will begin towards the end of June and continue until August 20. It will be our 27th year of hosting large festivals along the Baltic Sea coast. All glories to those devotees who spend their summers with us, giving their lives and souls to spreading the glories of the holy names far and wide.

“The devotees of Krishna are the most exalted persons on this planet, better than kings, all of them, so we should always remember that and, like the bumblebee, always look for the nectar or the best qualities of a person.”

(Srila Prabhupada letter to Atreya Rsi; February 4, 1972)

All glories to the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! All glories to all the followers of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis!

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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In Appreciation of Vaisesika Prabhu – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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In Appreciation of Vaisesika Prabhu – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

After the Sadhu Sanga Kirtan retreat, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami headed to ISKCON Silicon Valley, where he participated in several home programs and visited with his Godbrother, Vaisesika dasa and the devotees of the booming Silicon Valley community.

Indradyumna Swami wrote on his Facebook page to commemorate the event yesterday:

One of my samkirtan heroes, Vaisesika Dasa, distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books at the St. Louis Airport in 1986 … 32 years ago. He’s still distributing those books, as well as inspiring others to do so. Under his direction, every Saturday over 100 devotees in ISKCON Silicon Valley go out to sell these most valuable literatures. Vaisesika Dasa is exemplary in every regard. God bless him!

Indradyumna Swami very much looks up to his Godbrother and even spoke about him at length at one of the home programs held in Silicon Valley. He wrote in an earlier Facebook post:

Dear disciples: Recently I had the good fortune to visit ISKCON Silicon Valley, here in the USA, where I had the association of my dear godbrother, Vaisesika prabhu. Please listen to the glories of this wonderful devotee as I praise him and his good wife, Nirakula dasi, at a home program one evening. The talk is entitled, “In Appreciation Of Vaisesika Prabhu” and is available on: www.narottam.com

All glories to the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! All glories to all the followers of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis!

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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Sadhu Sanga Retreat: The Best Ever – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat: The Best Ever – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Two weeks ago, over 2,000 devotees of Krishna gathered at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina,  for the Sadhu Sanga Kirtan retreat that His Holiness Indradyumna Swami organized with the help of his disciples. The kirtan event was attended by many disciples of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and kirtan leaders included Govinda SwamiBadahari dasMadhava NaidooNiranjana SwamiVaisesika dasJahnavi HarrisonAgnideva das (a surprise!), Indradyumna Swami, Radhanath Swami, and others.

Indradyumna Swami wrote on his Facebook page to commemorate the event yesterday:

This year’s Sadhu Sanga Retreat in Boone, North Carolina, USA was the best ever. Over 2,000 devotees from all over the world attended and there were 150,000 views of the livestream videos. Prasadam was served 3 times a day which amounted to 20,000 plates served over the entire event. There were 14 kirtaneers – some of the best in ISKCON – who melted the hearts of everyone who attended. Everything was 1st class: the organization, the facilities, the prasadam, the decorations, the sound system and the transcendental atmosphere.

Ananta Vrindavan das, one of Indradyumna Swami’s disciples, released a long-awaited video covering the event and it can be found on his facebook page or on Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook page. Ananta Vrindavan das worked tirelessly over the course of the last two weeks, and especially in the last 24 hours, to put this video together. Now everyone can relive the experiences or have a taste for what this retreat is like by watching the video footage.

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All glories to the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! All glories to all the followers of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis!

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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Ukraine: Preacher’s Paradise – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Ukraine: Preacher’s Paradise – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Before the annual Sadhu Sanga Kirtan retreat, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami wound up his most recent preaching tour with a trip to Ukraine. Tha marked the end of 6 weeks in Russia and eventually Ukraine. From Ukraine, he spent a day in Warsaw resting before flying out to Chicago and eventually to Boone, North Carolina, where the Sadhu Sanga Retreat took place over Memorial Day weekend.

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Ananta Vrindavan das, one of Indradyumna Swami’s disciples, captured the trip in video and in photos, as usual, and his album can be found here on his facebook page.

In a Facebook post, Indradyumna Swami gave very encouraging words about the trip:

As the spring tour winds down we find ourselves in the wonderful association of the devotees in Dnipro. This is an ideal place to wrap up the last 6 weeks of travel in Russia and Ukraine as the devotees here have an insatiable taste for the Holy Name and dancing in kirtan. Whether it be in a public setting such as the Rathayatra in Dnipro, a festival celebrating the association of devotees, or in powerful temple programs, devotees love kirtan. As a team we feel quite humbled to have been blessed to serve Srila Prabhupada sharing his message of Krsna consciousness with these devotees.

As usual, Indradyumna Swami chanted and danced with the devotees in Dnipro, Ukraine and was pleased to see their spiritual enthusiasm and devotion.

All glories to the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu who spread the Holy Names far and wide! All glories to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! All glories to all the followers of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis!

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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Chant and dance! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Chant and dance! – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Over Memorial Day weekend, over 2,000 devotees gathered at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina,  for the Sadhu Sanga Kirtan retreat that His Holiness Indradyumna Swami organized with the help of his disciples.

At the retreat, there was a disciples’ meeting on Saturday, which has become an annual event for the disciples of Indradyumna Swami. At that time, the vyasa puja ceremony for Indradyumna Swami was carried out and the Swami also read his most recent diary entry, entitled: “He did his time” and available on his facebook page and on his Traveling Monk website. The diary entry discusses a little bit about Indradyumna Swami’s time in the Marines. He is pictured in his uniform below.

The Sadhu Sanga kirtan event was attended by many disciples of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and kirtan leaders included Govinda SwamiBadahari dasMadhava NaidooNiranjana SwamiVaisesika dasJahnavi HarrisonAgnideva das (a surprise!), Indradyumna Swami, Radhanath Swami, and others.

Soon, the retreat organizers will send out recordings of the blissful kirtans that had everyone up and dancing. A highlight of the event took place when Vaisesika das invited all of the disciples of Srila Prabhupada in attendance to go to the stage to chant and dance up there with him.

Ananta Vrindavan das, one of Indradyumna Swami’s disciples captured the event in video and photography, as usual, and his album can be found here on his facebook page.

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In his diary post, Indradyumna Swami quoted Srila Prabhupada at the end.

“A Vaisnava is always a well-wisher to everyone. The Six Gosvamis, for example, are described in this way: dhiradhira janapriyau. They were popular with both the gentle and the ruffians. A Vaisnava must be equal to everyone, regardless of one’s position. Atmavat: a Vaisava should be like Paramatma. Isvara sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese ‘rjuna tisthati. Paramatma does not hate anyone … As the moon never refuses to distribute its pleasing rays even to the home of a candala, a Vaisnava never refuses to act for everyone’s welfare.”

[Srimad Bhagavatam 7.4.32, purport]

All glories to the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! All glories to all the followers of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis!

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.