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“The Lord of the Raghu Dynasty” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“The Lord of the Raghu Dynasty” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In honor of Rama Navami, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami quoted from the Sita-Rama pranama mantra:

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto
Lord Ramacandra, who is all-auspicious,
the Lord of the Raghu Dynasty and the
husband of Sita-devi.”

[ Sita-Rama pranama mantra – Verse 27 of the Rāma-rakṣā-stotram by the sage Budhā-kauśika. ]

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 Kunda, Varsana, and Radha Kunda, among other holy places. He wrote on his Facebook page that, “Before leaving for my preaching duties in the west in a few days I am visiting various sacred places to receive blessings. I began with Radha Kunda – the topmost holy place in creation.”

Now Indradyumna Swami’s preaching pastimes in the western world have begun.

 Excerpted from a Facebook post written by Indradyumna Swami on March 20, 2018.
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“I pray I may remain among them” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“I pray I may remain among them” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Before leaving for Australia last Wednesday, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami quoted a beautiful verse written by Raghunatha das Goswami and reflected on how his pain of leaving Sri Vrindavan Dhama is mitigated only by the hope that he can bring the Dhama to others.

As of this past week, Indradyumna Swami’s travels in the West have officially begun. In May, he’ll be in the United States for the Sadhu Sanga Kirtan Retreat and he’ll remain in the U.S. for some time after that before the Polish Tour begins over the summer.

“Even if I have the opportunity to bathe in the ocean of pure love of Krishna, and even if I have the pure devotees of the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead as my associates, I will not consent to live even for a single moment in any sacred place other than Vrajabhumi. Even if the residents of Vraja appear to be ordinary, and even if they fill my ears with useless gossip, I pray I may remain among them, eternally residing here in Vraja.”

[ Raghunatha Dasa Goswami ]

 Excerpted from a Facebook post written by Indradyumna Swami on March 20, 2018.
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“The central jewel in the necklace of Goloka” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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“The central jewel in the necklace of Goloka” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Before leaving for Australia last Wednesday, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami visited Surya Kund and he reflected on the pastimes that had previously taken place at this special place in a Facebook post
Indradyumna Swami wrote that Surya Kund where the Sun God performed austerities to see and serve Lord Krsna. His wish was fulfilled when Srimati Radharani asked him to warm the Lord’s transcendental body with his rays after Krsna came out of the water from battling the Kaliya serpent. Srimati Radharani visits Surya-kund every Sunday to worship Surya-deva. It is also a place where Radha and Krsna meet regularly for Their pastimes.
Indradyumna Swami wrote that he said prayers while gazing at the beautiful lake, begging to keep Vrindavan in his heart as he leaves that transcendental abode for the time-being. He quoted this verse, which is actually one that he quotes quite often:
sri rasa rangasya vikasa candrika
dipavalir ya vrsabhanu mandire
goloka cuda mani kantha bhusanam
dhyatva param tam bhuvi paryatamy aham

“I wander over this earth meditating on Her, who is a moon shining in the rasa-dance arena, who is a host of bright lamps in Vrsabhanu’s palace, and who is the central jewel in the necklace of Goloka.”

[ Narada Muni, Garga Samhita 1.8.12 ]
 Excerpted from a Facebook post written by Indradyumna Swami on March 18, 2018.
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“Nothing is lost” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

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“Nothing is lost” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami remembered his dear disciple, Saratbihari dasi, in a heart-rending memorial that he wrote to her on his Facebook page. This way, his other disciples could also pay her homage and remember her wonderful services.

In the letter, Indradyumna Swami writes:

But even if a sincere devotee like yourself is unable to remember the Lord at the moment of death, nothing is lost for it is written:

yadi vatadi doshena mad bhakto mam na cha smaret
aham smarami mad bhaktah nayami parama-gatim

“If My devotee is unable to remember Me at the time of death because of disturbances felt within the body at that time, then I shall remember My devotee and take him back to My supreme abode.” [ Varaha Purana ]

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on his Facebook page.

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“You are not forgotten” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Braja-vallabhi dasi

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“You are not forgotten” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Braja-vallabhi dasi

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami remembered his dear disciple, Braja Vallabhi dasi, in a very touching letter that he wrote to her on Facebook, which was published on his Facebook page.

In the letter, he writes:

Dearest Braja-vallabhi:

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Today, March 10, 2018, had you stayed with us, you would have turned 24 years of age. But the ways of the Lord are mysterious and by His arrangement you are now serving Him to your hearts content far from our vision. You touched the hearts of so many devotees while with us and you are not forgotten.

Your ever well wisher,
Indradyumna Swami

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on his Facebook page.

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Igniting a forest fire with the Holy Names – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Igniting a forest fire with the Holy Names – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami lectured on Srila Haridas Thakur recently while he was in Sri Mayapur Dhama last month. In it, he spoke a lot on the potency of the Holy Names and on the practice of chanting.

He mentioned that Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur said that if upon chanting the Maha Mantra, tears don’t flow from your eyes, that means you are committing one or more of the ten offenses to the Holy Name. He also mentioned that it’s a long, lonely road alone, but that “many hands make small work,” so therefore we have the congregational chanting of the Holy Name.

Indradyumna Swami cited one powerful verse from the Skanda Purana in which 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.”

A verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami in February, 2018 and available on Narottama.

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“Transcendental wisdom gives us comfort” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

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“Transcendental wisdom gives us comfort” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Saratbihari dasi

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami remembered his dear disciple, Saratbihari dasi, in the form of a beautiful letter that he wrote to her on his Facebook page.

In the letter, Indradyumna Swami writes:

As devotees we are prepared for such tragedies by education in transcendental knowledge, nevertheless when such things happen we are often stunned and taken aback. The element of human nature is there and cannot be denied. In Bhagavad-Gita, when Arjuna is crying out of compassion for his extended family members, Srila Prabhupada writes:

“Such symptoms in Arjuna were not due to weakness but to his softheartedness, a characteristic of a pure devotee of the Lord.” [ Bg. 1.28 purport ]

In the ultimate issue, however, it is transcendental wisdom that gives us the comfort and solace we need when our loved one’s depart. You were a dedicated disciple, a Krsna conscious wife and mother and a loving friend to many. Though you were removed from our midst at a young age, no one doubts that your service is now going on in a wonderful place personally choosen for you by the Supreme Lord, who is always affectionate to His devotees.

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on his Facebook page.

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“Lonely on the Battlefield” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Sridhar Maharaja

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“Lonely on the Battlefield” – Indradyumna Swami writes to Sridhar Maharaja

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami wrote a very touching letter to his Godbrother, His Holiness Sridhar Maharaja, which was published on Dandavats.

In the letter, he writes:

“You were one of the first to go forward, but you were also one of the first to leave. It’s getting a little lonely out here on the battlefield, Maharaja. It’s not that there aren’t others present. There are plenty, even new sannyasis who are rising to the challenge. But it’s not exactly the same. There is something to be said for those devotees who have spent thirty or forty years practicing and preaching Krsna consciousness as their life and soul. You were just such a personality. But now you have left and others are leaving as well. Soon the world will be bereft of the association of those men and women who were fortunate enough to have taken the dust from our Guru Maharaja’s lotus feet upon their heads.”

The letter is nostalgic and heart-rending in many ways, but Indradyumna Swami ends it with great hope: “‘Happy trails until we meet again’ were your last words to me. I keep those words close to my heart and long to be with you again.”

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami on March 10, 2018 and available on Dandavats.

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“I saw my house transformed into Goloka Vrindavan” – Indradyumna Swami Quotes Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

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“I saw my house transformed into Goloka Vrindavan” – Indradyumna Swami Quotes Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami attended the wedding of his dear disciples Syama-vanamali dasa and Keli Kandali dasi. Indradyumna Swami wrote about grhasta life and how when householder couples are always ready and willing to open their homes to others to experience Krsna Consciousness, then their home becomes just like the spiritual world. The entire letter can be found in one of Indradyumna Swami’s Facebook posts.

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He quoted from Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur in it:

ye dina grhe bhajana dekhi
grhete goloka bhaya

“One day while performing devotional practices I saw my house transformed into Goloka Vrindavan.”

[ From Saranagati, by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur ]

 

 

At the end of the letter, Indradyumna Swami gives sweet blessings to the newly married couple: “May the Lord always watch over and protect you, may He bless you with unlimited services, may He fill your home with many happy children and endless contented guests. May He give you the spiritual strength to bear all trials and tribulations and the intelligence to overcome all obstacles on the path of pure devotional service. And when all is said and done, may He transport both you and all your kith and kin back home to the spiritual world to be part of the eternal family of His devotees. As Srila Prabhupada once said, ‘One day we’ll have our ISKCON in the spiritual world!'”

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami and recorded in a Facebook post from March 10, 2018.

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Causeless Mercy of Sri Guru – Indradyumna Swami Quotes Srila Prabhupada

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Causeless Mercy of Sri Guru – Indradyumna Swami Quotes Srila Prabhupada

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami returned to Mayapur this past week and spoke at the wedding of Syama-vanamali dasa and Keli Kandali dasi. At the wedding, Indradyumna Swami wrote about the relationship between Guru and Disciple. The letter that he wrote to the two newlyweds is recorded in one of his Facebook posts. In it, he writes, “Certainly, there are formalities in the relationship between guru and disciple. One is servant and the other is master. The prevailing mood is one of awe and reverence. But the constant and selfless service of the disciple endears him or her to the spiritual master and in time a natural affection and spiritual love develops between the two.”

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He quoted from a letter Srila Prabhupada wrote on September 28, 1966:

“At his first sight of me my spiritual master also saw me with such love. It was in my very first darsana of him that I learned how to love. It is his boundless mercy that he has engaged an unworthy person like me in fulfilling some of his desires. It is his causeless mercy to engage me in preaching the message of Sri Rupa and Sri Ragunatha.”

An excerpt from a letter written by Indradyumna Swami and recorded in a Facebook post from March 10, 2018.