Surprises at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Surprises at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been meeting and discussing Srila Prabhupada’s movement with various sadhus and spiritual leaders at the Kumbha Mela.

On Sunday, he wrote in a Facebook post:

Today the High Court Judge of Prayagraj came to Kumbha Mela. I met him along with Pundrik Goswami. Goswami spent much of the time telling him how our movement is spreading in Russia and China. The High Court judge was very impressed. Goswami concluded by telling him about Krsna’s Village of Peace at the Polish Woodstock. He went so far as to invite him for this summer’s Woodstock Festival on August 2 and 3. Who knows? Perhaps he’ll come. Lord Caitanya’s samkirtan movement is full of so many wonderful surprises.

Indradyumna Swami also met with Swami Avdheshanand and had a nice discussion about ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada with him. He wrote that he was touched to hear Srila Prabhupada praised by so many leaders at the Kumbha Mela. He wrote:

Swami Avdheshanand is the leader of one million renunciates called Naga Babas. The Naga Babas are given the privilege of being the first to bath in the Ganges at Kumbha Mela. But before they bath, their guru Swami Avdheshanand bathes. When we met yesterday he said, “Oh yes, I know you. We have met several times before. Your movement is spreading all over the world, creating a genuine spiritual revolution. It is most wonderful what your Prabhupada has done!” It is deeply satisfying to hear so many spiritual leaders speak highly of our spiritual master’s achievements.

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.

Auspicious Meetings at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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Auspicious Meetings at Kumbha Mela – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

This past weekend, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami has been meeting various sadhus and spiritual leaders at the Kumbha Mela. He and Pundrik Goswami spent several hours with Swami Chidananda of Parmarth Niketan from Rsikesh the other day. Upon hearing the glories of Srila Prabhupada and of Vrindavan, Indradyumna Swami wrote that Swami Chidananda spontaneously offered his help in renovating several holy places in the dhama.

Indradyumna Swami and the devotees also went to take bath at the sangam. He explained in a Facebook post about how the confluence of three rivers in Prayag Raj is known as the Triveni Sangam. Tri means “three” and veni refers to a braid. Sangam means “union.” The dark blue and black Yamuna flows swiftly into the white and gray Ganges, and meanwhile, the sacred river Sarasvati flows underground.

He mentioned in his post, “Bathing in any of these sacred rivers is purifying but the purification is said to increase a hundred times where the rivers meet. The Varaha Purana states: ‘In Prayag there is the Triveni. By bathing there one goes to heaven and by dying there one gets liberation. It is the king of all tirthas [holy places of pilgrimage] and is dear to Lord Vishnu.'”

Yesterday evening, Indradyumna Swami met with Sri Ravi Shankar, and dedicated a Facebook post to the cordial meeting:

Yesterday evening we met with Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art Of Living Foundation with centers in 156 countries. We spoke to him of ISKCON’s success in spreading Krsna consciousness in the United States and mentioned, in particular, our annual Sadhu Sanga Retreat which takes place in his large retreat center in Boone, North Carolina each spring. He was very impressed that over 2,000 devotees come together for 3 days of kirtan and katha during the event. In appreciation, he kindly gave me a gift of a beautiful silk chaddar. So nice to be sharing our movement’s accomplishments around the world with the spiritual leaders of India. It is all the mercy 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.

The installation of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The installation of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

Last week, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami the glorious installation of Radha Madan Mohan deities at the Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai. He created an album with many pictures from the installation ceremony and also revealed what the temple looks like from outside. Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

The large temple is an exact replica of the Madan Mohan Temple in Vrindavan. And the deity Himself is an exact replica of the original deity installed by Vrajanab, the great grandson of Krsna and later worshipped by Srila Sanatana Goswami. Radha Madan Mohan now reside in Karoli, Rajasthan.

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.

The Amazing Eco-Village – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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The Amazing Eco-Village – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

In mid-January, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami traveled to ISKCON’s impressive Eco-Village near Mumbai, where he has been happy to have the association of his dear Godbrother, His Holiness Radhanath Swami. There, he will rest some for the next three months until his summer preaching tours kick off again in earnest. Even while at the Eco-village, however, there has been plenty of scope for preaching so far, with devotee programs and with many visitors. As an update on his travels, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:

Yesterday, on my way to ISKCON’s Eco-Village, just north of Mumbai, I made a short stop at our temple near Juhu beach. I sought the blessings Sri Sri Radha Rasabehari to spend 3 months at the Eco Village, starting today, to rest and recuperate from a long period of active preaching. I also plan to spend significant time reading and chanting. My first break in many years! While taking darsan of the deities I had the good fortune of meeting Gopal Krsna Maharaja. An auspicious start to a new adventure for me!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Blue Ridge Mountain Festival – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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A Blue Ridge Mountain Festival – Indradyumna Swami Nectar

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. The kirtan event was attended by many disciples of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and kirtan leaders included Govinda Swami, Badahari das, Madhava Naidoo, Niranjana Swami, Vaisesika das, Jahnavi Harrison, Agnideva das (a surprise!), Indradyumna Swami, Radhanath Swami, and others.

At the retreat, bhakti yogas from all over America and some from overseas also came to chant the Holy Names of Krishna together in the huge kirtan hall. Between kirtans, the devotees could associate with one another, engage in service (like helping out in the kitchen), honor prasadam with friends and family, chant and dance together, and generally soak in the beautiful atmosphere and setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Books tables were set up outside the kirtan hall, so that devotees could buy books written by Sacinandana Swami, Vaisesika dasa, Indradyumna Swami, Radhanath Swami, and others. In the mornings, the devotees held a mangala arati program and had Guru-puja and Srimad Bhagavatam class before breakfast was served out.

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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Writing about the huge event on Facebook, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a post:

The first 2 days of the Sadhu Sanga Sanga Retreat in the Blue Mountains of North Carolina were pure nectar. The reason? The festival is focused on chanting of the holy names and associating with devotees. An extra incentive: delicious prasadam for all 2,000 participants!

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.

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.