Indradyumna Swami in the News
Indradyumna Swami Maharaja is in the city of Sochi, on the Black Sea in Russia. Sochi hosted the Winter Olympics several years ago. Krsna consciousness came to Sochi in the late 1980’s and today has a large temple with an enthusiastic group of devotees whose presence adds a special charm to the city.
May 3, 2018: A Day Of Celebration
On May 1st, when the people of Krasnodar, Russia, came out in mass to celebrate Worker’s Day, Indradyumna Swami and his team stayed home and celebrated the Lord in the local temple with kirtan, classes and Sri Krsna prasadam. The city was bursting with celebrations!
“’I’ve spent many days in Vrindavan! I’ve chanted Radha’s name!’ Only these words will be my strength as I fall deep into hell due to my karma.”
[ Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati, Vṛndāvana-mahimāmṛtam 9.84 ]
Translated by Hari Parshad Das from the Sanskrit available at Gaudiya Grantha Mandira. Printed in Issue 376 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindhu, published by Gopal Jui Publications.
May 3, 2018: Service To The Residents Of Vrindavan
Indradyumna Swami shared the glories of service to the residents of Vrindavan:
“I pray that I may engage in the service of the moving and non-moving residents of Vrindavan. What are Brahma and the other demigods in comparison to them? The residents of Vrindavan are more glorious. They are very dear to Vraja’s king. Their forms are eternal, spiritual and full of nectar. Their glories are limitless. They are the root that sprouts into the bliss of the Upanisads.”
[ Vrindavan Mahimamrita, Sataka One, verse 61 ]
May 4, 2018: Back To U.S.S.R.- Sochi
The city of Sochi in southern Russia was a milestone in Indradyumna Swami’s tour through Russia. The warm weather, the scenic views and the beauty of the Black Sea were overwhelming. But far greater was the association of the 400 devotees living in Sochi and their taste for Krsna katha, chanting the holy names and their constant endeavor to bring others into the fold.
May 6, 2018: St. Petersburg: It’s Charm and It’s Devotees
Indradyumna Swami Maharaja wrote that St. Petersburg is without exception the most beautiful city in Russia. With a rich cultural heritage it proudly represents the history of Russia going back hundreds of years. Ananta Vrindavan Prabhu did an excellent job in catching the charm of the city, as well as the blissful programs Maharaja held with all the wonderful devotees in St. Petersburg. Maharaja has one last stop on his journey through Russia: Moscow!
May 7, 2018: Lecture: Disciples of Kali
Indradyumna Swami Maharaja’s new lecture titled, “Disciples of Kali” can be heard on www.narottam.com. Given in St.Petersburg, Russia on May 4, it contains Maharaja’s important instructions on why we shouldn’t criticize devotees.
May 8, 2018: Leaving Russia Tomorrow
“O swan gliding in the lakes of the Vraja-vasi’s love, I wish that I may wander everywhere always chanting and drinking the nectar of Your names. Those most sweet names arise from the ocean of Gokula and spread the glories of Your infinitely varied dress and ways of acting. As I wander, behaving like a madman, may I distribute joy to everyone in all the worlds.”
[ Brhat Bhagavatamrta 1.7.143 ]
May 9, 2018: Video- St. Petersburg
Towards the end of his Russian tour, Indradyumna Swami Maharaja visited the devotees in St. Petersburg, the cultural capitol of the country. In 6 weeks Maharaja along with his associates had traveled over 10,000 kilometers from the far eastern city of Vladivostok. St. Petersburg was built over 300 years ago by Peter the Great. Devotees have been active in the city since the late 1980’s. As everywhere Maharaja and his team immersed themselves in Krsna katha and endless kirtans!
May 13, 2018: Lecture – Victory
May 14, 2018: Video- Back In The USSR – Moscow
Indradyumna Swami Maharaja’s visit to Moscow was the last stop on his preaching tour of Russia. There he discovered literally thousands of devotees, the fruit of Srila Prabhupada’s visit to the capitol in 1971. Maharaja and his group arrived on Victory Day, a celebration by the Russian people of their victory over the Nazis in World War II. Red Square was alive with a show of military might. As Indradyumna Swami stood there he pondered that Srila Prabhupada also came to the same square during his visit to Moscow. In his heart he quietly celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s victory in bravely and boldly establishing Krsna consciousness in the country many years ago.
May 15, 2018: By Chanting Krishna’s Holy Names
May 18, 2018: Few Moments of Rest
May 21, 2018: Video – Stepping Into Ukraine
May 22, 2018: Lecture – A Most Intimate Song
May 23, 2018: Lecture – Devotees Love Festivals
May 23, 2018: Live Streaming the Sadhu Sanga Retreat Kirtans
This coming extended weekend: May 220.127.116.11 [ Friday evening through Monday noon ] Indradyumna Swami’s team will be live-streaming the Sadhu Sanga Retreat kirtans in Boone, North Carolina, USA. Over 2,300 devotees will be joining many of ISKCON’s most well known kirtaneers for wonderful kirtans. Srimad Bhagavatam classes will also be shown. Timings are for Eastern Standard time, USA. “Please join us for heaven on earth!”
The link for devotees to RSVP is: Sadhu Sanga 2018 LIVE – Veuwr.
“Yes, we shall base our preaching work on Lord Caitanya’s formula: sankirtana. After all, He is God, and if He recommends, what is the question of failure? That is not possible. If we simply stick to this program as I have done it since the beginning – namely, kirtana, preaching, kirtana, distribution of prasadam—if you do like this only that will be sufficient. Of course, you may make the kirtana as nice as possible, with dancing, many kholes, karatalas, conches, etc. If you preach sincerely, anyone will listen and become convinced”
[ Srila Prabhupada, letter to Sudama das, Bombay, November, 1972. Painting: Lord Caitanya with the Chand Kazi ]
May 25, 2018: Sadhu Sanga Retreat