January 1, 2019: I shall Return
Indradyumna Swami Maharja’s last program in China was with a large group of devotees and guests outside of Beijing. Everyone listened with attention and appreciation as Maharaja discussed the glories of the holy names. The program finished with a rousing kirtan. Maharaja will leave tomorrow and he said he will greatly miss the sweet souls. There is still a lot of pioneer work to be done in China. Maharaja said he shall return.
January 2, 2019: Heart of a Lion
As Indradyumna Swami Maharaja was leaving China one kind monk whom he had befriended handed him this paper from the Qing Dynasty ( which reigned 300 hundred years ago ) which says “Always be a gentle soul – but have the heart of a lion.” Maharaja said he will carry this blessing wherever he would go.
January 5, 2018: Times Together
Indradyumna Swami wrote the following upon hearing of his dear godbrother Kaliyaphani prabhu’s departure from this world:
It was with great sorrow that I learned of your departure from this world yesterday. I have many fond memories of our times spent together at New Mayapur in France during the 1980’s. I was the temple president and you served in the Gurukula. We both shared a love for chanting the holy names and I can still remember the roaring kirtans we had in the temple room each and every day, as well as on the streets of local towns. Your enthusiasm for chanting the holy names was endless! And who can ever forget the famous theatrical performance of the Appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva that we both participated in for an audience of several hundred devotees from around the European zone? Along with many devotees from New Mayapura we practiced for months. Surely everyone present vividly remembers the final scene of that drama when you as Hiranyakasipu – and me as Lord Nrsimhadeva – fought the final battle for almost half an hour! I still bear scars from the realistic performance we enacted! I will miss you my friend. I have no doubt you are serving our beloved spiritual master now in accordance with your heart’s desire. It will be an honor and a pleasure to serve alongside you again. Your servant, Indradyumna Swami
January 5, 2019: A Visit to the United Arab Emirates
During a 3-day visit to Dubai in the UAE, Indradyumna Swami Maharaja participated in several events. First of all a hall program for the local devotees. Then a public program attended by the elite of the city. A number of prominent Muslin personalities were in attendance. Finally Maharaja celebrated his good friend, BB Govinda Maharaja’s, Vyasa Puja. An amazing 72 hours!
January 11, 2018: A New Adventure
Yesterday, on his way to ISKCON’s Eco-Village, just north of Mumbai, Indradyumna Swami Maharaja made a short stop at the temple near Juhu beach. He 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. Maharaja also plans to spend significant time reading and chanting. His first break in many years! While taking darsan of the deities Indradyumna Swami had the good fortune of meeting Gopal Krsna Maharaja. An auspicious start to a new adventure for him!
January 22, 2019: Srimad Bhagavatam Class
Indradyumna Swami will be giving Srimad Bhagavatam class tomorrow (Wednesday) at Govardhan Eco Village in India, near Mumbai. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. local time. Interestingly enough, the verses are about Sudarshan Chakra! Tomorrow the local devotees are installing a large chakra on top of their new temple of Madan Mohan. Thousands are expected in the afternoon. You can watch the class live-view on the Facebook Page entitled: Kartika Parikrama with Indradyumnna Swami