October 2018

October 1, 2018: In The Heartland Of America

Our festival tour is going strong as we perform throughout the mid-west in America. The appreciation people share in interviews inspires our team to do their very best in each and every program!

 

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October 3, 2018: Kirtana Of The Devotees

“We are put to test and trial in this world. Only those who attend the kirtana of the devotees can succeed.” [ Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati ]

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October 4, 2018: At The Bhakti Center

Its full House at Bhakti Center in NY.

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October 7, 2018: Vyasa Puja Offering to Vaisesika Prabhu

An offering to my beloved godbrother on his birthday.

My dear godbrother: Vaisesika prabhu!

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I am watching your Vyasa Puja online while driving to a program in Baltimore. How much I would love to be there with you, your disciples, friends and well-wishers today. You are surely worthy of all the eloquent words being spoken at this occasion in honor of the amazing service you are rendering to our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada and his movement.

Personally I feel you are the one specifically empowered to carry on his most cherished desire that his books to be distributed far and wide all over this planet. And because you have done it extensively, written about it in a most perfect way and are inspiring so many devotees to follow in your footsteps, you are most certainly receiving the full blessings of Srila Prabhupada and our entire disciplic succession.

This is evident whenever you deliver your eloquent, scholarly and sweet sloka-laden classes. You can’t imagine how many devotees listen to your lectures around the world … myself included.

I am very honored that you consider me a friend. Friendship is a most cherished thing in Krsna Consciousness. It allows godbrothers and godsisters to work together to offer the most substantial results to our spiritual preceptors. And the spirit of camaraderie that develops is very deep. The depth of such loving relations allow us to share intimate realizations that come from our preaching efforts — realizations that only those who serve the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu have access to.

I so much enjoy your ongoing and perpetual explanations and vision of Sri Krsna Samkirtan. They are a great source of inspiration for me in my own attempts to spread the glories of the holy names!

So many people count on you. So many people are inspired by you. And without knowing it, so many conditioned souls are dependent on you for receiving the initial spark of Krsna consciousness.

May the good Lord always watch over and protect you and those who are serving under your most expert guidance! I pray that our paths will continue to cross for many years to come.

I want to conclude by offering my most humble obeisances to all those present today at your Vyasa Puja ceremony. They are most blessed to be your servants and order carriers! I take the dust of their feet upon my head.

I also offer special respects to your good wife Nirakula mataji; ISV’s gurupatni!

All glories to you! All glories to our beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada!

Your servant,
Indradyumna Swami

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October 8, 2018: Winding Down

This will be the last photo album of our great adventure performing here in the USA over the last two months. Everyone in our team worked so hard day and night to share Krsna consciousness with the people of this country. In this album you’ll see our short visit to Gita Nagari and a program we held at a nearby university. Ananta Vrindavan is working on the final video.

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October 10, 2018: Life of Sacrifice and Purpose

Recently online I read some harsh and undue criticism of several godbrothers who have dedicated their lives to preaching Krishna consciousness around the world. Knowing them and the sacrifices they have endured through the years made the condemnation most painful to read. Then I came across the words of Theodore Roosevelt, an American statesman and writer in the early 20th century and my heart was somewhat pacified:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

[ Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne Paris, August 23, 1910 ]

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October 10, 2018: Sitting At Your Lotus Feet 

Sitting at your lotus feet in Paris, France 1974. How I long to be with you again one day!

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October 12, 2018: Waiting Patiently

“One has to take shelter of spiritual means. Just like the blazing fire in the forest has to wait for the clouds in the sky, similarly, one has to wait for the merciful cloud of the spiritual master.”

[ Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles. January 2, 1969 ]

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October 13, 2018: Video – The Great American Tour 

This video sums up 7 weeks of presenting Krsna consciousness to the people of America through the performing arts. Such cultural presentations are both entertaining and spiritually uplifting as they are centered around Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His transcendental pastimes.

Video of The Great American Tour


October 15, 2018: Going Home To Sri Vrindavan Dhama

Tomorrow, after a year of intense preaching, I am going home to Sri Vrindavan dhama. It is only by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and the saints that I can return. I often remember the words of Srinivas Acarya as he departed Vrindavan for preaching. As soon as he left, he was hankering to return.

“Shall I, a worthless person ever again see the deities of Govinda, Gopinath, Madan Mohan, Radha Vinode, Radha Mohan and Radha Damodar? Will prabhu Sri Gopal Bhatta ever bring me back to Vrindavan or give me the opportunity to serve his lotus feet again? Shall Lokanath Goswami, the incarnation of kindness, bestow his grace upon me again? Catching hold of the hair of this sinner, will the gracious Bhugarbha Goswami ever bring me back again? Will Raghunath Das Goswami, the embodiment of kindness, ever again fulfill my desires? Srila Jiva Goswami is the light of the poor and the unfortunate people. Will I ever see his feet again? O associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, will you ever again bring such an unfortunate soul as me to Vrindavan and allow me to enjoy your company”

[ Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur, Sri Bhakti-ratnakara ]

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October 17, 2018: Back Home 

Today I arrived back in Vrindavan after 8 long months away. I immediately went to Srila Prabhupada’s samadhi and gave him a first-hand report of my preaching throughout the year in Australia, Russia, Poland and most recently the USA. After taking darshan of Radhe Syama myself and a small group of devotees went to the Radha Raman Temple in downtown Vrindavan. I was fortunate to be asked to lead kirtan for the Lord there! Finally we went to to the nearby samadhi of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami where I met my old friend, Jnana-Syama das babjaji, the caretaker of that most sacred place. Many thanks to Ananta Vrindavan dasa for so nicely capturing in photos our first day back home. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

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October 18, 2018: Your Mercy

Srila Prabhupada, your mercy is all that I am made of ….

“You cannot survive without my mercy and I cannot survive without your mercy. It is reciprocal. This mutual dependence is based on love—Krishna Consciousness.”

[ Srila Prabhupada letter to a disciple, January 22, 1976 ]

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October 20, 2018: Video- Preparing for Kartik

For the past fews days I have been going around Vraja-mandala with a small group of devotees scouting out places to take our larger parikrama party of 350 devotees during the month of Kartika. As always, we’ve met with so many wonderful transcendental adventures. The people and places of Sri Vrindavan Dhama are superior to any other holy places in the universe. All holy places find their origin in Vrindavan. In fact, Srila Rupa Goswami writes that anyone who leaves Vrindavan to go to other holy places achieves nothing but the trouble it takes to get there. All glories to Sri Vrindavan Dhama!

 Video of Preparing for Kartik


October 20, 2018: Great Expectations!

A short look into life in Vrindavan as we make final preparations for our upcoming Kartika parikrama. Yesterday in the morning we visited Radha Vallabha and Gopiswara Mahadeva temples. Then we offered prayers at the samadhi’s of Srinivasa Acaraya, Ramchandra Kaviraja and Hemlata Goswami, asking for their blessings as we traverse the land of Krsna.

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October 24, 2018: Video- Govindaji!

Two days before Kartika we journeyed to Jaipur to see the beautiful deities of Radha Govinda. The citizens of Jaipur’s love for these historic deities is evident in the fact that they come in large numbers each morning and evening to see their Lordships and to sing and pour their hearts out to Them. Such bhava, such love, is contagious!

 

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October 25, 2018: The Beginning!

Our Kartika parikrama started early yesterday morning at the Radha Vallabha temple in downtown Vrindavan. Most of our 400 devotees had never seen that most beautiful deity with His dark black eyes!

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October 26, 2018: There Is No Difference Between Vrindavan and Mayapur

Dear disciples and well-wishers: A new class is available now on www.narottam.com entitled: “There Is No Difference Between Vrindavan and Mayapur – Opening Address Kartik Parikrama 2018.”

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October 28, 2018: Video- Kartika Parikrama in Bharatpur 

Our Kartika parikrama took us to Bharatpur, a town within the sacred boundaries of Vraja Mandala, that is rich in the history of Vaisnava culture. A former king, Maharaj Suraj Mal, protected Bharatpur from foreign invaders, while at the same time inspiring his subjects in their spiritual lives. There are a number of beautiful temples of Radha and Krsna in Bharatpur. Our parikrama party of 420 devotees performed harinam throughout the city, much to the delight of the citizens.

Video of Parikrama in Bharatpur


October 28, 2018: Lecture- Liberation Of The Last Vrindavan Demon

Dear disciples and well-wishers: A new lecture is available now on www.narottam.com. “Liberation Of The Last Vrindavan Demon” tells the fascinating pastime of Krsna’s killing the last of Kamsa’s asuras; Kesi, the horse demon!

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October 29, 2018: A Visit to the Kingdom of Bharatpur

Another angle of our amazing parikrama to Bharatpur, which was the kingdom of the famous Krsna conscious king, Suraj Mall. The palace, the temples, the deities and the people of Bharatpur were all amazing. Our harinama through the streets was especially blissful.

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October 31, 2018: Lecture- Baby Krishna

Dear disciples and well-wishers: “Baby Krishna” a recent lecture given in Gokul during our Kartika parikrama, is now available on www.narottam.com. Jaya Sri Vrindavan Dhama! Indradyumna Swami


October 31, 2018: Video- The Ultimate Parikrama

The Ultimate Parikrama

The parikrama around Govardhan Hill is the ultimate parikrama. This video is a meditation of that parikrama for those who may not have the good fortune to be here during the auspicious month of Kartika. Drink deep!

Video of The Ultimate Parikrama