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Apr 19 2010 Cover Me

By Indradyumna Swami

After two months of preaching and fundraising in the United States, I was ready for a break, so when Swarup Damodar dasa, president of the Durban temple in South Africa, asked me to come in April for Ratha-yatra, I jumped at the chance

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Mar 29 2010 Greatly Rewarded

By Indradyumna Swami

After my unsettling experiences in the San Diego and Vancouver airports, where I was interrogated by security officials, I again considered wearing non-devotional dress while traveling in the United States.

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Mar 15 2010 Lessons from the Road

By Indradyumna Swami

As my flight to Los Angeles took off, I looked through the window at the disappearing Australian landscape and thought about my three-month visit to the country. "Our festival tour was intense," I thought, "but it went by in a flash. When you enjoy what you're doing, time passes quickly."

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Jan 25 2010 My Spiritual Brothers

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

With the hustle-bustle of Hong Kong behind me, I boarded a plane and settled in for the long haul to Sydney. Twenty-eight devotees from my summer festival program in eastern Europe had arrived in Australia the previous week. We would be touring the country for three months

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Nov 17 2009 The Source of My Good Fortune

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

He gave me a salagrama sila that had been worshiped in his family since the time Mahaprabhu stayed with them. And he made it clear that it was in appreciation of ISKCON and the great work you did in spreading Krsna consciousness all over the world.

1,857 Views
 
 

Nov 10 2009 Twenty Beads of Causeless Mercy

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

By serving Madan Mohan one conquers material desires; by serving Govindaji one purifies the senses; and by serving Gopinatha, master of the gopis, one achieves pure love of God, the perfection of life

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Oct 8 2009 Feelings of Separation

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

My dear godbrother Sridhar Maharaja, Each of us in his own way benefited from your saintly association when you were among us: your disciples from your fatherly guidance on the spiritual path, your friends and well-wishers from your brotherly love and affection, and the fallen jivas from your learned talks on the Absolute Truth.

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Sep 28 2009 The Yogi

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

The day after our last festival in Poland, I boarded a flight for India and landed the next morning in Delhi. I was going down a flight of stairs leading to Immigration and Customs when my knees buckled and I began to fall. A large man grabbed me from behind in the nick of time.

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Sep 21 2009 Will Those Sweet Days Ever Return?

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

After the Woodstock festival we went back to our programs on the Baltic Sea coast. We were exhausted but determined to make it through the last seventeen days of our tour. There might be some austerities, but the satisfaction of sharing Krsna consciousness with thousands of people would far outweigh any discomfort.

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Sep 10 2009 How Fortunate We Are to Have Seen It!

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

"Over my dead body!" screamed the woman over the telephone. As I entered the office I could hear every word she was saying to Nandini dasi: "Never! I'll never rent my school to you people! Not in a million years!" With that, she hung up.

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Aug 27 2009 This Sacred Task

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

My dear spiritual master, I know that one day the curtain will close and my part in this festival program will come to an end. My hope and prayer is that my disciples will continue to push it on, having imbibed the purpose and spirit of this service from their own spiritual master.

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Aug 6 2009 Summer Has Never Been the Same

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

"Losing the battle doesn't mean losing the war," I said to Nandini dasi. One of our festivals had been canceled despite her determined efforts, and she was sitting there fuming

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Jul 22 2009 Friends and Enemies in High Places

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

On Monday the Polish police raided our school base looking for drugs. The next day, the devotees went for harinama on the beach. Most of the devotees went by bus, and I was in a van with a few others.

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Jul 16 2009 The Enemy Never Sleeps

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

The atheists are always prepared to harass a devotee; therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu suggested that one be very tolerant of these people. Nonetheless, one has to continue chanting the Hare Krsna mantra and preaching the chanting of this mantra because such preaching and chanting constitute the perfection of life.

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Jun 28 2009 Never Too Late to Pray

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

One thing I appreciate about traveling in Russia is the constant reminders that this world is an unhappy place. I am reminded again and again to become serious and to focus on my devotional service.

2,317 Views
 
 

Jun 20 2009 A Blessing in Disguise

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I am happy in Krsna consciousness. With each rising and setting of the sun, I come closer to the goal of my life. I constantly thank Krsna for allowing me to meet with Srila Prabhupada's books and my eternal spiritual master in this life.

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Jun 11 2009 One Step Closer to the Goal

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Srila Prabhupada says: "I have been in Russia also. It is not that they are godless. The population is as good as in other country, but the government is suppressing. So that is another chapter...

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May 15 2009 It’s Krsna!

By Indradyumna Swami

A monsoon of ecstatic spiritual love brings great floods. All of Santipura floats on those waters. Alas! Ananta-raya's heart was not swept away by those flooding nectaran waters

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Apr 22 2009 A Difficult Place

By Indradyumna Swami

So I have seen so many prisoners. They were shackled with iron chains. So we are also chained up here, and what is that chain? That is our sense enjoyment. Yes. We are chained in this material world by sense enjoyment. That's all.

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Feb 26 2009 Following In His Footsteps

By Indradyumma Swami

Our festivals in Sydney were a huge hit. We had given the event a French name, Le Carnaval Spirituel. During December we averaged more than five hundred people a show. After the New Year, we traveled north to Brisbane and held another round of successful programs on the Gold Coast.

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Jan 19 2009 Down in the Pits

By Indradyumna Swami

Our festival programs continued in the Sydney area with great success. I had come with twenty-eight devotees from various countries, and many of them were staying in rooms at the Sydney temple. Devotees from other parts of Australia were also staying there for the Christmas Marathon.

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Dec 19 2008 Coming Home

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

During the 1970s, I would get culture shock whenever I went to India. The crowded cities, the heat, the food, the occasional sickness, and the austerities of local travel would painfully remind me that I was a stranger in a foreign land.

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Nov 26 2008 In Her Own Handwriting

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

For most people the New Year begins on January 1st. For me it comes in early October, when my yearly worldwide preaching tour finishes and I head to Vrindavan for spiritual rejuvenation.

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Oct 13 2008 The Warlock

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As we were driving through beautiful forests on our way out of the Republic of Adegeya, a disciple turned to me. "Guru Maharaja," he said, "there's a man who lives nearby who is said to have amazing healing powers...

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Oct 8 2008 A History of Discontent

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Wherever the service to the Lord, who is the protector and creator of the universes, and wherever the congregational chanting of His names were well established, they set the worlds in peace.

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Sep 29 2008 The Fortune Teller

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

The next day I flew to the Greek city of Thessaloniki with Uttama-sloka das and several other devotees. Tara das and his wife, Radha Sakhi Vrnda dasi, had recently opened a preaching center there and had invited us to present two programs.

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Sep 25 2008 Until We Meet Again

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

My dear Godbrother Sridhar Maharaja, today is the celebration of your Vyasa-puja. It is a day of mixed feelings for me: I am happy to remember your exalted service to Srila Prabhupada, and at the same time I am sad. I miss your association and friendship more than you can imagine.

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Sep 19 2008 Ready and Willing: A Vyasa Puja Offering

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

O Sanatana! Your lotus feet surpass even the nectar of the gods. Finding in this lotus flower of your feet the essence of sweetness which is endowed with truly wonderful mellows, I pray that today the bee of my mind will eternally reside there.

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Sep 8 2008 Good and Faithful

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

When we reached Moscow, one of the devotees meeting us rushed up to me in the parking lot. "Guru Maharaja," he said, "after your flight took off from Irkutsk, there was an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale. There are reports of 900 people injured, some dead as well.

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Sep 2 2008 Rain or Shine

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

We enjoyed perfect weather the first two days of the next festival, in Rewal. On the third and final day, we began preparing early in the morning for a Vedic wedding of two couples, expecting a big crowd. But Mother Nature had other plans, and just before noon it began pouring rain.

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Aug 28 2008 In Adoration

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

In Srimad-Bhagavatam, Prahlad Maharaja says that a devotee should see his advanced Godbrothers on an equal footing with his spiritual master. Just as we need the help of our spiritual master to understand the Supreme Lord, we also need the help of our Godbrothers to appreciate and serve our beloved spiritual master.

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Aug 19 2008 Woodstock: A New Direction

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

O all-auspicious Krishna! May You be victorious! You perform all kinds of sweet pastimes. Let my name also be there when You count Sri Radha's associates. This is my prayer. Although I am covered by material consciousness I can still aspire for this. O Lord, may my prayer be fulfilled

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Aug 11 2008 Times Have Changed

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Although we have had resounding success with our festivals this summer, we have had some setbacks as well. We thought we had another setback when Nandini dasi called the man in charge of the amphitheater in Miedzyzdroje, where our festival was to take place in two weeks.

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Aug 5 2008 Special Mention

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I'll never forget how the crowd applauded the Lord that day. They went on and on, and some even looked towards the heavens. As we were all loudly acknowledging His mercy, I took it to be as good as sankirtan, the congregational chanting of the holy names. Such is the effect of just one of our festivals

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Jul 28 2008 The Curse

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Srila Prabhupada writes:"Because of the curse of Daksa, Narada is never allowed to live continuously in one place. Sridhara Swami, however, has pointed out: in Dwarka there is no influence of curses or other such evils, because Dwarka is the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is always protected by His arms.

1,732 Views
 
 

Jul 22 2008 Can You See This?

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

The first two festivals of the Polish tour went exceptionally well, with thousands of people attending. Throughout both of them, however, devotees were meditating on the third festival - in the town where the deputy mayor had almost succeeded in canceling the event. It would be our biggest and most prestigious festival of the summer.

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Jul 1 2008 Enemies in Powerful Positions

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

If the preachers in our Krsna consciousness movement are sincere devotees of Krsna, Krsna will always be with them because He is very kind and favorable to all His devotees.

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Jun 21 2008 Hurricane Katrina Revisited

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Most important is that our distribution of prasadam and chanting of the holy names earned us respect and admiration, especially among the local and federal authorities. By combining forces with them, we were able to offset some of the suffering that Katrina wrought and to give people genuine spiritual welfare.

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May 13 2008 Taxi Driver Wisdom

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

"My philosophy is that man is here to do good for others," he continued. "And the best way you can help another man is to encourage him to follow his religion. It makes no sense to condemn his religion. And let me tell you what the cause of all the problems in the world is. You wanna know?"

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Apr 1 2008 Pastimes of the Holy Names

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Because of the cramped space, I was unable to move out of the way and sat pinned in the middle of the frantic scene. The man continued shaking, flailing his arms and grimacing in pain. Unable to offer any more practical help, I continued chanting clearly so he could hear every syllable of the holy names.

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Mar 21 2008 The Mother Temple

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

On the flight from Hong Kong to Bali, I thought about a conversation I had had with my Godbrother B. B. Govinda Maharaja the previous day. We were talking about seeing Srila Prabhupada at the Detroit airport in 1971. It was our first meeting with Srila Prabhupada, and I asked Maharaja if he remembered anything from Srila Prabhupada's arrival address.

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Mar 2 2008 A Perfect Ending

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I understood Chandrasekhar's anxiety. He and a team of local devotees had been organizing the festival for six months. At great cost they had rented an auditorium with 1,000 seats for two evenings at a prestigious university in downtown Hong Kong. Never before had the small yatra attempted such a bold preaching program.

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Jan 30 2008 Troopers

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

My friend told them that you are planning to hold a festival in Byron Bay, the bus driver continued, and that you're on the way to advertise it. The SES said you should turn around immediately and go back to your community. The advice is to pack up your stuff and get out of the area fast.

1,776 Views
 
 

Jan 17 2008 No Worries Mate

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

After a month-long parikrama of Vrindavan, Mayapura and Jagannatha Puri, I was sad to be leaving India. I boarded my flight to Sydney, Australia, on December 2 with memories of the places I had visited still fresh in my mind.

1,930 Views
 
 

Jan 9 2008 Just Wander

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As we sat down to have bhajan, one of the local priests, who had overheard me, came and began whispering in my ear. "The chief priest here, who oversees the worship of Radha Kanta, may be able to tell you where the other three Deities are," he said. "He's an old sadhu in his 80s and very learned in the Vaisnava tradition."

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Dec 12 2007 Feelings of Separation

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I sometimes try to envision how the residents of the spiritual world must have celebrated the day you rejoined them. What festivities did they perform to welcome you, the Lord's chosen son, back to that transcendental abode?

1,970 Views
 
 

Oct 15 2007 Farewell

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Dear Nirguna prabhu, Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am following the news of your departure from this world due to cancer through the Dandavats website, as well as through devotees who are coming to Vrindavan from Mayapura Dhama. The website has a telephone number and an invitation to call you and say farewell.

2,467 Views
 
 

Oct 12 2007 Vyasa-puja Offering

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Today I sit to compose my Vyasa-puja offering to you just minutes before I will be called on to speak. Ordinarily a disciple writes his or her offering days, weeks or even months before the appearance day of the spiritual master, but this year service to your lotus feet went on day and night, without respite.

2,064 Views
 
 

Oct 10 2007 Prepared for Peace - Ready for War

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

After a series of programs in the Republic of Ireland, I drove north with several other devotees to Belfast. On the way I turned to Praghosa das, the local GBC representative, and congratulated him on the Ratha-yatra we had held the previous day in Dublin. "I was amazed how the crowds lined the streets to watch the cart pass by," I said. "And so many people came for the festival in the park afterwards."

2,490 Views
 
 

Sep 7 2007 Self-evident Truths

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As I sat down before the harmonium to begin singing, I looked out at the huge crowd stretching back 100 meters. Pausing for a moment, I closed my eyes and prayed to the Lord for the mercy to share the nectar of His holy names with such people for as many years, or as many lifetimes, as He saw fit.

1,831 Views
 
 

Aug 30 2007 One Love

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I grew up in the United States in the 1960s and 70s. As with many other young Americans of my generation, my world view was significantly influenced by the music of Bob Marley. His songs about revolution, social change, world peace, and racial equality inspired me.

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Aug 11 2007 A Flood of Happiness and Joy

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

"All the other events along the coast pale in comparison to yours," said the woman reporter. "Your event is so big, so well-organized, and so entertaining that besides including it in our report we're planning a documentary on your festivals."

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Jul 28 2007 The Sunshine of His Mercy

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

We'll just have to show the Supreme Lord that our desire to distribute His mercy is stronger than the impious deeds of those who've caused the excessive rain to fall. Surely, if all of our devotees pray together the sunshine of His mercy will prevail.

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Jun 5 2007 A Second Chance

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As a devotee grows older, he becomes more and more aware, by the grace of the Lord, that his life is coming to a close and his time to achieve perfection in Krsna consciousness is running out.

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May 15 2007 The Duty of a Mendicant

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Sometimes the Krsna consciousness movement sends its representative sannyasis to foreign countries where the danda and kamandalu are not very much appreciated. We send our preachers in ordinary dress to introduce our books and philosophy. Our only concern is to attract people to Krsna consciousness.

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Apr 2 2007 “An Old Friend”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Through eons of time I had forgotten You, but You have never forgotten me, not even for a moment. Your greatest act of kindness was to lead me to my spiritual master, my savior, who is kindly teaching me the art of loving You. Please help me to act in such a way that he may always be proud of me

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Mar 13 2007 An Unsung Hero

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

But mostly about Tribhuvanath Dasa. Because of his efforts these people, and many more Africans like them, have been given the chance to taste the nectar of chanting Krishna's holy names. Such a Vaisnava hero should be given the recognition he deserves

2,580 Views
 
 

Jan 17 2007 Vyasa Puja Address to Partha Sarathi das Goswami

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I offer my respectful obeisances to Das Goswami, who helped pioneer the mission of Srila Prabhupada in the southernmost tip of the world. He is devoted to bhajan and is caring and affectionate to all those who take shelter of his lotus feet

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Jan 12 2007 Disappearance Day Offering to Srila Prabhupada

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

O Srila Prabhupada! The list of such disciples is endless, both here and beyond, for your glories are known throughout the three worlds. All glories to all your followers, their service to you, and their compassion upon the fallen conditioned souls!

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Jan 4 2007 Fruit of Vrindavan

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Better you yourselves do as much as possible to spread Krsna consciousness there by distribution of literature, kirtana and prasadam. That will be as effective as my personally coming. I am very keen on the distribution of my books and I am very indebted to all of you for your untiring efforts to see that every man and woman in America gets one of my books. If they simply read one page, even if they do nothing else, they can become perfect.

1,669 Views
 
 

Dec 22 2006 “Mysterious Antiques”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Going to India is more of a necessity than a luxury for one in the renounced order of life. To do his service well, a sannyasi must remain always pure in heart, and there is no better means of purifying the heart and building one's spiritual strength than spending the auspicious month of Kartika in the holy land of Vrindavan.

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Dec 13 2006 Luck of the Irish

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

When I was young, my mother would often speak of her Britannic forebears. "Your grandmother was from Wales," she told me on many occasions. But what she liked best was the Irish part. "Your grandfather was an Irishman from Cork," she would say proudly

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Nov 16 2006 A Lion among Men

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Now that Lord Gaura has descended to this world, the waves of the holy names of Lord Krsna are suddenly flooding this planet, and the hearts of the sinful conditioned souls, which were as hard as thunderbolts, have now become as soft as butter. Let me take shelter of that Lord Gaura.

1,592 Views
 
 

Nov 2 2006 “Bearing the Burden”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Although Tamala Krsna Maharaja once told me not to attribute bad health solely to the karma of my disciples, I couldn't ignore Srila Prabhupada's statement in Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers, that a spiritual master takes on the burden of the sinful activities of his disciples.

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Oct 5 2006 Our Fervent Prayers

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

"Fortunately, a teacher in a local school took pity on me and tutored me in her spare time. Going to church and praying to God was all that made sense in life at that time, but as I grew older, I became dissatisfied with the sermons, as they didn't explain enough about God. I was frustrated. 'How will I ever know Him?' I often said to my friends.

1,790 Views
 
 

Sep 28 2006 Old Cleaning Man

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

“A man works all his life,” he continued, “and he gets a pension to live out his remaining days, but the cow gives milk all her life, and then people kill her. It’s wrong. And the whole world is suffering the reaction in the form of wars. Therefore God sends messengers at different times to enlighten us to these truths, but people just don’t listen. What can be done?”

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Sep 21 2006 “Give More Than You Take”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Our spiritual master said that in this material world a boy naturally desires a girl and a girl naturally desires a boy, and they come together in holy matrimony to make it sacred, and they advance in material prosperity and spiritual prosperity together. I think that is a nice definition of love: “to be concerned about the needs of your beloved.”

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Sep 19 2006 “Giving and Receiving Gifts”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

If the opulence or knowledge of many millions of universes were clustered together, they would hardly equal a small fragment of the glory of Krsna's holy name. Krsna's holy name is my life. It is the goal of my life. It is the means I will employ to attain the goal of my life

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Aug 24 2006 “Modern-Day Pastimes”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Whether it was the cowherd boy Lord Krsna or the young shepherd Jesus Christ, it appeared the great Woodstock Festival had been purified of all animosity and both groups were now free to peacefully share their message of love. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

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Aug 18 2006 “The New Site”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

The headmistress smiled. "I visited your village at Woodstock last year," she said. "When I came, one of your leaders was speaking on the stage. After listening to his talk, I understood that the values you uphold are everything we try to impress on the children we teach. But the real change came when I walked through the whole Woodstock festival.

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Aug 15 2006 For the Benefit of Everyone

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Although Vasudeva Vipra was a leper and had suffered greatly, still Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu cured him. The only return the Lord wanted was that Vasudeva preach the instructions of Krsna and liberate all human beings. That is the process of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness.

1,591 Views
 
 

Aug 2 2006 Diary of a Traveling Preacher - “The Will of the People”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

We have no business creating enemies, but the process is such that non-devotees will always be inimical toward us. Nevertheless, as stated in the sastras, a devotee should be both tolerant and merciful. Devotees engaged in preaching should be prepared to be accused by ignorant persons, and yet they must be very merciful to the fallen conditioned souls.

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Jan 30 2008 Troopers

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

My friend told them that you are planning to hold a festival in Byron Bay, the bus driver continued, and that you're on the way to advertise it. The SES said you should turn around immediately and go back to your community. The advice is to pack up your stuff and get out of the area fast.

1,776 Views
 
 

Jan 17 2008 No Worries Mate

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

After a month-long parikrama of Vrindavan, Mayapura and Jagannatha Puri, I was sad to be leaving India. I boarded my flight to Sydney, Australia, on December 2 with memories of the places I had visited still fresh in my mind.

1,930 Views
 
 

Jan 9 2008 Just Wander

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As we sat down to have bhajan, one of the local priests, who had overheard me, came and began whispering in my ear. "The chief priest here, who oversees the worship of Radha Kanta, may be able to tell you where the other three Deities are," he said. "He's an old sadhu in his 80s and very learned in the Vaisnava tradition."

2,080 Views
 
 

Dec 12 2007 Feelings of Separation

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I sometimes try to envision how the residents of the spiritual world must have celebrated the day you rejoined them. What festivities did they perform to welcome you, the Lord's chosen son, back to that transcendental abode?

1,970 Views
 
 

Oct 15 2007 Farewell

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Dear Nirguna prabhu, Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am following the news of your departure from this world due to cancer through the Dandavats website, as well as through devotees who are coming to Vrindavan from Mayapura Dhama. The website has a telephone number and an invitation to call you and say farewell.

2,467 Views
 
 

Oct 12 2007 Vyasa-puja Offering

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Today I sit to compose my Vyasa-puja offering to you just minutes before I will be called on to speak. Ordinarily a disciple writes his or her offering days, weeks or even months before the appearance day of the spiritual master, but this year service to your lotus feet went on day and night, without respite.

2,064 Views
 
 

Oct 10 2007 Prepared for Peace - Ready for War

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

After a series of programs in the Republic of Ireland, I drove north with several other devotees to Belfast. On the way I turned to Praghosa das, the local GBC representative, and congratulated him on the Ratha-yatra we had held the previous day in Dublin. "I was amazed how the crowds lined the streets to watch the cart pass by," I said. "And so many people came for the festival in the park afterwards."

2,490 Views
 
 

Sep 7 2007 Self-evident Truths

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As I sat down before the harmonium to begin singing, I looked out at the huge crowd stretching back 100 meters. Pausing for a moment, I closed my eyes and prayed to the Lord for the mercy to share the nectar of His holy names with such people for as many years, or as many lifetimes, as He saw fit.

1,831 Views
 
 

Aug 30 2007 One Love

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I grew up in the United States in the 1960s and 70s. As with many other young Americans of my generation, my world view was significantly influenced by the music of Bob Marley. His songs about revolution, social change, world peace, and racial equality inspired me.

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Aug 11 2007 A Flood of Happiness and Joy

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"All the other events along the coast pale in comparison to yours," said the woman reporter. "Your event is so big, so well-organized, and so entertaining that besides including it in our report we're planning a documentary on your festivals."

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Jul 28 2007 The Sunshine of His Mercy

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We'll just have to show the Supreme Lord that our desire to distribute His mercy is stronger than the impious deeds of those who've caused the excessive rain to fall. Surely, if all of our devotees pray together the sunshine of His mercy will prevail.

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Jun 5 2007 A Second Chance

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As a devotee grows older, he becomes more and more aware, by the grace of the Lord, that his life is coming to a close and his time to achieve perfection in Krsna consciousness is running out.

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May 15 2007 The Duty of a Mendicant

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Sometimes the Krsna consciousness movement sends its representative sannyasis to foreign countries where the danda and kamandalu are not very much appreciated. We send our preachers in ordinary dress to introduce our books and philosophy. Our only concern is to attract people to Krsna consciousness.

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Apr 2 2007 “An Old Friend”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Through eons of time I had forgotten You, but You have never forgotten me, not even for a moment. Your greatest act of kindness was to lead me to my spiritual master, my savior, who is kindly teaching me the art of loving You. Please help me to act in such a way that he may always be proud of me

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Mar 13 2007 An Unsung Hero

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

But mostly about Tribhuvanath Dasa. Because of his efforts these people, and many more Africans like them, have been given the chance to taste the nectar of chanting Krishna's holy names. Such a Vaisnava hero should be given the recognition he deserves

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Jan 17 2007 Vyasa Puja Address to Partha Sarathi das Goswami

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

I offer my respectful obeisances to Das Goswami, who helped pioneer the mission of Srila Prabhupada in the southernmost tip of the world. He is devoted to bhajan and is caring and affectionate to all those who take shelter of his lotus feet

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Jan 12 2007 Disappearance Day Offering to Srila Prabhupada

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

O Srila Prabhupada! The list of such disciples is endless, both here and beyond, for your glories are known throughout the three worlds. All glories to all your followers, their service to you, and their compassion upon the fallen conditioned souls!

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Jan 4 2007 Fruit of Vrindavan

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Better you yourselves do as much as possible to spread Krsna consciousness there by distribution of literature, kirtana and prasadam. That will be as effective as my personally coming. I am very keen on the distribution of my books and I am very indebted to all of you for your untiring efforts to see that every man and woman in America gets one of my books. If they simply read one page, even if they do nothing else, they can become perfect.

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Dec 22 2006 “Mysterious Antiques”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Going to India is more of a necessity than a luxury for one in the renounced order of life. To do his service well, a sannyasi must remain always pure in heart, and there is no better means of purifying the heart and building one's spiritual strength than spending the auspicious month of Kartika in the holy land of Vrindavan.

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Dec 13 2006 Luck of the Irish

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When I was young, my mother would often speak of her Britannic forebears. "Your grandmother was from Wales," she told me on many occasions. But what she liked best was the Irish part. "Your grandfather was an Irishman from Cork," she would say proudly

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Nov 16 2006 A Lion among Men

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Now that Lord Gaura has descended to this world, the waves of the holy names of Lord Krsna are suddenly flooding this planet, and the hearts of the sinful conditioned souls, which were as hard as thunderbolts, have now become as soft as butter. Let me take shelter of that Lord Gaura.

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Nov 2 2006 “Bearing the Burden”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Although Tamala Krsna Maharaja once told me not to attribute bad health solely to the karma of my disciples, I couldn't ignore Srila Prabhupada's statement in Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers, that a spiritual master takes on the burden of the sinful activities of his disciples.

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Oct 5 2006 Our Fervent Prayers

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"Fortunately, a teacher in a local school took pity on me and tutored me in her spare time. Going to church and praying to God was all that made sense in life at that time, but as I grew older, I became dissatisfied with the sermons, as they didn't explain enough about God. I was frustrated. 'How will I ever know Him?' I often said to my friends.

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Sep 28 2006 Old Cleaning Man

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

“A man works all his life,” he continued, “and he gets a pension to live out his remaining days, but the cow gives milk all her life, and then people kill her. It’s wrong. And the whole world is suffering the reaction in the form of wars. Therefore God sends messengers at different times to enlighten us to these truths, but people just don’t listen. What can be done?”

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Sep 21 2006 “Give More Than You Take”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Our spiritual master said that in this material world a boy naturally desires a girl and a girl naturally desires a boy, and they come together in holy matrimony to make it sacred, and they advance in material prosperity and spiritual prosperity together. I think that is a nice definition of love: “to be concerned about the needs of your beloved.”

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Sep 19 2006 “Giving and Receiving Gifts”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

If the opulence or knowledge of many millions of universes were clustered together, they would hardly equal a small fragment of the glory of Krsna's holy name. Krsna's holy name is my life. It is the goal of my life. It is the means I will employ to attain the goal of my life

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Aug 24 2006 “Modern-Day Pastimes”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Whether it was the cowherd boy Lord Krsna or the young shepherd Jesus Christ, it appeared the great Woodstock Festival had been purified of all animosity and both groups were now free to peacefully share their message of love. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

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Aug 18 2006 “The New Site”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

The headmistress smiled. "I visited your village at Woodstock last year," she said. "When I came, one of your leaders was speaking on the stage. After listening to his talk, I understood that the values you uphold are everything we try to impress on the children we teach. But the real change came when I walked through the whole Woodstock festival.

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Aug 15 2006 For the Benefit of Everyone

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Although Vasudeva Vipra was a leper and had suffered greatly, still Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu cured him. The only return the Lord wanted was that Vasudeva preach the instructions of Krsna and liberate all human beings. That is the process of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness.

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Aug 2 2006 Diary of a Traveling Preacher - “The Will of the People”

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

We have no business creating enemies, but the process is such that non-devotees will always be inimical toward us. Nevertheless, as stated in the sastras, a devotee should be both tolerant and merciful. Devotees engaged in preaching should be prepared to be accused by ignorant persons, and yet they must be very merciful to the fallen conditioned souls.

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