Narottam.com – Lectures and Kirtans by Indradyumna Swami

Why narottam.com?

Why is a site that features the kirtans and lectures of Indradyumna Swami named narottam.com?

 

Narottama das Thakur was a 15th century Gaudiya Vaisnava saint who, as a child, bathed in the Padmavati River in the exact spot where Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu had deposited His prema. From the point of this divine bathing, Narottama was overwhelmed with ecstatic love for Krishna and was especially empowered to spread that love everywhere.

 

Narottama das Thakur is well known for arranging the first Kheturi Mahotsava, or the first “Gaura Purnima” festival in honor of the appearance day of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is also well known for his mellifluous, bhakti-laden bhajans and kirtans. In fact, when he sang kirtan at the Kheturi festival, it’s described that his chanting was so pure and prema-imbued that Mahaprabhu Himself, along with His associates appeared and joined in the ecstatic kirtan.

 

Ever since meeting his Spiritual Master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada), Indradyumna Swami has been engaged in the attempt to spread his Guru’s message throughout the world, the very same message that Narottama das Thakur was distributing: the blissful sankirtan movement of Lord Caitanya.

 

In one of his diaries (Volume 5, Chapter 14), Indradyumna Swami states: “Narottam das Thakur is a great source of inspiration for me. He’s a great preacher and a deeply realized devotee. He’s one of my heroes. I often think of him while preaching his message in western countries.”

 

Like Narottama das Thakur, Indradyumna Swami is often associated with the grand festival programs he has organized in the past: the Polish Tour, the Sadhu Sanga Kirtan Retreat in the United States, and most recently the Discover India Tour in the United States. With these festivals, and other large-scale programs, like the Kartik Parikrama Program, Indradyumna Swami not only teaches the nonsectarian philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in a way that people can relate, but he also engages the masses in blissful kirtan, just like Narottama das Thakur did some 450 years ago.

 

This website of Indradyumna Swami’s is a humble attempt to preserve, share, and inspire everyone with the timeless message of the sankirtan movement of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as distributed by His followers like Narottama das Thakur, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and the disciples of these personalities, such as Indradyumna Swami. Narottam.com serves as a one-stop collection of the lectures and kirtans by Indradyumna Swami and his associates, to document his activities as he travels all over the world in service to Srila Prabhupada.

 

The Importance of Hearing

 

Sound has great potency, even in a material context. We hear a siren, and we are immediately anxious. We hear a child’s laughter, and we are immediately at ease and experience joy. So how much more potent, then, is spiritual sound?

 

One foundational teaching that Indradyumna Swami is often reiterating in his lectures is that we understand and “see” the realm of the metaphysical—the Supreme and His abode—through hearing. We begin in spiritual life by engaging in the basics of sadhana-Bhakti, via chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, hearing transcendental discourses, honoring prasadam, and offering the results of our actions in life to the Supreme, all via Guru. Yet, we learn of these basic practices first by hearing from liberated souls who have divya-jnana, transcendental knowledge. Indradyumna Swami often explains how with these basic practices which purify the body, senses, mind, intellect, and consciousness, we can more readily determine what is actual knowledge, who possesses it, how to access it, and ultimately, how to apply that knowledge gained via hearing in active devotional service.

 

In one of Indradyumna Swamis classes, he spoke on the power of transcendental sound vibration. His class was inspired by the 22nd verse of the fourth chapter of the Vedanta Sutra, in which it is stated that one is freed (“not fenced in”), by transcendental sound. Indradyumna Swami goes on to explain that actually, we are liberated from material life by hearing transcendental sound: sabda brahma. By contrast, repeated hearing of mundane sounds, which are almost unlimited, condition and bind us to matter. In the class, Indradyumna Swami uses the example of starting the day by listening to a melancholy song versus an upbeat positive song or versus listening to a heated political debate. Those different sounds enter our consciousness and change it. So does transcendental sound and discourse.

 

Why is sabda brahma, transcendental sound, particularly powerful and liberating?

 

In his class, Indradyumna Swami quotes from Narottama das Thakur’s bhajan “Hari hari! Bifale” the line “golokera prema-dhana, hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana”. This line, Indradyumna Swami explains, indicates that the sankirtan movement and the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra (the great chant for deliverance) has not come from this material creation. Scriptures and the Acaryas confirm that it has been imported from the spiritual world, and not just the spiritual world—but from the highest planet in the spiritual world, Goloka Vrindavan, where the Supreme Personality of Godhead is in His original form and engaging in pastimes with His devotees.

 

Indradyumna Swami emphasizes that we learn from the example of the Acaryas in our lineage. The six Goswamis of Vrindavan, for example, were so absorbed in chanting and realized in the meaning of the Maha Mantra that chanting is all they wished to do. They also maintained their bodies and wrote so many transcendental literatures, but Indradyumna Swamiemphasized that they were chanting the Maha Mantra 22 hours a day. Sound attaches us to matter, Indradyumna Swami concludes, but sound can also free us.

 

In this and other lectures, Indradyumna Swami notes that hearing, not just the Maha Mantra, but from the Spiritual Master and from the Sadhus is very important. Considering that sound vibration and hearing from bona fide spiritual authorities is so purifying for our consciousness, Indradyumna Swami wanted to make his lectures and kirtans accessible to one and all. Whether he is on Polish Tour, in Vrindavan for Kartik Parikrama, or at other temple and festival programs, Indradyumna Swami ensures that all of the lectures given will be recorded, as well as all the kirtans.

 

What will you find on narottam.com?

 

On this website, you will find the lectures of Indradyumna Swami covering topics like:

 

  • The Guru-Disciple relationship
  • Dedication to Guru
  • How to maintain a service attitude
  • The benefits of sincere surrender in spiritual life
  • How to attract the Lord’s Mercy
  • The glories of Sri Vrindavan Dhama
  • Understanding the Siksastakam prayer of Lord Caitanya
  • The Teachings of the Acaryas: Haridas Thakur, Jayadeva Goswami, the Six Goswamis, Srila Prabhupada, et al.

 

You will find lectures Indradyumna Swami has given at initiations, on the occasion of Vyasa Puja, at various festivals (like Polish Tour), in Vrindavan Dhama (as during Kartik Parikrama), and at various temples (for Srimad Bhagavatam classes and other classes).

 

You will also find the kirtans Indradyumna Swami has led at the Polish Tour, at various kirtan festivals around the world, and during his Kartik Parikrama programs, as well as the kirtans of many other devotees.

 

If you’d like to help out with transcribing Indradyumna Swami’s lectures, please contact us at trans.services.ids@gmail.com to join the transcription team.

The Glories of Mother Yasoda

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam –10.8.41
Where: Sydney, Australia,  November 20, 2017

The Glories Of Indulekha

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Vrindavan, Nov 3, 2017

The Glories Of Yamuna

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Vrindavan, Nov 1, 2017

The Glories Of Varshana

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Vrindavan, Oct 31, 2017

The Glories Of Govindaji

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Jaipur, Oct 21, 2017

The Glories Of Lokanath Goswami

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Jaipur, Oct 20, 2017

The Glories Of Madan Mohan

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Karoli, Oct 16, 2017

Guru Of The Gopis

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Vrindavan, Oct 12, 2017

The Supreme Destination

Speaker: Indradyumna Swami
Where: Vrindavan, Oct 6, 2017

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