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Hogs, Dogs, Camels and Asses

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 2.3.19
Where: Alachua, USA, April 17, 2008
Essence: “In Vedic culture, a living entity is classified according to his level of consciousness. If a living entity is in the body of a human being, but acting like an animal, then he is classified as an animal. Conversely, if an animal’s consciousness is higher than that of a human being, he is considered superior to the human species.”

Talk to college students

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Rutgers University, USA, April 10, 2008
Essence: “Modern man wants to go to the space and the moon, but in doing so he has lost track of his real journey – the journey of self-discovery.”

Achieving enlightenment in 2008

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Albany, USA, April 7, 2008
Essence: “Buddha achieved perfect happiness by the process of meditation. In this modern age, we can achieve the same happiness by taking shelter of our Vedic literature that teach us how to reconnect with the Absolute Truth and attain the real goal of life.”

Yajna through the ages

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 3.10
Where: New Jersey, USA, April 5, 2008
Essence: “What is the secret of prosperity? Krsna says that prosperity is not achieved by hard-work, but is bestowed by His mercy. The way to achieve this mercy is by yajna. In this Kali-yuga, the easiest way to perform yajna is to decorate our tongue with the holy names of the Lord.”

Dream-like material illusion

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam Gita – 6.1.49
Where: Mountainville, USA, April 5, 2008
Essence: “This material world is like an illusion full of darkness of ignorance. Come on, wake up from this deep sleep of illusion and realize the futility of material existence.”

Lecture at Yoga Studio

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 6.24
Where: Toronto, Canada, April 4, 2008
Essence: “The real goal of yoga is to get out of this repetition of birth and death and join the Supreme Lord in His spiritual abode. This Hare Krishna mahamantra acts like a sweet medicine which liberates us from the ignorance of the material world and gives us real happiness.”

Impetus to love

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Toronto, Canada, April 4, 2008
Essence: “By the causeless mercy of the holy name, sometimes even a neophyte devotee can experience deep spiritual emotions in the association of advanced devotees during congregational chanting. This gives us an impetus to go on in our devotional life and achieve love of God.”

The great bargain – Initiation lecture

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 4.34
Where: Detroit, USA, April 2, 2008
Essence: “In Kali-yuga, there is a permanent sale going on. The most precious gift of Krsna consciousness is being distributed absolutely free. So, come on, open your doors, and take advantage of this great bargain.”

The miracle of Krsna consciousness

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 8.16
Where: Detroit, USA, April 1, 2008
Essence: “Due to illusion, the living entity is very obstinate and determined to chew the chewed remnants of material existence life after life. But the process of Krsna consciousness is so powerful that it can uproot these anarthas of the conditioned soul and fructify the bhakti-lata bija.”

From sudra to brahmana

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam - 1.2.20
Where: Chicago, USA, Mar 30, 2008
Essence: “In this age of Kali, we are all born as sudras. But if we sincerely practice Krsna consciousness under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, we can develop all the good qualities of the demigods and become real brahmanas.”

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