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Caterpillar to butterfly

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 1.9.33
Where: Karuna Bhavan, Scotland, U.K, May 9, 2008
Essence: “An ugly caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly by meditating on his higher beautiful nature. Similarly, when our ugly selfish material desires get purified, we can develop the desire for pure devotional service by which we can achieve our pre-ordained relationship with the Lord in various transcendental mellows.”

Raising the bar

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: London, U.K, May 5, 2008
Essence: “To make progress on the path of devotional service, it is very important that we have a vision of ourselves down the road. We need to work hard and set higher and higher goals each time, so that we can achieve the highest goal – ceto darpana marjanam – a clean heart in which we can cultivate real love for Radha and Krsna.”

Now or never

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Penn State university, Pennsylvania, USA, April 24, 2008
Essence: “According to the Bhagavad Gita, there are 8,400,000 species of life, out of which the human form of life is very special. And, now that we have come to this human form of life, it’s time to go within and inquire about our real spiritual nature and graduate from this school life to the spiritual kingdom.”

Sunday Feast lecture – “God, what are You doing here?”

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 4.8
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 20, 2008
Essence: “The material world is miserable, temporary, and full of ignorance. But still the Lord comes to this world – where the living entities are acting out to be God – out of His intense desire to take us back home with Him to the spiritual world.”

Kali-yuga leftovers

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 1.1.22
Where: Alachua, USA, April 18, 2008
Essence: “Although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is one good thing left in this age. Just by decorating the tongue with the holy names of Krsna, one can achieve perfection and go back home, back to Godhead.”

Lord Nrsimhadeva’s insurance policy

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 7.10.25-29
Where: Alachua, USA, April 18, 2008
Essence: “The coverage of an insurance policy is in proportion to the premium we pay. Similarly, the protection of Lord Nrsimhadeva is in proportion to our level of surrender.”

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.”

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