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The glories of Raghunatha Dasa Goswami – Part 2

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Laguna beach, USA, June 16, 2008
Essence: “Just as the lines etched on a stone cannot be erased, the strict regulative principles of Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami could not be changed under any circumstances. We should imbibe this mood of Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami and strictly follow the lines on stone given by Srila Prabhupada – the four regulative principles and the chanting of the holy name to successfully go back to Godhead.”

The glories of Raghunatha Dasa Goswami – Part 1

Speaker: His Holiness Giriraja Swami
Verse: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila – 16.235
Where: Laguna beach, USA, June 16, 2008
Essence: “Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was renunciation personified. In spite of having the most beautiful wife and opulence like the King of heaven, he was completely detached and renounced them all for the higher goal of life.”

Holy cow

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 4.11
Where: Gita Nagari, Pennsylvania, USA, April 25, 2008
Essence: Srila Viswanatha Cakravarti Thakura says “The cows are like cintamani jewels that can fulfill any desire. Their mooing is like beautiful poetry. Their happy calves are like the pleasant summer. They always raise their ears to hear Krsna’s flute. As they wander the earth, they resemble the bubbles of the milk ocean, the chuckles of Lord Siva and the infant children of the moonlight.” These cows are very dear to the Lord, and if we want to please Him, we must take care of them and protect them.

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.”

Protect your treasure – Initiation lecture

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 1.1.22
Where: Philadelphia, USA, April 24, 2008
Essence: “The bhakti-lata-bija that is present within our hearts is the most valuable treasure. We need to protect this valuable treasure from thieves like lust, anger, and greed by building a barrier of the four regulative principles, so that it eventually blossoms into a big tree going all the way up to Goloka Vrindavana, and produces fruits and flowers of prema for Radha and Krsna.”

 

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.”

Signposts on the path to Vraja

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila – 16.55-58
Where: Alachua, USA, April 19, 2008
Essence: “The road to Vraja is loaded with brambles and thorns. But the devotees who are singing and dancing on this path of bhakti and are guided by the road map of the Sri Siksastaka prayers with verses like “na dhanam” as signposts will have a smooth ride back home, back to Godhead.”

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.”

Brahmana by qualification

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 7.10.24
Where: Alachua, USA, April 17, 2008
Essence: “Just as bell metal is turned into gold when mixed with mercury in a chemical process, one who is properly trained and initiated by a bona fide spiritual master immediately becomes a brahmana.”

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