Seeing Krsna’s presence

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami 
Where: Moscow, Sep 18, 2007.
Essence: “If you have a spiritual master, then you know that the Lord is present and has given His blessings to you. Also, we can really appreciate the Lord in our lives primarily through His holy names.”

Glories of Sri Lalita sakhi

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Where: Moscow, Sep 17, 2007.
Essence: “Lalita’s eyes are restless like a deer, watching out for anyone who might interfere in Radha-Krishna’s pastimes. She is the most expert in putting make-up on Radharani. Her greatest quality is that when she sees a devotee eager to serve Radharani, she fulfills that devotee’s desire.”

Formula for happiness

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 6.9.55
Where: Sept 15′th 2007, Ukraine Festival.
Essence: “If you want to be enlightened, want to be happy, step into the sunshine of Krishna consciousness.”

Most important service

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 7.7.28
Where: Sept 14′th 2007, Ukraine Festival.
Essence: “When we are hearing from our guru, those are the most important moments in our relationship and the most important moments in our life.”

Glory of transcendental knowledge

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 7.7.28
Where: Sept 13′th 2007, Ukraine Festival.
Essence: “If we invest in this transcendental knowledge from the very beginning, then despite all our disqualifications, by the mercy of Guru and Krishna, we can also perfect our lives and become ecstatic devotees of the Lord.”

Deepest gratitude – Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja Lecture

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Where: Sept 5′th 2007, New Govindadwip, Ireland.
Essence: “It is our heart’s desire to take the time each year to express our deepest gratitude to Srila Prabhupada. This is Vyasa-puja. This day is the day of deep loving sentiments, expressing the inner recesses of our hearts to Srila Prabhupada.”

Jiva Goswami’s explanation on Janmastami

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 10.1.28
Where: Sept 4′th 2007, New Govindadwip, Ireland.
Essence: “Srila Jiva Goswami talks about Janmastami in great detail in his Gopala-campu. He presents a different angle to this pastime.”

Importance of celebrating Janmastami

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Where: Sept 4′th 2007, New Govindadwip, Ireland.
Essence: “Understanding how the Lord’s appearance is transcendental, guarantees no more birth in this material world. Upon leaving this body with such understanding, one goes back to the spiritual sky and never comes back again.  Therefore, people should know about Janmastami.”

Essence of Ratha Yatra

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami.
Where: Sept 2′nd 2007, Belfast.
Essence: “As Kali-yuga advances, fewer and fewer people are coming to the temples…This is a sad state. People are running more to the stores than to the house of God. Lord is everywhere; He knows this mentality, so He expands His compassion. How does He do that? He leaves the temple – that’s Ratha-yatra. This is something truly amazing.”

“He is inviting us back home back to Godhead and just to give us a clue what it’s like (in the spiritual world), He comes out in His Ratha-yatra parade…This whole Ratha-yatra festival is to give you that experience. If you really participate in this festival than you will experience something superior than anything you have ever tried to enjoy in this material world. That we can guarantee.”

“How can you maintain this wonderful spiritual experience that you have gained today, and how can you continue making progress in spiritual life? I will tell you of another incarnation of God, also patita-pavana (the deliverer of the most fallen), Lord’s Holy name. Out of His infinite mercy, He also appears in the form of the sound vibration – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna…”

“The essence of Ratha-yatra, the essence of Indian culture, the essence of Vedic culture, the essence of the Lord’s coming to the material world to begin with, is – chant Hare Krishna and your lives will be sublime.”

Pastimes of Lord Balaram – Balaram Purnima Lecture

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 10.65.16
Where: Aug 26′th 2007, Warsaw, Poland.
Occassion: Lord Balaram’s Appearance day.
Essence: “In His relationship as elder brother, He (Lord Balaram) is very protective of Krsna…Lord Balaram killed long list of demons in their earthly lila to protect Krsna and the cowherd boys. Srila Bhakthi Vinod Thakur explains these demons represent obstacles on the path of devotional service, they also represent anarthas.”

“Lord Balaram is also original Spiritual Master. So duty of Spiritual Master is also to purify the heart of the disciple…We can think of Spiritual Master as Balaram’s representative, Lord Nityananda’s representative or Radharani’s representative.”

“In Rama Lila and Krsna Lila, these two transcendental brothers, they displayed nectarean pastimes, which they performed in the Spiritual World. But they didn’t invite jivas to participate. But beauty of Gaura lila is, Lord Chaitanya comes and through the medium of Sankirtana movement, He invites everyone to taste the nectarean mellows of pure devotional service – Braja bhakthi. And Lord Balaram, the Acharyas say, He especially loved this opportunity, why? Because He is the original Spiritual Master, and He takes great pleasure when He sees Sankirtana movement spread.”

“This is a good day to pray for the mercy of the Holy Name which Lord Balaram gave to the whole world as Lord Nityananda.”

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