Refined gold

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 4.8.5
Where: Sydney, Australia, Dec 14, 2008
Essence: “The most refined form of religion is one which has no motivation at all except to serve the Lord. Srimad Bhagavatam, which is the cream of all scriptures, rejects all religious activities that are materially motivated.”

Pots of poison

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 6.2.24-25
Where: Poland, June 30, 2008
Essence: Srila Narottam das Thakur says, “Fruitive activities and mental speculation are like pots of poison. Those who drink this poison thinking it to be nectar, fall back into the cycle of birth and death. Such persons eat abominable things and thus, their whole human form of life is a waste.”

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.”

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.”

Sadhana->Bhava->Prema

Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 7.7.34
Where: Jul 4′th 2007, Poland.
Courtesy: Candrasekhar Acarya Das.
Essence: “So actually this is the beginning we are training ourselves to do all these for Krsna, by this vaidhi or sadhana, it is a little hard in the beginning, but then it will become natural (bhava) and eventually it will become prema, Love of God”.

How to understand Absolute truth

Verse:  Srimad Bhagavatham – 1.3.37.
Where: March 14’th 2007, Atlanta.
Essence: “…how can we understand that which is transcendental with these imperfect material senses.”
Courtesy: Cintamani Dasi.