Responsibilities in Family Life

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Poland, July 12, 2010
Essence: “In the Vedic tradition there was no divorce because the affection of the husband for his devotee wife and the affection of the wife for her devotee husband were very deep. The husband appreciated the wife so much as a devotee of the Lord and the wife appreciated her husband so much as a devotee of the Lord that they were ready to tolerate any minor differences that would come about by constantly living in each other’s association.”

Duties in grhastha life

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 6.2.26
Where: Poland, July 1, 2008
Essence: “The duties of the man in grhastha life are to protect the wife from the illusion of this material world so that she can never forget Krsna and to support his family and the renounced order of life. The duty of the wife is to be loyal and chaste to her husband so that together they can raise nice Krsna conscious children.”

Take sanyasa

Speaker: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 3.30.11-13
Where: Sydney, Australia, Dec 13, 2007
Essence: “We can be gradually purified in Grhastha asrama, but ultimately one has to give one’s heart fully to Krsna by taking sanyasa.”

Exemplary household life

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatam – 3.30.6
Where: Sydney, Dec 9, 2007
Essence: “Especially in the modern society we need exemplary householders because most people who come here are householders. They need to know how to make their home into Vaikunta, where there is no anxiety or distress.”

Purpose of creation

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Verse:  Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 9.6
Where: Sydney, Dec 5, 2007
Essence: “More important than knowing how the universe is created, it is important to know why it is created. Scientists are interested in knowing the how and the details. We are interested in knowing the why. We will tell them what it is all about – to bring us ultimately to the point of surrender to God.”

Guard against vaisnava aparadh

Artist: His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Where: Saubari-muni ashram, Vrindavana, Nov 1, 2007
Essence: “Bhakti is the permanent asset which even death cannot take away. Nevertheless we see that a vaisnava aparadh can take those assets from you. How careful we should be of vaisnava aparadh?”

Questions and Answers session – Moscow

Where: Moscow, Sept 19, 2007.
In this lecture, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami answers these two questions from devotees:
1. It is hard to accept that with the progress in Krishna consciousness, I will become detached from the ones I love. Could you please give me instructions regarding my fear and shape my understanding and attitude towards renunciation.
2. Please give us instructions regarding our place or position as grhasthas in the society of devotees, specifically about social life in the association of devotees.

Be a Brahmacari at heart

Where: Apr 23’rd 2007, Hungary.
Verse: Srimad Bhagavatham – 4.8.1
Courtesy: Braja Gopali Dasi.
Essence: “…Spirit of renunciation runs through all the ashrams to a greater or lesser extent..ultimately one should choose the ashram in which one feels most comfortable in advancing in Krsna Consciousness..”