Here’s a super video. Another nice memory of the Rishikesh Kirtan Fest. How I miss those special days on the banks of the sacred Ganges!
Video on Rishikesh Kirtan Fest
In this priceless video, I discovered myself offering a garland to Srila Prabhupada. How happy I am! I can now cherish this moment forever.
“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” [ William Shakespeare ]
Dearest Jayadev! I too, amongst your many friends, admirers and fans want to wish you a very happy birthday today. Your beautiful angelic voice, along with your talents as a devotee musician, have been an integral part of my devotional career for many years. We seem to hear you everywhere with your recorded bhajans and kirtans and your famous Krsna conscious choirs. Thank you for helping us to always remember Krsna and never forget Him. The Lord blessed you with your exceptional talents and you have used them fully in His service! You are without a doubt ISKCON’s singing angel! I also want to thank you for your friendship and support throughout the years. In challenging times you have stood up for me in more ways than one.I only wish we could have spent more time together in this lifetime. As we have served in different capacities in different parts of the world in this life, I pray one day we will serve together in perfect harmony and brotherhood in the spiritual world, where every word is a song, every step is a dance and there’s a festival every day. I look forward to that. Please you sing and I’ll dance in that magical abode! Missing you my friend … more than ever on this special day. Please always keep me in your prayers – as you are in mine. With love and affection, Indradyumna Swami
All Of Us Dancing With Srila Prabhupada! – Paris, 1974
“In a variety of ways, the inauspiciousness of the earth is destroyed by the feet, the inauspiciousness of the directions is destroyed by the eye-glances and the inauspiciousness of the heavens is destroyed by the arms of a Visnu bhakta dancing out of joy.” [ Hari-bhakti-vilasa 8.288 ]
[ I’m on the right – Halfway to heaven ]
Reflections On My 71st Birthday
In 1979 as a new sannyasi I visited the deity of Udupi Krsna in the town of Udupi in South India. In January, 2007 I returned to read an offering I had written to the deity. I addressed Him as, ‘my friend.’ In the Narada-bhakti-sutra, Srila Prabhupada says a devotee should “become the Lord’s friend.” He lists it as one of the 64 items of devotional service. I am sharing that same offering with you today, as it very much reflects my feelings on this, my 71st birthday.
“My dear friend, millions of pilgrims come before You each year, so I don’t expect you to remember me. I was a young devotee when I first met You. I was a new sannyasi with an entire life of devotional service ahead of me. Now I’m in the autumn of my life, with just a few short years left to serve You in this world. I stand before You today somewhat embarrassed. I don’t feel I’ve made much progress in spiritual life since we first met. But I’m proud to say I’m still Your devotee, and I hope to be so until the end of time.
I’m very grateful that You have protected me in my duties throughout the years, and I thank You again and again for blessing me with many wonderful opportunities of service to the mission of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. I would consider myself most fortunate if You would continue engaging me in such service until my final breath. I don’t want to take much of Your time, my Lord. There are other pilgrims waiting. But such moments as these, when a devotee can reveal his heart to You in such auspicious circumstances, are few and far between. Through eons of time, I had forgotten You, but You have never forgotten me, not even for a moment. Your greatest act of kindness was to lead me to my spiritual master, my savior, who is kindly teaching me the art of loving You. Please help me to act in such a way that he may always be proud of me.
Finally, my Lord, I pray that my service to You will gradually purify me of all selfish desires. It is my great hope that one day I can return to Your abode in the spiritual world and serve You in ecstatic love, in the association of Your most beloved servants. I offer You my most humble prostrations at Your lotus feet. All glories to Your beloved Madhavacarya! All glories to my beloved spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada! By his grace alone could I find You again in this far distant place.”