"Dandavats" - 13 new articles
By Badrinarayan dasa
Hare Krishna. I am writing to announce a wonderful opportunity. By the efforts of Romapada Maharaja (who has arranged the donor / funding) we can offer a 90% three year scholarship to Bhaktivedanta College at Radhadesa
By Manu das
The local people thronged in their hundreds to visit the island retreat of Sri Sri Radha Govinda. It is not an annual pilgrimage as some years we are not geared up to host the event, but the Hare Krsna "open Day" still attracts many locals to take a cultural step in the direction of Krsna, and experience first hand the Hare Krsna Temple
By Manu dasa
Govindadvipa Vraja Mandala Parikrama will run from July 23 till 25 and will be presented by our own ISKCON, best of the Brijbasis, His Grace Deena Bandhu prabhu. So come and immerse yourself for a few days in some wonderful Krsna Katha on our beautiful,Sacred Island Mandir, Govindadwipa
By Abhaya Mudra Dasi
Who would not miss Aindra Prabhu? Even the dham of Vrindavan will miss him. Whoever has listened to his bhajan has been transferred into the Vaikunta realm by a unique and outer-worldly sound vibration. I remember the times in Bulgaria when we were living under very austere temple conditions: taking baths in snow water, freezing in the winter and squashing body to body in the small rooms.
By Vrajendra - nandan Das
On 13th of July, ISKCON Kolkatta had organized a colorful Rathyatra starting at Park Circus Maidan. The Kolkatta Rathyatra happens to a one of the few in country where 3 Chariots with Lord Balaladeva, Srimati Subhadra Devi and Lord Jagannath seated on them are taken on the procession.
By Giriraj Swami
Hearing the news of Aindra Prabhu's sudden departure was a great shock, and I could feel what a great loss it was for us all. He was a dear friend and well-wisher of all, and through his kirtana he gave shelter to devotees throughout the world. Ultimately, he gave protection and life to the whole planet
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Appreciating Aindra Prabhu
By Giriraj Swami
Hearing the news of Aindra Prabhu’s sudden departure was a great shock, and I could feel what a great loss it was for us all. He was a dear friend and well-wisher of all, and through his kirtana he gave shelter to devotees throughout the world. Ultimately, he gave protection and life to the whole planet.
I think of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who preached vigorously in Bengal and fought against many deviant sects. Later, he became discouraged because the deviant groups he had fought to expose, who had taken a step back due to his bold preaching and clear explanations, were coming back again. He had a dream in which Caitanya Mahaprabhu told him to proceed to Jagannatha Puri and establish a bhajana-kutira near Haridasa Thakura’s samadhi and just chant the holy names. His chanting there, Mahaprabhu told him, would purify the whole world.
So, I was thinking how Aindra Prabhu, just by residing in Vrndavana and doing kirtana with the consciousness he had, was actually accomplishing just that: purifying the whole world. He was giving shelter to people everywhere, whether they were aware of it or not. Many devotees themselves did not realize until Aindra left how much he meant to them or to the movement or to the planet. He was such a fixture in Vrndavana that one could take him for granted, assume that he would always be there. And he was always there, in the same place, doing the same thing, even looking the same. He never seemed to age. He was such a constant presence in Vrndavana, in the Krsna-Balarama temple, in the twenty-four hour kirtana, that I for one never imagined what the kirtana or the temple or Vrndavana would be without him, what life would be without him. He was like the oxygen we breathe. It is always there, so we don’t think about it. But it gives us life.
After his departure I began to realize the magnitude of the loss. Through his kirtana he was able to engage so many young men and transform their lives. The first one I noticed was Madhava from Mauritius. Madhava really found himself when he went to Vrndavana and joined Aindra in the twenty-four hour kirtana. He really found himself as a devotee, as a human being, and as a kirtaneer, and now he goes all over the world singing kirtana based on the inspiration and training he got from Aindra. And there are many others. Akincana Krsnadasa also sat and learned from Aindra in Vrndavana, and now he, too, travels and performs kirtana all over the world.
Varun Gogna is another young devotee whose life was transformed by his experience in the twenty-four hour kirtana with Aindra in Vrndavana. Varun is amazing, and hearing about Aindra Prabhu I get a sense of how much Varun got from him. Varun lives in a regular home in London, but he brought in wood and cow dung and various mementos from Vraja and made his room like a bhajana-kutira. And he can be absorbed in Krsnain kirtana and Deity worship and kathafor the whole day. He can just sit in his room and do nothing but chant, listen to tapes, worship his Deities, and talk about Krsna consciousness. He was extremely attached to Aindra Prabhu and had a very special relationship with him.
For years Varun wanted to be initiated by Aindra, but Aindra would always refuse to initiate him (or anyone else). A few months ago, Varun asked Aindra to chant on his beads. “I can do that,” Aindra said, and he chanted on his beads for the whole dayat least sixty-four rounds. After Aindra returned the beads, Varun said, “Can you give me a spiritual name?” But Aindra replied, “Don’t try to trick me!”
Varun’s father, Ramanuja Prabhu, has taken up the service of producing and broadcasting Krsna conscious programs on the television, and Aindra Prabhu had the desire that his kirtana should go on a prominent station in India, called Astana. So Ramanuja approached them, and they were interested. They agreed to air his kirtanas, but they just needed to find a slot. Aindra was eager that his kirtana be broadcast throughout India every day. Although he was very deep in his internal meditation on service to Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana, he was also very merciful to the conditioned souls, wanting them to get the great treasure of the holy name. He was a simple sadhu in Vrndavana, but he was also aware of what was happening in the world and of the possibilities that technology offered for propagating the holy name, and he wanted to use every resource available to deliver Krsna consciousness.
Aindra Prabhu’s departure is a great loss. No one will be able to replace him. But we also remember Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s inscription for Srila Haridasa Thakura’s samadhi:
He reasons ill who says that Vaisnavas die, When thou art living still in sound! The Vaisnavas die to live, and living try To spread the holy name around.
Still, as Braja Sevaki has so beautifully written, there is a hole now in the kirtana cloud, and that hole will never be filled in exactly the same way. We’ll have to try somehowdevotees will have to try somehow to fill that gap.
One devotee in Mumbai, Narottama dasa Thakura dasa, has made the point that devotees express their bhakti, their love for Krsna, for guru, for humanity, in different ways in different services. Aindra Prabhu expressed his through kirtana. Others may express theirs through cooking, through book distribution, through writing, through serving others, through preaching, through Deity worship, through farming, or whatever. Not everyone can exhibit the same kind of staunch personal austerity and discipline that Aindra did. Very few can. But if we can imbibe his mood of complete dedication and absorption in whatever we do in Krsna consciousness, in whatever way we can express our desire to serve and longing for service, that will be our success. As Narottama wrote, “Any of us, seemingly ordinary, can become extraordinary by becoming deeply absorbed in prayer, in devotion, in service, in surrender, in kirtana, in moving more in step with our teacher, preceptor, guru.”
I think of what may have been His Holiness Sridhar Swami’s last instruction to me: “Just be yourself and make your own contribution.” Aindra Prabhu had the potency to stay in one place and affect the world. But there are others who travel and in that wayor in so many other waysaffect the world. The real point is the intensity of purposeletting go of everything else, letting go of petty, mundane attachments, and focusing on our goal.
Another beautiful thing in Aindra Prabhu’s message is that this particular mantra, the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, is Radha-Krsna. It is Radha-Krsna yugala, and just by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantraHare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hareone is associating with Radha and Krsna in Their pastimes. That is the special feature of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya, the followers of Caitanya Mahaprabhuto serve Radha and Krsna in Vrndavanaand that is realized by chanting the sixteen words of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra with attention, with devotion, with intensity.
In his internal meditation Aindra Prabhu was in the mood of Vraja, madhuryathe sweet pastimes of Radha and Krsna and Their associates. And his external activities were an expression of the mood of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, audaryathe generous distribution of Krsna consciousnessespecially through nama-sankirtana and transcendental literature. And feeling separation from him enhances our appreciation of both him and the practices of devotional servicehari-puja, hari-katha, and hari-nama-sankirtana.
We are only beginning to appreciate Aindra Prabhu’s contribution on so many different levels, and as we do so, we will more and more appreciate the magnitude of the loss. But we have his legacyhis example, his kirtana, his message.
We have a lot to learn from Aindra Prabhu. I pray that the feelings his departure has awakened in us, or elicited from us, will continue, that his concern and care for us will be realized in our continued efforts to fulfill that ideal of internally relishing the holy name in meditation on Krsna and externally extending the mercy of the holy name to others.
By Bhakti-lata Dasi
"Yes, I truly am searching for pure knowledge of the Absolute Truth. I have been down a great many paths; I have studied Christianity and Islam, but they DO NOT explain our true relationship with God (Krsna) as has been shown to me through Krsna consciousness…."
By Sri Nandanandana dasa
Jeffrey Armstrong is known to many of us older devotees as Jamadagni das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and the lyricist for many of the songs by Mangalananda dasa. He has been working in his own way for years to spread the teachings of Vedic Dharma and Krishna consciousness.
Chirag Dangarwala: For those who have accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murari, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf's hoof-print
Krishna Gopal das: Many devotees around the world have come to cherish Aindra prabhu's kirtans and uncomplicated nature. I got chance to visit Vrindaban two years ago and one of the things I cherished most on that visit was to sit with my old god brother from Washington, DC and chant the holy name
Bhaktivedanta Manor: The Lotus Trust, the welfare arm of Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple raised thousands for local charities, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital during a Charity Walk on Sunday 18th July.
Ananta Ram das: Gurukula Project Team strives to please Srila Prabhupada by bringing together Vaishnava children and parents in a non-sectarian environment. Many have questioned the feasibility and practicality of this project
Vaisnava Das: I have few sets of gold plated imprint of Lotus Feet from Sri Sri Radha Syamsundara or Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. There is a small one which can be sticked in the car, in front (as is done in India) and the other bigger one can be hanged on a wall or placed in altar
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