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How HG Aindra Thakur Instructed me to Perform Damodara Vrata

Santi Vardhana Caitanya Dasa: PENANG, MALAYSIA – When I was studying in Vrndavana VIHE in 2001, everyday I used to pray to Lord on how to make spiritual progress quickly. I wanted lots of mercy because I knew I am very fallen and in need of great mercy.

Then just one day before the Damodara month started, I was seated at the Bhagavatam class near Gaura Nitai Deities. Someone was giving class that day. At the end of the class, HG Aindra Prabhu appeared and sat at the pillar opposite me and looked directly at me.

Pointing his lotus fingers at me repeatedly, he instructed me on the details of performance of Damodara vrata and how it will help me to quickly gain great mercy from the Lord. I was pleasantly surprised and felt very happy as I was sure the Lord arranged this to speak to me directly in answer to my prayers.

“You should do like this.” Pointing at me he would instruct me.

HG Aindra Thakur told me to offer ghee lamps to Lord Damodara during the Damodara month. He told me a secret. He said to lit up the ghee lamp with a burning Tulasi stick. Ghee lamps lighted up with a burning Tulasi stick would give the devotee 10 million times more mercy.

He said that offering devotional service in Vrndavana gives one 1000 times benefit. During Damodara month one gets 160 times more. So 10 million x 1000 x 160 = 160 billion ghee lamps offered to the Lord [from offering of one ghee wick lighted up with burning Tulasi stick].

He quoted Srimad Bhagavatam 10.12.11

ittham satäm brahma-sukhänubhütyä
däsyam gatänäm para-daivatena
mäyäsritänäm nara-därakena
säkam vijahruh krta-punya-punjäh

“In this way, all the cowherd boys used to play with Krishna, who is the source of the Brahman effulgence for jnänis desiring to merge into that effulgence, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead for devotees who have accepted eternal servitorship, and who for ordinary persons is but another ordinary child. The cowherd boys, having accumulated the results of pious activities for many lives, were able to associate in this way with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. How can one explain their great fortune?”

He explained how the devotional piety accumulated in many lives could be gotten in one life by following the process he described.

I have ever since follow this instruction every Damodara month and share this knowledge with others also. Sometimes devotees offer Tulasi stick wrapped with cotton. But this is not how HG Aindra Prabhu described it.

Vaisnava Thakur Aindra Prabhu ki! JAI!!!!!!

Departure Of Ayendra Prabhu

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Departure Of Ayendra Prabhu



The news this morning of the sudden departure of Ayendra prabhu certainly comes as a great shock, as I am stunned along with all the devotees of the movement. There was certainly a great feeling of disbelief as I was given this report. He was my personal friend, as well as my beloved God brother. There are undoubtedly devotees who were closer to him than I, but we had an affectionate relationship of mutual respect and love. We would always give fond embraces upon seeing each other. He was one of my primary advisors when I first began the worship of Salagram Sila, and he appreciated my mode of worship in which aishvarya (stiff formality) is conspicuously absent, though I carefully follow the rules of vaidhi bhakti (regulative principles of devotional service) in their worship. This feeling of mutual appreciation in Salagram seva contributed to our loving relationship. In this regard, I must narrate a humorous event that took place in Mayapur a few years back. I had brought my Salagrams in their box, setting them down on a small table in front of Ayendra prabhu in the Pancha Tattva hall so that they could relish his kirtan. The hall was filled with nearly 1,000 devotees who were there for his famous evening kirtans. There was a break in the kirtan, so I took the opportunity to proudly introduce my new Salagram to him. He is a funny little deity only two inches tall, with a huge smile on his open mouth. In a very up-beat mood, Ayendra smiled at seeing this jolly deity and was fully appreciating that Salagram had personally come to enjoy his kirtan. Suddenly he picked up my deity and, in front of 1,000 devotes, he sniffed Salagrams mouth! I was astonished at this instant burst of revealed relationship with the deity. Fully satisfied, Ayendra declared, “Oh, he smells very good!” Struck with wonder, I also sniffed His mouth, and sure enough, He smelled great! What an amazing way of greeting a deity, but this was Ayendra prabhu, revealing his raghanugu (spontaneous) mood of loving Bhakti.

He has been an icon of kirtan personified for decades, at least in the sense of being the sold out servant of the Holy Names of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. Who can imagine Vrindavan and Mayapur festivals without him? He has been a source of inspiration and guidance for the devotees for decades. For this reason many devotees may be bewildered and too much disappointed that he disappeared so suddenly, seemingly “untimely”. The strange circumstance of his departure as a result of a stove exploding may appear to the neophyte as being an “accident”, but was it really? Should we conclude that Sri Sri Radha Symasundar, firmly situated in the heart of the Holy Dham, somehow lost control of their beloved devotee, allowing their material energies to devastate Ayendra’s body as if They could do nothing to protect him? Is Srimati Radhika so negligent towards her special devotee that She somehow became impotent or helpless? Oh, to think in this way would be a great aparadha! We must always remember the famous vedic injunction that “not a blade of grass moves without the sanction of the Supreme Lord”. This law is true even within the realm of the material energy. How much more, then, must it be true under the personal jurisdiction of Hladini Shakti, the internal potency personified in Radhika, who is the owner, controller, supervisor, and dear most guide to all the devotees, but especially to Her surrendered souls who are completely sold out to Her. The real explanation was given by Mahanidhi Swami at the Delhi temple the morning after Ayendra’s departure. He wonderfully explained that Radhika personally took Ayendra prabhu by the hand, saying “come with me and Bring your offering with you (he was in the middle of cooking). We will offer this to Krishna together. You do not belong in this material world. I am taking you now”! Did she make a mistake? Was there actually an “accident”, or did She personally create this plan for “stealing” her beloved devotee? She has “stolen” him from our association, and it is our fathomless loss, yet it was her carefully planned action—nothing less. Let us not be atheists or doubters about this fact. Our faith in the Supreme Controllers should not in the slightest shaken by this event, for “chance”, as explained many times by Srila Prabhupada, is a word in a fool’s dictionary.

There is a last point I would like to offer in relation to Ayendra prabhu’s sudden departure, which should further dispel any doubts regarding the timing of this event. Many of you know that along with being revered by thousands for his extraordinary kirtans, Ayendra was a highly controversial personality. At Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day festival in Vrindavan last year, he shocked the devotees with his rather ascorbic offering. Significant numbers were furious and even offended by his “offering”, but that did not even cause Ayendra prabhu to blink. He was being bluntly straight forward in his opinions, popular or not. He was being truthful, according to his realization, right or wrong in the eyes of others. This was his level of integrity—uncompromising. There was a huge monsoon storm brewing about the publishing of his highly controversial book, which is apparently critical of ISKCON practices. I have not read it, but controversial it is. His “salty” offering for Srila Prabhupada is contained in his book, which he told me offers “context” to his abrasive (my word, not his) “poem”. But now he is gone, entering into nitya lila with Sri Sri Radha Symasundar. Had he remained with us, there would have been a major disturbance, a virtual “battle of Kurukshetra” as his loyalists vigorously defended their hero, while others vilified him as allegedly not being an ISKCON loyalist. This could never be, however, because of his deep, unswerving love for Srila Prabhupada. Now, however, the issue is settled, Radharani’s way. She has her own independent ways, not subject to any mundane calculation. Her determination was “I am not going to leave my beloved devotee to be subject to such quarrelling between my devotees. I will take him to my own abode now, without reservation”. So in the wake of Srimati Radharani’s decision, let us all join together remembering Ayendra prabhu as the singing saint that he was, for indeed, this is the way She and Srila Prabhupada want him to be remembered. Let all other considerations be set aside. He will live forever in our hearts.

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Thank you very much Maharaj for your post. You have very strongly on the sastric grounds proved beyond any doubts whatsoever may rise within our dull heads..the final destination of Aindra Prabhu. Somehow we have this conception that devotees should leave bodies like very peacefully surrounded with devotees all around chanting Hare Krsna. Its good if this happens like that but for devotees like Aindra Prabhu Lord makes some very special arrangement … as mentioned by you so meticulously. Indebeted to you for this wonderful offering.

your servant,
vibhava krsna das.

Comment posted by vibhavakrsna das on July 19th, 2010

Nominations for the IEEA 2010

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Nominations for the IEEA 2010

Euro GBC Secretary: We would like to call nominations for the second ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards (IEEA) for the year 2009-2010. IEEA are meant to recognize the sincere devotees who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Srila Prabhupada in Europe. These awards are to encourage such exemplary devotees.

The last year’s winners can be viewed here:


1. Nominations can be made by anyone but the nomination should be endorsed by a temple president or an authority who is equal to or above the temple president in ISKCON’s administrative hierarchy.

2. Please duly fill in the nomination form for every individual nominee.

3. Latest date for sending nominations is SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

4. Awards will be announced at the ELM 2010 gathering in Prabhupadadesh, Italy, 1-2 October 2010.

5. Please send all nominations to


We would like to invite recommendations for the IEEA 2010 for the following categories of service. However you can send nominations of sincere and exemplary devotees even if their service does not fit in the below categories (alphabetically sorted)):

- Book Distribution
- Caring for Devotees
- Child Protection Services
- Congregational Preaching
- Cow protection and Farming
- Devotees’ Health Related Services
- ISKCON Festivals
- ISKCON Youth Forum Services
- Literary Contributions
- Media Preaching
- Opening of new Temples and Projects
- Outstanding Pujari Seva
- Overall ISKCON Interest/Overall Preaching
- Padyatra Preaching
- Prasadam Distribution
- Primary/secondary and adult education
- Scientific Presentation of Krishna Consciousness

Hare Krishna!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Your humble servant,
Dinadayal dasa
Secretary for the Euro GBC

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PS. Please display the above message and nomination form in the notice boards.


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