Krsnacandra Dasa – Vrindavan: Aindra Prabhu was a very important and vital part of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON society. His enthusiasm and dedication for Hare Nama Sankirtan was unparalleled. Being situated in the Holiest of Holy Dham’s and the Home of his guru, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, his melodic voice potently emanated the Holy Name from its very source, Sri Vrndavan Dham, and infused the world with the glories of the Holy Name.
Even though so many devotees loved, glorified and took shelter of him, he never desired fame or position. He exhibited no sign of being materially ambitious and was very happy chanting, speaking on devotional topics and looking after his beloved Deities and the many devotees of the ISKCON Vrndavan community. Though very scholarly and learned, he was simple at heart. For those who were close to him, he was very childlike in demeanor and always laughed and made others laugh.
He firmly stood his ground as a humble disciple of his guru and was adamantly opposed to taking disciples or holding any honorary position within the ISKCON institution. He would always quote Srila Prabhupada – “Deserve before you Desire”. During the 24 years he lived in the Krsna Balaram Temple, he seldom left the grounds and his routine mainly consisted of attending to the needs of his Deities and the many devotees who came to speak with him, chanting japa, and of course his beloved 24 hour kirtan programme. Part of his service to the Vaisnava Community was to attend the passing of many devotees in the Dham where he and his kirtan party would inspire the grieving and bless the departing souls.
Aindra Prabhu was never selfish in his desire to chant the Holy Names of the Lord and he trained up many nice Kirtaniyers over the many years that he led the Kirtan party. Many of his students went on to other temples and devotee communities to offer the devotees their many hard earned years of training under the master himself, Aindra Prabhu.
Aindra was very strict in his personal sadhana and chanted at least 64 rounds per day, though usually more. He strictly followed the rules and regulations of sadhana bhakti as instructed by his guru Srila Prabhupada and the past Vaisnava Acharya’s, while maintaining an inner mood of contemplation on Krsna.
He loved and cared for over two thousand Saligram Silas as well as his personal Deities which took up many hours of intense and loving worship.
Even though Aindra Prabhu was a strictly renounced devotee, he was not impersonal as he understood the nature of bhakti and so he was blessed by having many dear and intimate friends who loved and cherished him.
Aindra Prabhu was also no fool and he knew full well that the way that ISKCON had developed since the passing of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and was not afraid to speak about these topics with his close friends. He had great capacity to understand and discuss any topic from a pragmatic viewpoint and loved to spend hours and hours in deep discussion.
Such a rare soul is hard to find and for all of us his loss will deeply affect our hearts. But he was forever the optimist and saw hope when others didn’t. His faith in the Holy Name and its transformational power knew no bounds. He had faith that our mistakes and failings could be rectified when we take to congregationally chanting the Holy Names of the Lord and so in honor of his great service and friendship we need to take his lead and come closer together to push on this Hare Nama Sankirtan Movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.