Aindra Prabhu: Was he a “rtvik” ?

Definition of rtvik:

In Srimad-Bhagavatam (8.16.53), Srila Prabhupada defines “ritvik” (rtvijah) as “the priests recommended by the spiritual master”.

Aindra Prabhu is famous for his lifelong dedication for the 24-Hour Kirtan here in Vrndavana. His closest friends are and were Prabhupada disciples that follow ISKCONs rtvik system of initiation like Jayapataka Swami is offering now to aspiring devotees.

But was he also a Prabhupadanuga rtvik ?

Following a email exchange with his close friend and work partner Krsnacandra Prabhu:

Bhakta David:

“I heard him (Aindra Dasa Q&A) saying that it’s nice to follow the previous Acharyas but stressed then the importance of sadhu sanga. That we can take from sadhus siksa and also diksa. So he believed in the living guru theory!? What he was thinking about the  rtvik order of his spiritual master!?”

Reply by Krsnacandra Dasa:

“I had not personally brought up the guru issue with him… but I know he didn’t believe anyone around was qualified to be a diksa guru… and he didn’t see that role for himself.

A good friend of mine brought it up with him once and they entered into an extended dialogue about it… it was clear to my friend that Aindra didn’t accept the ‘Representative of the Acarya’ initiation system… which was a shame but probably because he had not ‘yet’ spent enough time researching it.”

Indeed he thinks we need “to be place on the feet of a guru”, he also confirms it here (comments after reading 10th Canto Srimad Bhagavatam):

https://youtu.be/h6crij89QEE

But what Prabhupada said about the “Living -Guru”-Theory?

Srila Prabhupada lecture ~ Seattle Oct. 2, 1968

Madhudvisa: Is there any way for a Christian to, without the help of a spiritual master, to reach the spiritual sky through believing in the words of Jesus Christ and trying to follow his teachings?

Srila Prabhupada: I don’t follow.

Tamal Krsna: Can a Christian in this age, without a spiritual master, but by reading the Bible and following Jesus’s words, reach the…

Srila Prabhupada: When you read Bible, you follow spiritual master. How can you say without? As soon as you read Bible, that means you are following the instruction of Lord Jesus Christ, that means you are following spiritual master. So where is the opportunity of being without spiritual master?

Madhudvisa: I was referring to a living spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada: Spiritual master is not the question of… Spiritual master is eternal. Spiritual master is eternal. So your question is without spiritual master. Without spiritual master you cannot be, at any stage of your life. You may accept this spiritual master or that spiritual master. That is a different thing. But you have to accept. As you say that “by reading Bible,” when you read Bible that means you are following the spiritual master represented by some priest or some clergyman in the line of Lord Jesus Christ. So any case, you have to follow a spiritual master. There cannot be the question without spiritual master. Is that clear?

Madhudvisa: I mean like we couldn’t understand the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita without your help, without your presentation.

Srila Prabhupada: Similarly you have to understand Bible with the help of the priest in the church

Check out the next article about Aindra Dasa:

https://prabhupadasrawtruth.com/2018/12/26/aindra-dasa-was-he-a-pure-devotee/

2 thoughts on “Aindra Prabhu: Was he a “rtvik” ?

  1. Aindra is a sisha guru to me, as are some other srila Prabhupada’s disciples. But Prabhupada is my main siksha guru and therefore main guru despite not being my diksha guru. I have little time for my diksha guru, as he has little time for me. SO Prabhuppada is my main guru, whether you call it diksha or siksha.

  2. A good friend of mine brought it up with him once and they entered into an extended dialogue about it… it was clear to my friend that Aindra didn’t accept the ‘Representative of the Acarya’ initiation system… which was a shame but probably because he had not ‘yet’ spent enough time researching it.”

    Hare Krsna-I personally gave Aindra our Hare Krsna Society’s book called Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta around 2012 when I was there in Vrndavana. He said when looking at it-whats this? I told him it was a book which explains the ritvik system that Srila Prabhupada wanted and authorized. He had never seen it nor heard about because it was quite new at that time. Now thousands have seen and read it and accept it because it is about 99% the words of Srila Prabhupada regarding his siddhanta on everything-especially on how initiations were to take place when he was not with us physically. So Krsnachandra says he did not have time to research or read this-well he had ample opportunity in this 64 page booklet., which is a jewel among Vaisnava literature.
    Hare Krsna
    damaghosa das

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