Aindra Dasa – Was he a pure devotee?

Aindra Dasa (Edward Striker, 1953-2010) was famous for his lifelong dedication for the 24-Hour Kirtan in ISKCON Vrndavana’s Krishna-Balaram Mandir. The Kirtana were full packed with people from everywhere and he performed with many individuals like Radhanath Maharaj and many more. Many still follow his teachings up to this day.

Many consider him as a pure soul who gone back directly to Goloka Vrndavana after his very tragic (inauspicious) death. This article will investigate if this claim is to be accepted thoroughly and present the facts as they are in line of Prabhupada’s teachings.

In 7 points I will point out the truth about his life as Kirtaniya in ISKCON’s institution.

BG 10.4-5, Purport: 

Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are, for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented. According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in a straightforward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief and if people are warned that he is a thief, that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.

Who was the person that everyone calls Aindra Dasa?

1. Lectures and Conversations about Radha-Krishna-Lila

Aindra Dāsa

Aindra spoke many times about the intimate pastimes of Radha-Krishna. In his lectures and conversations he read and discussed rasa-lila with the public and his followers. But that should be alright to start from the Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, isn’t it so!?

https://youtu.be/390zxb4RePc

It is in fact a very dangerous practice that is bringing oneself away from Krishna :

Nov 16 1968 LA

Srila Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa’s rasalīlā should not be discussed in public meeting. It is most confidential.

Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu never discussed. He discussed Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, līlāwith gopīs, with His confidential, very confidential circle. Or those who are… Lord Caitanya had many thousands of followers, and… He was not discussing even within these five persons, śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhunityānanda śrī advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi, NityānandaAdvaitaGadādhara, Śrīvāsa, and Himself, these five persons. So when He was at Navadvīpa, He was not discussing even with them, what to speak of others. He set up this example so that in future people may be very cautious. Because unless one understands what is Kṛṣṇa, how he can understand Kṛṣṇa’s pastime? So this discussion of rasalīlā is the summit of Kṛṣṇa consciousness

Morning Walk — April 12, 1974, Bombay: 

Prabhupāda: That’s all right. But that is the system. That is the system. You should begin. That… That is described in the Bhāgavatam. The First and Second Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam are the two legs of Kṛṣṇa. That is the beginning. Janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1). These professional reciters, they read Bhāgavata. They jump over immediately to the face. The Tenth Canto is described as the face of Kṛṣṇa. So you cannot go immediately to the head. You must begin from the feet. First Canto, Second Canto. Therefore there are nine cantos, and then Tenth Canto. And the Kṛṣṇa’s rasa dance, that is the smiling of Kṛṣṇa. So you cannot ask the superior to take the facility of his smiling. Smiling will be when he is pleased. The difficulty is that the Māyāvādī philosophy, they do not accept the form of the Lord. And they do not know how to behave with the form. Of course, there is no difference between Kṛṣṇa’s face and Kṛṣṇa’s feet. There is no difference. But still, the system must be followed. Pāda-sevanam. It is very important verse. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ (SB 7.5.23).

Anyone who has understood Kṛṣṇa rightly, in truth, he is Kṛṣṇa conscious, he is budhā, he’s actually in knowledge, bhāva-samanvitāḥ. Kṛṣṇa is so great. Kṛṣṇa’s great power is so great. Generally people take Kṛṣṇa very slightly. “Oh, Kṛṣṇa danced with the gopīs.” They do not know what is Kṛṣṇa. Therefore they go to hell by hearing from unauthorized sources, this Kṛṣṇa’s rasa-līlā. They go to hell. We have to face so many questions sometimes, “Why Kṛṣṇa did like this?” Because due to this professional Bhāgavata readers, when they read Bhāgavata, they immediately open the rasa-līlā chapter. Because they have no other knowledge, they cannot explain. Bhāgavata begins from the very beginning, janmādy asya yataḥ anvayād itarataś ca arthe (SB 1.1.1). They have no brain to explain all these intricate verses in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, what is Kṛṣṇa, janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1). They jump over to the spiritual rasa-līlā, and people misunderstand.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam begins from the question of Mahārāja Parīkṣit.

So here we find that the participants of such discussions (rasa-lila chapters) are going directly to hell.

2. Imitation of exalted Vaishnava personalities

Lecture on SB 1.15.33 — Los Angeles, December 11, 1973

Sahajiyā means persons who take things very easily, according to his sense perception, manufactured. They are called sahajiyās.

If one changes his dress artificially by imitating Rūpa Gosvāmī, he cannot stay. He’ll have to take to sex pleasure and intoxication to keep himself fit for bhajana. No. But the Gosvāmīs, they did not take into sex pleasure or intoxication. They were merged into the ocean of the dealings of the gopīs with Kṛṣṇa.

The Nectar of Devotion — Vrndavana, October 20, 1972

Aindra Dasa was famous for his special appearance. He didn’t have a normal Brahmacari dress, he was reluctant if the temple president requested to have a proper dress for his ashram. Here in Vrndavana u can see his “clones” dressed like him.

Kanana Swami remembers:

At 1990 I became temple president in Vrindavana. The GBC asked me to ask him what his asrama is, and when I did, he looked at me with his piercing eyes, and said, “I am a brahmastha vannyasi.”

Also he is wearing long beard as you can see in the pictures

Devotee (2): You never told me that in Hawaii.

Prabhupāda: Now I say, I’ll repeat that anyone who is keeping long hairs, he is no more my disciple.

Devotee (2): All right.

Prabhupāda: This is the first condition.

http://vanisource.org/wiki/Room_Conversation_–_June_26,_1975,_Los_Angeles?t=hl#terms=long%20hairs

https://prabhupadasrawtruth.com/2018/12/12/with-folded-hands-i-request-you-dont-you-become-hippies-again-by-growing-hair/

Madan Gopal Dasa: “I have heard that he (Aindra Dasa) sometimes said (jokingly?) that Prabhupada gave him babaji. Regardless, Prabhupada did initiate a disciple as a babaji in Chicago, 1975:

Prabhupāda: Ah, Audolomi dāsa Bābājī. That’s all. Hare Kṛṣṇa. So this is the first time in our institution: a bābājī. So it is not to be imitated. It is the paramahaṁsa stage when one is very mature in sannyāsa life, for that, not for ordinary person.Don’t request, “Give me sannyāsa. Give me bābājī.” Don’t do that. It is not a fashion. It is a stage of realization. That’s all.

(Comments on https://harmonist.us/2010/07/the-passing-of-aindra-prabhu-2/)

As u can check vanipedia (or other sources) u will not find a single source that is proving he had babaji initiation from Prabhupada. In fact, there is only a letter from Prabhupada allowing him to take first initiation (harinama-diksa) from Srila Prabhupada through the temple president as His representative.

Krsnacandra Dasa remembers his dress:

“Aindra was well Aindra… a little zany… He dressed, as I would always teases him, as Fred Flinstone for his reasons…

He never took babaji initiation, he never took shelter of any baba from Radhakunda or anywhere like that. This myth was spread by some of his ‘clones’… one in particular. These individuals wanted to promote him to a kind of god-like status… which he most definitely disliked.”

Their illicit connection and their imitation of the dress of Rūpa Gosvāmī, as well as their avoidance of the prescribed methods of revealed scriptures, will lead them to the lowest regions of hell. These imitative sahajiyās are cheated and unfortunate. They are not equal to advanced devotees (paramahaṁsas). Debauchees and paramahaṁsas are not on the same level.

CC Madhya 22.153, Translation and Purport

https://prabhupadasrawtruth.com/2018/12/27/sahajiyas-the-most-dangerous-class-of-men/

3. Friends with Sahajiyas

[…] Our Jagannatha das came back from Vrindaban asking me that he had heard some babaji speaking about siddha-deha and he also was listening to these babajis. So I want this immediately stopped. If it continues, this mixing with the babajis, then it will mean spoiling. In many cases, these babajis keep 2 or 3 women. Asatsanga tyagi. Their association is to be avoided and prohibited amongst all of our devotees who visit Vrindaban.

I hope that this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
ACBS/pks

(Letter to Nitai, 7 June, 1976)

Aindra aka Edward Striker had also questionable people as best friends like Mahanidhi Swami (GBC rupperstamped guru).

Mahanidhi Swami and Aindra were best friends

“[…] Until 2002 Aindra prabhu was best friends with Mahanidhi, and Aindra used to come and meet Mahanidhi every day at Radha kunda. But when Aindra came to know about Mahanidhi’s so many re-initiations he questioned Mahanidhi Maharaj and they had a big argument and fight about this issue. Maharaja was an eye witness to that fight. Aindra prabhu told Mahanidhi that from now onwards he will have nothing to do with him until he repents and apologizes to Srila Prabhupada […] ”

http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/editorials/08-13/editorials10449.htm

Also he met Paramadvaiti Swami, a german who swims in pools with girls

https://iskconfraud.blogspot.com/2018/11/paramadvaiti-hare-rama-swami-with-girls.html

Aindra (Edward Striker) with Paramadvaiti Swami

He is accused to have raped girls in South America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQcjb5W4EUE

http://www.prabhupadanugas.eu/news/?p=49517

Aindra Dasa and Radhanath Swami doing kirtana
Aindra celebration of Radhanaths Kirtan

Celebrating Richard Slevin aka Radhanath Kirtan: https://youtu.be/QCjm0KamFOk

More on https://prabhupadasrawtruth.com/2018/12/19/gbc-authorized-to-select-gurus/

4. Gaudiya Math friends and siksa gurus

“[…] Then he’s liberated. And as soon as he thinks that “I am beyond this chastisement, I am liberated,” he’s a rascal. Why Caitanya Mahāprabhu says guru more mūrkha dekhi’ karila śāsan? This is sahajiyā-vāda. He is thinking, “Oh I have become liberated. I don’t require any direction of my guru. I’m liberated.” Then he’s rascal. Why this Gauḍīya Maṭha failed? Because they tried to become more than guru. He, before passing away, he gave all direction and never said that “This man should be the next ācārya.” But these people, just after his passing away they began to fight, who shall be ācārya. That is the failure. They never thought, “Why Guru Mahārāja gave us instruction so many things, why he did not say that this man should be ācārya?” They wanted to create artificially somebody ācārya and everything failed.

http://vanisource.org/wiki/Room_Conversation_–_August_16,_1976,_Bombay?t=hl#terms=sahajiy%C4%81

Narayana Maharaja with full beard

He is also known to have had friends and gurus in the Gaudiya Math. Narayan Maharaj was one of his friends and maybe even his Siksa guru:

“One time he spoke to me for two hours about how he met Srila Narayana Maharaja and used to speak to him and confide his dreams to him. I asked him to speak at the Rupa Goswami Conference [at Rupa-Sanatan Gaudiya Math] and he did. He wanted to speak again. He was an unusual and extraordinary person…” — Manjari dasi

https://backtobhakti.com/2010/07/sri-aindra-prabhu-departs-from-this-world/

More about Narayana Maharaj and Gaudiya Math:

https://harekrsna.org/the-real-narayana-maharaja/

https://prabhupadasrawtruth.com/2018/12/16/srila-prabhupada-about-gaudiya-math-and-his-godbrothers

Swami BV Tripurari:

“Aindra had no respect for his institutions (Iskcon’s) leadership (GBC) and that is abundantly clear form his book. He was never involved in publishing and distributing books other then his own book. Those were not Prabhupada’s words. Here you make a subjective call and inappropriately criticise those who left Iskcon for spiritual reasons. And I personally knew Aindra for many, many, years in the position of one of his spiritual advisors.”

5. He chanted Ramo during his Kirtana

Srila Prabhupada told once Vishnujana Swami “Who is this Ramo ? You are ruining our movement . It’s Rama !”

So if u heard a Kirtana from Aindra Dasa he usually chanted also Ramo.

Find out more:

http://www.dandavats.com/?p=11965#more-11965

Aindra’s Ramo Kirtanas

6. His book “The heart of transcendental book distribution” contains Sahajiya philosophy

You are a serious student, therefore you have correctly found out the defect in these books. We don’t want babaji class. We want active preachers.

http://vanisource.org/wiki/Letter_to_Cyavana_–_Bombay_13_October,_1973?t=hl#terms=We%20don’t%20want%20babaji%20class.%20We%20want%20active%20preachers

Swami BV Tripurari:

Aindra had no respect for his institutions (Iskcon’s) leadership (GBC) and that is abundantly clear form his book. He was never involved in publishing and distributing books other then his own book. Those were not Prabhupada’s words. Here you make a subjective call and inappropriately criticise those who left Iskcon for spiritual reasons. And I personally knew Aindra for many, many, years in the position of one of his spiritual advisors.

In this comment we clearly see that Aindra Dasa has excluded Prabhupada from his books. In fact it’s contains his own realizations and lacks the necessary sastric reference. He has his own interpretations and presents his Sahajiyaism in his book

(See for more on http://madangopal.blogspot.com/2011/02/aindras-book-part-1.html)

Krsnacandra Prabhu remembers:

[…] As I said before Aindra was in a process of change. Take his book for instance. When he would read it to me when it was in it’s “schoolboy” exercise book stage… it was entirely different than the finished product.

Because he was changing in his perception. […]

 […] If you are writing poems and songs, that’s alright, you can do it also, but if you can write articles for our Back to Godhead magazine, that is better, that is solid preaching work. No one should write songs of Krishna unless he is self-realized soul, that will spoil the value of the whole thing. But try to use your writing and singing talent for Krishna’s preaching work, by writing articles, singing the kirtana, like that. […]

http://vanisource.org/wiki/Letter_to_Billy_Reyburne_–_Vrindaban_12_March,_1972?t=hl#terms=No%20one%20should%20write%20songs%20of%20Krishna%20unless%20he%20is%20self-realized%20soul,%20that%20will%20spoil%20the%20value%20of%20the%20whole%20thing

Here Prabhupada says we shouldn’t write about Krishna, unless we have realized Him.

Prabhupada: […] Sahajiyās. There are many so-called gentlemen, they write books on Kṛṣṇa līlā, paint picture.” This is very nice. Kṛṣṇa is advocating illicit intermingling.” […]

http://vanisource.org/wiki/Room_Conversation_–_September_7,_1976,_Vrndavana?t=hl#terms=Sahajiy%C4%81s

7. Aindra is sure to know his supersoul

Room Conversation — March 16, 1974, Vrndavana: 

Harikeśa: …which I’ve always been afraid to ask, because I don’t know if it’s proper, but you being the external manifestation of Supersoul, if we are having questions, doubts, when, in your absence, if we are receiving indications, is there any possible way that someone who is so conditioned can have any understanding of proper action in your absence? In other words, if I am in your absence and I am in great doubt, and I am praying to Supersoul to please save me somehow, if I receive some action which I must do or some course of action becomes obvious, should I trust that, considering that you’re communicating with me, or…?

Prabhupāda: That depends on purity. If one has become pure, without any material desire, then that is possible. But if there is some material desire, we cannot expect direct communication.

He likes to talk about himself nonstop (nonsense), purporting from himself:

I’m also a very fallen soul, and on account of that, it’s difficult for me to control my tongue. You may know that when Aindra Dāsa speaks, he may say any damned thing –so watch out! But in the way these statements will come out of my mouth, with your intelligence, you might find that it is acceptable from one perspective or another. And another problem is that I have a tendency to talk and talk. So it usually takes time for me to express myself, because I have a tendency to cover details in order to analyze the subject matters for our benefit.

I’m not going to say what you want me to say; I’m going to say what I want to say according to my realizations. So I may be including, within this discussion, my own purports as well, but they’re not unfounded. And if you simply try to catch the drift of what I’m saying, it may increase or enhance your appreciation of these topics. Someone may argue, “What makes Aindra Dāsa think that he has the right to purport anything?”

From Sri Sri Harinama Kalpataru (Kartik Seminar November 27, 2001)

Later on he said that he is not advocating of gopi-bhava club but wants to speak about it (!?)

Here u find more about it:

Amazon Kindle ebook (for free)

http://sripadkosh.com/firstvolume.html

One of his “gopi”-clothes

“Without serving Kṛṣṇa according to the vidhi-mārga regulative principles of the pāñcarātrika-vidhi, unscrupulous persons want to jump immediately to the rāga-mārga principles. Such persons are called sahajiyā. There are also demons who enjoy depicting Kṛṣṇa and His pastimes with the gopīs, taking advantage of Kṛṣṇa by their licentious character. These demons who print books and write lyrics on the rāga-mārga principles are surely on the way to hell. Unfortunately, they lead others down with them. Devotees in Kṛṣṇa consciousness should be very careful to avoid such demons. One should strictly follow the vidhi-mārga regulative principles in the worship of Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa, although the Lord is present in the temple as Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa.

SB 4.24.45-46, Translation and Purport

Check out the previous article about Aindra Dasa:

https://prabhupadasrawtruth.com/2018/12/21/aindra-prabhu-was-he-a-rtvik/

3 thoughts on “Aindra Dasa – Was he a pure devotee?

  1. My Memories of Aindra dasa. — I remember when some friends and i were doing the bullock cart in Vrindavana with Prabhupada leading the chanting in 2007 and we were outside Krishna Balarama Mandir and many Brijbasi’s and visiting India’s were so much enlivened to hear Prabhupada leading the Sankirtana and always blissfully smiled and danced when they heard the vibration.
    One thing we noticed was how nearly all ISKCON devotees looked a little freaked out and fearful, some even a little angry and mentally disturbed. Well one guy with a beard [who i later understood was Aindra dasa] came out of the temple and looked at us with such a look total disdain on his scowling face. I always remember that envious look he gave us, like “what the hell do you think you guys are doing here” This was in sharp contrast to all the non-envious souls who were so joyful upon hearing Prabhupada’s pure vibration leading the kirtan.
    So I have never bought this nonsense about him been some elevated soul. Come on he hung around ISKCON which is completely apa-sampradaya for decades against Prabhupada’s clear instructions to AVOID such poisonous association, trying desperately to make a cheap name for himself with his sahajiya bhajans, that just totally disgust me so much so that I cannot bear to hear them. You see when you have been listening to Prabhupada nearly 24 hours daily for 30 years you can easily tell when someone’s vibration and style of kirtan is totally sahjiya, egotistical and non Parampara.

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