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.
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!?
It is in fact a very dangerous practice that is bringing oneself away from Krishna :
Nov 16 1968 LA
Srila Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa’s rasa–līlā 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, śrī–kṛṣṇa–caitanya prabhu–nityānanda śrī advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi, Nityānanda, Advaita, Gadādhara, 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 rasa–līlā is the summit of Kṛṣṇa consciousness
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 , 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).
Sahajiyā means persons who take things very easily, according to his sense perception, manufactured. They are called sahajiyās.
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.
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.
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.
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
(Letter to Nitai, 7 June, 1976)
Aindra aka Edward Striker had also questionable people as best friends like Mahanidhi Swami (GBC rupperstamped guru).
“[…] 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 […] ”
Also he met Paramadvaiti Swami, a german who swims in pools with girls
He is accused to have raped girls in South America:
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.“
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
More about Narayana Maharaj and Gaudiya Math:
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:
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.“
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. […]
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.” […]
7. Aindra is sure to know his supersoul
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 , 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 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 (!?)
Check out the previous article about Aindra Dasa: