A Request from Sripad Aindra Prabhu

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By William Mathew

14th July 2013, is the third Tirobhava Mahostsava (disappearance anniversary) of Sripad Anidra Prabhu’s departure to the spiritual world. On this day we would like to present this request made by Aindra Prabhu collected from this talks.

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Aindra Prabhu: Please remember. I besiege you again and again; please remember – Worldwide ISKCON grass roots Nama sankirtan revolution.
Revolution means revolution. It means we have to shed pounds and gallons and gallons of blood to get the job done. We have to turn this movement inside out, upside down, whatever we have to do but we have to put Nama sankirtan back into its rightful place of dignity in the forefront of our movement. It is absolutely essential for the proper growth of our movement.

Those who have understood this are awake to the need of the hour and those who have not understood it are still sleeping. It is time to wake and understand what is the responsibility of every man, woman and child in this movement, to take seriously that dharma which Lord Chaitanya himself inaugurated for the deliverance of all fallen conditioned souls for the rest of this kali yuga. There is another 427,000 years left to Kali Yuga. The Yuga dharma doesn’t change. The next Yuga is Satya Yuga and for them contemplative peaceful meditation but in Kali Yuga you got to get fired up. Every one of you – fired up. Chanting and dancing from the heart like to really mean it, like you really want Lord Chaitanya’s mercy. So that you can even think, even hope to go back to godhead in this one lifetime.

It is not a joke, it is the real thing. To stand up and do what’s right. Do the real thing, perform Nama sankirtan daily, everyday, for as many hours as possible and you will get there. I guarantee it. Not that I have guaranteed it, Lord Chaitanya has guaranteed it.

The soul has to go back home, back to godhead and the way that is going to happen is if the soul agrees to engage all his psycophysical energies and his full heart into the performance of Sneha Samyukta Harinama sankirtan.

Sneha means with affection and Samyukta means complete engagement. Full on. Fired up and back home, back to godhead in this one life time.
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“To make us wholly devoted to Krishna’s name, Sri Gaurangadeva, the combined form of Sri Radha-Govinda, came to this world. But if we disregard His teachings and show no interest in Sri-nama-seva, we will never attain auspiciousness.

Sri nama- sankirtan is the best sadhana. If other sadhanas help us in Krishna-sankirtana, then they deserve to be called sadhana; otherwise they are simply impediments to sadhana. Sri-krishna-nama-sankirtana is the emperor of sadhanas. It is the only infallible sadhana capable of bringing us to siddhi.

Sriman Mahaprabhu did not speak of teaching arcana, but in Siksastaka he taught nama-bhajana. Although in Kali-yuga other limbs of bhakti should be performed, they should be accompanied by bhakti denoted by kirtana.”

-His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada.

Harer Nama Harer Nama
Harer Namaiva Kevalam
Kalau Nasty Eva Nasty Eva
Nasty Eva Gatir Anyatha

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

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1 Unregistered

Thank you, William, for this contribution!

[One slight correction:]

Although many would consider (whether negatively or positively) that Aindra P. did indeed besiege devotees “again and again” with his transcendentally impassioned pleas that we do more maha-mantra harinama-sankirtana, in the above-quoted speech given in Mayapur Aindra Prabhu actually said, “I beseech you again and again.” :)

Comment posted by gkd on July 13th, 2013
2 Unregistered

Of course, the word combination “Kali-yuga” has different layers of understanding. And harinama-sankirtana has a lot of variety in its practical expression.

Comment posted by Raja Gopala das on July 16th, 2013
3 Akruranatha

When Aindra says, “It means we have to shed pounds and gallons and gallons of blood to get the job done,” we should be clear that he means we have to work very hard, expend lots of our energy, in order to fill everyone’s mouth the the Maha Mantra all over the world.

To a reader unfamiliar with the way this expression “shed gallons of blood” was used by SBSSTP and Srila Prabhupada, it could very well sound like Aindra is advocating some sort of violent war in which we intend to spill the blood of our opponents. Of course, he means nothing of the sort, but to one who does not know the history of this phrase within our movement it is possible someone will get the wrong impression and think he is advocating violence and bloodshed with guns and bombs and so on.

It is kind of an idiosyncratic expression, to say “shed gallons of blood” when what one really means is to expend (to a superlative degree) one’s own life force and energetic exertions.

I thought in these days of religious fanaticism and terrorism it was worthwhile to make this distinction. Aindra was in no way advocating the use of bombs and guns and violence. Our weapons are music and blessed food and giving love and tolerating the insults and misunderstandings of those whom we try to bless with Krishna’s holy names. We know that, but what will uninformed readers think?

Comment posted by Akruranatha on July 17th, 2013

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