Who would not miss Aindra Prabhu? Even the dham of Vrindavan will miss him. Whoever has listened to his bhajan has been transferred into the Vaikunta realm by a unique and outer-worldly sound vibration. I remember the times in Bulgaria when we were living under very austere temple conditions: taking baths in snow water, freezing in the winter and squashing body to body in the small rooms. We were preaching boldly in the streets and constantly listening to Aindra Prabhu. The sound of his chanting was similar to boarding an airplane that snatches away the conditioned souls from every misery of the material existence.
It was Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, who was dissatisfied by mere beautiful melodies accompanying the most exalted Hare Krishnamahamantra. To make this point clear, the Acharya once switched the most experienced kirtan leader amongst his disciples to a devotee who had no vocal capabilities. Exquisite sound vibration has noting to do with the potency of the maha mantra. Aindra Prabhu profoundly understood this principle. His singing of the mahamantra was infused with laulyam, a most intense desire to join the Supreme Lord in His pastimes. Melody was not important to Aindra Prabhu. The notes were only a means to express his craving to have Shri Krishna in person. And still his bhajans have the most unique sound vibration coming as prove that the Spiritual world is so vast and deeply special.
Dearmost to all devotees, Aindra Prabhu has carved an extraordinary example. His desire to be constantly emerged in crying for Krishna can be reproduced in any corner of the world. If the crying of one person for Shri Krishna in a spot of Vrindavan can have such a deep effect on the minds of all devotees around the world, then--if every devotee prays to Shri Shri Radha Krishna with intensity 24 hours a day--the word will be spiritualized. It really will. Location is not important. The spiritual world is manifested within the mahamantra. The topmost abode is there where a pure devote resides. Those were some of the feelings I absorbed from Aindra Prabhu.
His appeal to all devotees of Shri Krishna residing currently in this earthly dimension was to love the mahamantra. I have a feeling that in his last lectures he was expressing readiness for an ultimate empowerment. The time and place he left this world show that he has joined Their Lordships Shri Shri Radha Krishna, but not for long. The parallels with Narada Muni’s previous life are striking. Aindra Prabhu was always engaged in constant remembrance of the Absolute Truth and material recognition was not important to him: “Thus I began chanting the holy name and fame of the Lord by repeated recitation, ignoring all formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembrance of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are benedictory... “(SB 1.6.26) He left this world fast in an experience compared to a lightning: “And so, O brahmana Vyasadev, in due course of time I, who was fully absorbed in thinking of Krishna and therefore had no attachments, being completely freed from material taints, met with death, as lighting and illumination occur simultaneous.” (SB 1.6.7)
Aindra Prabhu left this world in the holy dham of Vrindavan in the presence of His Deities and shaligram shilas, bowing down to them, uttering the holy name. The time of departure shared by his nearby friends shows a moment of astronomical conjunction of the defaultatma-karaka (soul significator) Sun with dharma-karaka (self-realization significator) Jupiter in the highest drekkana*. Doubtless, all these facts add to the conclusion about Aindra Prabhu’s ultimate designation.
Still, the words of his later lectures, so deeply infused with the style of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, displayed his intense desire to be engaged in the ultimate preaching of the holy name. Srila Prabhupada was once asked by a senior disciple if there are devotees who never get liberated from the material world. His Divine Grace answered that those are the acharyas. Narada Muni, the space traveler, is one such Acharya. And now we have witnessed the final departure of a devotee who has prayed for such an exalted position. We all love Aindra Prabhu and pray for his blessings. For his red hair and ruddy complexion, signs of a strong Mars, have been ultimately transformed into the most intense spiritual passion to never give up the Holy Name and always inspire others for the ultimate achievement of:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krshna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
*Drekkana – a “divisional chart”, produced by dividing the rashi chart into three parts. Consequently a planet from the rashi chart is transferred into a position in thedrekkana chart according its division of degrees. Previous and future lives can clearly be seen from the drekkana chart.