Aindra Dasa


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"There are a growing number of KC practitioners like myself who have been impressed by your articles and prints of BTP and The Final Order. What are your thoughts on Aindra Dasa?
Yours truly,"
- Nilesh Dalal, Florida, USA

Editor replies:

In Aindra Dasa's book, The Heart of Transcendental Book Distribution:

1) He imagines himself as a gopi.

For example, see pages 147-148 and page 154. He writes about being dressed as a woman, then attending the "rasa festival" and so on.

2) He writes fiction about himself as a gopi relating and interacting with Radha and Krsna.

For example, see pages 160, 164-165, and 168-169. He writes about Krsna "playing" with the gopis, involving "kisses" and their "breasts", "buttocks" and so on.

3) He mixes his own fiction with real pastimes.

For example, see pages 184-185. He writes about being involved as a gopi when Akrura visits Vrndavana.

4) He invents his own explanation of what the Hare Krsna maha-mantra means.

For example, see pages 240-241. He makes up his own meanings for each of the 16 words of the maha-mantra.

The above are just small samples, as a lot of the book continues in the same vein.

Srila Prabhupada has condemned such sahajiya imaginations:

"So to endeavor to become gopis, that is also Mayavadi, that "I shall become gopis." No. You have to become the servant of the servant of the servant of gopis."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 2/10/76)

"Some become sahajiya, pretending to be Krsna and Radharani and Her gopi friends."
(A Second Chance, Chapter 16)

In a similar vein, the ISKCON guru mentioned in the previous letters, HH Sivarama Swami, has also published books imagining what it is like to be a gopi in Radha-Krsna's sacred pastimes, e.g. Suddha-bhakti Cintamani and Na Paraye 'Ham.

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