“Sometimes the liberated souls recruit disciples who then go out and preach, following the example of their spiritual master. Great souls sometimes begin movements or societies in which devotees can live and practice bhakti. And sometimes they construct temples where the public can come to see the Deity form of Lord Krsna and taste His prasadam, the remnants of food offered to Him.

“Thus both by personal example and by precept, and even after their disappearance from the mortal world, the great souls help the conditioned souls who have forgotten their love for Krsna. As Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura so eloquently put it:

“He reasons ill who says that Vaisnavas die,
When thou art living still in sound!
The Vaisnavas die to live, and living try
To spread the holy name around.”

Narada-Bhakti-Sutra 50

This thought that the Vaisnava lives on in sound was well established before any recording devices were available or even conceived of. It is about the chanting of God’s Names being eternal sound vibration, and that having ever been part of it, one is always part of it.

Recently there has been the tragic accidental death of a devotee in Vrindaban, India. He has been the moving force behind the 24 hour kirtan in Vrindaban that has been going on nonstop for decades and heard by tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. Even the 24 kirtan held twice a year in New Vrindaban is an echo of his energy an example of his spreading the holy name around.

Over that period of time, there have been probably thousands of hours of his kirtan recorded. I won’t even attempt to put in a link, just Google Aindra and you will find so many.

So in his case not only all the previous logic to living in sound applies but even recordings of his literal transcendental sound vibrations can be heard, adding even another layer to “When thou art living still in sound!”

Read more here.

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