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Shrila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji
Bhaktivinoda Thakura once sent a letter from Bengal to Vrndavana,
where Jagannatha Dasa Babaji was staying. In that letter he humbly asked, “When
the Kazi had the mrdanga broken during the lila of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, all
the parts of that mrdanga fell onto the ground. Now they must be deep within
the ground, so could you please come and identify the place where those pieces
are.” At this time Jagannatha Dasa was very old, but he was being served by one
Bihari Dasa Brijabasi, who at that time was young and very strong. He would
carry him from place to place in a basket which he carried on his head.
On receiving this request from Bhaktivinoda Thakura, they set out
for Bengal, with Bihari Dasa carrying Jagannatha Dasa in the usual manner, on
his head. When they reached Bengal they proceeded directly to Mayapur. Even
though, from the external point of view, Jagannatha Dasa was almost completely blind,
he directed Bihari Dasa to a particular spot, and then said, “Put me down here
and go call Bhaktivinoda Thakura and tell him to bring men with spades for
digging. This is the place where the mrdanga was broken.” Laborers were soon on
the scene and deep within the earth pieces of that original drum were
discovered, just where Jagannatha Dasa had said: Thus the site was discovered.
The name of that site is Khol-bhajan-sthal.
Once, Bihari Dasa Babaji was carrying Jagannatha Dasa Babaji on a
forest path in Vrndavana, when suddenly he came to a sudden halt. Jagannatha
Dasa inquired; “Why have you suddenly stopped? What is the cause?” Fearfully,
Bihari replied, “Just out of the forest has come one big big tiger, and I think
he’s going to eat both of us!” Jagannatha Dasa then reassured him saying,
“Don’t worry. He just came to take darsana of you because you are a Vaishnava.
Just continue on.” Bihari did as he was told and that tiger vanished into the
forest from where it came.
Even in old age, Jagannatha Dasa observed Damodara vrata with strict vows. During the month of Karttika he would simply chant japa day and night, eating only once a day, in the evening, after sun-down. This meal would consist of only one banana and a quarter kilo of raw milk.
If you want to achieve perfection in Krishna consciousness, you must take a vow to chant a minimum of two lakhs or otherwise one lakh of names every day, and you must execute that without fail. Before you retire at night you must finish this specific number of rounds, then you can achieve perfection in Krishna consciousness, is what Jagannatha Dasa Babaji used to teach.