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Vamsi Dasa Babaji


Nature and Personal Details


Although his precise date of birth is not known, it is understood that by the early 1940’s Vamsidas Babaji was more than 90 years old. He came from a village in the Mymensingh District of Bengal (now in Bangladesh, north of Dhaka), and after leaving there, spent a long time in both Vrndavana and Navadvipa, returning to Mymensingh later, where he departed from this world.

In the morning he would recite Sanskrit slokas, then all day he was plunged in bhajana, often chanting loudly: “Hari, Hari! Gopijanavallabha, Hari! Bhaktavatsala, Hari!” He would continue like this on and on.

Vamsidas had his kutir in Navadvipa town, where Sarasvati Thakura would sometimes pay him a visit, accompanied by some disciples, whom he warned not to commit any offenses, and to just sit silently, because the tendency might be for them to misunderstand, seeing as Vamsidas was very much an avadhuta. He looked very strange — almost like a madman. He would often sang or quoted: nitayer karuna habe, braje radha krishna pabe...

He had no external consciousness and was always eccentric like an avadhuta, plunged in bhajana.

Jyotisekhara Prabhu (a disciple of Sarasvati Thakura’s, who spent some time serving Vamsidas, and who also accompanied him on a journey, walking from Navadvipa to Puri and back) noted that during his three month stay with him he never once saw him pass stool or urine, nor take a bath.

Vamsi Dasa was very difficult to keep up with, because sometimes he moved, sometimes he stopped, sometimes he cooked for the Deity, etc. There was no saying when he would start or stop and it would be at any time of the day or night, wherever he was.

He would eat every three to four days only: his body was completely transcendental.

Whatever he ate he cooked himself, and he would never eat anything cooked by anyone else. He was a svapaki. Sometimes he would cook kicchari.

After feeding Krishna he would take something himself, then he would call the devotees, “Come here!” and would give the remnants in the pot. They would send this maha-maha-prasada of Vamsi Dasa to sadhus in Navadvipa and Vrndavana, who were anxious to receive it.

He wouldn’t go beg to all the houses. He would go to the homes of people he knew were pious devotees who had respect for him. He would simply stand outside and call out, “Gaura Nitai. Gaura Nitai!” and those people would come and give him vegetables, fruits, or different things. Many times people came to his kutir and gave him things to eat, but he would almost always refuse, saying: “No, no. Gaura Nitai, They won’t eat this. You take it away.”

Sometimes he would go to the market place and find all the bad, thrown out vegetables and take these.

As he was passing on the road, people would see him and realize how he was a mahapurusa, so they would offer things to him like gee, flour, sugar, etc. Sometimes, seeing that a great sadhu had come to their village, the villagers would arrange a big feast and would beg things from other villagers, but he never cared for all this feasting and the villagers coming, and would just continue on his journey. Sometimes the devotees would stop in one village to cook for themselves, but he would just go on, without waiting for them.

Vamsi Dasa used a hooka many times every day, smoking a very strong variety of tobacco by the name of [...].

Jyotisekhara said that the devotees used to supply him with that tobacco, purchasing it from Calcutta or Navadvipa. Sucking that hooka he would call out very loudly, “Bhaktavatsala Hari!” while the hooka went, “glug, glug, glug, glug,..”

Rumors that he cooked and ate fish are completely bogus, as Jyotisekhara Prabhu, who was with him for three months, never saw such a thing.

Once Puri Maharaja remembers how Vamsi Dasa saw everything in a Krishna conscious way. For example, he might hear someone say the word “government” and he would exclaim, “O, Govardhana.. Govardhanadhari!” He would convert everything and relate it to Krishna.

One very interesting point is that even though Vamsi Dasa appeared to talk like a madman, nothing against the scriptures would ever be spoken by him. Everything was completely in line with the siddhanta. It should be noted that there are many people who pretend to be advanced devotees, but those who are actually advanced and absorbed in this spontaneous, loving mood of devotion to Krishna, even though not necessarily in viddhi-marga, never go outside of the injunctions in the sastra or the philosophical understandings of the sastra. For one who is a pretender this is not possible.

Vamsi Dasa would always refer to himself not as the first person, as in ami or ama — “I” and “mine”, but as the third person, as “Vamsidas.” He would not say, “I had to go there” but rather, “Vamsi Dasa had to go there.”

In Bengal, on the Holi day (also called dola-yatra, Gaura Purnima, Phalguna Purnima), there is the tradition of throwing phalgu (a kind of colored powder) at each other, and Vamsi Dasa also made it known that he had no objections to people throwing it on him, so all the people in the town came and did so, as a kind of worship of him. Vamsi Dasa just sat in his cottage the whole of that day while people threw powder on him. He wouldn’t eat or drink anything, not even water, because he was fasting for Gaura Purnima. In this way, one after another, thousands upon thousands of people came to take part and he became totally immersed in powder, like a hill, sitting silently and tolerating everything.

One time he heard a boatman, who was rowing across the Ganges at Navadvipa, singing a song of Narottama dasa. The meaning of that song is, “The spear has entered my heart. It has neither killed me nor can I survive.” There is a very deep meaning to this song, comparing separation from Krishna to be just like that spear. When Vamsidas heard that boatman singing this he commented, “You are singing but don’t know what this means. You do not know the import. You are simply enjoying singing the song, without any realization, but when we hear this song our hearts are pierced. You don’t know that. You’re just singing, but my heart is breaking.”

One time he was going to collect some water in his clay pot from the Ganges, but due to the apparent infirmity of old age, he slipped on the bank and fell down. He was then heard saying, “Go on, go ahead. You go and bring water for washing Krishna.” It was as if he was seeing that he was going to collect water from the Yamuna with so many gopis, and he was telling them to go ahead. No one could see any gopis, but this was his vision.

After a few minutes he said [to Krishna]: “Get out. Go out! You already took date-sugar and sweet-rice in Vrndavana. You took something there. Why shall I cook for You here?” Later that day, the devotees would find out that in the Radha-Ramana temple, in Vrndavana, they had fed Krishna just as Vamsi Dasa had described, with date-gur (a sweet prepared from the sap of date trees) and sweet rice.

One time some devotees came to visit, bringing some jackfruit from Mayapur with them, but they had taken out the seeds, which is a common thing to do, because the seeds are very big and are usually kept for cooking in sabjis. Vamsi Dasa said jokingly, “O, you gave me the jackfruit, but you kept the seeds.” He was very humorous like this.

An elephant was walking on the main road in Puri one day and everyone was giving paisa to it in its trunk. Upon seeing it Vamsi Dasa said: se sambandha nahi jar britha janma gelo tar, e pasu boro duracara... — the elephant is serving its master but I cannot serve my master. This was in reference to a song written by Narottama dasa Thakura, which is actually written, se pasu boro duracara... — such a person who has no relationship with Nityananda, his life is useless, and he is a great rascal, just like an animal. But when Vamsi Dasa saw that big animal, that elephant, instead of se pasu he said, e pasu — this animal, referring to himself, in all humility.

Near Chuttak is a place where there were many flies, so the devotees tried to scatter them away. Upon seeing this Vamsi Dasa said, “Don’t do that. It is Nanda Maharaja’s home. There is so much milk and curd here. Why won’t flies come? It is Braja.” He saw every place as Braja; anything and everything reminded him of Vrndavana.

As they were walking they saw a train going on a bridge and somehow or other this reminded him of Vrndavana, so he called out, “Rasamandala, rasamandala! What are you doing, Rai Kisori [an affectionate name for Radharani]?” Even things totally unrelated to the holy dhama would remind him of Vrndavana.



Traveling in India


Vamsi Dasa once went by bullock cart from Navadvipa to Vrndavana, and after going around all the Vrajamandala area he returned after two years. He would sit on that cart and talk to Mahaprabhu and Radha-Krishna.

When he came back to Navadvipa he said to Mahaprabhu and Radha Krishna, “I’ve been to Nanda Maharaja’s house in Vrndavana, at Nandagram, and I’ve seen the churning pot.” He used to say, “I’ve seen Nanda and Yasoda’s house at Gokula, but I could not see Nanda and Yasoda. Only the stones I have seen.” This was his mood of separation — “I went to Vrndavana but I could not find Krishna.”

At the Mahanadi River, Vamsi Dasa and some other devotees with him crossed it, but when he saw the money that they were giving to the boatman Vamsi dasa said, “Get out. Get out of the boat. Money is like a black snake and brings all kinds of trouble,” but soon he forgot about the whole incident.

At the holy place of Jajpur, where the River Vaitarani runs, they all stayed overnight. It was a full moon, and during the night so many ladies came to offer respects to Vamsi Dasa. They would come before him, bow down, and without saying anything, leave. The following morning the devotees asked some people where the village was, but they were told there was no village for many miles, only fields. They then told the villagers how they had seen many women coming throughout the night to pay homage to Vamsi Dasa, but the bewildered villagers exclaimed, “How is that possible?” The devotees could only conclude that those women they had seen that night were all demigoddesses who appeared there to offer Vamsi Dasa respects.



Associates, Servants and Followers


Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and Vamsidas Babaji had great respect for one another.

Vamsi Dasa would refer to Sarasvati Thakura as Jagannathera Bimala, because when he was younger his name used to be Bimala Prasada, which refers to the son born as the mercy of “Bimala Devi” — the Deity of Durga in the Jagannatha temple.

Sometimes Sarasvati Thakura would go and visit Vamsidas, and seeing him coming, Vamsi Dasa would exclaim, “O, a manjari has come, so won’t Radha come also? She will come. She will come!” He was referring to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati being a manjari.

Vamsidas Babaji had a close circle of servants and followers during his lifetime and was very careful about whom he would associate with, talking with a select few only.

These devotees were with Vamsi Dasa, on-and-off, for a while, serving him in different ways; bringing some food, cleaning, helping him when he went outside, etc.

Vamsidas Babaji only allowed very few people to intimately associate with him. One of them was Purna, one was Ananta Visvambhara, another was Suren Kundu, who was a cloth merchant and a well-to-do man of Navadvipa town. These were some devotees belonging to his intimate circle.

Damodara Tulasi Babaji from Vrndavana used to travel with Vamsi Dasa from time to time, and another follower of Vamsi Dasa was one Pitambara Dasa.

It is said that Vamsi Dasa had two disciples; however, they weren’t officially disciples but followers, who used to travel with him. One was called Damodara and the other was called Bihari.

They came with him from his home district of Mymensingh and when he went back they also went with him. They were both from Mymensingh themselves, with one of them even being from the same village as Vamsi Dasa.

Damodara Dasa and Tulasi Baba were with Vamsi Dasa for around five years each.

The merchant follower of Vamsi Dasa was very prosperous, but after Vamsi Dasa left this world he lost everything. That merchant constructed a two-store building for him, which he stayed in for some time and then later gave up. This was in Navadvipa town. Now that building has been destroyed by the changing course of the Ganga.

Just as the rainy season was coming, Vamsi Dasa was asked to leave that house for his own safety and comfort, but he said, “No, I’d like to stay here; the Ganga is coming.” So they constructed, on bamboo poles, a new cottage, so he could stay there during the flood.

Jyotisekhara Prabhu stayed with Vamsi Dasa for around three months, as he went from Navadvipa to Puri and on to Kharaghpur. He was sent by members of the Gaudiya Mission, along with two other devotees, just to be with Vamsi Dasa as he went on pilgrimage, because he was such an avadhuta that from the external point of view it might be considered that he needed some help to go here and there, as he was, almost always, hardly conscious of the external world. So Jyotisekhara Prabhu saw many things and testified how Vamsi Dasa was a mahapurusa in vatsalya-rasa.

After three months Jyotisekhara Prabhu was about to leave Vamsi Dasa, so he asked for his mercy and blessings. Vamsi Dasa then answered by speaking to Gopala, telling the story of how Narada once asked Krishna for His mercy, and Krishna replied, “Offer flowers and fruits, then I shall be merciful.” Narada said, “I’m a poor man. Where shall I get fruits and flowers from?” “If you can’t get fruits and flowers then at least pray once to Me,” said the Lord. In this way, Vamsi Dasa indirectly replied to Jyotisekhara. However, Jyotisekhara again asked him what kind of sadhana he should do, to which Vamsi Dasa said, “Narada once asked Krishna a similar question, so Krishna replied that just as it is impossible to put sand in the ocean to build a road across it, in the same way it is impossible to get the Lord’s mercy by just following sadhana, what to speak of by material means. We must get the mercy of the devotees, and then only is it possible. Then the Lord will be merciful to us and we shall be favored.”

Sometimes Vamsi Dasa, in a mood of anger, would tell Dina Bandhu dasa Babaji, who was one of his associates, “Put Krishna out. Get Him out from here!” This was at his kutir in Navadvipa. Of course, no one but Vamsi Dasa could even see Krishna.

After the passing away of Sarasvati Thakura, Ananta Visvambhara Dasa (a disciple of Sarasvati Thakura) managed to approach Vamsi Dasa. This is an interesting story because Vamsi Dasa was generally very cautious about having anything to do with anyone, but he gradually allowed Ananta Visvambhara into his small circle.

Ananta describes how he, along with one wealthy man, gradually approached Vamsi Dasa. They were both anxious to get the remnants of Vamsi Dasa’ prasadam, so they would crouch down and hide behind one flower bush, just outside his kutir. Then, after taking his meal, Vamsi Dasa would come outside and wash his mouth out with water. When he went away the two of them would then search the area to see where the tiny pieces of maha-maha-prasadam were, and in this way take his remnants. If they couldn’t find anything they would just see where the grass was wet from the water out of his mouth and suck that grass with great satisfaction.

In this way, gradually, Ananta Visvambhara Dasa approached Vamsi Dasa Babaji.

They would do this so that he wouldn’t see them, after he went back into the kutir. Then they would take his remnants in this way. They continued this practice for some period of time before Vamsi Dasa gradually noticed and slowly they were allowed into his company.

Sometimes during the dry season, Vamsi Dasa would ask Ananta Visvambhara to bring the Chaitanya-charitamrita to read to him in a solitary place on the bank of the Ganges, where there was a great open field next to the area which floods during the rainy season. No one would build a house or anything there, so it remained an open field for eight months of the year.

Vamsi Dasa especially liked to hear of Ramananda Raya speaking with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and listening to this, tears would flow profusely from his eyes.

Vamsi Dasa was singing a song once about how love for Krishna sometimes burns like fire, yet is sometimes cold like ice. But while singing it he would change it into his Mymensingh dialect from the original Bengali. Ananta Visvambhara, who was cooking at this time, heard this, and in a corrective way, sang it with the original Bengali pronunciation. Vamsi Dasa became very angry and picked up a stick from the fire in which Ananta Visvambhara was cooking and went as if to hit him with it.

Many people would come and visit Vamsi Dasa, bringing a large quantity of vegetables along with them. Vamsi Dasa himself would only use a few of these vegetables, and the excess was given to a black cow, which would come regularly to feed on them.

At one time, in Mayapur, there was one papaya growing on a tree and Ananta Visvambhara noticed what a beautiful papaya it was. He watched it gradually grow ripe, until it was just perfect. He then, very carefully, went up that tree using a ladder and brought that papaya down. Then after placing it in a bag, he brought it to Vamsi Dasa in Navadvipa. Vamsi Dasa put it along with so many other vegetables and fruits that other people had brought. Shortly afterwards, that black cow came and started to eat all the fruit and vegetables. Just as it was about to eat the papaya Vamsi Dasa snatched it away, because he knew that Ananta Visvambhara had put so much love and devotion into bringing it that he didn’t want it to be eaten by the cow.

For some time Vamsi Dasa was living in a three-store house, just next to the bank of the Ganges, where the flood area ends. He only used the ground floor of this house because he was too old to use the upper floors. One day in the rainy season, he told Purna (his servant), “In the morning there will be a great flood, so move everything out of here.” Purna moved everything, as he had been told, into a house away from the flood area, and the next morning, as Vamsi Dasa had predicted, the Ganges came over her banks and flooded that whole area, including that house. But as everything had been taken out, including the Deities, they were saved from all difficulty.

So many people were coming to take bath in the Ganges, and Vamsi Dasa’ asrama was just by the side of the Ganges, so they would also come and take darsana of him and give pranamis. There was one devotee called Ananta Deva who was in charge of collecting that pranami.

One man gave 25 paisa, which was quite a lot of money in those days, and as is the common system, he wanted some change. He didn’t want to give it all, so he asked for some change. Vamsi Dasa was standing there at that time and became very angry saying, “Hari, Hari! This is stealing. If you give something to Mahaprabhu you can’t take anything back.” Then he told Ananta Deva not to give him any change.

They supposed by that money to hold a big festival the next day and feed many people prasada, but somehow or other at the end of the day all the money was stolen. Ananta Deva was lamenting that the money had been taken, but Vamsi Dasa said, “Why are you lamenting? Mahaprabhu has given it to somebody.” Then he continued, “When you shave, your hair goes away; but after some time it comes back again. In the same way, some money is gone, and after some time more will come back again.”

A girl, about seven or eight years old, would daily bring a pot of Ganges water for Vamsi Dasa. One time she brought it when there was a severe storm going on, so Vamsi Dasa told her not to go out again, but she did not listen and opened the door to leave. Vamsi Dasa immediately jumped up, and just as she was about to stand on the door-step he pulled her back inside the cottage. The next second a thunderbolt hit that very spot where she was about to step.

Once there was a man suffering from colic. He had such a severe pain in his stomach that he came outside the kutir of Vamsi Dasa and lay there, expressing how he would rather die than live, as the pain was so severe. He was expecting that Vamsi Dasa, being a sadhu, would heal him. After three or four days like this Vamsi Dasa came and put a tulasi leaf on that man’s tongue, curing him immediately. He then got up and went home, being well once more. That man didn’t take food or drink the whole time he was outside Vamsi Dasa’ kutir.

Naturally, not all kinds of people could go to Vamsi Dasa and stay patiently; only those who were devotees could appreciate him.

Many people used to come to him, bringing bananas along with them. Vamsi Dasa would ask his sevaka to tie those bananas up, in the usual system, to the rafters of the roof (inside roof), where they could hang and ripen. However, many rats used to come daily, digging a hole in the earth next to the hut, making a big pile of soil in their endeavors to come and eat those bananas, but Vamsi Dasa never harmed them.

Sometimes, when Vamsi Dasa would see a rat, he would point at it and say: “aichor aryaichor” or “saichor”, meaning “this is a thief,” and then point at Krishna and say, “He is also a thief.”


His Deities


Vamsidas Babaji had many Deities. These included Radha-Krishna, some big Gaura-Nitai Deities, and Laddu Gopala.

However, Vamsi Dasa never had any formal system of worship nor even any proper routine. There was no shringasana or any proper arrangement. He would simply offer flowers at mid-day each day that he collected nearby, and also cook and offer only fried chick-peas.

Vamsi Dasa’ mode of worship was simply to see the Deities, live with Them, and talk with Them, in a most intimate and informal manner. He never changed Their dress, put Them to sleep, woke Them up, or anything like this. In winter, his Radha-Krishna Deities would have just a small cloth to cover Them, and even that was torn and dirty.

His formal worship consisted of reciting a few Sanskrit stutis in the morning, and that was all.

The worship of Vamsidas Babaji was completely transcendental, being above all the rules and regulations; a form of worship not to be imitated or criticized by the neophyte.

Generally, Vamsi Dasa didn’t even know whether it was morning, afternoon, evening or night, as he was plunged in bhava; so how is it possible for anyone to understand the mind of such a great soul and his relationship with the Deity?

One time, a brahmacari from the Gaudiya Math, who was a little bit mentally imbalanced, took the Gaura-Nitai Deities from Vamsidas Babaji’s kutir in Navadvipa and brought Them to Mayapur.

When Sarasvati Thakura found out he exclaimed, “Sarva nash! Everything will be finished if you do not return the Deities immediately!” Upon hearing this that brahmacari took Them back straight away.

That brahmacari thought the Deities were not being worshipped properly, and thus felt justified in taking Them. He didn’t understand that Vamsi Dasa’ worship was bhava maya, or spontaneous and not according to the rules and regulations.

The strict standard for Deity worship made Vamsi Dasa’ worship appear offensive, but actually his was on the highest platform of devotion.

Sometimes Vamsi Dasa would sit for hours talking to Gaura-Nitai in his Mymensingh dialect, which was almost impossible for the people of Navadvipa and other places to comprehend.

Occasionally, when Vamsi Dasa was cooking, Gauranga would complain to him: “I’m so hungry. Feed Me quickly!” to which he would reply, “Just wait, I’m still cooking.” But if Gauranga was persistent he would tell Him, “You get outside. Go outside!”

While returning to his asrama one evening, and still at some distance away, Vamsi Dasa said, “Gaura-Nitai, They are feeling hungry!” so he got Them some green begun (unripe eggplant).

When he reached his asrama he cut that begun, put it inside a coconut husk with some water and a tulasi leaf, and offered it to Gaura-Nitai, while he sang, in his Mymensingh dialect, an arati song. All through this his voice quivered and his eyes were full of tears due to ecstasy. After the offering he ate that prasadam with great relish at the base of a tree.

One time Vamsi Dasa asked his servant, Ananta Visvambhara Dasa: “Did you hear what Gauranga was saying?” to which Ananta replied: “I could see that you were talking to Him, but I could not hear what He was saying to you.” So Vamsi Dasa answered, “He has told Vamsi Dasa, `You don’t go outside for begging for three days. Now you have become too old, so I will feed you.’” Vamsi Dasa continued, “This Gauranga, He wants to serve me.” Then he went and fetched a stick and started threatening Gauranga, “You don’t go outside for serving me! If You go outside I’ll break Your leg!”

Once Vamsi Dasa was given a gold chain, and he kept it for his Gaura-Nitai Deities. One day, while Vamsi Dasa was out begging, that chain was stolen. On returning and seeing the chain missing, Vamsi Dasa asked Gaura Nitai, “Who have You given that chain to? Go to his house and bring it back.” The next morning he went out begging again and when he arrived home that evening he saw that the chain was still missing, so he went directly to the house of the thief himself. Many people also followed him, as he was well known in Navadvipa and they all came to know that the chain had been taken.

The man whose house Vamsi Dasa went to denied he had stolen it. The people then became very angry saying, “Why has he come here. Why has Vamsi Dasa come here? There are so many houses in Navadvipa town, so why has he come here?” They all concluded that he must be guilty, but still that man denied it. Finally the crowd threatened him: “Either you return that chain or we’ll break your whole house.” Upon hearing this that man immediately returned the chain.

Vamsi Dasa always carried his Laddu Gopala Deity in his right hand. Apart from this Laddu Gopala, some other Deities and some loincloth, that was all he possessed.

In Puri he would call the waves: “Come here. Come here. My Gopala will bathe!” He would then bathe Laddu Gopala in the sea.

In Kharaghpur one evening, Jyotisekhara Prabhu heard Vamsi Dasa saying to Gopala: “Gopala, I shall show You some thieves. There are so many thieves here.” Then he went to the big railway junction at Kharaghpur, where he showed Gopala some men stealing kerosene and oil from one goods train. Vamsi Dasa pointed out to Gopala: “Just see Gopala how they’re taking kerosene tins from the train. Now I’ll show You some more thieves,” and then they left.

Usually in Navadvipa town he stayed on the road-side. He came to Puri on foot sometimes, rather than taking the train, staying under trees on the way.

On Janmastami he was in Baleshvar, a town in North Orissa. At midnight he said to Gopala: “Last year I gave You some palm-fruit, this year I shall give You some mango. Gopala, don’t be impatient, mango is coming to You.” Within ten minutes a brahmana teacher called Yogendra Mukherji arrived, explaining how he had just dreamt that a sadhu wanted a mango, so he went to the market and bought one. That brahmana was then told: “Yes, yes, you come. He said he wanted a mango.”

Vamsi Dasa was always plunged in bhava and never spoke with anyone except his Deities and a few intimate devotees. With others he would not speak to them directly, even if they spoke to him, but would reply to them by talking to his Deities.

One of the devotees whom Vamsi Dasa would speak to was his servant, but only occasionally would he talk to him. He would often abuse this servant, calling him “haram jada”, which means “a big pig.”

Another person whom Vamsi Dasa would speak to was one merchant who helped construct a two-store building in Navadvipa for him to reside in.

Vamsi Dasa knew what the motive was or what the mood was of everyone who came to see him. If he liked a person who had come and asked a question, he would answer through the _ murtis__ and not directly to that persons face.

Once, one Santa Maharaja came, carrying his tridanda. Vamsi Dasa inquired: “Who is this coming here? Who is this fellow carrying a danda? Danda must be carried by my Gauranga Mahaprabhu, by my Prabhu Gauranga.” This was of course said by him to his Deities. This incident occurred around 1942-1943, after the disappearance of Sarasvati Thakura.

Sometimes devotees would go to Vamsi Dasa with a question, but they might not express it to him directly: they wouldn’t say it out loud. However, Vamsi Dasa would speak to Krishna and answer that unspoken question. This would not always be the case. Someone might go to him and be totally ignored, but at other times Vamsi Dasa might have taken notice of that person and answer any questions through the Deities. Thus he was unpredictable, but whenever he did answer in this way people were convinced.