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Shrila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj
Shrila Vamsidas Babaji Maharaj was a Vaishnava mahatma who always did bhajan. He was a contemporary of Shrila Gaura Kishora das Babaji Maharaj, and he used to perform his bhajan in a hut at a place called Mutan Chada on the banks of Ganga in Kuliya. He used to serve his Deities, Gaura-Nityananda, and used to shower much love and affection on Them in his own unique way. Sometimes he would bring an offering to the Deities and then he would think that They did not like it. He would then argue with Them, telling Them it was the best that he could offer at the time. Then he would weep, feeling great separation. These emotional displays of love that he shared with the Lord are not understandable to those who do not share his mood.He once was picking flowers near his hut when a small boy came and pushed him. Vamsidas Babaji fell down and hurt his foot. Later when he finished picking flowers, he went before the Deities of Nitai and Gauranga and very angrily demanded to know why They had sent him to pick flowers if They were also going to send that boy to push him and hurt this foot. Being upset, he told Them he was not going to render service to Them anymore. Thus he began chanting Hari Nama in a loud voice. After some time, even though he was chanting in the presence of the Deities, he would break down feeling deep separation. Then he relented and cooked Nitai and Gauranga some kicheri and begged Their forgiveness. He then again began engaging himself in Their service. Sometimes he would praise Shri Nityananda Prabhu and at the same time tell Mahaprabhu that He was very naughty. At other times he would glorify Mahaprabhu and angrily chastise Prabhu Nityananda for throwing rice about.
He used to be so much absorbed in chanting Hari Nama that he would forget when it was Ekadashi. Then again he would sometimes perform Ekadashi when it was not Ekadashi. Sometimes when he honored Ekadashi, he would fast for several days without drinking any water, thinking that Ekadashi was that long. To avoid the association of materially minded persons from disturbing him, he threw fish bones around his hut to make people think he did not strictly practice bhajan.But Shrila Saraswati Thakur used to always fully respect him as a great personality and a perfected sage. My gurudeva, Shrila Keshava Maharaj, and all the devotees of Shrila Saraswati Thakur, used to go and receive his blessing whenever they were in the area. Although it was difficult to understand his words and feelings, they always appreciated him because of his great devotion. Hari! Haribol!