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Rays of The Harmonist Fortnightly Edition

Issue 27, Fortnightly Centennial Edition
Posted: 28 October 2022

In honour of the centennial appearance year of
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda

Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Dedicated to and Inspired by
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda

Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Remembrances of Śrīla Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja – Part 4

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“Narahari Prabhu would gently shake me awake”

An example of how to conquer the heart of guru and Vaiṣṇavas is seen in the life of Śrīla Guru Mahārāja – Śrīla Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja. Every day at midnight, Narahari Sevā-vigraha Prabhu would awaken the sevaka Santoṣa from his sleep. 
In Śrīla Guru Mahārāja’s words: “I would be quietly and gently shaken awake, and I’d understand that Narahari Prabhu had come. Immediately rising from bed, I’d put on a gāmchā and follow behind him to the many toilets, one toilet after another. Narahari Prabhu would hold the torch and I would take a broom and a bucket of water and clean each toilet. At that time, there was a latrine pit system. I used to empty the toilet pit filled from the previous day and throw all the stool to the designated place far away, cover it with dirt, and return. Then, after taking bath, I would rest a little. This was my daily service, and I would do it before all the Vaiṣṇavas arose.”
The special type of guru-sevā performed by Śrīla Narottama Ṭhākura was performed by our Guru Mahārāja daily during the time he lived in Śrī Caitanya Maṭha.   
[Memory by Śrīpāda B. V. Siddhāntī Mahārāja from Śrī Devanānanda Gauḍīya Maṭha, Navadvīpa.
Śrīpāda B. V Siddhāntī Mahārāja, previously Patita-pāvana dasa, is a disciple of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja.] 

Translated by the Rays of The Harmonist team
from Śrī Śrī Bhāgavata Pātrikā, Year-18, Issue 10-12
Śrīla Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja Centennial Special Edition- 2

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