Remembering His Holiness Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami Maharaj!

BY SHYAMA RASIKA DASA

It was during 2006. Guru Maharaj got ready for Mangala Arati and came out of his room, and he said, "Today is a very special day." And we rushed to Mangala Arati. Guru Maharaj entered into Narasimha Dev Altar and did Arati to Lord Narasimha dev. After arati Guru Maharaj got some Tulasi leaves from the lotus feet of the Lord and started to distribute to devotees as usual and gave some to His Holiness Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami Maharaj and invites him to join Guru Maharaj in his morning walk. And went in front of Srila Prabhupada and started to chant his Gayathri (Standing). Then along with the devotees Guru Maharaj chanted his 4 rounds in front of Panca Tattva. Then started his morning walk along with His Holiness and devotees.



First we went to Gosala and Guru Maharaj had his fresh Cow urine to drink, and asked Gaura Hari Prabhu (Gosala) to provide one cup for His Holiness Bhakti Vrajendranandan Swami Maharaj and enjoyed his company a lot.

Then the morning walk went through the backside pathway to the International school, and grihastha housing area. And finally reached Sulabh kitchen for Guru Puja.


His Holiness Bhakti Vrajendranandan Swami Maharaj wanted to go and attend Darshan Arati and Srila Prabhupada Puja. But, Guru Maharaj requested, "Maharaj, please take part in Guru Puja and bless devotees and then we will go to Darshan." Maharaj agreed with Guru Maharaj.

Then, Guru Maharaj and Maharaj entered Sulabh Kitchen from the back door. But devotees were already crowded inside the hall.

There were three Vyasa asana. And when Guru Maharaj entered into the Hall, Kirtan started "Jaya Guru deva! Jaya Guru deva!" but Guru Maharaj intervened the Kirtan party, and took over and started singing, "Jaya Bhakti Vrajendra nandan Swami Maharaj! Jaya Bhakti Vrajendranandan Swami Maharaj!" Maharaj was really astonished.

Then Guru Maharaj grabbed Maharaj's hand. And made him sit in the middle Vyasa Asana. And Guru Maharaj sat on his left and Subhag swami Maharaj sat on his right. 



Maharaj was still in shock what is going on. Then Guru Maharaj gave a sound call. Then a cake came. And Guru Maharaj announced "Today is a very special day! today is my beloved God-brother Sri Sri Bhakti Vrajendra Nandana Swami Maharaj's Vyasa Puja!"

Then  Guru Maharaj requested Maharaj to cut the cake. But, Maharaj was in so much happiness and ecstasy, was hugging Guru Maharaj and Subhal Swami Maharaj. And Maharaj requested both of them to join him in cutting this cake. Then three swamis were holding the knife and started to cut the cake. And the whole hall was reverbing "Jaya Bhakti Vrajendranandan Swami Maharaj! Jaya Bhakti Vrajendranandan Swami Maharaj!" And Maharaj took a first piece and fed Guru Maharaj, and Subhag Maharaj and Guru Maharaj took a piece and fed Maharaj and they were posing for the pictures also. Then whatever garland that devotees wanted to offer Guru Maharaj, Guru Maharaj directed to Maharaj. And everyone offered flowers at Maharaj's lotus feet, and three swamis blessed everyone. It was a memorable day. I still able to visualize it.

Whenever Maharaj see me, he asked me in Tamil, "Eppadi irukka?" "How are you?" We will really miss you Maharaj. Seeking his blessings

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