SRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA AND THE GHOST
From the life of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
Once when Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati was opening a new center in a house that had been given for the use of the Gaudiya Mission, a ghostly incident occurred.
He was staying in a room on the second floor. One brahmacārī was in attendance, reading Śrīmad Bhāgavatam while Srila Bhaktisiddhanta worked at his desk. That brahmacārī suddenly saw a bone-hand float in through the window. He cried out and fainted. When Srila Bhaktisiddhanta inquired the cause for his alarm, the brahmacārī told what he’d seen, but Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati didn’t seem to take it as very important. He told the brahmacārī to chant, “hare krishna!”, and not to cry unintelligibly.
Thereafter the hand again appeared and floated into the room as if to grasp the neck of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. This time the brahmacārī chanted, “hare krishna!”, and then fainted. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati revived the brahmacārī, saying, “Don’t faint. Chant and read Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.” When the hand came again, the brahmacārī did just that. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta saw the hand and chanted, “Haribol!”, and the hand disappeared. He then said to the brahmacārī, “No need to worry. That ghost is now delivered.”
— From an unpublished biography on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati by Sri Srimad Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaja.
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