Prabhupāda: Yes, he was my intimate friend. So in their house old Tīrtha Mahārāja went to beg some alms—they are very rich men. So he informed me that, "One nice sannyāsī came to our house, and he has invited . . . in Ultadanga there is the Gauḍīya Maṭha. So he has invited me. I wish to go there. Why don't you come? Let us go together." He was my very intimate friend. So at that time I was a little pessimistic: "Why should I go? I know all the sādhus there; I am not going."
So he forced me: "Oh, why not? Let us go." "All right, let us go." So I went to see His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in 1922 in the Ultadanga building. At that time Prabhupāda was sitting on the roof—there was a small house and room—and we were welcomed, because this Naren Mullik was very rich man, and he had contributed some money.
So we went to see Prabhupāda and to offer our obeisances. So immediately he said that, "You are all educated young men. Why don't you preach Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu's message throughout the whole world?"
So I replied to him that, "We are dependent nation. Who will hear our message? We can talk all these things after we get independence." Because I was politically-minded at that time. Yes. So he refuted my argument. Certainly I was defeated. And I took his words very seriously; I appreciated. Then we were offered some prasādam, we came down, and my friend Naren Mullik asked me, "How did you like this sādhu?" And, "Yes, here is a sādhu in whose hands Caitanya Mahāprabhu's message is there, and it will be done. I think he was very nice." That was my appreciation.
Then 1923 I resigned my post as manager in Bose's Laboratory, and I accepted the agency for whole U.P., beginning from Mughalsarai up to Delhi, and I made my head office in Allahabad. So I was always thinking, "Oh, yes. I met a very nice sādhu." From the very beginning that was my impression that, "I have met a real sādhu."So actually the words lava mātra sādhu saṅge sarva siddhi haya (CC Madhya 22.54) was actually, I perceived that in a moment. I was impressed so much with Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura that it was . . . it continued. Then in 1928, when there was Kumbha-melā . . . Mahārāja, when did you join Gauḍīya Maṭha?