that time Srila Guru Maharaj was walking on the veranda
chanting upon his beads. Then Jayadwaita Brahmachari Prabhu
showed me: "He is our Guru. Come!" Then I went up to the
veranda and Jayadwaita Prabhu gave full dandavat pranams
and told me to offer full dandavats also. Then Srila Guru
Maharaj asked, "Where did you find this boy?"
Jayadwaita Prabhu gave a little description, and finally
said, "In this way this boy has joined your ashram today."
Srila Maharaj said, "Ah, this is a nice, intelligent boy."
He thought, "If I can prepare him, this boy can be a good
weapon for our Society."
He asked me, "Can you stay in ashram life?" I was surprised
and thought, "Why is this sadhu asking me, 'Can you stay?'
I have come to stay so it is already final, then why is
this sadhu asking me, 'Can you stay or not?'" At that time
I had no idea, but I replied, "Yes, I can stay."
on Nrsimha Chaturdasi, a day of complete fasting. I had
never fasted before. Ever since formally receiving the traditional
Brahmin thread I had followed Ekadasi and never took grains
on that day, but I had never fasted. Instead we would eat
alu-dham (plain potato subji), and take some milk preparations
on Ekadasi days. In this way we followed Ekadasi with very
nice preparations which had a different taste. But here
I was being told, "It is Nrsimha Chaturdasi, you will not
be given anything at all to eat."
At that time
I knew nothing about Nrsimha Chaturdasi and having walked
since the middle of the night I was very hungry, so I asked
Jayadwaita Prabhu, "Oh Prabhu, I am very hungry." To which
he replied, "Today is a day of full fasting."
"I cannot eat anything?" He told me that I could eat some
fruit. But where could I get some?
out a papaya tree nearby. Jayadwaita Prabhu then said to
me, "Yes, you can take one papaya. But you must give half
to the Deity and the remainder you can eat yourself."
That evening after Nrsimha-puja they gave me so much
alu-dam, and the next day there was a very nice festival
and much Prasadam. Especially the paramanna (sweet-rice)
was really tasty.
days the rest of the preaching party returned from Nadanghat,
and it seemed I had already many friends here by now.