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SP stays back to hear to Bhaktisidhanta, rather going to Sesasayi

Srila Prabhupada: "That parikrama is another incident. I was not initiated at that time but I already had great admiration for these Gaudiya Matha people. Just as before 1933, I had met Sridhara Maharaja, old Tirtha Maharaja and other devotees and they were very kind to me, so during this parikrama I also thought, 'What are these people doing on this parikrama? Let me go.' So I met them in Kosi, perhaps. Maharaja you may remember. And everyone was going to see this place, Seshasayi. They were led by Vana Maharaja and Nemi Maharaja. At that time Vinoda Bhai, later Srila Kesava Maharaja, informed us that Prabhupada was going to Mathura tomorrow morning, and he would speak hari-katha this evening. 'Anyone who wants to stay may remain, otherwise they may go to see Seshasayi.' That evening only ten or twelve men remained. Out of these, Sridhara Maharaja was one of these. I also thought it wise to stay. I thought, 'What shall I see there? Let me hear Prabhupada speak. Let me hear him.' Prabhupada marked that." Srila Sridhara Maharaja: "It was better to hear Prabhupada than to waste time on an eye exercise. Because Prabhupada is a Vaikuntha person, he could understand. 'This boy is eager to hear.' He very much appreciated that."



Reference: Srila Prabhupada - Our Friend of all by Sridhar Swami