Lokanath Swami : I had been two-and-a-half years in the movement when I asked Prabhupada if I could take sannyas. He said, "Wait." I waited for one year and again approached him. This was around the time that Prabhupada had asked Sridhar Swami, my colleague in Bombay, to go to Vrindavan for his sannyas initiation. When Prabhupada heard that I wanted to take sannyas, his first response was, "You are already a sannyasi." When I was not satisfied, he started to explain the first verse of the sixth chapter of Bhagavad-gita: "One who is unattached to the fruits of his work and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic, not he who lights no fire and performs no duty." Prabhupada explained how that verse defines sannyas. But I was not budging an inch. I was keeping some pressure on. He said, "So you want to undergo the formality of sannyas?" I said, "Yes, Prabhupada." Prabhupada said, "You also go with Sridhar and meet me in Vrindavan." This was in December of 1975. So Sridhar and I both jumped on the train. Prabhupada had gone with Ambarish, Hamsadutta, Gopal Krishna, and Harikesh Maharaj to Kuruksetra and when he returned he gave us sannyas in the courtyard of the Krishna-Balarama temple.