As a Manipuri Vaishnava and a studious scientist student from the prestigious University of California - Irvine, USA, Sripada maharaj won the heart of his spiritual master H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in their very first meeting. It was Sripada Maharaj's scientist colleague Ramananda Raya (Dr. Ravindra Rao) who introduced maharaj to Srila Prabhupada. As maharaj recalls, Srila Prabhupada and maharaj looked intently at each other's eyes for a few moments and then Prabhupada spoke. In their first meeting, while appreciating the temples built by the King of Manipur in Nabadwip, Radha-Kund and Vrndavan, Srila Prabhupada asked maharaj "Being born in a Vaishnava family, why did you come here, crossing the ocean?"
By Jaganmohini devi dasi and Subal Shyam das