My father was Vaiṣṇava

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Prabhupāda: Yes, yes. So, my father was Vaiṣṇava, but when I invited these Gauḍīya Maṭha sādhus, my father thought that I have invited some sādhus of the Ramakrishna Mission. So he was not very interested. When Tīrtha Mahārāja is speaking, I call my… My father was that time invalid, I called him that “Please come down, there is a meeting of the Gauḍīya Maṭha sādhus.” So, he could not resist my request, he came down, but he did not think that some devotees have come. They thought, these Ramakrishna Mission rascals have come. (laughter) So he was not very happy, but I told, he was sitting. He, so the meeting he just criticized. Then when he heard the speech of our old Tīrtha Mahārāja, our old Godbrother, he understood, “Oh, they are Vaiṣṇavas.” Then immediately after the meeting, he came down on his feet. “I misunderstood you sir, that you are the Ramakrishna Mission sādhu. I am so glad to meet you.” So that is the beginning of my intimate relationship with Gauḍīya Maṭha.

Room conversation, March 17, 1973, Mayapur
(Srila Bhakti Pradip Tirtha Maharaja was a disciple of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura who later accepted the renounced order from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

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