Encountering the Krsnalingita Vigraha is an intimate account by Nimai Pandit dasa, Srila Gour Govinda Swami’s personal secretary of several years. He speaks about the early years in Bhubaneswar and his first meeting with this pure devotee of the Lord, who later became his spiritual master.
“… From what I can understand, the Babaji was very encouraged that Srila Prabhupada had one disciple like this — a maha-bhagavata. I was there in the room when Akincina Krsnadasa Babaji paid his obeisances to Gour Govinda Maharaja and said, ‘He is a maha-bhagavata, do not disturb him.‘ “ — Lagudi dasa Brahmacari
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… This is the proper way. If by your own effort you try to recognize a sadhu, you will be cheated. You can’t see a sadhu. You have no vision at all. You see only all outward, external things. You can’t see the real thing. There are many persons who are only outwardly sadhus. You will be enchanted by their external activities. “O, he is a great sadhu! Yes, he is producing gold!” You will be cheated. — Quoted from the book, pg 93