The following is from a lecture given by Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja on the occasion of Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance festival, Bhubaneswar, 17 November 1993: Today is the auspicious disappearance day of our revered spiritual master, Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-acharya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He is not a mortal being like we of this material world. He is a most dear and intimate associate of Krishna from Goloka Vrindavan. Out of mercy he descended here on 1 September 1896 in Calcutta.
He first met his revered spiritual master, Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada Maharaja, in 1922. At their first darśana Srila Prabhupada accepted him in his heart as guru. It was also at that meeting that he received the instruction to go to the Western world and preach the science of Krishna consciousness in English. He took that order to heart with much seriousness. After eleven years, in 1933, he took formal initiation from his spiritual master in Allahabad.