A red-letter day
I requested ritvik initiation from Srila Sridhar Maharaj because I was unable to obtain an Indian visa to travel to Nabadwip Dham some months earlier in 1983 to personally receive harinama initiation from His Divine Grace. Some weeks later, I received the following happy letter from the Math Secretary:
September 28th, 1983
Ritvik initiation letter
All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Kolerganj, P.O. Nabadwip Dham,
Dist. Nadia, W. Bengal, India.
September 28th, 1983.
P.O. Box 5597,
Dear Bhakta Lou,
Please accept my humble respects. All glories to Srila Sridhar Maharaj.
As regards your initiation, I have already sent your japa beads and other things, chanted and blessed by our respected Srila Guru Maharaj. I also sent a telegram a few days ago, stating your newly initiated name: Lalita Charan das. His Holiness Bhagavat Maharaj will act as ritvik on behalf of Srila Guru Maharaj.
We were happy to hear from you after a long time, and Srila Guru Maharaj sends his best wishes for your rapid advancement in devotional service.
I hope this letter reaches you in the best of health, and we hope to hear from you again.
(Signed) The Secretary,
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip.
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