Abhay was now twenty four years old; he was a nationalist and manager of a big chemical factory. Abhay's friend Naren insisted they go and meet Bhaktisiddhantha Swami, a great Vaishnava leader from Mayapur who was visiting Kolkatta. Abhay was skeptical about sadhus as he had seen many in his childhood, hosted by his father. He did not consider everyone wearing saffron robes to be saintly. Naren persisted, and finally Abhay relented.