In 1980, while still a student in college, he met his master Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga. This meeting changed his whole life. Unlike his peers, Triloki Dash spent much of his time in prayer, puja, and meditation. He frequently retreated to the solitude of remote Himalayan caves to be in the company of sages and saints seeking ultimate Truth. He kept up a rigorous spiritual practice under the tutelage of his beloved master while working as a professor of Economics at Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.
He soon went to live with his master in Karar Ashram in Puri, Odisha, and traveled to and from Puri to Rourkela and to Cuttack where he was teaching as a professor of Economics for eleven years. Brahmachari Triloki accompanied his master during his tours in India.
Interviewer: How did you know that your master was your master when you found him?
SPG: It is very interesting. I used to visit many masters, really searching out who was truly my guide. So when I met my true master, I was able to judge, through the course of my association with him, that he was the real guide who could help me to develop myself and proceed in the path of love and spirituality. So, finding my master was a careful choice that was made in accordance with the love and blessing of God.
(This is an excerpt of an interview with Swami Prajnanananda Giri for the “PhenomeNews” radio program in Detroit, USA, in December 1996)