At first Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath would rarely give diksha. When he did the candidate was expected to follow some very intense sadhana with no less than four lakhs of Nam daily. In 1937 he began mauna vrata and with great resolve he sat for bhajan with the idea that the Lord must give him darshan or he would just enter nirvikalpa samAdhi and leave his body.
In less than a months time the Lord appeared before him in the form of Jagannath Dev. Here is a description of the event in his own words:
“That night he first had a vision of bright light, a light stronger than the mid-day sun, but a light, full of life coming from the forehead of Lord Jagannath – the deity of Puri temple.As the light shown on his face, he opened his eyes to the dazzling light and he clearly saw the black image of Lord Jagannath, adorned with dazzling ornaments of diamond and precious stones, and his round eyes were staring at him. He stared back with unseeing eyes not realizing that he was in the presence of God Himself. The stub arms of Lord Jagannath lifted in blessings and from the focused bright light Lord Krishna emerged. Lord Krishna with a flute in his hand and his opague blue body adorned with yellow garment, the neck and chest covered with garlands of flower, danced in front of him. He then realized that he was now in the presence of Lord Krishna and waited for him to speak, his eyes shedding tears, tears of joy, his heart filled with sublime quiet and fulfillment, his body shivering with pleasure and achievement. Lord Krishna, in a melodious voice directed, “Ya-Ya-nam-dige-ya” (go go – preach the Name).”
Omkarnath Thakur was in ecstatic state and crying he offered his respects in the direction of Jagannath Dev’s Mandir and internally thought, “Yes my Lord, your wish will be obeyed.”
After receiving the command of Sri Krishna he began preaching the glories of Sri Nam and gave diksha freely to any sincere soul without making any particular requests or placing any strict conditions on the disciple to follow.