What was your first impression of the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?
with Devamrita Swami
Author, teacher, and lecturer Devamrita Swami talks about how his involvement with Krishna consciousness began once he discovered the spiritual writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
I had never encountered an author who spoke so comprehensively, authoritatively, and sincerely. I was swept off my feet by the scope of his literary endeavors – the purity of motivation and the dazzling information of the spiritual world.
At the age of fifteen I had already decided that love of God was the ultimate goal of life. I was looking for the "love supreme," but I could never find the full spiritual information that my head and heart longed for. So, when I began reading Srila Prabhupada's books, I realized I had hit the spiritual jackpot. I was a multi-million dollar lottery winner, with the greatest treasure.
Then, the question is, "how do you apply what you're reading?" the association of devotees allowed me to see the application. I didn't just want to be an armchair reader. I wanted to be an activist. But again, I wondered, "do these people actually care about the world's problems, or are they just living in a bubble?"
So when I became convinced that they were actually doing something to solve the world's problems, I decided to become one of them.
So, in other words, it wasn't enough for me simply to find a solution for my individual situation. I was looking for solutions to global problems. Once I crossed that barrier — once I could see that bhakti did encompass material and spiritual solutions, then the rest was easy for me.