What was your first impression of the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?
Devamrita Swami says:
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.