The Reality: Lost & Found


A New Yorker, a Yale Graduate

At Yale, his dean said: “You are a Yale man; you will influence the world.” but he had failed to find any conclusive knowledge or any effective socio-political strategies for thoroughly improving humanity. Until he came across Srila Prabhupada’s books, he was stunned by the contents. Three or more hours daily, for six months straight, he repeatedly read all the available titles by Srila Prabhupada.

The Ultimate Goal of Life!

As an abnormality amidst boys from the super rich and famous families of America, he would never forget his experience that wealth and class do not bring happiness. Later, the historic recording “A Love Supreme,” by John Coltrane, turned him around by the declaration that love of God is the ultimate goal of life.

His Life Milestones


Delivered his first sermon at 13

During the time of his conception, his mother was praying to God that He send her a “servant of the Lord.” At eight years old, the Lutheran Church offered him a university scholarship if he would promise to be a minister in the future. At the age of thirteen, he delivered his first Sunday sermon.

He saw no future

Received a scholarship to Yale University, then plunging into world history, Western philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, and the history of science, in 1972, he asserted to his dean of studies that he saw no future for himself in materialistic society.

Accepted the renounced order of life

One month after graduation in 1972, he bought on the street a small book by Srila Prabhupada. Life was never the same! Initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1974, then in 1977, he embarked upon his international missionary life and in 1982 officially accepted the renounced order of life, as Devamrita Swami.

An Educator, writer, guide, and spiritual leader

His unique wit and wisdom combine to showcase what the oldest wisdom culture has to offer. He has travelled every continent for 50+ years to help fulfil Prabhupada’s mission as a spiritual leader, and serve as international chairman in ISKCON’s Governing Body.

His Holiness Devamrita Swami