“I was born in a nominally active catholic family. Religion was something that we participated in only on holidays and family events. After I started high school, I started experimenting with a lot things that I shouldn’t have. I quickly realized how unhappy I was and I decided to start to learn who God was. I started reading the Bible and trying to connect with my Catholic roots but I didn’t feel the connection that I was hoping for”.
“After graduating from high school I started studying at the university. I was praying for a sign and asking for guidance. As I walked outside I heard someone say “Krishna” which means supreme deity. Within a matter of 30 minutes I saw 2 different practicing hare krishna members. Until that day I had never seen one. I took this as a sign and started to study the religion and immediately found that its philosophies match what I had felt religion should consist of. Hare Krishna is about love, mutual respect and devoting my life to becoming like Krishna. I’ve learned that we are all “atoms of consciousness.” Our souls long to connect to something that is higher than ourselves. Somewhere along the way many people become lost and try to fill that void with things that truly have no meaning; cars, titles, homes, money and physical appearance. Our bodies are like pieces of clay. Our actions are shaped by our beliefs, our bodies are just the vessels for our souls”.
“I got my degree in environmental engineering. I graduated at the top of my class with honors. After I converted my dad stopped speaking to me. He was disappointed and thought I was throwing my life away. When he came to my graduation, he hugged me and told me how proud he was of me and that he knew that I had made the right decision for myself. My mom, after seeing the change in me, decided to go back to college and get her masters degree in theology”.