My life growing up taught me the shortcomings of material life. I couldn’t fully embrace the status quo of education, culture, and social life. This intersected with the counterculture of the late ‘60’s in San Francisco and I found myself reading spiritual and religious literature in the redwood forest of Muir Woods, punctuated by mystical experiences. I became convinced that I was a soul having a human experience and that I needed to realize my true self to be successful in life. After studying many paths I became attracted by the devotees of Krishna in Berkeley, California and the teachings of Shrila Prabhupada. I was initiated by Shrila Prabhupada in 1970 and spent the next 14 years living in various temples throughout the world primarily as a cook and temple priest.
After moving outside the temple I did extensive personal growth work, and realized the importance of such healing as an adjunct and support to devotional service. I was trained in many energy-healing modalities and incorporate healing and positive thinking into my life, work, and service. In the course of my personal unfoldment I became attracted to my wife due to her interest and training in psychology, her practical intelligence, beauty, and inspiring, positive, Krishna consciousness. There was, and is, a synergy between us, that enables us to strive for more than we would alone, and to be balanced people and broadminded, serious devotees.
We share this together along with our desire to help others by serving with the Grihastha Vision team, facilitating workshops, and by working with couples in therapy and in premarital education. I have a blog on Krishna.com (http://www.krishna.com/blogs/karnamritadas). I compiled 90 blogs into a book, the title of which, “Give to Live,” is a code for how I endeavor to live, love, and serve.