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AN AMERICAN DISCOVERS THE VEDAS
an American dedicated to the Vedas, Hindus find me not only to be an anomaly but also a
question mark on what they themselves are doing. Sometimes they find it an inspiration to
reexamine their own roots. This is a difficult query for me to answer. I will begin
by relating something of my life. There is really nothing in my family or educational
background that would explain my connection with the Vedas or even India.
I was the second in a family of ten children, born in a small city
in Wisconsin in the Midwest in 1950. Both my parents came from strict Catholic
backgrounds, my father of Irish ancestry and my mother German, and both were raised on
dairy farms. One of my uncles was a priest and a missionary to South American (which
example my mother wanted me to follow). My parents did not have any extensive education.
My mother did not even attend high school.