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AN AMERICAN DISCOVERS THE VEDAS
Yet it was
among the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta that I found the views which most resonated with
my inner being, particularly the sense of the supreme Self (Atman) and pure Existence
(Brahman) as the highest truth. For example, I remember walking home from high school one
day and looking up at the blue sky and realizing that it was the presence of Krishna, who
represented the cosmic power of bliss. This experience occurred before I encountered the
Hare Krishna movement and was not produced by any evident outer influences.
After high school I attended a local college
briefly, in which I found little to interest me. I remember taking a class on Cosmology
and Metaphysics, which was actually in the graduate studies department though I was a
freshman. I thought the class might have something mystical in it. Instead I discovered
that it was mainly a science class, with a few cosmological speculations thrown in,
generally of a materialistic nature.