I grew up as a Lutheran Christian, but after I graduated from college in 1967 I spent 2 years in the Peace Corps which gave me a chance to get away from my own culture for awhile.
I heard about yoga and when I came back to the USA I wanted to find out more about it. I searched the library for books on yoga and came across the Autobiography of a Yogi, and I thought, “What better way to learn about yoga than through a yogi.” Little did I suspect then that it would be a major turning point in my life. My thought was "Wow, this man towers way above any professor or pastor I ever heard speak or read the writing of.” I immediately had to read the book again because it was just too much to take in at once. Fortunately I lived in San Diego, which has [an SRF] temple I could attend and learn more, and I also signed up for the weekly Lessons right away. Paramahansaji has been my spiritual guide ever since, and I suspect that he has been my guide for a long time before I ever realized it. – Cliff M.