Spiritual life can be like fine tuning a radio. It's a path where we learn the lessons to take the next step. I tried the Hare Krishnas for many years (and managed to keep an asana practice), before finding Srivaishnavism. Priya Swami Param: The word "Hindu" is not even in the Vedas and yes I have taken the Pancha Samskara. Perhaps you mean "sanatana dharma".
What each of us needs is to adopt a practice which reveals that we are pure consciousness and to let that shine forth, because the essence of that consciousness is love for God (Sriman Narayana) and therefore love for everything. It is to realise our self hood and the self hood of others and to serve Him, through serving those He loves. This is the vedic conclusion.
David Swensen is an absolute Gem, who gives so much in so many ways. When our life is over everything we give stays behind, though we may move on.
I love this lively story and your conclusion.
Practice practice, all is coming!
What David and others need to realize (sooner or later) that all of Yoga is Hinduism. If one is seriously interested in Hinduism (and its Yogic lifestyle) and one is not a Hindu, begin by formally becoming a Hindu and then, maybe, teach. Simply jumping from religion-to-religion, without ever comitting, is a very shallow approach. Those who pretend to teach Hinduism/Yoga without ever becoming Hindus are misleading everyone including one's self.
Thanks for sharing yr journey, David.
Am touched to tears when you said you have found home!
You have inspired me to keep practicing & be with my practice. =)
David, so glad that this life experience has happened to you.....it makes us better people :) Thank you so much for your story !!!
Oh, David Swenson, have you tried Jesus? He will answer all your questions: What's the meaning of life? Who is God? Why are we here? Try the Bible and see if you get your reply!!