How i Met my Spiritual Master

In each of his lectures, Prabhupäda stressed the importance of avoiding sinful activities, particularly intoxication, meat-eating, illicit sex, and gambling. It was the first time I had ever heard anyone explain that such behavior would impair spiritual development. Çréla Prabhupäda was not compromising the absolute truth. He had come to deliver the timeless teachings of the spiritual world as he had heard them from the disciplic succession, and there was nothing to be gained by watering down the process simply to increase the number of his followers. He was not a cheater, like the other gurus I had seen or heard of. He had full faith that Kåñëa consciousness could deliver anyone who was sincere. Hearing only one lecture gave me the strength to avoid all of the sinful activities I had been habituated to for years. In Prabhupäda's straightforward presentation of the four regulative principles, I found the proper direction I needed.

Extracted from “How I met my spiritual master” By His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami