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I would like to introduce myself to all my readers. My name is Robert William Carol. I was born in America and grew up in a middle-class environment. I received a B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois, but frankly, I was never very interested in the subjects that were offered. Truthfully, I was a very confused person. The turning point in my life occurred as I was walking down Beacon Street in Boston.  A woman dressed in a sari suddenly confronted me. She handed me a pamphlet entitled, “Reservoir of Pleasure.” The book was clearly marked 50 cents and I only had a quarter in my pocket. I didn’t want to buy the book and so I thought I had the perfect excuse. I pulled out the quarter and said, “See, I only have 25 cents!” That woman, Yadurani devi dasi, snatched it up, saying, “That’s alright, you can pay the rest later!” She quickly departed, and I was left holding the pamphlet in my hands.


This booklet contained three essays written by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. While reading these essays, I soon began to sense that a helping hand was reaching out to me. I gradually found that my unseen friend was leading me from the confusion of ignorance to the platform of real knowledge. Later on, I had the great fortune of seeing His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, many times. He initiated me, giving me the name Purnaprajna das.


Modern society has certainly made progress in manipulating the external environment. But, internally there is  great stress and confusion. The books of Shrila Prabhupada, as His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami is affectionately known to his disciples, provide immense help in clarifying and purifying one’s internal existence. In my humble opinion, they are beyond compare. Shrila Prabhupada did not remain in our association long enough to give us Ramayana. It is my hope that my simple telling of Ramayana will give pleasure and encouragement to the devotees of the Lord who read it.


Hare Krishna.