“A year and a half ago, I was working in a steak house in Ohio. This really sweet lady I knew was carrying a jar of olives out of the storage room. I was right in front of her doing dishes. She slipped and fell. The glass jar broke and a big shard slit her throat open. I was the first to see her. I couldn’t help but think that it looked exactly like what happens when you butcher chickens. It was really gruesome. It was really, really bloody, and a big shock. After seeing that, it made me start to realize, humans and chickens are both living things. I guess it gave me more compassion for the chickens. I stopped eating meat and quit my job at the steak house.”

The origin story of how Sridham Prabhu, who grew up in a family where they hunted animals and farmed meat chickens, became a devotee.

A couple highlights from his interview:

He later went to India penniless. He says, “One thing I’d advise if you’re going to India, is to take a little money with you, because I went with absolutely none.”

“Where did you stay?”

“In Radhe Kunj. It’s a really great matha. I really liked it there. It’s the only reason I was able to have a roof over my head.”

“I went with nothing. I prayed and I hoped that Krsna would take care of me. And I think that’s something that would be good for anyone to do—put full faith in Krsna, He’ll make things work.”

He spends time in the devotee community of New Braj, in Badger California. He says, “New Braj was really amazing. It was the best experience ever. I got to be fully engaged in worshipping God, worshipping Krsna.” etc.

“I wouldn’t want to live any other way. It (Krsna consciousness) gives more meaning to my life. ”

Watch to hear the rest!