In the year 1949, HG Deena Bandhu Das was born in United States, near Los Angeles, California in a Catholic family. Being born in a very rich family he never faced any material scarcity as a child. He realized that with all the facilities that he was getting while growing up in the modern society, his heart was never satisfied. He started searching for real happiness. He joined the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as a student of sociology. Seeing the suffering of the living entities in the so called civilized world he decided to do social work and help others. Soon he understood that to give happiness he himself needs to possess happiness just like to give money one needs to have money. It was the era when the youth of the nation being overburdened with frustration from the world tried to bring a revolution all over through counter culture. It was the era of the long haired hippies where the youth got addicted to various intoxication. He joined the counter culture and said to have the longest hair in the whole university. But he knew he was not happy.
Deena Bandhu Das
In 1969 with some friends he met the Hare Krishna devotees in Boulder, Colorado. It was the day before Janmashthami and he got hold of the ancient Vedic literature named Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. As he was going through the pages he realized the questions that used to be in his heart all the time are all getting answered. Thus he first met his eternal spiritual master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, who came to United States of America to spread the Hare Krishna movement throughout the world, through his literary work of Bhagavad-Gita. He decided to walk the path of devotional life and never go back to college again. The material knowledge was of no use for him when he got hold of real spiritual knowledge. He was the first devotee to join the Hare Krishna temple in Boulder, Colorado.