What’s been your experience of teaching at the college?
Srila Prabhupada often said that the perfection of one’s education is to use it in Lord Krishna’s service. I felt satisfied, because teaching gave me a wonderful opportunity to use my studies in Krishna’s service. Although many courses at Bhaktivedanta College are academic, they contain krsna-katha. I taught Readings from Vaisnava Acharyas. In the process of preparing and teaching this course, I absorbed myself in studying Vaisnava acharyas. The students, unlike those at other universities where I have taught, were enthusiastic and interested. This made the course especially enjoyable. Certainly the Vaisnava acharyas uplifted and enlivened us all.
What’s it like being Radhika-Raman’s younger brother?
In previous ages, people went alone deep into the forests to worship the Lord. But “in Kali-yuga,” Prabhupada said, “no one can work alone.” When Prabhupada said this, a devotee sneezed, and Srila Prabhupada said, “Confirmed.” So both my brother and I feel fortunate to have each other’s association and support in practicing Krsna consciousness. Life is a long, tough journey, and good friendship can help us through it. I see my brother more like my mentor, because his wonderful example and qualities have been a constant inspiration for me.
What do you plan to do after obtaining a Ph.D. from Oxford University?
I would like to continue serving Srila Prabhupada’s movement. Generally, material assets of wealth, beauty, fame, and education are disqualifications on the spiritual path. However, if we can use our material assets in spreading Krsna consciousness, they can become spiritual assets. Just as wealth can be a great asset in building a beautiful temple or college for Krishna, similarly, education can also be used to glorify Krishna.
What is your message to the students?
I urge the students to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity they have been provided. It is a great privilege and a matter of great fortune to study in devotee association. Other colleges provide more facilities, but nowhere else will students get the opportunity to deeply study in English our priceless Vaisnava tradition and receive a fully accredited Bachelor’s degree.