For 7 years I lived as a renounced monk in eastern India, in the state of West Bengal, by the banks of the Ganges river.
It was a time of introspection in my life, during which I studied at a “gurukula” – a traditional school for boys and men, that functioned according to timeless, universal principles of detachment and self-discipline.
The school was, and still is, renowned for its commitment to the development of personal character.
I embarked on an exhaustive study of the library of Vedic scriptures on philosophy, culture, and meditation, under the guidance of an esteemed local guru, famous for his unique and profound insights into the timeless Vedanta school of thought and practice.
In relation to my studies I wrote hundreds of essays on eastern philosophy, and gave an equivalent number of lectures on the topic.
Aided by a self-regulated daily routine, and prolonged meditation, eventually I became a master in the nature of the self, and its relation to awareness and determination.