In 1972, Bob Cohen, a science teacher in the Peace Corps, began a search for spiritual enlightenment that took him halfway around the world, to length and breadth of India, to an ancient village in the midst of West Bengal, Sri Mayapur, the birthplace of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There, in a small bamboo hut, he finds a teacher who is able to tell him everything he ever wanted to know.
Here is an actual transcript of his life-transforming meeting with Srila Prabhupada. He himself writes:
On the third day of the festival, I was invited in to see Srila Prabhupada. He was living in a small hut–half-brick and half-thatched, with two or three pieces of simple furniture. Srila Prabhupada asked me to be seated and then asked how I was and whether I had any questions. The devotees had explained to me that Srila Prabhupada could answer my questions because he represents a disciplic succession of spiritual masters. I thought that Srila Prabhupada might really know what is going on in the world. After all, his devotees claimed this, and I admired and respected them. So with this in mind I began to ask my questions. Inadvertently, I had approached a guru, or spiritual master, in the prescribed way–by submissively asking questions about spiritual life.
Srila Prabhupada seemed pleased with me, and over the next several days, he answered my questions. I asked them mostly from an academic point of view, but he always gave me personal answers so that I would actually spiritualize my life. His answers were logical, scientific, satisfying and amazingly lucid. Before I met Srila Prabhupada and his disciples, spiritual life was always obscure and nebulous. But the discussions with Srila Prabhupada were realistic, clear and exciting! Srila Prabhupada was patiently trying to help me understand that Krsna–God–is the supreme enjoyer, supreme friend and supreme proprietor. I put forward many impediments to accepting the obvious: that I would have to become serious about God consciousness to understand God. But Srila Prabhupada relentlessly yet kindly urged me on. Even though I had little ability to express myself, Srila Prabhupada understood my every inquiry and answered perfectly.