While recuperating from a severe illness using a vegan juicing-fast program (www.gerson.org) I spontaneously started meditating having known nothing about it. Simultaneously I started reading sacred spiritual literature. When I came across a quote from the Buddha from his fire sermon (SN 35.28) something got activated within me. I gave up my householder life and started practicing the dharma. 15 years later, after many exalted teachers, I am now dedicated to helping others by expounding the dharma. I live part time in an ashram in India and part time at my parents' house in New York, traveling with my guru to raise money for her charitable activities in between (www.embracingtheworld.org).