We all know the cliche. When asked if one would go back and change one's past, a person almost always answers, "No, because my past made me who I am today." Our involvement in some form of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, whether we left IGM for TGV or left GV altogether, has made permanent impressions on us. What are some of the ones you treasure?
Here are mine:
1. Without my experience in ISKCON, I never would have gained such a fiercely guarded appreciation of individuality and freedom.
2. ISKCON taught me that the only way to be sure something is presented truthfully is to fully investigate it from all sides.
3. I gained a great appreciation for foreign languages, and Eastern classical/folk music.
4. I added a rather unconventional chapter to my life that has made me smarter, sharper, deeper, and more dynamic than I would have been had I just stayed a good old American kid.
More to come I'm sure.