At the time of his youth, the most sought after professions in India were that of a doctor or an engineer. The two options were laid out before a young Prakash as well, and his father advised him to pursue medical studies. The reason for it being the connection that he saw between the Vedic tradition of Ayurveda, yoga and the novelties of modern medicine. And Prakash Ji wanted to explore that.
But destiny had something completely different in store for him. He was going to pursue his higher education a thousand kilometers away from his homeland. While reading various newspapers and magazines, Prakash Ji’s father always read all the issues about Soviet Russia, and was sure that his son would get the best education there. His work with soviet engineers also had a great impression on him. He left for Russia in 1990, a country that was soon going to become his second homeland, and a place dear to his heart. He also met his future wife while studying in Moscow, and has three children who were born and raised in Russia, which only strengthened the born that he felt with this country.
The 1990’s were undoubtedly a breaking point in the history of Russia. This period was dubbed “perestroika” or restructuring. The long known stability was tottering beneath everybody’s feet, and a new world was emerging. Russia had been a communist country for 70 years. Censorship was rife and atheism, a part of the ideology. During “perestroika” everything characterizing the previous regime fell in a matter of couple of years. Suddenly an influx of most varied and previously banned material hit the country like a wave. Everything from banned history books to works on esoteric science could now be easily accessed. It led to a lot of confusion created in the minds of people, who were now divided between the past, with its predictable march of time, and the present, full of chaos, with an unknown future before them.
During the same period, Prakash Ji was in his third year of studies in Moscow, when he felt that he was not in the right place, and began to go deeper into himself. This soul searching made him realize the true purpose of his stay in Russia. The purpose was to share with people the true knowledge that uncovered itself to him through his spiritual practices. This period was a hard one for most of the people, both materially and mentally. Those who earlier enjoyed a good lifestyle, now had to work their way up all over again. One can only imagine the difficulties that a young student from a foreign country had to overcome to ensure for himself a steady source of income and a living. In this case the purpose was a lot bigger and therefore was fraught with a lot more obstacles. Despite all of that, the determination that was kindled in the heart of Prakash Ji because of a new found purpose gave him the strength to move forward. He decided to leave his studies to go for that calling wholeheartedly. Years of struggle ensued, and life showed its numerous facets. Finally, in 1999, the struggles bore their fruit. A spiritual and cultural center was opened in Moscow. Through it, Shri Prakash Ji’s initial vision was fulfilled. He preached about the wisdom of Hinduism, its importance, and how it’s ideals and practices can be fused with the realities of ones everyday life in the modern world.