The knowledge in that magazine so inspired William that he at once—with the help of his mother—began visiting the ISKCON temple in San Francisco. Within a few weeks, at the age of sixteen, he had moved into the temple to become a full time monk. He soon met his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, who instructed him to distribute his books and to read them with great care and attention. Not long after this meeting, in early 1974, Srila Prabhupada gave William spiritual initiation and the name Vaisesika Dasa.
Since then Vaisesika Dasa has devoted his life to his spiritual master’s mission. He has continuously read, studied, and distributed to the masses the Vedic knowledge contained in the translations and commentaries of Srila Prabhupada’s books. Currently, Vaisesika Dasa travels extensively, lecturing, counseling, and inspiring devotees and spiritual aspirants alike throughout the world.
In 2009, to help fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s order that his movement continue to expand, Vaisesika Dasa began initiating disciples into the disciplic succession.