He was educated at the prestigious Scottish Church College in Calcutta.
Before adopting the life of a pious renunciant in 1950, he was married with children and owned a small pharmaceutical business.
In 1918 they were married, but for several years Abhay lived with his family and Radharani with hers.
This was to facilitate his finishing his college education.
He had become a sympathiser to the Nationalist case, which advocated 'National schools', Freedom from British Rule, and Self Government (Self Rule).
At the same school (Scottish Colleges) in the class one year ahead of Abhay was the highly spirited Nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, who later became the leader of the Indian National Army formed to overthrow British Rule of India.
Abhay was attracted to the pure and simple teaching of Mohandas K. Who stood by the ancient pure principles of moral India, and regarded Bhagavad Gita above all other books.
His personal habits too, and life-style were pure, as he lived a life as a saint, 'sadhu'.
Why don't you preach Lord Caitanya's message throughout the whole world? Krsna consciousness could not be impaired by anyone or anything, it is so important that it could not wait. In a very short time Abhay was convinced, "He's wonderful! In 1925 Abhay Charan De first visits Sri Vrindavan, the Holy place of Lord Sri Krsna's pastimes.
As it was recognised that the added responsibility of supporting a family is a challenge.
In his fourth year of college Abhay felt reluctant to accept his degree, a degree that was given by the British.
Where young Abhay was seen to be stood for many long hours offering prayers before the Deity. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; Satswarupa das Goswami. Hearing and understanding the significance of the festival Abhay would sometimes check railway timetables to go to Jagannath Puri where Lord Caitanya personally attended some 500 years before.
"The Deity was so beautiful, with His slanted eyes". Every year a conservative estimated 5 million people attended the festival, this absorbed Abhay more in the mood of Rathyatra.
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