Srila Prabhupada träffade sin andlige mästare Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati 1922. Denne bad då Srila Prabhupada att sprida den vediska kunskapen på engelska. Under åren som följde skrev Srila Prabhupada en kommentar till Bhagavad-gita och bistod Gaudiya Matha i dess arbete. År 1944 började han ge ut Back to Godhead, en tidskrift på engelska som kom ut varannan vecka.
On the Way to Krsna is based on lectures Srila Prabhupada gave, mostly on the 7th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, in New York in the fall of 1966. These were still his early days in the United States, and he addresses a quintessential part of what we think of as the American dream: the right to pursue happiness. Of course, the desire for happiness is not an American phenomenon but intrinsic to the human condition.
Without knowing what real happiness is, Srila Prabhupada says, happiness is impossible to achieve. In this small book, Srila Prabhupada discusses how happiness is found beyond the temporary, and illumines Lord Krishna's definition of happiness as it is presented in the pages of the Bhagavad-gita.