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Going beyond superficial ritual and shallow religion

Going beyond superficial ritual and shallow religion »

At the yoga conference Richard became good friends with Bhikku Vivekananda, a spiritual leader from Thailand, who had thousands of students at

Majestic himalayas the shelter for a seeker

Majestic himalayas the shelter for a seeker »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
 Swami’

Richard’s

An emblem of simplicity

An emblem of simplicity »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
 Swami’

Richard

Violence in a peace conference overcoming fault finding

Violence in a peace conference overcoming fault finding »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
Swami’

Richard savoured

Thou shalt not kill!

Thou shalt not kill! »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
Swami’

On entering

Praying to accept God’s plan

Praying to accept God’s plan »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard and Gary surrendered their lives to the will of God. Not

Fighting a losing battle

Fighting a losing battle »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Although Richard was losing all interest with the counterculture movement, he still

From substance abuse to a life of substance

From substance abuse to a life of substance »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Radhanath Swami, as a nineteen-year-old Richard, followed his heart’s calling. In London,

Going beyond the pleasures of this world

Going beyond the pleasures of this world »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

A spiritual quest almost ended even before it began. On the first night

Learning to tolerate and sacrifice

Learning to tolerate and sacrifice »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) wore his hair long, not as a fashion, but

Symptoms of spiritual seeker

Symptoms of spiritual seeker »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richie (now Radhanath Swami) had habits that were unconventional by middle class American

Deep and spiritual impressions of family

Deep and spiritual impressions of family »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Radhanath Swami’s parents Gerald and Idelle Slavin expressed their faith in God through

Spontaneous attraction for Prayer

Spontaneous attraction for Prayer »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Chapter 1: Journey to the East

Childhood is the most impressionable age, and exposure to incidents of

Radhanath Swami at his Poetic Best

Radhanath Swami at his Poetic Best »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) would often be lonely but used this opportunity to connect to God through prayer and meditation. I liked

Symptoms of Real Guru

Symptoms of Real Guru »

At the massive tent at Bombay, amidst 25,000 people, Srila Prabhupada, the guru and founder of the Hare Krishna movement signaled one

Living in harmony with mother Earth

Living in harmony with mother Earth »

Near McLeod Ganja, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) lived in a cave. Richard had the company of a spider and he remembered how

Connecting to Krishna’s Holy Names

Connecting to Krishna’s Holy Names »

At the Bombay Hare Krishna pandal, tent, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was stunned to hear the same Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, “Hare

Selfless service attracts all

Selfless service attracts all »

In the company of Dalai Lama, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) felt reverential and also felt like being with an intimate friend. The

Deriving strength from Holy Names

Deriving strength from Holy Names »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had a profound experience at the convent of Mother Theresa. Richard saw that Mother Theresa was happy washing

Beauty of religious diversity

Beauty of religious diversity »

For a spiritual novice as myself, reading the heart-touching struggle of Dalai Lama and his amazing story of exile and escape has

Resolving contradictions in scriptures

Resolving contradictions in scriptures »

On the bank of Ganges at Calcutta, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was shocked to see a goat being butchered as an offering

Overcoming Hypocrisy

Overcoming Hypocrisy »

While learning Zen Buddhism at Bodh Gaya, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was pained to witness the hypocrisy of the Zen master. While

A foreigner’s expert disguise

A foreigner’s expert disguise »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) travelled to Pashupatinath at Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. He was disappointed at not being allowed entry into the

Learning about Death

Learning about Death »

At Varanasi, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was intrigued by the way the Hindus dealt with death. Richard observed that the Hindus carry

Substance behind shallowness

Substance behind shallowness »

At Rishikesh one day, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) found himself surrounded by lepers; they pressed their stinking body that was deformed and