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Disappointment at Taj Mahal

Disappointment at Taj Mahal »

India’s greatest attraction for many foreigners is the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest symbol of love. Richard (now Radhanath Swami) however was

Happiness by connecting God

Happiness by connecting God »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) found Mahavirdas Tat Walla Baba impressive; he was about six feet tall and his physique was powerful. He

Spiritual life transforms the heart

Spiritual life transforms the heart »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was beginning to find spiritual life natural and his previous lifestyle and interests a distraction. He found it

Desperately seeking truth

Desperately seeking truth »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) continued to be a wandering pilgrim; he wished to learn from many paths and teachers before he committed

Overcoming distractions

Overcoming distractions »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was also disappointed to see a yogi use his mystic powers to earn money so that he could

Intelligent use of Time

Intelligent use of Time »

After a month long fasting on Ganges Richard (now Radhanath Swami) rejoiced at the prospect of eating some peanuts. However a huge

Are austerities needed in spiritual life?

Are austerities needed in spiritual life? »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was intrigued by the Naga Babas; their austerities and rigorous life of denial was for real. They were

Learning sacrifice from Ganges

Learning sacrifice from Ganges »

Richard felt that although his harmonica was his constant companion and shared all his joys and sorrows it was now distracting him

Language of love

Language of love »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s most unforgettable experience at Dev Prayag was with Kailash Baba. An elderly ascetic, Kailash Baba showered Richard with

The Precious Human Life

The Precious Human Life »

At the foothills of Himalayas, the first sight of the mountain and river Ganges thrilled Richard (now Radhanath Swami) beyond imagination. The

Charmed by a mysterious person

Charmed by a mysterious person »

At Connaught Circus, on a sidewalk, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) saw prints of various Indian gods stacked up. For about an hour

Going beyond the body

Going beyond the body »

At Herat Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was shaken by the culture shock. All at once, he found it impossible to connect with

Love God Love all

Love God Love all »

The immigration officials at Afghanistan offered Richard (now Radhanath Swami) a cordial welcome, quite different from the other border guards. At Herat

We don’t want peace but Love

We don’t want peace but Love »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s innocent expectations were disappointed when the ‘peace’ conference organized by Christopher Hills turned violent. Three thousand people thronged

Seeing the essence amongst Shia Muslims

Seeing the essence amongst Shia Muslims »

At Mashed, a place of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims,  Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was pleasantly surprised to meet Ibraham, a refined gentleman

Controlling the Mind

Controlling the Mind »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was excited to see a sign, ‘The World Yoga Conference’ and learnt that 800 yogis had assembled for

Responsibility of parents

Responsibility of parents »

While travelling through the Iranian deserts, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was filled with concern for his parents. He realized that both of

Need for a vegetarian diet

Need for a vegetarian diet »

A pedestrian at Chandni Chowk offered Richard (now Radhanath Swami) food at a roadside restaurant. While eating his dinner Richard saw a

Giving spiritual impressions to children

Giving spiritual impressions to children »

At the town of Erzerum, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) suffered from dysentery and an angry mob threatened to kill him. Later they

One man’s food is another’s poison

One man’s food is another’s poison »

On entering India, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) travelled from Firozpur to old Delhi. He unwittingly succumbed to a bhang drink, an intoxicating beverage. Still

Embracing hope during crisis

Embracing hope during crisis »

At Istanbul, Richard (now Radhanath Swami), Jeff and Ramsey had a close shave, making a dramatic escape from the clutches of the

American by birth, Indian by heart

American by birth, Indian by heart »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s six months of adventure filled travels was now entering an exciting phase. Since he’d heard the voice of

Overcoming negativity through positivity

Overcoming negativity through positivity »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had no idea about India but was determined to go there. He only experienced negativity from everyone about

Abandoning bodily identifications

Abandoning bodily identifications »

After a few adventures at Athens, Gary and Richard (now Radhanath Swami) hitchhiked to the Isle of Crete. This was a perfect

Lust: a deadly enemy

Lust: a deadly enemy »

Due to a small mistake of the immigration officials at Kabul, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was now stranded alone at night. A