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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

When Mr Time strikes

When Mr Time strikes »

At one monastery Richard (now Radhanath Swami) and Gary saw the monks meditate in rooms filled with human skulls and skeletons piled

Learning lessons from Nature

Learning lessons from Nature »

Radhanath Swami is expert in learning from all. At Kandahar, Radhanath Swami learnt patience from a mongoose; from the hashish addicts, temperance;

Dangers of hypocrisy

Dangers of hypocrisy »

At a bookstore in Rome, Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s lower nature overcame him; he stole a book that taught to play the

Different types of intoxication

Different types of intoxication »

Once, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) landed at a Hashish dungeon at Kandahar, surrounded by old men smoking the most powerful and expensive

Exemplifying Tolerance

Exemplifying Tolerance »

At Kandahar, Mr Hariz hosted Richard (now Radhanath Swami). Once while having a philosophical discussion with him, Richard noticed Hariz howl like

Is the God of all religions same?

Is the God of all religions same? »

At Rome Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had a candid talk with a monk from the Franciscan order. Richard questioned him about the

Saying ‘No’ to temptations

Saying ‘No’ to temptations »

At a Cathedral in Florence, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) underwent a spiritual experience. As he prayed to God for direction, he felt

Seeing the beautiful plan of god

Seeing the beautiful plan of god »

Gary and Richard (now Radhanath Swami) were at France and wondered where to go now. Richard replied they surrender to God’s will.

Can bodily pleasures give lasting happiness?

Can bodily pleasures give lasting happiness? »

The more Richard (now Radhanath Swami) tried to fit in with the social norms of his peers, the more he was miserable.

Happiness by watering the root

Happiness by watering the root »

While travelling to London with Gary, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was struck by the photograph of an old man on the back

A voluntary life of poverty

A voluntary life of poverty »

On their very first night at Luxembourg, Frank was robbed of all his money. Richard (now Radhanath Swami) and Gary were determined

This world is a dangerous place

This world is a dangerous place »

Along with Frank and Gary, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) decided to go on a trip to Europe. No one from his family

From ‘absorber’ to an ‘observer’

From ‘absorber’ to an ‘observer’ »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) began to question the values that the American society championed. He was disturbed by the injustices meted out

Offering meaningful prayers

Offering meaningful prayers »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) wasn’t even a teenager when he enquired from his Rabbi the meaning of the prayers he was being

The Triple ‘P’ formula to overcome obstacles

The Triple ‘P’ formula to overcome obstacles »

As a young nineteen year old Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was often a victim of abuse and swearing by those suffering from

Is Radhanath Swami carrying past life impressions?

Is Radhanath Swami carrying past life impressions? »

I often wonder how a seven year old American child could have mannerisms of sadhus, the wandering mendicants seeking God, commonly seen

Seeking shelter in prayer

Seeking shelter in prayer »

Little Richie (now Radhanath Swami) was shaken by the experience at Danny’s cellar; he was exposed to hand grenades, pistols, and words

An Incredible reunion

An Incredible reunion »

In a remote forest at the Pokhara valley, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) meets Gary again, in an incredible reunion. Gary had been

Choosing a guru

Choosing a guru »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) meditated on Srila Prabhupada’s sacrifice, his enduring consecutive heart attacks at the age of seventy while travelling to

Challenging the idea of detachment

Challenging the idea of detachment »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had once judged Srila Prabhupada’s western disciples for carrying cameras and tape recorders, thinking it strange that sadhus

Srila Prabhupada – the epitome of humility and compassion

Srila Prabhupada – the epitome of humility and compassion »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was glad to meet Shyamsundar, the devotee who had fed him spiritual food at the Cosmos in Amsterdam,

Is Absolute Truth Personal or Impersonal?

Is Absolute Truth Personal or Impersonal? »

For some time, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had been troubled by a fundamental philosophical dispute over whether God was ultimately impersonal or

Being an instrument of kindness

Being an instrument of kindness »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was sometimes rebuked by Srila Prabhupada’s leading disciples. They pressured him to make a commitment and urged him

Culture of love and appreciation

Culture of love and appreciation »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was wonderstruck to know of Srila Prabhupada’s journey to the west. He compared it with his own journey

Rasa dance – an expression of selfless love

Rasa dance – an expression of selfless love »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) discovered that the religion of residents of Vrindavan was not reserved for Sundays or holidays; they had spontaneous,

Neem Karoli Baba and Baba Ram Dass

Neem Karoli Baba and Baba Ram Dass »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met an extraordinary saint, Neem Karoli Baba, in Vrindavan. The Baba was affectionately addressed as ‘Maharaji’ by his

Humility and tolerance

Humility and tolerance »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) soon learnt that one of the most special devotees in Vrindavan was Krishnadas Babaji. Krishnadas Babaji would sing

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati – A revolutionary guru

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati – A revolutionary guru »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met Asim Krishna’s guru, Swami Bon Maharaj. He showered warmth and affection upon Richard and revealed to him

Praying to carry out God’s will

Praying to carry out God’s will »

Affected by the atmosphere of Vrindavan, a longing to learn about Krishna awakened in Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s heart. He was directed

The secret of feminine divinity

The secret of feminine divinity »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) observed that everyone in Vrindavan loves Radha very much. He humbly asked Krishnadas Babaji about her. Babaji described

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