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A natural resident of Vrindavan

A natural resident of Vrindavan »

Radhanath Swami ‘accidentally’ (or so, it appears to my ordinary vision) lands up at Mathura, on his way to Amarnath.  Promising Gary

From lust to love

From lust to love »

At Mathura Gary and Richard (now Radhanath Swami) were hosted by a guru who had pleasing mannerisms and was refined and meticulous

Becoming trustworthy

Becoming trustworthy »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) learnt an important lesson while staying at Bon Maharaj’s ashram. One devotee Jagannath requested Richard to take a

Celebrating God’s birthday

Celebrating God’s birthday »

Gary and Richard (now Radhanath Swami) boarded a train at Varanasi, and were compressed in an overcrowded compartment. The sweltering heat suffocated

Surrendering the ego by shaving the head

Surrendering the ego by shaving the head »

Everyone in Bon Maharaj’s ashram where Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was staying complained about his long, unkempt hair. Bon Maharaj requested him

Human life – a special gift of God

Human life – a special gift of God »

For no apparent reason, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had an urge to walk from Swayambhunath to Kathmandu. As he walked along the

From idol worship to Deity worship

From idol worship to Deity worship »

When Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had first seen people worshipping an image of the Lord in India, he was repelled and felt

Overcoming fear by connecting to God

Overcoming fear by connecting to God »

Just below the hill of Bodhnath, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) saw an interesting sight. A European tourist, over six feet tall, with

Is God a person?

Is God a person? »

While wandering in the forests, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) came upon Sita Rama Baba, ‘the standing baba’. Over sixty years of age, Sita

Family culture in Eastern traditions

Family culture in Eastern traditions »

On his return to Janakpur, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was fascinated to meet a young, friendly Nepalese student Vishnu Prasad. Vishnu Prasad

Curing black magic spells

Curing black magic spells »

At Janakpur, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met Vasudev, a handsome sadhu in his early thirties. Vasudeva had the manners of an aristocrat

Is religion for violence or peace?

Is religion for violence or peace? »

Richard visited Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, the beautiful Lord who appeared in the role of a man to teach by

The mind’s burden of attachments

The mind’s burden of attachments »

During the course of his travels, Richard had become quite attached to the spiritual books he carried. He had gradually gathered a

Hypocrisy destroys faith

Hypocrisy destroys faith »

Richard From Kathmandu, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) arrived at Janakpur, known in the scriptures as Mithila, and its glories sung in the

Starving the bad dog and feeding the good dog

Starving the bad dog and feeding the good dog »

Carrying the stick given by Rama Sevaka Swami, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) hitchhiked and reached the outskirts of Kathmandu. A pack of

Paying the price for spiritual experiences

Paying the price for spiritual experiences »

Richard met a thirteen year old ‘incarnation’ of Krishna who dressed with a crown and a peacock feather, played a flute, and

Hindu caste system – discriminatory or egalitarian?

Hindu caste system – discriminatory or egalitarian? »

While Richard was travelling on a train winding through the Indian plains, he witnessed a teenager being slandered and beaten by his

Lord Rama God as a ideal person

Lord Rama God as a ideal person »

Each morning at Rama Sevaka Swami’s ashram, five sadhus gathered to hearRamayana, the story of Lord Rama. Richard (now Radhanath Swami) could

Seeing the same God in all religions

Seeing the same God in all religions »

While in Patna Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s friend Narayan Prasad took him to meet his Muslim friend Mohammed. Mohammed was born a

The message of Bhagavad Gita

The message of Bhagavad Gita »

At Kurukshetra, under the very banyan tree where Krishna originally spoke to Arjuna, Richard read the Bhagavad Gita. He had read many

Personal inconveniences for pleasing others

Personal inconveniences for pleasing others »

On his journey northeast to Nepal, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) arrived at Patna and met Narayan Prasad and his guru Rama Sevaka

Fear of comitment to a spiritual path

Fear of comitment to a spiritual path »

One night a huge scorpion fell from the ceiling of the cave, inches away from Richard. He also noticed deadly cobras occasionally,

From negativities to Goodness

From negativities to Goodness »

Richard got trapped in a quicksand. As he was being swallowed by the sand, he desperately grabbed a thorny bush. After surviving

The trap of criticism

The trap of criticism »

On the way to Varanasi, Richard arrived back at Delhi and met Sean, a friend whom he had known at London. Richard

Facing the inevitable death

Facing the inevitable death »

Richard’s pilgrimage next led him southeast to Prayaga, praised as the king of holy places. This was home of the Kumbha Mela,

Power of Greed

Power of Greed »

Continuing his journey to Varanasi, Richard stopped at Agra and visited the Taj Mahal, a seventeenth-century tomb glorified as one of the

Sacrificing for others

Sacrificing for others »

Richard travelled to the Himalayan town of Dharmasala in Himachal Pradesh. High on a mountain ridge above Dharmasala reigned McLeod Ganja, Tibetan

Caught by the net of illusion

Caught by the net of illusion »

From Bombay Richard travelled a few hours east to Ganesh Puri to the ashram of Nityananda Baba, whose sacred tomb or Samadhi

Death the body’s final destination

Death the body’s final destination »

At Varanasi which is considered by millions of Hindus to be the holiest of all cities, Richard was affected by people mourning

Hypocricy breaks trust

Hypocricy breaks trust »

From Pashupatinath Richard travelled two hundred miles south to Bodh Gaya, the holiest place on earth for Buddhists. At Bodh Gaya he

Battle between the mind and the heart

Battle between the mind and the heart »

Meditation on Radhanath Swami’s Book – The Journey Home Book

At the Bombay festival, a gigantic pandal, tent was erected and over

Curing the hunger of the heart

Curing the hunger of the heart »

Meditation from the Journey Home Book – Autobiography of Radhanath Swami

At the convent of Mother Theresa Richard saw her personally

Guru resolves contradictions in religion

Guru resolves contradictions in religion »

After a pleasant learning experience of Vipassana meditation under S.N.Goenka, whom Richard found to be a man of honesty and integrity, Richard decided to

Cultivating humility and guarding against pride

Cultivating humility and guarding against pride »

Richard had chosen the life of a beggar, sleeping on riverbanks or under trees, searching for God by exploring holy places, and

Futility of Mystic Powers

Futility of Mystic Powers »

Richard saw a yogi in his late thirties beg charity from pilgrims. On being ignored he became angry, and performed miraculous feats

Severe austerities of the Naga Babas

Severe austerities of the Naga Babas »

On a lonely Himalayan footpath, Richard saw a fearsome tribe of Naga Babas. They held tridents crowned with human skulls. Heavy coils

In the neighborhood of leopards and cobras

In the neighborhood of leopards and cobras »

Kailash Baba taught Richard to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Richard learnt to use neem twigs to brush his teeth and

From Being a God to becoming Godly

From Being a God to becoming Godly »

Richard met a fascinating person, Balashiva Yogi who was frivolous and talkative, but became intense during his yoga practice. After a few

Motherhood and family culture

Motherhood and family culture »

Richard, having often heard people speak reverentially of a woman saint Anandamayi Ma, who was the guru of Prime Minister of India,

Fatherly affection of Kailsah Baba

Fatherly affection of Kailsah Baba »

One of the kindest, gentlest men Richard ever met was Kailash Baba. Once as Richard was taking a dip in the Ganges,

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