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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

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