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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,

Seeing beyond the superficial layer of faults

Seeing beyond the superficial layer of faults »

One day Richard stumbled upon a leper colony. Dozens of them surrounded Richard, pressing their deformed bodies against his, and demanded charity.

Searching for God within

Searching for God within »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

In the

Worldly acquisitions plundered by Time

Worldly acquisitions plundered by Time »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

After

Lessons from Mother Ganges

Lessons from Mother Ganges »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

Richard,

Need to abandon sectarian pride

Need to abandon sectarian pride »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

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

Richard marvelled