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Movie Spells

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A Reality Check Saying “no” to negative influences and “yes” to spiritual experiences.

“Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information

Search for Happiness – Part-2

Search for Happiness – Part-2 »

Humans and animals is happiness the same for them?

How are Humans Special?

How are humans different from animals? One may imagine that

Search for Happiness – Part-1

Search for Happiness – Part-1 »

Real happiness is more than the happiness enjoyed by animals.

This is the first in a series of

Search for Happiness – Part-3

Search for Happiness – Part-3 »

Modern man is proud of his technological achievements, but a closer look into his life reveals that he is more miserable than

Majestic himalayas the shelter for a seeker

Majestic himalayas the shelter for a seeker »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

Richard’s

An emblem of simplicity

An emblem of simplicity »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

Richard

Violence in a peace conference overcoming fault finding

Violence in a peace conference overcoming fault finding »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

Richard savoured

Thou shalt not kill!

Thou shalt not kill! »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

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

On entering

Praying to accept God’s plan

Praying to accept God’s plan »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard and Gary surrendered their lives to the will of God. Not

Fighting a losing battle

Fighting a losing battle »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Although Richard was losing all interest with the counterculture movement, he still

From substance abuse to a life of substance

From substance abuse to a life of substance »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Radhanath Swami, as a nineteen-year-old Richard, followed his heart’s calling. In London,

Going beyond the pleasures of this world

Going beyond the pleasures of this world »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

A spiritual quest almost ended even before it began. On the first night

Learning to tolerate and sacrifice

Learning to tolerate and sacrifice »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) wore his hair long, not as a fashion, but

Symptoms of spiritual seeker

Symptoms of spiritual seeker »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richie (now Radhanath Swami) had habits that were unconventional by middle class American

Deep and spiritual impressions of family

Deep and spiritual impressions of family »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Radhanath Swami’s parents Gerald and Idelle Slavin expressed their faith in God through

Spontaneous attraction for Prayer

Spontaneous attraction for Prayer »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Chapter 1: Journey to the East

Childhood is the most impressionable age, and exposure to incidents of

Are educated Indians the enemy of India?

Are educated Indians the enemy of India? »

Indians love to criticize India and her glorious culture. Arundhati Roy, the famous Indian writer and winner of Booker prize supports independence

Radhanath Swami at his Poetic Best

Radhanath Swami at his Poetic Best »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) would often be lonely but used this opportunity to connect to God through prayer and meditation. I liked

Symptoms of Real Guru

Symptoms of Real Guru »

At the massive tent at Bombay, amidst 25,000 people, Srila Prabhupada, the guru and founder of the Hare Krishna movement signaled one

Living in harmony with mother Earth

Living in harmony with mother Earth »

Near McLeod Ganja, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) lived in a cave. Richard had the company of a spider and he remembered how

Connecting to Krishna’s Holy Names

Connecting to Krishna’s Holy Names »

At the Bombay Hare Krishna pandal, tent, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was stunned to hear the same Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, “Hare

Selfless service attracts all

Selfless service attracts all »

In the company of Dalai Lama, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) felt reverential and also felt like being with an intimate friend. The

Deriving strength from Holy Names

Deriving strength from Holy Names »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had a profound experience at the convent of Mother Theresa. Richard saw that Mother Theresa was happy washing

Beauty of religious diversity

Beauty of religious diversity »

For a spiritual novice as myself, reading the heart-touching struggle of Dalai Lama and his amazing story of exile and escape has

Resolving contradictions in scriptures

Resolving contradictions in scriptures »

On the bank of Ganges at Calcutta, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was shocked to see a goat being butchered as an offering

Overcoming Hypocrisy

Overcoming Hypocrisy »

While learning Zen Buddhism at Bodh Gaya, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was pained to witness the hypocrisy of the Zen master. While

A foreigner’s expert disguise

A foreigner’s expert disguise »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) travelled to Pashupatinath at Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. He was disappointed at not being allowed entry into the

Learning about Death

Learning about Death »

At Varanasi, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was intrigued by the way the Hindus dealt with death. Richard observed that the Hindus carry

Substance behind shallowness

Substance behind shallowness »

At Rishikesh one day, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) found himself surrounded by lepers; they pressed their stinking body that was deformed and

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

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