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Going beyond the body

Going beyond the body »

At Herat Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was shaken by the culture shock. All at once, he found it impossible to connect with

Love God Love all

Love God Love all »

The immigration officials at Afghanistan offered Richard (now Radhanath Swami) a cordial welcome, quite different from the other border guards. At Herat

We don’t want peace but Love

We don’t want peace but Love »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami)’s innocent expectations were disappointed when the ‘peace’ conference organized by Christopher Hills turned violent. Three thousand people thronged

Seeing the essence amongst Shia Muslims

Seeing the essence amongst Shia Muslims »

At Mashed, a place of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims,  Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was pleasantly surprised to meet Ibraham, a refined gentleman

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

Scandalous Swamis and Irresponsible media

Scandalous Swamis and Irresponsible media »

Nityananda swami is now a household name, and for the wrong reasons. While the sex scandal of this swami has sent shock waves

Black out or Back lash?

Black out or Back lash? »

Year – 1996, Place – Atlanta, Event – Olympics

Will he? Won’t he? As the world waited with bated breadth, Mr. Mohammed

Did Lord Rama Eat Meat

Did Lord Rama Eat Meat »

Some people feel so. They say, “It is mentioned in Ayodhya-kanda, Chapter 20, 26 and 94, that when Rama was sent for vana-vasa He told His

Who controls the human mind? »

I recently gave up using the synthetic bathing soap in preference to ‘ubtan’, a powdered combination of cow dung, mud and natural minerals.

A Saint Among Politicians

A Saint Among Politicians »

Providing inspiration for the world’s largest democracy.

“We say God’s on our side but the more important question to ask

Bollywood Is The Reel Glamour For Real?

Bollywood Is The Reel Glamour For Real? »

Understanding the fleeting nature of time All this talk about equality … the only thing people really have in common is that they

Srimad Bhagavatam – The Source Of Happiness

Srimad Bhagavatam – The Source Of Happiness »

A classsic parallel from ancient history to the discontenment prevalent today in the modern society What is common amongst the following: Elvis

The Ugly Face of Facebook

The Ugly Face of Facebook »

Despite having plenty of virtual friends and a barrage of virtual games, people are lonely.

The sinister implications of getting

Vanishing Heroes And Whining Fans

Vanishing Heroes And Whining Fans »

A bitter-sweet encounter with my cricketing idol and life thereafter I RUBBED MY EYES IN DISBELIEF. It was indeed my ‘hero’. I had

Hyprocisy and the Indian Media

Hyprocisy and the Indian Media »

A man doesn’t eat or drink for more than 60 years. Yes you have read correctly, it’s not 60 minutes but 60 long years!

Chanting Challenges

Chanting Challenges »

“For humankind, the mind is the cause of bondage and the mind is the cause of liberation. The mind absorbed in sense

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

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