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Is Radhanath Swami carrying past life impressions?

Is Radhanath Swami carrying past life impressions? »

I often wonder how a seven year old American child could have mannerisms of sadhus, the wandering mendicants seeking God, commonly seen

Seeking shelter in prayer

Seeking shelter in prayer »

Little Richie (now Radhanath Swami) was shaken by the experience at Danny’s cellar; he was exposed to hand grenades, pistols, and words

An Incredible reunion

An Incredible reunion »

In a remote forest at the Pokhara valley, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) meets Gary again, in an incredible reunion. Gary had been

Choosing a guru

Choosing a guru »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) meditated on Srila Prabhupada’s sacrifice, his enduring consecutive heart attacks at the age of seventy while travelling to

Challenging the idea of detachment

Challenging the idea of detachment »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had once judged Srila Prabhupada’s western disciples for carrying cameras and tape recorders, thinking it strange that sadhus

Srila Prabhupada – the epitome of humility and compassion

Srila Prabhupada – the epitome of humility and compassion »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was glad to meet Shyamsundar, the devotee who had fed him spiritual food at the Cosmos in Amsterdam,

Is Absolute Truth Personal or Impersonal?

Is Absolute Truth Personal or Impersonal? »

For some time, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had been troubled by a fundamental philosophical dispute over whether God was ultimately impersonal or

Being an instrument of kindness

Being an instrument of kindness »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was sometimes rebuked by Srila Prabhupada’s leading disciples. They pressured him to make a commitment and urged him

When honest politicians are ‘bad leaders’

When honest politicians are ‘bad leaders’ »

“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought” – Simon Cameron (American politician, 1799-1889)

We’ve often heard the

Glories of Maharana Pratap Singh

Glories of Maharana Pratap Singh »

Pratap, eldest of 25 brothers and 29 sisters, was born at Kumbhalgarh [now in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan] to Maharana Udai Singh

Zakir Naik’s Lies and the Vedic Truth

Zakir Naik’s Lies and the Vedic Truth »

Zakir Naik quotes Yajur veda (32.3) to prove that God doesn’t have a form. Whether God has a form or not according

The Ugly Face of Facebook

The Ugly Face of Facebook »

The sinister implications of getting hooked on to technology are now dawning on the saner section of the society. A 12-year old boy

Culture of love and appreciation

Culture of love and appreciation »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was wonderstruck to know of Srila Prabhupada’s journey to the west. He compared it with his own journey

Rasa dance – an expression of selfless love

Rasa dance – an expression of selfless love »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) discovered that the religion of residents of Vrindavan was not reserved for Sundays or holidays; they had spontaneous,

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

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

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