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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

Koran, your Guide to Heaven : Zakir Naik

Koran, your Guide to Heaven : Zakir Naik »

As per Zakir Naik, there is only one life and permanent Heaven/Hell. Only those who believe in the Koran and Muhammad go to

Is the western culture freeing women or abusing them?

Is the western culture freeing women or abusing them? »

Andree Marie Dussault, a Canadian journalist in Delhi feels women are now really free. Times of India (2nd May’ 2010) carries her view that modern

Krishna in Quran

Krishna in Quran »

Why the reticent Moshin from Iran is now known as Dhananjaya? He is well read in the scriptures of their native religion,

Why is peace elusive?

Why is peace elusive? »

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”- Buddha

In the 1960’s American kids were promised that science is advancing at

When Allah accepts Rasagulla

When Allah accepts Rasagulla »

One look at Dr Zakir Naik’s fiery speech in the high-tech video, “Allah in the Vedas” and we are left wondering, “Is

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 
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 Journey 
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Autobiography
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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 
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 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 
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 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

Time A sobering reality

Time A sobering reality »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
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From hypocrisy to integrity

From hypocrisy to integrity »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard and Gary often visited bookstores and glanced through various books for inspirational

Seeking God through renunciation

Seeking God through renunciation »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

God has his own ways of testing His devotees, and also revealing to

The “Show Bottle” Conmen

The “Show Bottle” Conmen »

It’s a common sight on roadside pavements of Mumbai to see a beverage selling cart display attractive bottles with oozing juices and other

When Zakir Naik blasphemes Mohammed

When Zakir Naik blasphemes Mohammed »

Dr Zakir Naik claims that the Bhavishya Purana predicts Mohammed. Let’s see what the relevant section of the Purana, that is, Pratisarga ParvaSarag Parv

Cricket lover’s agony

Cricket lover’s agony »

Going down memory lane…(2003 world cup)

As all politicians, cutting across party lines and personal differences came together and unanimously congratulated the

Going beyond hate

Going beyond hate »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

While attending Miami Dade College in Florida, Radhanath Swami, as nineteen year

Is religion dangerous or misunderstood?

Is religion dangerous or misunderstood? »

‘Religion’ is derived from the Latin word ‘religio’ which means ‘bond together’. This is similar to the Sanskrit word ‘yoga’ which means

The stick of devotees mercy

The stick of devotees mercy »

While leaving Rama Sevaka Swami’s ashram, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) received a gift from Rama Sevaka Swami- his own personal walking stick. 

Taste for hearing Lord’s narrations

Taste for hearing Lord’s narrations »

At Rama Sevaka Swami’s ashram, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) heard Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama and saw all the assembled sadhus

Appreciating all religions

Appreciating all religions »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was surprised that Narayan Prasad had close friendship with a Muslim, Mohammad. Richard too met him and they

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