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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

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