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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

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

Become a master first

Become a master first »

Our philosophy is to selflessly serve all; become the ‘servant of servant’ of God, Krishna. However I am now beginning to realize

Desire- the master technique

Desire- the master technique »

Today I read many beautiful quotes of Srila Prabhupada on chanting. I wish I could remember them often, especially during my chanting session.

Mental peace through Journal writing

Mental peace through Journal writing »

Try this experiment now, and then read further:

Resolve to ‘just write’ for the next 10 minutes. Set the watch and start.

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

Change the language from ‘I should do’ to ‘I want to do’

Change the language from ‘I should do’ to ‘I want to do’ »

“Thus I have explained to you knowledge still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do.”

Remembering a song two decades later

Remembering a song two decades later »

“I have brought medicine to awaken every living being from perpetual sleep. Please receive the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna

Offering prayers during the month of Kartik

Offering prayers during the month of Kartik »

“To they who worship Krishna in Vrindavan, the Lord gives them their original spiritual forms. The perfect atonement to purify the sins

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

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