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Alone but not lonely

Alone but not lonely »

“I couldn’t understand the difference between friends and enemies. My friend was shocked to hear that I was moving go the Bowery, but

Learning to Pray

Learning to Pray »

I resolved to spend at least ten minutes with Krishna. My mind, as usual raced through myriad topics, and screamed and tried

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

Pleasing God by pleasing devotees

Pleasing God by pleasing devotees »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) now arrived at Patna and got the association of Narayan Prasad and his guru Rama Sevaka Swami. Simplicity

Duplicity in Spiritual life

Duplicity in Spiritual life »

One day at Janakpur, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met an elderly  sadhu who while blessing innocent people with an open palm, simultaneously chastised

Power of association

Power of association »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) got trapped in a quick sand and as he was drowning, a boat man waved his hand and

Need for absorption in spiritual life

Need for absorption in spiritual life »

At the famous Kumbh Mela site, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) sat on the bank of river Yamuna and gazed at the sky. 

The black magic spells

The black magic spells »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met Vasudev, a handsome sadhu in his thirties. Although Vasudev wore immaculate dress, spoke the Queen’s English and

Essence of all religions

Essence of all religions »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was shocked at Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama, the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Richard

Always Positive

Always Positive »

An entire chapter in The Journey Home describes Richard’s struggle at the Indian immigration. It had taken him six long months to hitchhike across

Relief from material attachments

Relief from material attachments »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was carrying quite a few spiritual books with him and was attached to them. He had Bhagavad Gita,

Taking serious responsibility in spiritual life

Taking serious responsibility in spiritual life »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had begun his spiritual quest with a desire to learn many things from as many paths as possible.

From free samples to paying the price

From free samples to paying the price »

Radhanath Swami writes his realization that a guru or a spiritual master with the stick of knowledge cleans the dirty wax of

Curing Forgetfulness and Seeking Spiritual Treasures

Curing Forgetfulness and Seeking Spiritual Treasures »

One day walking along the beach at Goa, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) saw a small fish desperately flap in the sand. A

Society of Cheaters and Cheated

Society of Cheaters and Cheated »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was intrigued by an incarnation of Krishna who had apparently descended to earth. This was a thirteen year

Checking our tendency to criticize

Checking our tendency to criticize »

At Goa Richard (now Radhanath Swami) travelled to Calangute Beach, a haven for Westerners and there he saw the same old scene

The Scientific basis of Varnashrama system

The Scientific basis of Varnashrama system »

While travelling in a train from Haryana, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) saw an ugly incident of a teenager being beaten by his

Lessons from Nityananda Baba

Lessons from Nityananda Baba »

A man in forties, Madhava, befriended Richard (now Radhanath Swami) and persuaded him to visit Ganesh Puri to the sacred tomb or

Lessons from Bhagavad gita

Lessons from Bhagavad gita »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) studied the Bhagavad Gita sitting under the very banyan tree at Kurukshetra where Krishna originally spoke to Arjuna.

Miracle of God’s creation

Miracle of God’s creation »

One person that amazed me on reading ‘Journey Home’ is Balshiva Yogi. This Yogi was frivolous and talkative, yet he was intense

More lessons from Mother Ganges

More lessons from Mother Ganges »

Every day Mother Ganges taught many lessons to Richard (now Radhanath Swami). One day Richard observed that although being in the swift

Living in harmony with Mother Nature

Living in harmony with Mother Nature »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) learned to live in harmony with nature. His companions in the ‘Valley of Saints’ at Uttar Kashi were

Mother Ganga teaches preseverance

Mother Ganga teaches preseverance »

Mother Ganges taught valuable lessons to Richard (now Radhanath Swami). One of them was the virtue of perseverance. Ganga begins her course

Sufferings to remember God

Sufferings to remember God »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) travelled to Dehra Dun to see Anandamayi Ma, an extraordinary woman who was also the guru of Indira

Yoga defies Medical science

Yoga defies Medical science »

One day Richard (now Radhanath Swami) saw an amazing display of yogic powers that left all, including doctors at DevPrayag, stunned in

Beauty and Grace of Mother Ganga

Beauty and Grace of Mother Ganga »

On the bank of river Ganga, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) resolved to sit in silence and prayer from sunrise to sunset for

Internal struggles of a spiritual seeker

Internal struggles of a spiritual seeker »

After surviving the attack of the wild dogs, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) also recollected an analogy of the American Indians. The Native Americans

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