The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami
Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from a young seeker to a renowned spiritual guide.
The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine.
Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous, and heartwarming.
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The Journey Home is an exhilarating autobiographical account of Radhanath Swami, a Chicago-born Gaudiya Vaishnava guru. The book rightly portrays the truly amazing spiritual journey made by the author exploring his inner self. Filled with real-life experiences of a swami, the book can inspire the readers to introspect.
Adopting a very simple yet captivating style of narration, The Journey Home explains to the readers the author’s transition from a 19-year-old American Jew to a Hindu monk. Throughout his journey, he seeks the real meaning of human life. The author’s journey from West to East in turn is filled with many conflicting experiences that emerge to be his exploration of his soul. With little money in hand, Swami travels for about 6 months to reach India through Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The encounter with various cultures helps him realize his heart’s calling.
The book also includes detailed accounts of swami’s meeting with Srila Prabhupada and the subsequent transformations that happened in his life. The book can help the readers realize the purpose of humility and service in life. Spiritually engaging the readers, the book also includes episodes of swami’s encounters with various gurus, hermits, and philosophers, from whom he rightly imbibes the true essence of divinity. The book gives mention to many spiritual leaders such as Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa, thus conveying the right message about the need to rise above the barriers of religion. Published in 2013 by Jaico Publishing House, the first edition of the book is available as a paperback.
- The Journey Home is considered one of the most widely acclaimed autobiographical accounts of a spiritual leader.
- The popularity of the book was so immense that many international media including the Fox News and Huffington post had featured special reviews about it.
About the Author
Radhanath Swami, a renowned Vaishnava saint, is also a member of the governing body commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He is the spiritual guru for many number of devotees around the world. He has authored several spiritual books including Evolve: Two Minute Wisdom, Nectar Stream, and Gauranga – The golden incarnation of divine love.
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Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. He spent his youth wandering through disparate countries and cultures yearning for an experience of truth; after finally meeting his spiritual teacher in India he has spent the last 50 years internalizing that spiritual practice and sharing it with others. He is not only a guide, but a community builder, activist, and a New York Times Best selling author. Rooted in his study of ancient India’s mystic devotional tradition, Radhanath Swami’s message is as profound as it is simple: by cultivating a rich inner life of self-awareness and a genuine practice of service, we can become instruments of compassion and agents of sustainable change in the world.
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