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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Mandala Publishing; 1 edition (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601090560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601090560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Relentless Seeker on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Radhanath Swamy provides an inspiring account of his journey - from being Richard, the confused hippie to Radhanth Swamy, a disciple of Swami Prabhupada. With modern education,it is inevitable that many of the Hindu practices, beliefs and stories seem unreal and sometimes ridiculous. With his western upbringing (and US education), Radhanath Swamy does a very good job of explaining his spiritual experiences in a language that would make sense to rational minds.

The chapters on his overland hitch hiking journey to India (almost as if pulled by an invisible string) are really inspiring. Equally interesting are his experiences on the banks of the river Ganga and in his cave dwellings. The encounters with Naga Sadhus and the other saints / gurus brings up memories of the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama. Accounts of unconventional approaches for extending his visa multiple times with Indian immigration authorities are outright funny.

The autobiography seems to end a bit abruptly - would have been great to get some more insights into the years with Swami Prabhupada as the 'official' guru.

I bought this book during a chance visit to the ISKCON temple at Moundsville, West Virginia (New Vrindavan). Many thanks to the couple who sold this book to me and for providing me a peek into their experiences with Radhanath Swamy.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Leena on July 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Love, Compassion, Adventure, Thrills, Devotion...All these are the experiences within the journey of this American Swami's search of God. If we really think about our self, we too have experienced the same emotions in our life at certain point of our lives but this beautiful journey compiled in this book will make the reader live through these experiences yet again. Once you start reading, try to stop reading and you wouldn't be able to...
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bert V on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
A friend introduced this book to me. I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm thankful to have the opportunity to read it. It chronicles the author's journey through continiuous trials and tribulations to achieve spirtual knowledge and understanding though various mentors, yogis, and gurus. Despite the unsurmountable odds, his conviction to reach his goal and willingness to take risks lead him to some amazing events and the opportunity to meet some remarkable people along the way. From many of the lessons that he learned, we can relate these to our own lives and it helps to bring clarity in the direction our lives take. I can appreciate how he studied numerous religions along the way and brings insight to the reader by bridging the commonalities between each of them, thus signifying a focus on universal truths. This is a great read and it definitely has something in it for everyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Santosh on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very engaging book. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. In an age of conflict , even within spiritual communities, this book shows us the best in every tradition- the internal harmony in philosophies despite the superficial differences. As we walk with Richard on his journey of truth and transformation, it can transform us also in ways more than one. Even though filled with philosophical and spiritual gems, the succinct narration keeps the reader spellbound to the story. The vivid descriptions makes you not just see, but experience the places and events in a way that is so rare in contemporary literature. I will recommend this book not just to a seeker of truth but to everyone who is interested in literature or understanding cultures, religions and lifestyles of many inconspicuous sections of the society.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ace on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely amazing. I started reading and couldn't put this book down. I gave it to my sister as a gift and she stayed up the whole night reading, and didn't put it down until she had finished. After my Dad took it up and the same thing happened. The other more profound transformation that happened for all of us is that we felt spiritually cleansed and purified with a sense of our awakened Divine nature, compassion, forgiveness, love, respect, and spiritual unity and purpose. Radhanatha Swami presents a sensible and yet emotionally engaged approach to practically applied spirituality. This book is highly recommended for any sincere spiritual seeker or practitioner.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Drury on October 2, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Journey Home. As I am nearly the same age as the author and traveled through Europe around the same time as detailed in the book, I could identify to quite an extent with the author's tale. Although I am not a spiritual person in the sense that the author is I could identify as I had a parallel spiritual journey of my own. My journey was in the North American wilderness and like Radhanath Swami I found mentors along the way until I found THE mentor for me. My journey helped me find my career. I'm not trying to say that my journey was at the same level as Radhanath Swami's but I feel there are parallels that allowed me to identify with his and thus find special enjoyment in the book.

Whether your interest is spiritual or you just want to enjoy a fascinating story you can't go wrong with The Journey Home.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rasa Kumar on January 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, I am convinced that this is a must read for anybody actively seeking to embrace any path or religion to find God. Not only is it easy to read and hard to put down (the suspense and drama are glorious, the narration is incredibly life-like, the characters jump out at you, etc.) but the wisdom and insights shared along the way are priceless...I felt myself growing with the author as I experienced his journey with him!

As is noted on the cover, it is truly an epic quest! Left me fulfilled and wanting to dig in deeper on my own...
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