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The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami Paperback – January 19, 2010
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New York Times best-selling author Radhanath Swami was born in Chicago in 1950. At age nineteen, he traveled overland from London to India, where he lived in Himalayan caves, learned yoga from revered masters, and eventually became a world-renowned spiritual leader in his own right. His acclaimed memoir, The Journey Home, has been translated into over twenty languages and sold in over forty countries worldwide. Radhanath Swami presently travels in Asia, Europe, and America teaching devotional wisdom but can often be found with his community in Mumbai, where he works tirelessly to help develop communities, food distribution initiatives, missionary hospitals, schools, ashrams, emergency relief programs, and eco-friendly farms.
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The love he expresses for himself and his fellow man is clearly what sustains his body and heart. Gradually his inner will to commit to lifelong service as a devotee of Krishna becomes stronger until he is able to surrender totally to his Path and ultimate Guru, Sri Pradhupad, the founder of the modern Hare Krishna sect. It is the story of a man who leaves his family and friends behind and sets off on an unplanned and arduous international search to find God in imitation of countless saints of the past. It is richly told, a magnetic tale with special appeal that only comes from a genuine spiritual intention to reveal one's truest self. It is a gift to the heart. I was deeply touched by this book.
The journey to India is just the initial part of the book. From there you get an inside look at the many spiritual traditions of that land, all through the eyes of the young Richard, who is a genuine seeker of the truth. In some parts of the world you only get the two options: follow what your church or religious organization says or turn to atheism. In India there is more of an intellectual component. The many factions each define who the individual is and what the individual’s relationship is to a higher power, if there is believed to be one. More importantly, spirit is stressed over matter, as the body does not represent the individual.
In this book you’ll hear of how Richard had association with practically all of the camps, and how he finally came upon the one he would accept for the rest of his life. The adventures in this book are really amazing. I found myself in disbelief quite often. There is an incredible amount of detail as well.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventures and is open to hearing about different philosophies that have existed since the dawn of time. My favorite part of the book is the description of Richard’s time in the land of Vrindavana, which is infused with the devotional spirit. I found myself transported to that wonderful area and not wanting to leave. Immense thanks to the author for releasing this book, and hopefully he has many more stories to tell us in the future.
This book is outstanding and I could not put it down. I found him to be my friend traveling for God, and his travels made them my travels....His way and expertise in his writings, just put you right there with him throughout all of his adventures in his life of searching.
I highly recommend this book to you and especially one who searches for God, to read this wonderful Journey Home! You will want to finish it, but will be sad when you do. But, his story will remain in your own heart forever, for sure!
Many wonderful Blessings given to you.
This is a must-read for all spiritual and religious seekers (and not only for Hindus).
Swamiji's life journey has been nothing short of a miracle, he followed his gut instinct and faith hitchhiked with no money in his pocket from Europe to India. Would love to travel through road someday myself taking the same path. Swamiji before choosing his path, he met various gurus and finally choose the one he could connect with. You must read to understand his spiritual journey.