Book Review: "The Journey Home"
The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami is an autobiographical account by Radhanath Swami, a renowned Spiritual leader, and a prominent figure at ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). I must say that this is undoubtedly one of the best books I have read to date. The book is an interesting tale of adventures and pearls of wisdom that Radhanath Swami procured on this adventurous journey.
Radhanath Swami was initially unwilling to share his story but finally agreed after the request of his friend Bhakti Tirtha Swami who was on deathbed. His memoir 'The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami' is the story of his growing up years in a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois and subsequent journey to India while hitch-hiking through Europe and the Middle East. He met many people along the way who shared their wisdom with him. His stay with the yogis in the Himalayas, in monasteries, synagogues and churches acquainted him with the teachings of different faiths. The book chronicles his spiritual quest and how he finally found the Bhakti Yoga Path.
God, who is absolute, reveals himself to different people in different ways [..] I realized it would be very narrow to think there was only one way to God.— Radhanath Swami, The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
Richard Slavin is a young boy of nineteen years from the suburbs of Chicago who is influenced by the Beatles and the hippie culture. He, along with his friend, decide to go to Europe before starting college. During the journey, one day while meditating Richard heard his calling: India. He sets off on an incredible journey to India having all sorts of experiences on the way. Once in India, he meets many mystic yogis, gurus, spiritual teachers before he finally found his path—the Bhakti Yoga.
During his search for his life’s purpose, Radhanath Swami met and learned from various spiritual leaders like Mother Teresa, Swami Rama, Baba Ram Dass and his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. He has near-death encounters during his journey as well as beautiful and unbelievable experiences of self-realization and miracles of God’s grace.
The book starts with a rather humorous and yet beautiful account of Radhanath Swami’s visit to the famous Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. He was denied entry, but he managed to enter and have ‘darshan’ by pretending to be ‘mauni baba' (a yogi in silence). The book ends with Radhanath Swami realizing in Vrindavan that Bhakti Marga is the path for him and Srila Prabhupada is the one whom he will accept as his spiritual master.
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Where there is faith, fear cannot exist.— Radhanath Swami, The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
I recommend this book to all the sincere seekers in search of truth. It's a truly inspiring and amazing story of Radhanath Swami as he explores different spiritual traditions in order to seek the higher truth. The writing style is simple interspersed with humor and profound wisdom. The book is replete with great adventurous and thrilling real-life events that took place in Radhanath Swami's life during his spiritual quest. Each incident taught him some wonderful insights. Precious gems of wisdom are interwoven in this exciting journey of exemplary resilience. The book is inspirational and will be of great interest to anyone looking for answers in life. Intricate pearls of wisdom, philosophies from various religions interspersed with witty incidents make this a memoir worth reading. This is one of those rare books which will change your life for the better. So entertaining and elevating!
My Rating: 4.5/5
Mother Ganges teaches us that if we want to attain the sea of our aspiration, we must persevere in our goal and never be discouraged by the inevitable obstacles that come on our path.— Radhanath Swami, The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
About the Author
Radhanath Swami is a spiritual teacher and an acclaimed author. He has been a Bhakti Yoga practitioner for more than 40 years and serves as a member of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness).
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The Journey Within
The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti is a sequel to The Journey Home and was launched in May 2016. It became the New York Times Bestseller in July 2016 under 'Religion, Spirituality and Faith' category.
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