The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami

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The Journey Home, Nov 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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"A stunning story worth reading. Radhanath Swami's journey from the external to the internal world is awe-inspiring. His determination as an ardent seeker of truth is clear, for at last he savored seeing the soul face-to-face. The Journey Home is the story of a seeker who became a seer. May many be inspired to experience what he has experienced."---B. K. S. Iyengar, Author

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"A generational journey to the East by one who found the real goal of all seeking, The Journey Home is one of the most remarkable and intimate portrayals of the life and adventure of an American swami, providing the reader the opportunity for a similar transformation."---David Frawley, Author Yoga: The Greater Tradition and Yoga and Ayurveda

"Here is an inspiring chapter of `our story' of spiritual pilgrimage to the East. It shows the inner journey of awakening in a fascinating and spellbinding way."---Ram Dass, Author Be Here Now

---"The Journey Home is a rare and intimate view into initiation and process of becoming a swami through the fire of Bhakti yoga and the extraordinary sacred landscape of India. An inspiring journey for all---Shiva Rea, Author Yoga Wave

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 young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also 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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User Review  - Gopi - Borders

This has become one of my favorite books! :-) I could not put it down once I started reading it, it is so well written. The author is very candid and his story gripped me and came to life in front of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sagar - Borders

This is an amazing book about one's passion to find meaning in life. In our day to day lives we hardly find such amazing stories of self realization and most importantly the deep love for God and ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Radhanath Swami was born in Chicago in 1950. In his teens he set out to wander the world on a spiritual quest where he eventually discovered the yoga path of devotion. He presently travels in Asia, Europe, and America teaching devotional wisdom but can often be found with his community in Mumbai.
People who know Radhanath Swami speak of his dedication to bringing others closer to God. Almost in the same breath they speak of his lightness, simplicity, and sense of humor. Visitors and friends are inspired by his unassuming nature and natural unwillingness to take credit for the works he inspires---developing communities, massive food distribution to indigent children, missionary hospitals, eco-friendly farms, schools, ashrams, and emergency relief programs. "He seems to see life as a continuous blessing of God's grace," one admirer said, "and yet he never loses his humanness. His accessibility leaves people feeling that with a little sincere effort, they too will find the path to inner peace and God realization.

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