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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 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 ...

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Overview

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 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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An American swami recounts the days he spent wandering through India in the 1960s in search of his true identity. Swami grew up near Chicago during the '50s as Richie Slavin, a middle-class Jewish kid. In his teens, he discovers the '60s counterculture, takes part in civil rights demonstrations, grows his hair long, smokes pot and takes LSD. His best friend, Gary, invites him to Europe for three months during summer vacation after attending his first year at Miami Dade College. The author leaps at the chance; it's the power of destiny calling. Swami tells the absorbing tale of his travels through Europe and his many adventures and wanderings through India. The intriguing coming-of-age story follows Swami on his spiritual search as he encounters saints, gurus and holy people. He meets Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama and stays with the fearsome Naga Babas, who, the author says, float in midair. He becomes a sadhu, a mendicant beggar, who goes from cave to temple to ashram in a ceaseless quest to find his true teacher. Most yogis he encounters want to be accepted as his master, but time after time he refuses, for he has a special fate. Swami is a simple, ingenuous narrator, and he tells a straightforward tale adorned by brief descriptive passages that convey the magic and mystery of India during the early '70s. The author spices his narrative with intriguing stories that will not only amuse readers, but also convey his deeper yearnings and uncertainties: Is God personal or impersonal? What is the role of meditation, humility and service in spiritual life? A straightforward, engaging spiritual quest and life adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601090560
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 1/21/2010
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    This is an amazing book. Helps you go directly into your own hea

    This is an amazing book. Helps you go directly into your own heart; So much to learn from this one book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Sucks you in like a magnet. Could not put down once begun. Amazi

    Sucks you in like a magnet. Could not put down once begun. Amazing journey of a sincere seeker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Sandy

    I loved this book. I could not put it down, i had to keep on reading. This book has created a passion for the lord Krishna in me and for that i am forever thankfful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Really worth reading

    Heart-touching and very captivating, you'll read it very quickly and remember it for a lifetime. This book can definitely change your life for better. Good luck!

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Breathtaking!!!!

    This is an amazing story. It literally takes my breath away. Nice to read about somebody's personal experience rather than some fiction. This almost anbelievable story opened a new door in my heart, made me look at the world from a different perspective. I am planning to read it again. Highly recommend for everyone.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is one of the most amazing, adventurous and insightful book that I have read. The author shares the profound lessons that he has learnt from each of his experiences. Even though it is such an extraordinary journey, the humility with which it is presented makes it even more appreciable. The author does not hold back anything while describing negative or undesirable experiences that he goes through. His determination to pursue his goal is quite remarkable. Anyone interested in spirituality, adventure, eastern religions or mystic India should definitely read this Journey.

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