The Journey Home : Autobiography of an American Swami
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.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 152 x 235 x 28mm | 733g
- 16 Sep 2010
- Earth Aware Editions
- San Rafael, United States
About Radhanath Swami
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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Radhanath Swami's spiritual biography reminds me of Longfellow's poem 'A Psalm of Life'...'Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us, footprints in the sands of time.' The book is beautifully printed with colour photographs of the many personalities that the author has met. While the prose is much more lyrical than 'Autobiography of a Yogi,' it can be seen by some to be a trifle sentimental. This book is an honest portrayal of the trials and tribulations of a seeker who is drawn to the mystic East in an age that had more porous borders and was less racked by wars and conflicts. And although it warns of the risks that beset the stranger in strange lands, he also emphasises the common humanity that unites us and tells how the ascetic path need not necessarily part us from our duties and obligations to family and society. To the spiritual seeker the book will affirm the worth of one's own struggles and vindicate the reason for writing one's own account of walking the 'road (often) not taken.' To me it conveyed the message that life is a journey on which we are all pilgrims wending our way home. On that note, I liked the analogy of the 'Song of the River' that runs through the book. In a materialistic age, the book will appeal to those who are open to the possibility of starting on or have already embarked upon a spiritual quest and are open to the idea that the spiritual essence of all religions is the love of God by whatever name we choose to call Him.show moreby Abhijeet Gupta