His Holiness Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. Born in Chicago on 7th December 1950, Radhanath Swami in his teens set out to wander the world on a spiritual quest with a few friends, hitchhiking from America to Europe and all the way through the Middle East into India. Living as a wandering mendicant Radhanath Swami travelled across the country meeting many mystic yogis, sadhus and rishis, all the while absorbing like a sponge, the essence of their teachings. In a turn of events he stumbled into the Holy land of Mathura which in turn led him to Vrindavan.
In Vrindavan he found the teacher he was searching for in His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada (1896-1977) the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and representative of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, (the Krishna-bhakti tradition stemming from the 16th century mystic avatar Sri Chaitanya). In choosing Bhaktivedanta Swami, as his guru, Radhanath Swami felt compelled to shear his matted locks and renter Western society with a mission to share the sacred wisdom he had received. This return exemplifies the form of devotional yoga which is at the heart of Radhanath Swami’s teachings, a spiritual practice expressed as tangible action meant to bring about personal fulfillment and benefit the world.
Radhanath swami has been taking devotees from the community at Mumbai (also from other places like Pune, Nigdi, Nasik, even as far as America, Europe and Russia) to holy places all over India in the month of kartik every year. The places include Vrindavan, Mayapur, Jagannath Puri, Dwarka, holy places in South India and many more. Devotees find the yatras with Radhanath Swami so rejuvenating and inspiring that the number of attendees has been growing at rapid pace.
For Kartik Yatra -2015, 5600 people from 30 countries participated in the annual pilgrimage to Vrindavan, India lead by Radhanath Swami. It was held from November 7th to 17th 2015.
Founder of Bhakti Fest, Sridhar Silberfien, who has been a special guest during the annual pilgrimage for several years, shared his experience: Whenever I am here, I am left with tears of joy in my eyes. I yearn to be here in Vrindavan with Radhanath Swami.
Best-selling author Radhanath Swami inspires readers once more by his new book “The Journey Within” which is a long-awaited follow-up to The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami. Intimate stories from the decades of experience of H.H.Radhanath Swami as a guru illustrate the basic tenets of bhakti yoga, and illuminating references to Western religions and ideologies make this ancient philosophy more accessible than ever. The Journey Within invites readers from all backgrounds to delve into their hearts and discover the simple truths that unite us all.
World-renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami draws from his path toward enlightenment and his personal experiences to demystify the ancient devotional path of bhakti, capturing its essence and explaining its simple principles for balancing our lives.
His down-to-earth writing simplifies spiritual concepts and answers timeless questions in a heartfelt narrative that brings this sacred philosophy beautifully to life. What is love? What is the soul? Who is God? How can we live in the physical world without losing touch with the spiritual?
In concise and approachable language, Radhanath Swami sheds light on how to answer these vital questions and offers solution to life’s dilemmas with the simplest of resources. Begin your own journey within and uncover the path of self-discovery and transformation.
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Rave Reviews on the Book “The Journey Home” by Eminent Personalities
THE JOURNEY HOME which is an autobiography of Radhanath Swamiji is a stunning story worth reading. . .It is an amazing story. Yet his determination as an ardent seeker of truth is clear.B.K.S. Iyengar
Author of Light On Yoga
THIS AWESOME RENDERING of a pure hearted person’s quest for spiritual knowledge is a must read. Swamiji’s moving story also brings to the fore his compassion for the materially poor, but spiritually vibrant, citizens of India.Hrishikesh Mafatlal
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 of Be Here Now
THE BOOK IS A MUST-READ for all spiritual seekers and the experiences described would not only enable the seekers to identify themselves with the Swami but also profit by the valuable essence learnt by him during his journey.N. Vaghul
ex-Chairman, ICICI Bank
THE JOURNEY HOME IS A RARE AND INTIMATE VIEW into the 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