The Journey Home: Autobiography Of An American Swami is a well-written and mesmerizing memoir of Radhanath Swami penned by the spiritual great himself that traces his spiritual journey from being Richard Slavin, an American from Chicago, to becoming a world-renowned spiritual leader.
Summary Of The Book
Richard Slavin, an American from the suburbs of Chicago embarks on a spiritual journey that sees him travelling halfway across the globe to Vrindavan, a holy land in western India. Through his spiritual quest that also leads him to the mystic Himalayan caves, Slavin, a typical youngster turns over a new leaf to become a renowned spiritual guide.
The author presents a detailed autobiographical account of the transformation of a nineteen-year-old Slavin from being a typical teenager to becoming the highly revered spiritual guide, Radhanath Swami.
In addition, in this book, the Swami also offers deep insights into the spiritual traditions and challenges that are to be faced by all souls when they take the road to inner peace as an attempt to become one with the Almighty. The book records a number of Slavin’s near-death experiences, his apprentices with different yogis and offers several details from the many years of spiritual journey that the American had undertaken before he could become a respected Swami and find the Divine Love that he was in search of. The book also mentions the names of some spiritual greats from India such as Mother Teresa, Yogi Swami Rama and Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Written in a very heart-warming and humorous manner, Radhanath Swami’s memoir, makes for a compelling read for all the spiritually inclined. The Journey Home: Autobiography Of An American Swami effortlessly weaves the adventures, mystic experiences and love that Radhanath Swami came across on the way to realizing the Divine.
About Radhanath Swami
Radhanath Swami is a Gaudiya Vaishnava guru and an author.
Radhanath Swami’s other works include Evolve: Two Minute Wisdom, Soul-wise, Evolve: Two Minute Wisdom and Nectar Drops.
Born into a Jewish family as Richard Slavin in Chicago in 1950, Radhanath Swami was interested in spirituality right from the start. As early as at the age of 19, he took to travelling across Europe and the Middle East on a spiritual quest before he reached the Himalayan peaks in India. He later adopted the Krishna Consciousness path and became a part of the ISKCON family. Initiated by Swami Prabhupada in 1973, Richard Slavin became Radhanath Das and later received the name Radhanath Swami. At present, the Swami is a member of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON and is the founder of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai.