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The Journey Home Book Review

B.K.S Iyengar With Radhanath Swami

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Radhanath Swami & B.K.S Iyengar

Radhanath Swami with B.K.S Iyengar

The Journey Home an autobiography of Radhanath Swamiji is a stunning story worth reading.

Though, his journey from the external to the internal world is an awe-inspiring journey it is possible that it may frighten many as he had undergone physical, financial and mental tortures from men irrespective of race or creed, almost taking him to the jaws of death. It is an amazing story. Yet his determination as an ardent seeker of truth is clear.

His determined will to reach the Land of spiritual kingdom, that is India, is an unbelievable episode who later savoured the flavour of seeing the Soul face to face.The readers have to admire when everything of what he possessed are not only snatched his determined will, but salute him for withstanding the violent force of murder.

He writes about the World Yoga Conference of 1970 organized by Mr. Christhopher Hills in New Delhi. I had chaired many sessions and gave a lecture cum demonstration on the opening night. I do not know whether I met Richard then or not, but the conference ended in a fiasco. Some top yogis who were internationally known, for no rhyme or reason seized microphones, throwing chairs which upsetted people like us who never know the cause of disturbances even now.

As the delegates were showing might over right I requested Shri. Dheerandra Brahmacari as a host to address. As he was silent, I took the mike and addressed to stop animosity and hatred but to listen a minute of what I wanted to say. Silence came with repeated requests. Then I said that all of us should say goodbye to yogic discipline if it leads one from human conscious level towards the sub-human levels and therefore I request the Chairperson to conclude the conference as closed.

No doubt this was a turning point as many thought that what happened should not have happened.

I do not know whether Richard was there throughout the session. But having read his reference to the 1970 World Yoga Conference, I respect my friend, now Shri Radhanath Swamiji who pursued his spiritual journey experiencing unity in diversity which is a part and parcel of Indian culture, met various spiritual heads in his journey and gained knowledge of Adhyaatma Vidya progressively and then culminating his journey from the seeker to the state of the seer.

I thank Mandala Publishing House in presenting this interesting and educating journey of a seeker to become a seer. I hope many who read, aspire to experience of what Radhanath Swami experienced.

– B.K.S Iyengar
Is one of the foremost teachers of Yoga and has been practicing and teaching for over sixty years. Millions of students  follow his method and there are Iyengar yoga centres all over the world. He has written many books
(Author of Light On Yoga)

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71 Comments to

“B.K.S Iyengar With Radhanath Swami”

  1. On June 23rd, 2011 at 9:09 am Sagar Wadekar Says:

    Good book.. i am eager to get and read…

  2. On June 28th, 2011 at 6:11 am Abhijit Toley Says:

    This is a really special picture. Two great spiritualists expressing their genuine love for each other.

  3. On July 1st, 2011 at 9:36 am Radha Menon Says:

    Very beautiful review. One will be encouraged to read such good books if great personalities give their opinion .

  4. On July 18th, 2011 at 10:14 am gopasana Says:

    As Mr. Iyengar says, the book is really stunning…right from the beginning till the very end!

  5. On July 26th, 2011 at 3:02 pm navin poojary Says:

    Wonderful interactions and comments from 2 great Leaders of Society One of Hatha Yoga system and another Bhakti Yoga system!

  6. On August 4th, 2011 at 7:37 pm Chandrika Says:

    This book answers so many questions.

  7. On August 5th, 2011 at 4:37 pm Vittal Says:

    Respected B K S Iyengar thanks for this wonderful review…we dont have many exalted souls on this planet …who not only took great risks for their own spiritual life, but also taking similar risk in passing this knowledge to others…

  8. On August 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am Tallam Sita Ramaiah Says:

    This is a book by all who have some spiritual inclination. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  9. On September 22nd, 2011 at 5:16 pm Citra Gopi DD Says:

    Thank you for this review

  10. On September 28th, 2011 at 6:13 pm Navin Says:

    Thanks for sharing

  11. On October 6th, 2011 at 8:09 am Y.Raja Shekar Says:

    All glories to HH.Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  12. On October 6th, 2011 at 8:11 am Y.Raja Shekar Says:

    All glories to HH.Radhanath Swami Maharaj and B.K.S Iyengar

  13. On October 14th, 2011 at 6:47 am Roshan Says:

    HH Radhanath Swami’s determination is commendable.

  14. On November 3rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm surekha Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring comments about the “Journey Home” book and HH Radhanath swami.

  15. On November 4th, 2011 at 6:40 am Roshan Says:

    It takes one to understand one. B.K.S. Iyengar can understand the glory of HH Radhanath Swami’s accomplishments.

  16. On November 7th, 2011 at 4:55 pm Rajaruban Says:

    A very good review.

  17. On November 17th, 2011 at 10:04 pm Vraja Manjari Says:

    Thank you for the insightful review. It is truly an amazing life journey that has culminated in the glorious path of Bhakti Yoga.

  18. On December 3rd, 2011 at 2:49 am surekha Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful review about the Journey Home book.

  19. On December 5th, 2011 at 1:35 pm bipin ambre Says:

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

    How Maharaj’s book has inspired even some stalwarts of different field is not incomprehensible.

    Hare Krishna.

  20. On February 4th, 2012 at 3:04 am surekha Says:

    Thank you for the great review about the Journey Home book.

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