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Brigitte Sion on Radhanath Swami’s Book


Radhanath Swami’s spiritual memoir is a model of modesty and candidness. He tells his story with remarkable honesty—the temptations of the 1970s, his doubts, hopes, and disappointments, the cultural shock and the friendships found and lost. His path is that of an ordinary American from the suburbs of Chicago, born Richard Slavin in a secular Jewish family in the 1950s, who goes on a spiritual quest to give meaning to his life. Less ordinary is his journey—literally, through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and spiritually, trying out various religious practices and studying with guides of different faiths, before settling in India. Add a zest of danger, suspense, and surprises, and Radhanath Swami’s story is a deep, genuine memoir that reads like a novel.

His style reflects the humanity, kindness, and compassion that he developed after meeting a guru in India and joining the Hare Krishna movement, where he found his spiritual home. This book is accessible, effective and offers a mine of information about the quest of so many young Americans in the 1970s, about the city of Calcutta that is so rich spiritually, so poor economically, and about the Hare Krishna movement and its evolution to this day. Other readers will be moved by Radhanath Swami’s spiritual saga, and will find echoes of their own quest in his journey.

Brigitte Sion

(Brigitte Sion is Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in New York University’s Program in Religious Studies.)

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“Brigitte Sion on Radhanath Swami’s Book”

  1. On August 11th, 2010 at 4:58 am Ram Mohan Gupta Says:

    I liked such honest comments on the honest revealations by Radhanath Swami Maharaj in his book.

  2. On August 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am umesh Says:

    Really the book by Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives a direction of our own quest in the life.

  3. On November 3rd, 2010 at 9:43 am Kushal Says:

    Here is a candid review of a candid book.

  4. On November 23rd, 2010 at 9:22 am Anil Timbe Says:

    well said.. I also read Journey Home by Radhanath Swami and found same thing.

  5. On December 4th, 2010 at 12:04 pm Vinay Rachh Says:

    a must read for all seekers

  6. On January 24th, 2011 at 12:00 pm Shailendra Bisht Says:

    This is a masterpiece from Radhanath Swami, and I echo the views of Bridgette expressed here.

  7. On February 26th, 2011 at 10:42 am Sumit Says:

    There is no doubt that Radhanath Swami’s book is mind boggling and provides inspiration to everyone who reads this book.

  8. On April 1st, 2011 at 5:46 am Utkarsh Says:

    Very beautifully said, “will find echoes of their own quest in his journey”.

  9. On May 14th, 2011 at 6:41 pm bipin Says:

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath swami Maharaj

    What an beautiful and complete description of Radhanath Swami Maharajas experiences.

    Hare Krishna.
    Also Visit- http://www.radhanathswami.co

  10. On May 18th, 2011 at 2:58 pm Usha Gaonkar Says:

    It is the most beautifully described real life experiences of H.H Radhanath Swami which also provides wonderful learning.

  11. On July 12th, 2011 at 12:58 am Vishal Says:

    Beautiful comment! Thanks.

  12. On July 15th, 2011 at 12:43 pm Chandrika Says:

    The review is very nicely written.

  13. On July 21st, 2011 at 4:00 pm Vidya Patham Says:

    Indeed Radhanath Swami;s memoir is a treat to spiritual aspirants all over the world.

  14. On July 30th, 2011 at 3:02 pm Sunny Says:

    very well said “This book is accessible, effective and offers a mine of information …”

  15. On September 23rd, 2011 at 12:28 pm Citra Gopi DD Says:

    Thank you for this review.

  16. On October 22nd, 2011 at 8:59 am vsk Says:

    excellent comments!

  17. On October 22nd, 2011 at 9:10 pm surekha Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful review for the “Journey Home” which has become one of the favourite books to every one who has read it.

  18. On November 16th, 2011 at 7:54 am gopasana Says:

    for sure readers can empathise with Hh Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s spiritual Journey.

  19. On November 19th, 2011 at 4:23 am surekha Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful comments about the Journey Home book.

  20. On December 4th, 2011 at 1:08 pm gopasana Says:

    nice summary of the book

  21. On January 26th, 2012 at 9:23 am Jagannath Dham Das Says:

    Well Said Prof.Brigitte on Radhanath Swami’s autobiography !
    It will surely encourage many people to read the book & seek Spiritual life in one’ life.
    Hare Krishna !

  22. On February 8th, 2012 at 5:12 pm Rajaruban Says:

    This journey of the swami is very inspiring.

  23. On April 21st, 2012 at 1:43 pm Pranjal dixit Says:

    The journey home is surely most adventurous story of a spiritual seeker in the path of achieving self realization.

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