Mandala Publishing has released Radhanath Swami’s The Journey Home
as an Audio Book. In this extraordinary memoir, he weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. With the author’s masterful reading, listeners are guided by the former 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 incredibly intimate account of the author’s 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. A constantly in-demand speaker, Swami’s audiobook presents a rare opportunity for listeners to have an incredibly intimate and personal experience with a globally respected spiritual guru.
The audio book is available through the Mandala website as well as major national retailers:
Barnes and Noble
Listen to a preview of the audio book below.
- Rome, Italy
Visiting the home of the Ancient Saints, 1970
The old monk placed his hand over mine. He looked toward heaven for words to speak, and then closed his eyes in silence. After a moment, he opened them. "My child, there is one God. All religions teach us to love and obey him. Due to shallow faith, ego or politics, people fight over superficial differences. In fifty years of meditation, prayer, and charity, I have discovered that God’s love manifests in different ways who sacrifice their lives for the love of God and goodwill toward man."
- Crete, Greece
Iraklion, Northern Port of Crete, 1970
Weeks of contemplation passed in this way. By now, my prayers and mediations had kindled the spark of my spiritual craving into a blazing fire. From that lonely mountaintop, I witnessed everything in my life evaporating into that fire. It felt like I was being consumed by my yearning for God like one possessed.
- Istanbul, Turkey
The Turkish Border, 1970
In the middle of night, we arrived in Istanbul. When the leader of the police asked us where would stay, Ramsey told them we were looking for an inexpensive place. The leader peered at us over his spectacles and then walked off to speak privately with a junior officer. When he returned, he told us to follow his assistant.
- Herat, Afghanistan
The blaze of culture shock had acted like the rays of the sun to dissipate the fog of misconception. I felt liberated. Flooded with gratitude, I knew that Herat would forever remain a sacred place on the map of my heart.
- Rishikesh, Himalayas
My beloved mother, I am doing what I think I should be doing here. Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the Ganges River. I fell there is much to be learned in the peace and tranquility I have found here. It is quite difficult for me to tell you what I have been doing. I am not so much a tourist or sightseer. I am more a seeker of my own soul. Living in the East is an entirely different way of life than living in America or Europe. Everything is completely different. It is very difficult to say when I will return. But I will say this: I deeply miss all of my family and all of my friends and I long to see all of you. But you must understand that I must carry out what I set East to do, find the true meaning of life.Your loving son,
Rishikesh, Himalayas, Janurary, 1970
- Ganges, India
“My sweet Lord, as the river Ganges forever flows to the sea without hindrance, let my attraction be constantly drawn to you without being diverted to anything else.”
Spoken by Mother Kunti
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.42
- Parliament and River Thames, London
Times of reflection, 1970
I would sit, sometimes for hours, on the bank of the river Thames. The massive sheet of flowing water had a hypnotic effect on my mind and I would question the life I was leading. I looked up at the relentless hands of Big Ben and wondered if I was just wasting my time.
- Vrindavan, India
My dear father.
My long search has led me to Vrindavan. I have at last found something that attracts my heart as pure truth. It has taken until now to find conditions I have been seeling. In the past couple weeks I have realised the great jewel that is to be learned in Vrindavan. Believe me when I tell you that I am not here for any pleasure or leisure. I am here with all earnestness and sincerity to carry out a mission that I cannot neglect. You know that in all my life I have never wilfully hurt you. Please believe the importance of this journey to my life.
Vrindavan, October 1971