Radhanath Swami was invited by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry Mrs. Kiran Bedi to speak at her official residence Raj Nivas on 23rd December 2017. He spoke from his book The Journey Home, and the talk culminated with the launch of his second book The Journey Within. Radhanath Swami’s talk was part of Raj Nivas Lecture Series, an initiative by the Governor “to engage citizens of Pondicherry on thought leadership through a series of interactive sessions by eminent speakers from the fields of history, art, leadership, literature, management, science, culture, health, spiritually and more.”
Lieutenant Governor Bedi is a retired police officer who, while in the police service won the Ramon Magsaysay Award as well as worldwide acclaim for her reforms in Tihar Jail in India. She was the first woman to join the Indian Police Service and the first woman to be appointed the United Nations civilian police adviser. “We can’t thank enough Radhanath Swami for accepting our invitation to come to Pondicherry. I have never seen an audience so rapt in attention as the audience were during his talk today,” said the Lieutenant Governor. “Radhanath Swami is a remarkable gift of divine grace to India. To come across living legends and saints like him is very rare. It will be my dream come true if I see The Journey Home made into a movie during my lifetime,” she said.