1. Varanasi: Reflections on Dharma

    On the 6th and 7th of November 2015 Radhanath Swami delivered talks at the international interfaith event Awakening the Light of Dharma: How to Uphold Dharma in the World Today. The event was held at the Jnana Pravaha Centre for Cultural Studies and Research, Varanasi. Spiritual leaders from the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish traditions explored ways to create greater awareness of the concept of Dharma in the public consciousness. They also discussed how this heightened awareness of Dharma would help address many of the crises we are facing today including...
  2. Radhanath Swami Opens TEDxSquareMile at London Business School

    On November 28th, 2015 Radhanath Swami was given the opportunity to open the TEDx talk at London Business School. Last year, Radhanath Swami gave his first TEDx talk at the same event on the chosen topic of “Magic”. This year’s theme was “Get Connected”, so he spoke about the principles of “Unity in Diversity”. Choosing a monk in flowing saffron robes to open a technology conference at a business school is unusual. However, Alexandru Dobre, organizer of TEDxSquareMile, gave his reasoning: “It’s always difficult to open an event. It’s only at the end of the day...
  3. Cooking for 5600 on Radhanath Swami’s Pilgrimage to Vrindavan

    “If we always hold onto those things in our lives that don’t change, then the meals we serve may reflect the times and trends and our increasing knowledge of fine eating and good health, but they will also reflect those deeper attachments.” – Yamuna Devi For celebrity chef and author Yamuna Devi, ‘those deeper attachments’ were to Sri Krishna, her guru Srila Prabhupada and to the service of devotees. Chefs at the makeshift kitchen of Radhanath Swami’s recent annual pilgrimage to Vrindavan, India were seen following in the footsteps of...
  4. Global Participation for Radhanath Swami’s Annual Pilgrimage to Vrindavan

    This year 5600 people from 30 countries participated in the annual pilgrimage to Vrindavan, India lead by Radhanath Swami. It was held from November 7th to 17th. Every morning participants went out in groups to visit holy spots of Vrindavan where Sri Krishna had enacted his pastimes 5000 years ago. And every evening they converged at the festival site where Radhanath Swami spoke on the pastimes of Sri Krishna and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This year being the 500th anniversary of Sri Chaitanya’s visit to Vrindavan, Radhanath Swami extensively spoke on the life...
  5. Govardhan Eco Village Hosts the Nexus Eco-Conference

    Nexus, a 2-day national eco-conference, was held at Govardhan Eco Village on the weekend of October 31st, 2015. The objective was ‘to pool in ideas on integrated, sustainable and eco-ethical management of food, water, energy and waste, and to cast those ideas into working solutions.’ Twenty experts delivered their talks and over two hundred people participated in the conference. Delivering the keynote address Radhanath Swami said, “On a deeper level, we are confronted not with the crisis of environment, but with the crisis of human spirit. Whatever we see in the...
  6. Radhanath Swami Attends United Nations Church Center Service

    On September 24th, 2015, Radhanath Swami was invited to a special service at the United Nations Church Center in New York City. This event was to mark the involvement of faith leaders in helping to realise the goals of the United Nations and World Bank over the next 15 years. The new set of 15 year goals for the UN are known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total of 18 goals, they aim to address global issues ranging from gender equality, eduction, and climate change. Separately, over the...
  7. Radhanath Swami Speaks at the Theosophical Society Headquarters

    The Theosophical Society in America encourages open-minded inquiry into the world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation. Radhanath Swami was invited by the Theosophical Society to share his wisdom and message at the National Headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois on October 1, 2015. In front of an audience of seventy-five, Radhanath Swami discussed unleashing the power of the soul. His message was well received and, according to the society members, he...
  8. Sharad Purnima Festival

    Sharad Purnima Festival On October 27, 2015 Radhanath Swami celebrated Sharad Purnima with two thousand devotees at the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai. Sharad Purnima is the first day of the holy month of Kartik, the full-moon night when Krishna danced with His beloved devotees, the gopis, in the forest of Vrindavan. Radhanath Swami’s talk, the kirtan, and the beautifully decorated altar that resembled a grove of Vrindavan made the ambience spiritually enchanting. Below is an excerpt from Radhanath Swami’s talk. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Today is Sharad Purnima. In Vrindavan it is one of the...
  9. Love Conquers All / Radhastami at New York’s Bhakti Center

    On September 22, 2015, Radhanath Swami was in New York City to speak at The Bhakti Center for their 3rd Annual Pearl Festival, celebrating Radhastami (the Divine appearance of Srimati Radharani). A special feature of this festival is that all guests received the opportunity to write a prayer on a paper pearl and offer it, along with a real pearl, to Radharani. All the real pearls were then collected, strung into a necklace and offered to Radharani as a gift. Below are some excerpts of his talk. “The Latin poet...
  10. Radhanath Swami Launches Arvindbhai Mafatlal’s Biography

    On August 19th, 2015, Radhanath Swami launched the book, ‘A Life Lived with Grace’ at Y.B. Chauhan Auditorium in Mumbai. The book, authored by Mini Chandran Kurian, is a biography of the late Sri Arvindbhai Mafatlal, a leading industrialist of the old business era of India and a prominent social activist who passed away in 2011. Mr. Mafatlal was the chairman of Arvind Mafatlal Group. Under his leadership, the Mafatlals had grown to become one of the top three industrial houses of the country, the other two being the Tatas...