1. Pilgrimage to Udupi

    On October 26th Radhanath Swami, continuing a South Indian Pilgrimage, traveled from Hampi, to the holy town of Udupi in South Karnataka. Four thousand plus devotees travelled in over eighty buses leaving early in the day and arriving in Udupi by evening. The local media and television channels extensively covered this event as the Radha Gopinath congregation was making this pilgrimage to Udupi after fifteen years. Udupi is the centre for all members of the Madhva branch of the Bhakti tradition. The famous temple of Lord Krishna in Udupi was...
  2. Talk at Litomania Literary Festival

    On October 11th, 2014, Radhanath Swami spoke at a two-day literary festival, Litomania, held at the Welingkar Institute of Management in Mumbai. Well-known Indian authors Amish Tripathi, Vikram Sathaye, Tamal Bandyopadhyay and Ashwin Sanghvi participated in the festival that aims to celebrate the renaissance in Indian writing. Around two hundred people attended Radhanath Swami’s talk, in which he focused on the challenges that confronted him during his spiritual journey to India. Radhanath Swami recalled how, from his childhood, he found it difficult to reconcile conflicting portrayals of a God who loved him...
  3. A Pilgrimage to Hampi

    On October 22nd, 2014, Radhanath Swami gave the inaugural address for a pilgrimage being taken by the devotees of the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai. Spiritual tours are an annual feature of this community, which is under the leadership of Radhanath Swami. This year’s tour takes them to Hampi and Udupi, in South India. Over 4,500 devotees gathered at Hospet, twelve kilometers from Hampi in central Karnataka. Hampi is associated with the pastimes of Lord Rama as well as being the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The ruins of Vijayanagara...
  4. Sharad Purnima Festival 2014, at the Radha Gopinath Temple

    On the 8th of October, 2014, Radhanath Swami attended the annual Sharad Purnima festival at the Sri Sri 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. Every year on the night of Sharad Purnima, the devotees at the Mumbai temple come together to decorate the altar, transforming it into the lush forest of Vrindavan. Amidst melodious chanting of kirtans, more than 2,500 devotees were treated with a visual and spiritual treat. Radhanath Swami...
  5. Radhanath Swami Visits Temple Opening in Kanpur

    Radhanath Swami visited Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, for the grand opening ceremony of the new ISKCON temple that was inaugurated on the 3rd of October’ 2014. The five day festival spread over fifteen acres land of the temple attracted more than 10,000 guests. “Valmiki wrote Ramayana close to this place to benefit the whole world; similarly, we hope the message of Bhakti will spread all over the world from this temple”, said Radhanath Swami during his talk. Amidst the festive installation of the deities of Radha Madhava, Lalita Vishaka, Gaur...
  6. Pearl Festival At the Bhakti Center, New York

    On August 29th Radhanath Swami spoke at the Bhakti Centers second Annual Pearl Festival, a celebration of Radhastami, the appearance od Srimati Radharani. Below is an excerpt of his talk. Somehow or other this is called the Pearl Festival and everyone will offer pearls to Srimati Radharani. These pearls are jewels. They are something extremely precious. And how a pearl comes to be is very symbolic of the path of bhakti. Because there are these little people called oysters that live in the water and pearls just don’t grow in...
  7. Chandan Yatra Festival at New York’s Bhakti Center

    On Saturday, July 19th, Radhanath Swami was at The Bhakti Center in New York City to celebrate the festival of Chandan Yatra. In the bhakti tradition the observance of festivals is a way in which a community comes together, sharing their time and talents to create beautiful celebrations. Many of these festivals have been observed in a similar fashion for centuries and their annual dates of arrival are highly anticipated. Chandan Yatra (the sandalwood paste festival) is said to have been first celebrated hundreds of thousands of years ago on...
  8. Interview for Recover 2.0 Conference

    On May 5th, 2014, Radhanath Swami was interviewed for the Recovery 2.0 conference, a free online conference showcasing the voices of top professionals and thought-leaders to deliver cutting-edge scientific, spiritual, and practical approaches to treating and overcoming addictions of all kinds. A transcript of the interview can be found below. Tommy: Welcome to the Recovery 2.0 Beyond Addiction conference. I’m your host, Tommy Rosen, and I’m so honored to be speaking with Radhanath Swami. Radhanath Swami is one of the world’s most prominent exponents of Bhakti, the devotional path of...
  9. Recovery 2.0 Online Conference

    On May 4th, 2014 Radhanath Swami will be speaking as part of the Recovery 2.0 Online Conference, with a talk entitled “What the Ancient Scriptures Tell Us About Addiction”. Below is a description of the event from their website. To learn more about the event, visit the Recovery 2.0 Website here. “Recovery 2.0 produces two FREE online conferences each year, which showcase the voices of top professionals and thought-leaders to deliver cutting-edge scientific, spiritual, and practical approaches to treating and overcoming addictions of all kinds.” “May 2014 marks the third...
  10. Opening of a Vedic Cultural and Educational Centre

    On the 15th April’ 2014, Radhanath Swami inaugurated a new temple and a Vedic Cultural and Educational Centre, at Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) near Mumbai. A special feature of this new centre is the stone carvings in the garbhagriha, the sanctified altar of the temple. The upper layer has been carved with the pastimes of the Lord contained in the first to Twelfth Cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam while the lower section has been beautified exclusively with Lord Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes described in the Tenth Canto. Traditional stone artisans from the...