1. Lucy James

    “If a person does not have an ideal he’s ready to die for, he has nothing really meaningful to live for”. This statement encapsulates the spirit behind Richard Slavin’s journey home – a journey that was all part of a beautiful plan. In reading “The Journey Home – Autobiography of an American Swami”, one is struck by the kind of life that Richard Slavin (Radhanath Swami) led, or rather, was chosen to lead. The events that Radhanath Swami narrates are almost the stuff of fiction, and the reader sometimes forgets that it is...
  2. Namarupa Magazine, Eddie Stern

    Eddie Stern:

    The story is fascinating on many levels. Everyone here tonight is basically a spiritual seeker of some sort. And so you have all heard the familiar saying “when a student is ready the teacher will appear.” But what happens when a student is so ready that every person who appears in front of him is a teacher? And not just in the way of mundane teaching but really every meeting with every person that comes your way transmits to you a deep spiritual teaching. And further, what in the case of a student is so full of yearning and so ready—that great teachers are pulled into his pathway like a magnet.

  3. Charles S.J. White

    In the realm of spiritual autobiography Radhanath Swami’s work, to make a Christian comparison, is in the genre of the “confession,” perhaps most identified with St. Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions, written originally in Latin (Augustine died in the fifth century). Augustine was highly educated, for a time a professor and later a Bishop in North Africa; but his life story, in spite of his success, is one of struggle to achieve the self-control and spiritual depth that he increasingly longed for even with many youthful setbacks. A similar giant of...
  4. Steven Rosen

    The Journey Home is a spiritual memoir – the real-life, autobiographical account of an exceptional countercultural youth who leaves America in search of himself. Trying desperately to access the continent within, he sets out first for Europe, visiting cathedrals, holy places, and hippie hotspots. With little more than a seeker’s heart and a blues harmonica, he leaves few avenues unexamined, as his overland journey takes him through the Middle East and beyond. Western religious ideals and the models who exemplify them are his first natural guideposts and ports of call. He...
  5. America Magazine, Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

    In particular, Radhanath's account invites us baby-boomers—readers of this blog included—to look a little deeper into how we found, lost, kept, gave away, were given (back) the faith—how we managed to find the 1960s a time of grace and wonder. For this invitation, we can all be grateful to Swami Radhanath. But judge for yourself; take a look at the book, see what you think.