Radhanath Swami has been a monk in the bhakti tradition for nearly 50 years, dedicating his life to helping people find meaning, whilst leading social initiatives which feed, house and heal millions of those in need.
Real compassion means to understand what the needs of the body, mind and soul are.
— RADHANATH SWAMI
Born into a working-class family in Chicago, his life was about to change forever
During his participation in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s to support Martin Luther King Jr., he realized racism could only be solved through spirituality. With that insight, he decided to hitch-hike on an extraordinary journey to India, across Europe and the Middle-East. It’s a rare story which was documented in his best-selling memoir, The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami.
To love means to serve, and
to serve means to please.
— RADHANATH SWAMI
Radhanath Swami has served as a visionary, founder and guide for a number of important projects. These projects bring the wisdom and compassion of the bhakti-yoga tradition to millions around the world.
Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), recognised by United Nations World Tourism Organisation, is a spiritual oasis in the heart of Maharashtra, based on the principles of “simple living and higher thinking”, that brings spirituality to life. It’s a community which hosts multiple yoga, self-improvement, health, academic and spiritual events throughout the year, within its tranquil and sustainable space.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute is a non-profit, multi-speciality, hospital providing holistic healthcare and at the cutting-edge of medical research. The hospital is responsible for mutiple community initiatives for the welfare of rural and tribal populations – including eye camps and dental camps.
Annamrita – Midday Meals
Every child should be educated, which means every child must be fed so they can concentrate in class. Hunger and illiteracy are two of India’s most widespread and pressing problems. Annamrita works with the Government of India’s Midday Meals programme to feed over 1.2 million children daily for free.
The Bhakti Center
The Bhakti Centre is a spiritual cultural center on New York City’s Lower East Side. It is a community devoted to sharing the experience of self-transformation through the timeless culture and practices of Bhakti. It teaches yoga, meditation, wisdom and culture to help navigate the pressures of modern city life.
Lady Northcote Orphanage
The Lady Northcote Orphange was revived in 1987 by Radhanath Swami who helped expand its care from Mumbai city to the whole state of Maharashtra. It has now developed into a fifty-acre farm that gives protection, guidance and love to those who need it the most.
Gopal’s Garden School
Gopal’s Garden Pre and High School, provides children with learning opportunities that enable them to grow and develop in a holistic manner. The school fosters an environment that inspires inquisitive, intellectual, innovative minds and instils the joy of learning through cooperation and collaboration. The school aims to equip children with life skills, emotional intelligence and a sound value system that will hold them in good stead in the future.
The fundamental need of every living being is to love and to be loved.
— RADHANATH SWAMI
Sharing Bhakti wisdom for Modern Times
Radhanath Swami brings a message of integrity, gratitude, unity, love and compassion to the leaders of tomorrow’s world, who face ecological, social, political and spiritual crises. He has been featured as a guest speaker in universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia and Stanford, and in corporations such as HSBC, Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks HQ, Google, Intel and Oracle, to name a few.
1ST BOOK – BESTSELLER
The Journey Home
The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swamiis the memoir of Radhanath Swami. Here he shares his extraordinary journey hitch-hitching from Europe to India, seeking spiritual realisation along the way. Through near-death experiences, meditating in the Himalayas to hearing wisdom from some of the most renowned teachers of our time, Radhanath Swami will leave you immersed in his captivating life story.
2ND BOOK – NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The Journey Within
The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti, renowned spiritual leader and social activist, Radhanath Swami, shares intimate stories from his decades of experience as a guru of Bhakti-Yoga with illuminating references to Western religions and ideologies.The Journey Within invites readers from all backgrounds to discover the simple truths that unite us.
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