The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami


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  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. Bhakti-yogis Do Not Recommend Trying to Extinguish Material Desires

    The soul’s natural propensity is to love God. This love is the natural energy that is always emanating from the soul. But when this loving energy is misdirected, not in the service of the Lord but in forgetfulness of the Lord, then it is transformed into kama, or lust. It is the same energy. Therefore to dovetail all our desires in the service of Krishna is to awaken our original love within our heart. The impersonalist school of philosophy says that we should extinguish all our desires. They say that...

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