The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami

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The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
The Journey Home book cover
The Journey Home cover
AuthorRadhanath Swami
CountryUnited States of America
SubjectAutobiography, Memoir
Published2008 Mandala Publishing
Media typePrint (Hardback)

The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami is a 2008 auto-biographical account[1] of a young nineteen-year-old boy, Richard Slavin’s journey from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas and through this, his transformation [2] to being Radhanath Swami, one of India's most respected spiritual leaders and an ISKCON figure.[3] Mystic yogi's, gurus and an epic quest through spiritual India, is a concise description of this memoir. Within his autobiography, Radhanth Swami is seeming to weave a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism and love.[4]


Author Radhanath Swami in Mumbai, 2006

Readers follow Richard Slavin (born December 7, 1950) from the suburbs of Chicago to the inner sanctums of Vrindavan as he transforms from a young seeker to a renowned spiritual guide.[3] The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-realization and also a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine . Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis and years of travel along the pilgrim's path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India's mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking.[5]

In his search for an inner essence of what life is about, Radhanath Swami interacted and learned from various spiritual teachers, such as Mother Teresa, renowned yogi Swami Rama, and his guru (spiritual master), founder of the Hare Krishna Movement Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, to whom this memoir is dedicated.

Over the years, the book has been translated into several languages including Hindi, Chinese, German, Slovenian and Russian, besides as an audiobook in English.[6]

Published Reviews[edit]

News Interviews with Author Radhanath Swami[edit]

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  1. ^ Swami, Radhanath (2008). The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, 2008 Edition. ISBN 978-1-60109-044-7
  2. ^ "'The Journey Home' unveiled". Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Radhanath Swami invited to meet Indian President Pratibha Patil". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Huffington Post".
  5. ^ "DNA: Tale of an American Swami".
  6. ^ "Formats and Editions of The journey home: Autobiography of an American Swami". Retrieved 2015-10-09.

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