Friday, July 18, 2014

The Journey Home - Book reviewed

The Journey HomeThe Journey Home by Radhanath Swami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A well paced book that every traveller will revel in.
This book reinforces the fact that all travellers travel to discover themselves and that every place that is visited leaves an imprint on the soul of the traveller.
No traveller returns with an untouched soul from any trip.
In this autobiography Radhanath Swami (nee Richard) talks about his travels in search of a Guru who will assist him in discovering his self and ultimately that spot which will resolve every conflict in the mind.
Richard a Jewish boy from Chicago decides to embark on this great adventure in the 1970s when the hippie movement is at its peak. He writes about his travel and travails while hitchhiking half way around the world through England, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally India.

The book is divided into 4 parts:
1) Journey to the East
2) Mother India
3) Himalayan Pilgrimage
4) Forest of Grace

A book for every genuine traveller! Spiritual or not! It gives a peep into different cultures of the world without being judgmental.
The author is the Swami who started the mid day meals for poor children in schools in the slums and setting up of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital. This was his fulfillment of a promise that he had given to the immigration officer who had viewed him sympathetically and let him enter India when he did not have the requisite money on him as required by Immigration regulations.

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