The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami


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  1. Making Service the Highest Priority of Our Life

    The highest goal does not come at the time of death. The highest goal comes when we make service to God the highest priority of our life. We are not waiting for death to attain love of God. If we do not develop love of God when we are living, we will not have love of God at the time of death. Therefore little Prahlad (about whom the Srimad Bhagavatam speaks) said to his classmates, “Now is the time to live a life of devotion,” though they we all only...
  2. How To Recognize a Genuine Guru

    How do you recognize a genuine guru? That takes a little education, but in principle, according to our traditions a true guru is not one who claims to be God. A true guru is one who claims to be a humble messenger of God. I met so many gurus who had so many philosophies and I liked almost all of them, because I was just learning. I discuss this in the book I wrote, The Journey Home. I remember, I was in Vrindavan in 1971 and I was among 5...
  3. The Only Characteristic That Impresses God

    We may become very dear and attractive to the world, but what is the value of it if it doesn’t bring us closer to God. We see in many places of the world people who can speak very nicely, who have an incredible memory, and who have charisma and the power to attract others. Sometimes when they speak tens of thousands of people come to hear them or sometimes millions come to become their disciples. Sometimes it is because they can perform some magic tricks. Sometimes it is because they...
  4. Chariot Festival at Galtare

    On February 22nd, 2015, Radhanath Swami led the celebrations of the Rath Yatra, an ancient traditional chariot procession, at Galtare Village, Maharashtra, India. Galtare Village is the home of Radhanath Swami’s project, Govardhan Eco Village, a model farm community and retreat center highlighting the importance of spiritual ecology. The procession, with a chariot carrying a Deity of Krishna, passed through the narrow streets of the village, as 2000 villagers pulled the chariot, sang kirtan and danced joyfully. Every house in the village had lamps lit at the doorway and rangoli...

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