Oct 25, 2009, 11:23 AM
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BKS Iyengar book review "The journey back home"
BKS Iyengar Hare Krishna
The Journey Home which is an autobiography of Radhanath Swamiji is a stunning story worth reading. Before he was initiated to the fourth order of the Ashrama Dharma, he was known as just Richard.
Though, his journey from the external to the internal world is an awe-inspiring journey it is possible that it may frighten many as he had undergone physical, financial and mental tortures from men irrespective of race or creed, almost taking him to the jaws of death. It is an amazing story. Yet his determination as an ardent seeker of truth is clear.
His determined will to reach the Land of spiritual kingdom, that is India, is an unbelievable episode who later savoured the flavour of seeing the Soul face to face.
The readers have to admire when everything of what he possessed are not only snatched his determined will, but salute him for withstanding the violent force of murder.
He writes about the World Yoga Conference of 1970 organized by Mr. Christhopher Hills in New Delhi. I had chaired many sessions and gave a lecture cum demonstration on the opening night. I do not know whether I met Richard then or not, but the conference ended in a fiasco. Some top yogis who were internationally known, for no rhyme or reason seized microphones, throwing chairs which upsetted people like us who never know the cause of disturbances even now.
As the delegates were showing might over right I requested Shri. Dheerandra Brahmacari as a host to address. As he was silent, I took the mike and addressed to stop animosity and hatred but to listen a minute of what I wanted to say. Silence came with repeated requests. Then I said that all of us should say goodbye to yogic discipline if it leads one from human conscious level towards the sub-human levels and therefore I request the Chairperson to conclude the conference as closed.
No doubt this was a turning point as many thought that what happened should not have happened.
I do not know whether Richard was there throughout the session. But having read his reference to the 1970 World Yoga Conference, I respect my friend, now Shri Radhanath Swamiji who pursued his spiritual journey experiencing unity in diversity which is a part and parcel of Indian culture, met various spiritual heads in his journey and gained knowledge of Adhyaatma Vidya progressively and then culminating his journey from the seeker to the state of the seer.
I thank Mandala Publishing House in presenting this interesting and educating journey of a seeker to become a seer. I hope many who read, aspire to experience of what Radhanath Swami experienced.
B.K.S. Iyengar is one of the foremost teachers of Yoga in the Portrait of B.K.S. Iyengar world and has been practicing and teaching for over sixty years. Millions of students now follow his method and there are Iyengar yoga centres all over the world. He has written many books on yogic
practice and its philosophy including "Light on Yoga," "Light on Pranayama," "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" and more.
Business & spirituality
Swati A Piramal, director of Piramal Group, in her busy professional life,
manages to follow a spiritual life that borrows the best from different
gurus and religious practices. She has many gurus and one of them is
Radhanath Swami, born in the US as Richard Slavin, now part of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). A catholic priest
guides her and her husband, Ajay Piramal, in meditation regularly. Radhanath
Swami, whose autobiography The Journey Home was released recently in Mumbai,
is also the spiritual guru for several other Indian CEOs and celebrities.
(Accenture, Nicholas Piramal, Reliance Industries, Sterlite, Apar
Industries, Mafatlal Industries, Yash Birla Group, Glaxo Smithe Kline, DSP
Merill Lynch, JSW Steels Ltd, Godrej Industries etc.)
A spiritually uplifting event, ‘The Journey Home – Autobiography of an
American Swami’ by Radhanath Swami was officially launched in Mumbai on 21
Actor Juhi Chawla, Dr. Swami Piramal, Ajay Piramal, Hrishikesh Mafatlal,
Shloka Birla, Yash Birla.
The Journey Home books Fotos - 'The Journey Home' Book Launch
Invitation ISKCON Germany
(This post was edited by hemangagopaldas on Oct 25, 2009, 11:30 AM)