Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami was born in Chicago in 1950. In his teenage years, the longing for knowledge about God lead Radhanath Swami
as young Richard Slavin on a journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, during which he undertook a careful study of the
scriptures of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This journey ultimately led him to India, where he lived for several years, and met
Srila Prabhupada, Founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the Hare Krishna movement in the west.
By choosing A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (1896-1977), a spiritual activist, as his guru (after declining offers of initiation from several
tyagis or renunciants in the Himalayas), Radhanath Swami cast his fate to the wind, cut his matted locks, and entered back into the society.

Radhanath Swami's Quotes


"Success in spiritual life lies not in being the Best, but doing the Best."


"To keep our faith in the fallible soldiers of material manipulations is the cause of repeated birth & death."


"When one's eyes are anointed with the salve of prema, spiritual love then we could see Vrindavan."


"Real religion is not about being a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim. Real religion is about loving God, & dedicating one�s life to be an instrument of God�s compassion, kindness towards other living beings."


"Devotees are not impressed by the poverty or wealth in material sense in any way; what impresses is devotion."


"Real religion is about, developing real character; character of compassion, character of humility, the character of determination to grow in all circumstances."


"Opportunities are always there for us to grow, opportunities are always there for us to come closer to each other & come closer to God; if we just look for them."


"A great soul is called Saragrahi that means one who is always looking for the essence of every situation that comes before us."


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"Krsna is pleased by the sincerity of our service attitude."


"If we do the right thing with right intent that is actually our success."


"Tolerance means to fix our mind, to fix our words, & our actions on a higher principle."


"A grateful heart is not one that is very selective and choosy about what to be grateful for."


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"Simply performing devotional activities will not impart devotion to others but our consciousness should be absorbed."


"Familiarity leads to lack of Gratitude."


"Genuine spiritual movement should forgive and encourage."


"Kali yuga is so much saturated with vicious habits that there is a great fight at the slightest of misunderstanding."


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"In Kali yuga, whole atmosphere is surcharged with faithlessness, Material sense gratification is standard of civilization."


"In Kali yuga, duration of life is shortened not so much because insufficient food but because of irregular habits."


"If you do some wonderful service and if you tell people what you did in a boastful way, it nullifies the credit of your service, may not be in the eternal platform, but in your conscious condition you will not be able to reap the benefits of that service."


"To purify the heart is the one and only purpose that God has created this human life."


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"The greater is our sphere of influence, the greater the responsibility."


"Responsibility means to perform our service properly,with proper attitude, behavior and words."


"In this world, all pleasures are sources of pain."


"When we are honoured for a thing, we become attached to that thing."


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"When you take responsibility over others you have to be actually Selfless."


"If a leader engages in sinful activity that becomes the standard, if he is strict that becomes the standard."


"Wherever there is power, there is very great responsibility to utilize it properly."


"A devotee's life should be so exemplary that it increases the faith upon other devotees."


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"For a devotee death opens door for liberation but for a non-devotee death is end of everything."


"The challenge of co-operation in today's age of quarrel can be achieved by adjusting every situation according to the higher principle of loving God."


"To love someone in the spiritual sense is not based on how I want to love you; it�s based on what you want."


"Every time you are passing the test, you are coming closer to Krishna."


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"Understand suffering is a part of my karma, otherwise you will spoil your future karma also."


"Bhakti means to practice�����according to Krishna�s plan."


"When you take a position, you have to accept responsibilities."


"Bhakti cannot be attained, it is a gift."


"Death is not big thing, what is important is God's service."


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"Trying to be happy in this world is greatest illusion."


"Bhakti is expressed through our service attitude."


"Every time you are passing the test, you are coming closer to Krishna."


"Sincerity in sadhna and eagerness to serve is the basis of one's relationship with the spiritual master."


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"How intensely we think of Krishna is how we quickly become purified"


"A virtue which is divine is humility"


"Krishna is present fully in His holy name and this is realized by the humility and sincerity in our chanting."


"Humility is a natural symptom of those who love God."


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"Pure devotional service fries the seeds of material inclinations in our heart."


"Bhakti means liberation from all these complications. Just give credit to God,....so easy but so difficult."


"That is what it means to be complacent���we do not take shelter."


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"Why are we not tasting the bliss of Bhakti? Because we are taking shelter of stone boats. We are sinking and drowning in Maya & still we are further taking shelter of stone boats and this can go on life after life."


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"In giving respect we can be very happy, because we can do it in all situations. When we expect respect we are miserable, because it is not that everyone in every situation will respect us."


"Do not offend devotees or even non-devotees. Because all those whom we know as devotees today were once not devotees."


"Srimad Bhagavatam is the selected essence of many many histories of different days of Brahma, from different universes�so that we can learn the most essential lessons to develop pure devotional service."


"Renunciation doesn't mean giving up things externally but rather it means diligently pulling out the weeds from the heart."


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"When object of our anxiety is God, then that brings ecstacy."


"Enthusiasm and eagerness give life to our devotional service."


"Definition of love: capacity to forgive endlessly."


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"Human life has independence but when we surrender that to Krishna, He will utilize us completely."


"In order to live in realization of the soul, we must let our false ego and all of its designations and attachments die"


"Every human being has both higher nature and lower nature, divine nature and demoniac nature. Now, how to nourish divine nature and how to somehow tolerate the lower nature--that is human society; that is the duty of every human being."


Quotes of Radhanath Swami


"A virtue which is divine is humility. A person who could do great things and still maintain humility of the heart, charity of the heart, goodness of the heart is a person who could actually make a difference in peoples lives in a very positive way."


"As long as we want to be enjoyers instead of servants, we create so many sufferings to ourselves�and also to the whole world around us."


"Service is life. No service means, spiritually no life."


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"When you advance in Krishna Consciousness it is more difficult to tolerate being honored than to tolerate being dishonored."


"Humility is the foundation by which love manifests."


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"When we face difficulties and still remain faithful to Krishna and spiritual master we access the infinite mercy of their hearts."


"Crying out to the lord is the only eternal reality within this temporary world."


"Bhakti means the science of being defeated. Krishna wants to be defeated by the love of his devotee and the devotee wants to be defeated by Krsna's love."


"Srimad Bhagavatam is the selected essence of many many histories of different days of Brahma, from different universes�so that we can learn the most essential lessons to develop pure devotional service."


"The word surrender sounds horrible to one who wants to enjoy his senses but very sweet to one who has a humble heart."


"Regret or remorse of the wrong we have done should be in a positive spirit of changing, turning towards God with humility."


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"In a relationship the way to overcome problems, is to focus our attention on higher principles that can help us transcend them."


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"An athlete gains more & more strength by facing resistance. Similarly in life, we only become stronger when we face the resistance of our struggles."


"Humility is all about being truthful and honest."


"Remembrance is a necessary expression of love, internally."


"The auspiciousness of any situation is how it brings us closer to Krishna"


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"The more we are happy in Krishna Consciousness, the more we become purified."


"Do not think that if you surrender to God you will be loser. You will not lose anything except bondage, frustration and suffering. That is all you will lose."


"The more serious you are about spiritual life, the more you keep your mind in captivity."


"The only way we can make this world a better place is to transcend it."


"Even when Krishna gives you strength, maya will delude you to think it is your strength."


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"Giving up pride means giving all credit and glory to Guru and Krishna."


"If we have strong desire then God miraculously removes obstacles and gives us the power to overcome them."


"Our motto should be, "I seek not to be understood, but to understand"


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"Detachment does not mean to neglect what Krishna gives you. Detachment means to do the needful as an offering to Krishna. "


"Renunciation means death of false ego. "


"Real problem is not population explosion, but what the population is doing. "


"Success in spiritual life lies not in being the best, but doing the best. "


"A grateful heart is not choosy or selective about a particular situation "


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"Leadership is not a post to enjoy. if that is your idea then you will be a very miserable leader, a very exploitative person. Leadership is a serious, significant responsibility of service to others. "


"Don't let a breath escape from your body without Krishna's name. That should be our determination throughout our life. "


"Faith in God goes beyond intellectual presentation and logic. "


"Faith is the act of seeing beyond the religion of possibility of the senses, the mind and the intelligence. "


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"Any propensity other than love cannot exist in the spiritual world. There is unlimited variegatedness, but they are all extraordinarily wonderful ways of expressing love. "


"Love is not enjoyment. Love is being enjoyed. "


"Even if you want one drop of respect you have to take birth in this material world again. "


"The Absolute Truth can be perceived by a repentant heart. "


"A sincere soul is not trying to make a show. His enthusiasm is an act of service. "


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"To be in the association of those aspiring to love God is the ultimate gift of God. "


"The most transformative and gentle humility and pride. But they transform in opposite ways. "


"What a joke: Tiny living entities crawling on a little planet and are thinking, "I am Great". "


"Greatness is in not what you do but how you are an instrument in the hands of God. "


"According to our purpose, motivation and sincerity, which compose our devotion, Krishna reveals Himself to us. "


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"Dancing together in kirtans can help us develop friendships that no Mediation Therapy can. "


"Don't let a breath escape from your body without Krishna's name. That should be our determination throughout our life. "


"The joy of the soul is in glorification of the beloved Lord of all creation. "


"The more you feel you are fallen; the more you fall in love with God."


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"Preaching means to awaken the real inclination to serve God."


"Materialism is the consciousness of wanting to exploit and enjoy."


"Taking birth in Kali-yuga itself means that we have no qualification : Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu therefore manifests ultimate mercy."


"Power brings along with it the responsibility to utilize it properly."


"Taking responsibility of others means to be selfless. We have to put aside our own well being and desires as secondary and to think primarily of what is best for the persons who are looking up to us."


"We can not imitate great souls. However to study, analyse and imbibe the principles they teach and embody, is the path of progress."


"We are all leaders to one degree or another. We all have our sphere of influence and the greater the sphere of influence, the greater our responsibility."


"There cannot be love without trust and there cannot be trust unless we take the responsibility to act in a way that people can trust us."


"We can not imitate great souls. However to study, analyse and imbibe the principles they teach and embody, is the path of progress."


"Real responsibility means to live and speak in such a way as to help people�s faith and not to disturb it."


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"Taking responsibility is to perform it properly with the proper attitude, behavior and words."


"Compassion without detachment is attachment to the bodily platform"


"Loving service is the means to show our gratitude"


"Humility means that one should not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honoured by others"


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"Struggle is the name of the game as long as we are in the material world"


"Science heals in retail & kills in wholesale"


"It is not the light that is needed in this world but the warmth because we will die out of cold but not out of darkness"


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"Mercy means "to get what we do not deserve""


"Real intelligence does not mean the ability to explain material phenomenon better but the ability to distinguish between truth and illusion"


"You are where your mind is"


"Every decision must be made in harmony with what is actually the purpose of life"


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"Simply change of situation or service can give us temporary satisfaction but not shelter"


"We are not here for happy material life, we are here for selfless service and shelter"


"Real knowledge is not theoretical"


"A person who finds faults in others is a person full of faults"


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"People's criticizing others is an exhibition of their envy to GOD"


"Everything that we see in this material world is just reflecting our own consciousness"


"To love means to serve"


"If you are not being attacked by materialist, you must be doing something wrong"


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"If we see someone better than us in what we are recognized for as best at, we become envious of that person"


"COOPERATION means to be willing to sacrifice for the sake of others"


"The best people you can have friends as are those who are detached"


"Mood of Vaikuntha is that we want to see everyone excel more than us"


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"To make spiritual advancement we have to be very attentive in our dealings with our mind"


"The worst attraction is that which gives pleasure"


"Spiritual advancement without mind control is simply an illusion"


"Mind is ones biggest enemy when uncontrolled, but majority people put full faith on their enemy"


"By forgiveness we can have harmony with each other"


"You are accountable and responsible for every word, action & movement whether you are devotee or non-devotee"


Radhanath Swami's Quotes


"Harsh words once spoken, even if you beg forgiveness, still have the effect"


"Anger is like fire, it will burn all good qualities if not subsided in the initial stage"


"When you have a lot of material opulence, you think you deserve anything you want"


"Tapasya means to act according to the responsible occupation we may have in life but never to perform any activity unfavorable for spiritual advancement"


"The more we feed the laziness of our mind, the more it becomes strong"


"Material nature will record every detail. Every adjective, verb, noun, what our intention is - all is being recorded & will produce a reaction"


Radhanath Swami's Quotes


"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"


"Surrender means to do anything at anytime without desire or expectation"


"Bhakti means to be free from enjoying spirit"


"In our conditioned nature we do not understand value of something until we lose it."


"Association can make us convince anything"


"A person in transcendental consciousness sees positive opportunity in every situation of life"


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"We cannot control environment around us, but we can control our perception completely"


"I we are looking for God or an opportunity to learn and enrich our lives in every situation, we will find that, but if we are looking for how am I enjoying or suffering, we are subject to endless frustration"


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"Nature is speaking the highest glory of God at every moment if we just have the eyes and the ears to see and to hear"


" If children feel deeply loved, they become fearless and empowered by that love"


"You can conquer the whole world, the universe but if you cannot conquer your mind and senses, you are defeated in life"


"Surrender means to put your wants last"


"Maya means when we don't recognize a person's connection to Krishna"



The more we understand the glory of God, the more we understand how insignificant and tiny we truly are....

Journey Home Book - An Autobiography of An American Swami

                                                                       -By Radhanath Swami

The Journey Home Book

"Mystic Yogis, and an epic quest through spiritual India"

Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self awareness and also the penetrating glimse into the hearts 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 eventally reaches the inner sanctum of india's mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It the a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous and heartwarming.