Radhanath Swami

The Journey to Kumbhipaka

When I first moved into an Iskcon temple I had already read Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is twice, as well as a few other of Prabhupada's books. So when I first moved into the ashram and I started reading Radhanath Swami's The Journey Home almost right away (like most new bhaktas these days it seems) I noticed that Radhanath Swami was praising various bogus gurus and yogis. I found this to be somewhat perplexing as Srila Prabhupada strongly criticized these types of people all throughout his books. I don't remember asking anybody about this apparent contradiction between what Radhanath Swami was saying about these people and what Prabhupada says about these types of people, however I somehow or other came to the standard Iskcon approved understanding that The Journey Home is a preaching/introductory book and that Radhanath Swami's intention when praising these pseudo-spiritualists is just to attract people to Krishna without upsetting them with strong criticism. (more…)

Death in Govardhana eco village

Where did you last time read news report of somebody dying in a car accident? Usual report about car accident death goes like this: "George was driving on the X5 road near the village of Y, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was then noticed by a bus driver who called ambulance. Ambulance arrived at the scene, and saw George in pretty bad condition, and he was rushed to hospital Z, but before arriving to the hospital, George died. Police release autopsy report which states that concussion to the head was the cause of George's death." (more…)