Born in the United States, Radhanath Swami commenced his incredible spiritual journey at an early age. The 19-year-old Radhanath Swami journeyed from the United States to Europe to India, where he became a sadhu. As a traveling monk, Radhanath Swami crossed paths with spiritual teachers, international leaders, and other pilgrims and discovered all-encompassing inner peace. Radhanath Swami chose Bhaktivedanta Swami as his guru, and became a devoted practitioner of Bhakti yoga. Over the following decades, Radhanath Swami continued to discover his own spiritual identity and to use his knowledge to benefit others. In 2005, a beloved friend and fellow swami prompted Radhanath Swami to write down his story in order to share it with as many people as possible. Out of respect for his friend’s wishes — which were delivered on his deathbed — Radhanath Swami authored The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami. The Journey Home takes readers through Radhanath Swami's growth, tracking in engaging and lucid detail his path to enlightenment and a life of service. To learn more about Radhanath Swami and The Journey Home, please visit www.thejourneyhomebook.com. The website features photographs from Radhanath Swami’s journeys as well as press contact information. Radhanath Swami keeps his spiritual headquarters at Radha Gopinath Temple in Chowpatty, India, and uses the location as the center of his humanitarian efforts.
Philanthropist and Gaudiya Vaishnavism guru Radhanath Swami often visits and prays with terminally ill patients of the Vrindavan Institute of Palliative Care. There, at the northern India hospice, Radhanath Swami meets regularly with the sick and dying as they prepare to enter the next stage of their lives. Supported by the Share Your Care nonprofit, a philanthropist group led by the principles of the Hare Krishna movement, the Vrindavan Institute comforts and cares for individuals near death. Run by professionally trained medical staff and volunteers, the hospice offers services to both patients and their families, services that include quality medical care, physical and occupational therapy, pain management, and spiritual counseling. An onsite pharmacy and laboratory allow the Vrindavan Institute’s medical practitioners easy access to modern drugs and testing equipment so that they may better alleviate the discomfort of their patients, while grief counseling aids family and friends in dealing with their loved one’s death. Located within the peaceful Hindu community of Vrindavan, the Vrindavan Institute of Palliative Care provides quiet spaces for contemplation and reflection. Private suites with kitchenettes and full bathrooms allow patients to enjoy their last moments with family members and friends. A meditation room and rooftop patio allows patients to spend time alone when desired. During this period in a person’s life, spiritual and emotional healing is most important before crossing over. The Vrindavan Institute of Palliative Care offers the rest and relaxation a terminally ill person should have, along with the needed medical care. The cornerstone of the Vrindavan hospice is prayer: prayer with Radhanath Swami, individual imploration, or communion with loved ones. Learn more about the Vrindavan Institute of Palliative Care at www.shareyourcare.com.