Radhanath Swami was born in Chicago in 1950. In his teenage years, the yearning 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 various religions. 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. He chose 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), he cast his fate to the wind, cut his matted locks, and became one of the full-fledged Hare Krishnas.
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