Radhanath Swami and Fransis Clooney : Perspectives On Encountering God

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Published on Jun 12, 2012 by RNS Video

Radhanath Swami and Francis Clooney, two individuals whose deep journeys into their own Hindu and Christian faiths have not only lead them to encounter God but the tradition of the other.

Francis Clooney’s decision to teach in Katmandu, Nepal, as part of his Jesuit missionary training, ushered his introduction to various religions and a lifelong study in comparative theology. Clooney is Professor of Comparative Theology and Director of the Center for the study of World Religions at Harvard. His numerous publications include Beyond Compare: St. Francis and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God (2008), The Truth, the Way, the Life: Christian Commentary on the Three Holy Mantras of the Srivaisnava Hindus (2008), and Comparative Theology: Deep Learning across Religious Borders (2010). He has been a Roman Catholic priest for over 30 years and is a member of the Society of Jesus.

Radhanath Swami was born into a Jewish family in the suburbs of Chicago in 1950. At the age of 19, he traveled to Europe and hitchhiked his way to India in his search for God. His journeys allowed him to study many of the world’s major traditions in their country of origin. These adventures are gathered in his recent autobiography, The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami (2010). He has been a Hindu monk for the past 40 years and leads a congregation of over 10,000 in and around Mumbai, India.

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  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice video.

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  • madhura

    Wonderful!

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  • Deepak

    great video

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  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this video of two great personalities on their respective spiritual ideas and how they both have a meeting point.

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  • madhura

    Thank you for sharing!

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  • madhura

    Amazing!

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  • Ravi Garg

    Nice video….

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  • Piyush Singh

    A very inspiring video presenting this very beautiful perspective of seeing God with a common vision irrespective of the faith being practiced. This kind of initiatives should lead to more and more practitioners to see every living being as an part and parcel of the same God and there should not be killings or hatred in the name of Religion.

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    • Pradeep Kumar

      Yes fully agree, if one understands religion in true, there will not be any enmity on the name of religion.

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  • Pradeep Kumar

    Very inspiring video, watching it 2nd time, thanks for posting such good stuffs.

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    • Piyush Singh

      yes.. really worth watchable multiple time.

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  • Piyush Singh

    A very useful discussion sharing the different perspectives on encountering God.

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  • George Martin

    both the speakers are unique and established in their own faiths and have the liberality for each others faith too which is laudable

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  • Keshav Kishor Das

    This one is a master piece…..! Must watch…..!

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  • Satish Rane

    simply great … thank u maharaj hare krishna

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  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Very nice video. Thank you very much.

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  • biswajit

    Very nice video. Thank you very much

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  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Wonderful lecture by H.H. Radhanath Swami. Thank you very much.

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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing how two people from different faiths and religions can be so compatible on a common platform. speaks volumes of their tolerance and the ability to understand good in all religions.

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