Sadhu Maharaja in Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

During this year’s Europe tour Sadhu Maharaja repeatedly spoke about Francis of Assisi. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Raising his arms to the sky on the painting to the right Francis looks a bit similar to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, doesn’t he?

Those of you who’ve met Maharaja before know that he often speaks about Jesus explaining that Jesus was not a religious, but a spiritual person.

Religion is about rituals and a materially motivated approach to god consciousness. Real spirituality, though, is about prema, transcendental love of god that is free from the three modes of material nature.

In the following video Maharaja speaks to a Franciscan monk and other devotees in Assisi.

Braja Mandala Is Beautiful

Janardan Prabhu recently posted a very inspiring YouTube video on Sadhu Maharaja’s Facebook page from a pilgrimage to Braja Mandala between 1980 and mid-1990 with Sri Radha Govinda Babaji (Sadhu Maharaja’s gurudev) speaking mantras and Sri Radha Mohan Babaji singing Kirtan.