The Tamil translation of the autobiography of American spiritual guru Radhanath Swami, titled Punitha Payanam by TK Sampath, was launched in the city on Thursday.
At the event, Radhanath Swami recollected the few instances and the tumultuous times around him.
He said that his search for inner spirituality took him across Europe, Afghanistan and finally an inner voice brought him to India.
In India, a number of sages had helped him by highlighting the need for humility, and taught him to balance spiritual and material consciousness, through the search for Krishna.
The book chronicles the life of Richard, a 19-year-old Jewish-American boy, who searches continents far and wide in search of spirituality, while going through near death encounters.
He travels as a pilgrim and experiences a gamut of emotions from hatred to love and at last, he accesses the inner depths of India spiritual culture. He also said that the book was his way of thanking India for the spiritual awakening brought about in him.
Director K Balachander, Hrishikesh Mafatlal, chairman of Mafatlal Industries, M B Nirmal, writer Suki Sivam and cricketer Krishnamachari Srikanth spoke about the book. They said that Punitha Payanam is a must read for Tamil readers. Radhanath Swami was honoured by Murali Bhat, a senior priest of the Srirangam Temple.
The book is available in six Indian languages — Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu and Tamil — besides Mandarin and Russian.
It is available at all leading book stores across Chennai.