9 episodes

How far would you go for enlightenment? Westerners have long been drawn to the spiritual mystique of India. While many find what they’re looking for and return home, some vanish without a trace or even end up dead. Astray investigates those who pay the ultimate cost in search of spiritual awakening.

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    • 4.1 • 549 Ratings

How far would you go for enlightenment? Westerners have long been drawn to the spiritual mystique of India. While many find what they’re looking for and return home, some vanish without a trace or even end up dead. Astray investigates those who pay the ultimate cost in search of spiritual awakening.

    Charlie Marinelli: Found

    Charlie Marinelli: Found

    Charlie Marinelli’s story is not surrounded by theories. In a first hand interview, he provides answers about hitting a spiritual edge in India — a journey he barely survived.

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    • 43 min
    Charlie Marinelli

    Charlie Marinelli

    The spiritual edge Charlie Marinelli chased in India the summer of 2019 forced his parents on a desperate race against the clock to try to rescue him.
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    • 32 min
    Russell in Rishikesh

    Russell in Rishikesh

    In November 2018, Russell flew to Rishikesh seeking the “next level of spirituality,” but it’s a quest he would never return from.
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    • 38 min
    Spiritual Bermuda Triangle

    Spiritual Bermuda Triangle

    The Beatles saw the holy city of Rishikesh as a fast track to spiritual awakening, guided by the renowned guru, Maharishi. We’ll experience their trip first hand through the stories of someone who was there…But, we’ll also explore other ways gurus use their influence, and it’s not always for good. 

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    • 44 min
    Jonathan Spollen

    Jonathan Spollen

    Journalist Jonathan Spollen disappeared in Rishikesh, India in 2012, and though there’s still no evidence of his death, what was found where he went missing has raised many questions and keeps this cold case shrouded in mystery. Also, a peek behind the curtain: hear what happens when things fall apart in True Crime.

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    • 41 min
    Justin Alexander Shetler

    Justin Alexander Shetler

    Did Justin Alexander Shetler - nomad, ninja and epic adventurer - meet his match in India when he disappeared in 2016…Or is a cryptic message in one of his last instagram posts proof that he doesn’t want to be found? Michael Yon, a former green beret and combat correspondent, who helped with Justin’s investigation offers his insight while sharing his own favorite pastime in India: Cannibal Hunting.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
549 Ratings

549 Ratings

Inspirenova ,

Be open

While many stories go unanswered, this creator tries her best to do with what she has. She works hard and even tries to remain open. This is true crime meets seeker. I honestly like the podcast, and I feel that to be vulnerable is to be brilliant.

If you cannot handle being open and digging deep in the playing fields, don't comment.

Cssndrclk ,

Not sure why so many people think this is a racist podcast

I feel as if the folks who are writing reviews saying it’s racist didn’t actually listen to the podcast or just listened to part of an episode. the host reiterates over and over again how much she lives India, how she herself is a seeker, and has someone on her team who is Indian weigh in on the discussion as well.

It makes me think that someone on the internet asked their followers to come here and rate the podcast badly, bc the bad reviews are all saying the same thing and they’re quite honestly not true.

This podcast is very interesting and super fascinating. There is nothing wrong with being interested in this strange and legitimate phenomenon that just so happens to take place in a country where people aren’t white. Just because the host so white doesn’t make this podcast racist.

Bostonbound95 ,

Fascinating

This is a fascinating podcast and truly worth every minute I invest to listen. I love how Caroline shares the stories with very little bias and no clear intent to sway an opinion. She simply presents the facts and invites her listeners to think about it both in a broader context (and what is driving “seekers”) while at the same time exploring the microcosm of a few stories which appear as true crime. I like how broad your focus has been. Thank you.

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