10 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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    • 4.2 • 744 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.

    Seeker Syndrome

    Seeker Syndrome

    The dangers of Datura revealed, and a different perspective on what it means to seek… and the cost for those of us who do.

    Support India during the pandemic by donating to the organizations listed below that were suggested by Astray producer, Ankita Anand.
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    Guest Experts:

    Suzy Singh ~ Therapist, author and international speaker on karma and consciousness

    Alberto Roman ~ Shaman // Contemporary Curandero 

    Astray Production Team:

    School of Humans // iHeartRadio

    Caroline Slaughter ~ Host, Writer, Producer

    Ankita Anand ~ Producer

    Gabbie Watts ~ Supervising Producer

    Tunewelders - Sound Production

    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 

    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer

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    • 34 min
    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.

    Charlie Marinelli: Found Show Notes:

    Charlie Marinelli ~ Contact Charlie at charliemarinelli777@gmail.com

    Suzy Singh ~ Therapist, author and international speaker on karma and consciousness speaks about Black Magic.

    Referenced Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). A New York Times article about the ‘Psychedelic Revolution’ hitting psychiatry. 




    Astray Production Team:

    School of Humans // iHeartRadio

    Caroline Slaughter ~ Host, Writer, Producer

    Ankita Anand ~ Producer

    Gabbie Watts ~ Supervising Producer

    Tunewelders 

    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 

    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer

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    • 40 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.

    Charlie Marinelli Show Notes:

    Matthew Remski ~ Author, Journalist and Host of the podcast Conspirituality




    Astray Production Team:

    School of Humans // iHeartRadio

    Caroline Slaughter ~ Host, Writer, Producer

    Ankita Anand ~ Producer

    Gabbie Watts ~ Supervising Producer

    Tunewelders 

    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 

    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer




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    • 29 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.

    Russell in Rishikesh Show Notes:

    Unidentified Dead Bodies in India Database ~ The database where Russell’s body was found.




    Astray Production Team:

    School of Humans // iHeartRadio

    Caroline Slaughter ~ Host, Writer, Producer

    Ankita Anand ~ Producer

    Gabbie Watts ~ Supervising Producer

    Tunewelders 

    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 

    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer

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    • 36 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. 

    Spiritual Bermuda Triangle Show Notes:

    Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati (Sadhviji) ~ Renowned spiritual leader and motivational speaker. She lives at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India.  

    Check out her Ted Talk, ‘From Hollywood to Holy Woods.’

    Michael Yon ~ Combat correspondent 

    Richard A. Cooke (aka: Bungalow Bill) ~ Professional photographer and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi devotee, along with the Beatles.

    Priyanka Dubey who reported on the predatory allegations against Asaram Bapu in this article for Caravan.




    Astray Production Team:

    School of Humans // iHeartRadio

    Caroline Slaughter ~ Host, Writer, Producer

    Ankita Anand ~ Producer

    Gabbie Watts ~ Supervising Producer

    Tunewelders 

    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 

    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer

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    • 41 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.

    Jonathan Spollen Show Notes:

    Jessica Ravitz ~ Freelance journalist and former senior writer for CNN Digital. Here is her CNN article that features Jonathan Spollen. 

    Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati (Sadhviji) ~ Renowned spiritual leader and motivational speaker. She lives at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India. 

    BBC article and video featuring police investigator, Kundan Negi. The article is titled, ‘I believe Jonathan is still alive.’

    Amanda Vicary ~ True Crime expert and Psychologist




    Astray Production Team:

    School of Humans // iHeartRadio

    Caroline Slaughter ~ Host, Writer, Producer

    Ankita Anand ~ Producer

    Gabbie Watts ~ Supervising Producer

    Tunewelders 

    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 

    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer




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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
744 Ratings

744 Ratings

emmteeemm ,

Equal parts interesting and revolting

This podcast is very well done. It’s impossible to turn away despite the disgusting imagery because we have to keep learning, right? Not exactly a tourism brochure for India, however.

GNXgypsy ,

Interesting until Charlie…

I really enjoyed the first 6 episodes. Then we get to that absolute moron Charlie. What an idiot. Stupid people should not go to India. Case closed. That moron would most likely get into the same trouble in Topeka. FYI I’ve personally been to every place and town mentioned in this podcast. I was in Rishikesh in 2012 when Johnathans family members were handing out “missing” flyers. This Charlie guy is just so dramatically stupid it undermines your entire podcast. White rich idiots please stay home. The best part of his story is the locals beat him down. He deserved it for spreading his stupidity in a foreign country. I hope Charlie stays home and plays video games in the future. What a complete loser. OH WAIT!! This clown wants to be a psychologist?!!’ The moron can’t even hack one single trip to India! And he thinks he qualified to help other people!!? Please!! Hilarity ensures!!

No💔Zay ,

Great!

My aunt turned this on while we were on a road trip. Everyone was so tuned in. This was great. I wish there was more! :(

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