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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    • 4.1 • 620 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.

    https://fundraisers.giveindia.org/projects/wastepickers-of-pune-call-for-support-in-the-devastating-times-of-covid19

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid-aid-for-ranchi-india?member=10472615&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

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    https://www.khalsaaid.org/donate


    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 


    Jason Shannon ~ Composer 


    Harper Harris ~ Sound Design, Audio Mixer


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    • 37 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.

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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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
620 Ratings

620 Ratings

Ally066864211 ,

Great pod but is it over?

Very interesting pod. Been waiting for new episodes...is it over? Did I miss something?

BrookHop ,

When does last episode drop?

Anyone know why last episode hasn’t been posted in weeks?

JefDavis ,

Charlie is sane he just needs God

Bipolar is a lie 99% of the time. Sadly Charlie is still on the wrong path. Only a drugless therapy is true healing. Herbs sure, those are healing. People fear what others will think of them if they take the one true way. Deep down he knows that's why the 777 in his email.👍🙏🏻

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