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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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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    • 38 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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    • 44 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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    • 33 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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    • 39 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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    • 45 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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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
680 Ratings

680 Ratings

lachatonne ,

Interesting

Interesting podcast. I'd never heard of these various "syndromes."

To the narrator/writer: "Phenomena" is a plural noun, by the way. The singular is "phenomenon."

LadyKatie325 ,

Great Listen!

I love podcasts about India. I wish there was more! This was very interesting and well done.

sllimaraik ,

Racist

White ppl talking about spiritual and meditative practices in a jokingly insulting way

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