Radhanath Swami, the cow and the white Ambassador

Radhanath Swami, the cow and the white Ambassador

Radhanath Swami, the cow and the white Ambassador

‘Wasn’t that strange?’ A cow racing alongside our speeding car at dangerously close proximity!

This happened as we traveled towards the Himalayan pilgrimage of Badrinath. Fifty-odd devotees had gone ahead by bus, and way behind were the four of us riding in a white Ambassador with Radhanath Swami.

Close to Agra, stretching out on either side of the road was a village with fields, little shops and thatched houses. Our vehicle was the lone occupant of that muddy highway as far as the eyes could strain, until a cow appeared from the nearby fields. Strangely, this humblest of animals seemed to hold a lofty ambition—of racing ahead our speeding automobile. Our chauffer panicked, for even a gentle sidewise brush of the car could prove a fatal blow on her gentle body. He raced faster until her four legs were no match to his four wheels.  Relieved, all in the car sighed in unison—except for Radhanath Swami. For him, relief was still afar, and he wouldn’t find it until he knew why that cow behaved abnormally. Was she in distress? Could he be of any help to her?

Upon Radhanath Swami’s request, we stopped to inquire from the locals. One man related the cow’s sad tale: sometime back a white Ambassador had knocked down her little calf, and ever since the cow behaved in this strange way whenever a white Ambassador passed by.

Tears filled Radhanath Swami’s eyes, as he visibly fought a battle to hold them from an outpour. Words fail me—how he shared the distress of that cow! Kneeling down, pressing his cheek against her cheek, rubbing his hands against her soft neck. They shared their feelings through an unknown language, the language of love. And time stood still to watch them converse.

After a while, we all knew we had to leave. We boarded our car and sped ahead, as the cow looked on until we disappeared from her sight. Today, she had finally won the race. A white Ambassador had finally stopped to console her.

–Vishaka Priya Devi

 

 

 

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159 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, the cow and the white Ambassador”

  1. September 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    Manasa

    Compassionate!!

  2. September 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm
    SAILESH

    This is what it means to be on the transcendental platform.

  3. October 4, 2011 at 4:05 am
    Pooja, Singapore

    Hari Bol, there is no match to the compassion of Maharaj. Hare krishna

  4. October 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Rahul Abhay Kamat

    Amazing compassion of gurumaharaj

  5. November 4, 2011 at 7:00 am
    piyush

    brought tears to my eyes

  6. December 9, 2011 at 7:34 am
    bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Its a very touching narrative. How much compassion doe Maharaj have for this dear most life to Krishna, in nothing incomprehensible.

    Hare Krishna.

  7. December 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This is a very touching story. Thank you very much for sharing this. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so compassionate.

  8. March 10, 2012 at 11:36 am
    nilkanth kohale

    Truly amazing and heart melting pastime. Language of love can cross any barrier of material world, what to speak of, when it is expressed by a pure devotee above material modes to a gentle mother(cow) in full goodness.

  9. April 18, 2012 at 5:23 am
    Riya

    isn’t that strange. Cows are so sensitive and people just treat them as if they are lifeless. Maharaj is so compassionate towards everyone, he could actually love and reciprocate with every one perfectly. Such love is rare to be found in this world.

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Radhanath Swami Quotes...


"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."