Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator

Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator

Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator

My new car glided over the Sea Link Bridge on to the expressway. I was privileged to be behind the wheels with Radhanath Swami as the navigator. The array of Billboards put on roadsides advertized products of all description: from electronic gadgets to crash courses in computer programming. One flashy billboard called for extra attention and as the car sped past it, Radhanath Swami announced,“Hit the bull’s eye.” That was the punch line on that billboard, assuring success for one taking to the crash course advertised.

After a few silent moments, Radhanath Swami added, “What a cruel way of describing success!”

It took me a while to grasp what he said. When it finally dawned on me, I pondered over the strangeness of human psyche. Because I was so familiar with that phrase, the ‘cruelty’ in it remained eclipsed to me until Radhanath Swami pointed that out. Toeing the same line of analysis, isn’t it true that we sometimes become so familiar with certain ways of climbing up the success ladder that we become desensitized to the cruelty that might be involved in the process?

It takes deep compassion for cutting through that thick fog of familiarity to become sensitive to even traces of cruelty that seeps into seemingly harmless facets of life—even traces found in the language that we use.

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33 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator”

  1. June 11, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Amit Duhlani

    Thank you for the wonderful pastime. It is really amazing to get a glimpse of how a pure devotee see’s the world

  2. June 11, 2010 at 10:57 am
    sriman nitai das

    we have so much degenerated in conscience that we take pleasure in crowing our happiness with the distress of others. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. June 22, 2010 at 5:27 am
    nilesh pawar

    The Best.

  4. June 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Wow, never thought it that way any time of my life. Thank you for sharing!

  5. June 23, 2010 at 11:58 am
    sri bhagvan

    It is very true that Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s every word is very powerful. It has very deep meaning. Quotes of Radhanath Swami Maharaj are very inspiring. for more wonderful quotes please visits; http://radhanathswamiquotes.com/

  6. June 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    sri bhagvan

    It Is very true that Radhanath Swami maharaj every words is very insightful and it has very deep meaning. Radhanath Swami Maharaj quotes are very inspiring. for more powerful quotes please visit:http://radhanathswamiquotes.com/

  7. June 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    Ravi Kumar

    Thank u very much for sharing this great experience. to know weekly updates about HH Radhanath Swami please visit http://radhanathswamionline.com/

  8. June 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    Virendra Singh Chouhan

    Compassion is not just an act but its a way of thinking. Its really an eye opener. Thank you prabhu for sharing this pastime.
    More about Maharaj on

  9. July 1, 2010 at 8:01 am
    Vinay Malani

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s analysis & realizations are so incredibly deep & wonderful.

    Please visit http://www.radhanathswami.blogspot.com/ to know more about Maharaj.

  10. July 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

    this article is an eye opener

  11. July 5, 2010 at 7:02 am
    Vinay Malani

    Indeed, the the modern society has today become deeply insensitive to cow slaughter. The billboard is also highlighting this fact in a way.

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s observations are so deft to catch this cruelty even in a fleeting moment

  12. July 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    Sunil Thakur

    HH Radhanath Swami is my navigator of my life.

  13. July 12, 2010 at 6:09 am
    Ashish garg

    Thank you for sharing this amazing incident. Maharaj always thinks so deeply about everything.

  14. July 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    Nausheel Unnadkat

    Truly, as Radhanath Swami allegorically says, that man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. Radhanath swami is a personification of compassion to the soul.
    http://www.dandavats.com/?cat=50. This site, Maharaj gives various nice classes on Bhagavad Gita

  15. July 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

  16. July 16, 2010 at 5:31 am
    Anup Shah

    Thankyou fro Sharing!

  17. July 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Seeing the invisible – this is what the great saints do and teach us to mend our ways – they can see where we are headed to, in name of advancemnt, career growth, making our position in society etc.

    Its this world’s greatest fortune to have saints like Radhanath Swami – else the little remaining sanity in the world would have been lost

  18. July 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Radhanath swami a helping hand

  19. July 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I loved this post teaches us to be sensitive to even poor animals .HH Radhanath Swami teaching by his own example to be compassionate to all creatures .surudam sarva bhutanam.

  20. July 21, 2010 at 11:11 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    Thank you sharing. HH Radhanath Swami so sensitive even for the feelings of animals what to speak of humans. Thank you His Holiness for such wonderful lessons to all of us.

  21. July 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm
    Ravi Garg

    How thoughtful of Radhanath Swami…..this shows how soft his heart is……

  22. August 5, 2010 at 6:06 am
    priya aiyar

    HH Radhanath Maharaj is free of material conditioning.He is a ‘paramahansa’ who can distinguish evil from good just as a swan can separate milk from water.

  23. August 6, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Nice one.

  24. August 9, 2010 at 4:48 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami is so sensitive and compassio nate towards even animals. This incident reveals the real soft and loving nature of the heart of HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you for the article.

  25. October 14, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Radhanath Swami’s comments on the material objects are so amazing and deep that it takes lot of time for us to understand it first and then assimmilate.

  26. December 20, 2010 at 8:44 am

    A perfect example of How a great Saint can look into this world.

  27. February 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Maharaj is so compassionate towards each soul whether it is a human being or animal, he has no bodily conception.

    Thank you so much for sharing wonderful experience.

  28. May 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

    though I dont use it often, I did use the term “bull’s eye” in one of comments recently. Never thought of it so deeply…embedded in our current culture to become number 1 …succeed…it does not matter what happens to people around, o…r the environment or anything else…for sure no one has time to think of a bull’s pain when we say bull’s eye while describing success! Only a compassionate heart like that of Radhanath Swami can go so far!

  29. August 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

    A very thought-provoking post.

  30. December 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This clearly explains us about how sensitive we should be whatever act we are doing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with Radhanath swami.

  31. January 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Radhanath swami is so compassionate towards every living entity and we should follow in his footsteps.

  32. February 4, 2012 at 8:28 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Yes, it is the nature of great saints to have an extremely compassionate and sensitive heart! They genuinely feel for the pain of others just as they feel for themselves.

  33. May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Pranjal Dixit

    We miss it out always but a self realized soul thinks other way…

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