For Radhanath Swami, People are above Projects

For Radhanath Swami, People are above Projects

For Radhanath Swami, People are above Projects

When the clock struck nine, my duties at school called me—but I ignored. Held captive by Radhanath Swami’s oratory, I couldn’t move from where I sat. As the audience that numbered in thousands drank- in every word he spoke, Radhanath Swami launched into a call for revolution. With a voice pitched high in compassion, he declared, “We must perform our duty selflessly, as a sacrifice, in divine consciousness and in devotion to God for the betterment of humanity.” Hearing that, my conscience whispered, “Continuing to hear this class, despite the call for a sacred duty; isn’t that selfish?” Yes, perhaps it was. I quietly walked out of the lecture hall to attend to my duties.

I worked as a construction engineer for the upcoming school building of the Gopal’s Garden High School. Housed in rented apartments for years, the school was now shifting to this new structure. Being a project inspired by Radhanath Swami, the school aimed to provide quality education with utmost focus on building the character of its students; and that made every service connected to this project sacred—including mine.

The students eagerly awaited the completion of the structure, and so did Radhanath Swami. Construction went full speed, demanding my presence on the site from early morning to late night. I worked even on weekends. Every morning I visited Radhagopinath temple, but came to the site much before the morning class at the temple even began.  On weekends however, since Radhanath Swami gave the morning class, I yearned to attend it. But midway through the discourse, guilt of insincerity would push me out of the lecture hall.

One day Radhanath Swami visited our site. Flanked by trustees of the project, he surveyed the building. Towards the end—to everyone’s surprise, including mine—he broke out of the elites and walked towards me. Did he know me?

“So, do you work here?” he asked.


“Do you work on weekends too?”

“Yes, I have to.”

“You will have to come here early everyday, except on weekends when I give classes.”

I felt a tingle climb up my spine. How did he know my heart?!!! I was just one amongst thousands that attended his classes, and yet he knew of the ambivalence I was thrown into every weekend.

Apart from the mysticism that hovers about this episode, I was deeply touched by the humaneness of Radhanath Swami’s personality. For him, people are way above projects. Our project was on a deadline, but he ignored it to make my weekends happy.

–Siddeshwar Bhat


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188 Responses to “For Radhanath Swami, People are above Projects”

  1. July 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm


  2. July 19, 2011 at 1:26 am
    Vinay Jain

    What a beautiful story! It shows how a bonafide guru like Radhanath Swami understands the heart of the disciple.

  3. July 19, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Thank you for posting such a nice story!

  4. July 20, 2011 at 2:22 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    Very touching story.

  5. July 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    Braja Kumar Das

    Incredible story!

  6. July 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    this is a very important statement to put people above project.. amazing. modern industry needs this a lot!

  7. July 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Simply amazing. Heartfelt feelings aroused in me when Radhanath Swami Maharaj clarified your doubt. Thank you for sharing.

  8. July 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

    “For HH Radhanath Swami maharaj, people are above projects”…there is no doubt about it!

  9. July 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm
    ashok n belani

    a very inspiring story,any sincere service to the Lord and his devotees never go unrewarded.

  10. July 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm
    Pranav Gore

    Yes that is very true

  11. August 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    All glories to Guru Maharaji. H.H.Radhanath Swamiji knows the heart of all his disciple.JAI.

  12. August 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    Sushma Singh

    Radhanath Swami’ concern for his followers is unparalleled.

  13. August 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Because HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj always places people above projects, he has a special place in many people’s heart.

  14. August 4, 2011 at 11:32 am
    Balaram Prasad Das

    For Radhanath Swami people are more important than work.

  15. August 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Very nice

  16. August 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

    thank you for sharing this relationship with Radhanath Swami

  17. August 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for sharing this nice experience.

  18. August 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    siddhesvari priya

    Thank you for sharing

  19. August 15, 2011 at 2:45 am
    vinay rachh

    Radhanath swami’s this quality of keeping people first and projects 2nd is what has led to development of such a wonderful community of sincere and enthusiastic devotees

  20. August 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Radhanath swami’s sensetivity toward others makes him a different person

  21. August 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    achyuta govinda

    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful story

  22. August 25, 2011 at 5:14 am
    Usha Gaonkar

    Very touching story. Radhanath Swami is a great soul.

  23. August 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Radhanath swami, being a pure soul knows very well what is there in our heart and our intention.. Thank you for sharing one more experience to make my faith stronger.

  24. August 28, 2011 at 6:45 am

    as always compassionate towards everyone

  25. September 6, 2011 at 3:03 am

    such a heart touching concern

  26. September 6, 2011 at 4:35 am

    what a lesson . just one sentence has taught me a a very important lesson in life.. humans are more important than project.. thanks siddheshwar for sharing this…

  27. September 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    Hari bol. Thank you very much for sharing

  28. September 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    achyuta govinda

    Many thanks for sharing this beautiful story.

  29. September 16, 2011 at 12:08 am
    Kadamba kanana

    Very touching and enlivening.

  30. September 29, 2011 at 2:50 am
    himanshu bhatt

    keeping the people in the project happy is the only way to make a project successful.

  31. October 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    Manish Kumar

    Nice example of showing Maharaj mercy on his disciple and care that he takes for his disciples.

  32. December 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How Maharaj thinks of everybody is not just difficult but an issue incomprehensible to all. That’s the true characteristic of a leader, who despite all the worldly concerns keeps people first.

    Hare Krishna.

  33. December 5, 2011 at 10:05 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful episode from Radhanath Swami’s life.

  34. December 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This is an amazing story. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives so much place for everybody’s spiritual growth.

  35. December 13, 2011 at 12:05 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    All Glories to Srila Radhanath Swami !
    Its simply another revelation how a pure devotee knows the heart of other living entities & fulfills desires! Vancha kalpa taru…!
    Hare Krishna !

  36. January 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    Achyuta Govinda

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of how Radhanath swami understands his disciples heart.

  37. June 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Inspiring, Maharaj takes our heart with every single act he does truely inspiring.

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