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 replies on “For Radhanath Swami, People are above Projects”

Thank you for sharing this. It is really an amazing story that displays RAdhanath swami’s care & concern.

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

How Maharaj can go beyond everything to ensure happiness of the members of the congregation is simply indescribable.

Hare Krishna

HHRNSM is an empowered soul bu the Supreme Lord and understands the feelings of his devotees always, Haribol, rajesh karia

wonderful articel, so inspiring and a very personal realization experience with Maharaj, HHRNSDM ki Jai! haribol, bhakti

What you mention is very true. Radhanath Swami always places people over things.

This incident proves that a spiritual master always understands the heart of his sincere disciples more than the disciples themselves….thanks for sharing

Things are suppose to be used and people are suppose to be loved …. Thanks for Sharing.

Radhanath Swami Maharaj is very comapssionate to all living entitites, as is apparent from this event.

This is the real humanitarean work shown by HH Radhanath Swami revealing his care for people’s higher purpose of reaching God.

Jai, with every opportunity Radhanath Swami is looking to transform the heart. To him people are more important than projects.

Radhanath Maharaj is so personal in his behaviour & gives utmost importance to the relationships.

Wonderful expereince.

Thank you so much for sharing the same.

All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

That is how Spiritual Master see through his desciples.It’s a simple faith in Spiritual Master that gives desciple a care and protection.Thank you very much for sharing it with us.

In my own personal experience I have seen managers just becoming manipulators doing what not to get project to finish line and team members being casualties…

Radhanath Swami here showing such deep love, care and affection for a person – in time who gets so inspired that he dedicates his entire life not just few weekends for service of humanity!

It is this compassionate nature of his that makes him so endearing to millions around the world!

This is such an inspiring story! Radhanath Swami goes out of his way to put people above projects.

HH Radhanath Swami knows the art of success and practices it and teaches to the millions around the world – the art where people can be happy and content and eager to work yielding to successive results.

This story is beautiful & heart touching. Yes there are many experiences of how Radhanath Swami prefers people development over project development.

Thank you very much for sharing this experience with Radhanath Swami…….by this experience we can see and realize the truth of the scriptures which claim that the Spiritual Master is the external manifestation of the Paramatma.

All glories to H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaji. By his examples we learn that all living entities are important and we should share love and compassion with everybody.

HH Radhanath Swami teaches discipline but at the same time gives highest love.

Thats just wonderful!! Maharaj know each and every persons heart,although at times we underestimate this strength. Thanks for sharing this experience.

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