Radhanath Swami, the second son

Radhanath Swami, the second son

Radhanath Swami, the second son

At dusk I chanced to meet Radhanath Swami near the temple gate.  As he hurried out, he inquired, “So, everything alright?”

“I am heading to Mayapur tomorrow.”


“To submerge the ashes of my deceased father in the Ganges.”

“When did that happen?….” He stopped. His expression grew grave.

“Ten days ago. I had informed your secretary when my father was on his death bed. Didn’t he convey you?” I looked around. Vraj, the secretary, wasn’t accompanying him.

“No,” he replied. I saw he felt sorry. “I shall get back to you,” he said, and hurried into his car. The vehicle disappeared into the exhaust fumes of Mumbai traffic.

Later, Vraj came searching for me, and related what transpired after Radhanath Swami boarded his vehicle an hour ago. Radhanath Swami had called back to the temple to inquire from Vraj of the lost information. Vraj replied that updates about my father were duly sms-ed well on time. Radhanath Swami then searched all the sms he had received in the past ten days, but this sms was nowhere in the inbox! The two concluded that it was lost in the outage that had hit mobile networks ten days ago.

Radhanath Swami, Vraj said, now wanted me to give him a call.

“I am sorry. The message somehow didn’t reach me,” I heard Radhanath Swami’s apologetic voice on the phone. “If I knew, I would have given a call to your father as he lay on his death bed, and chanted Hare Krishna to him,” he continued. “But don’t worry. Right now I am chanting for your father on my prayer beads. And in my mind I am submerging his ashes in the holy Ganges.”

Two decades ago, my father felt a little pained thinking he lost his only son to the monastic order. Little did he know he had gained a second son, a pure soul who would be the first to submerge his ashes in the Ganges for his assured salvation.


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172 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, the second son”

  1. June 11, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Very heart touching.I read it number of times and still i get tears in my eyes when i read it again and again.jay Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  2. June 11, 2012 at 6:26 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami’s heart is very very soft like rose and touches the hearts of his disciples.

  3. June 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for sharing this story with us.

  4. June 12, 2012 at 9:06 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this to others.

  5. June 13, 2012 at 4:08 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami showing by example the true qulaities of a loving heart.

  6. June 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. June 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    H.H Radhanath Swami is full of compassion for every living being.

  8. June 15, 2012 at 5:10 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami shows by example the importance of ralatioships in a true spirit of compassion with Krishna in center.

  9. June 15, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Thank you for this narration.

  10. June 15, 2012 at 10:29 am
    anil chhetri

    very nice… Maharaj is so compassionate..

  11. June 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  12. June 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Very heart touching. Still wants to read again and again.such a wonderful article.

  13. July 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Haribol!hearing this I feel truly blessed that I want to take the shelter of this most compassionate person on this earth.

  14. July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    Sundar Ananda das

    Radhanath Swami goes out of the way to console all devotees he comes across.. hope you find the strength to carry on well.

  15. July 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    Sada Nandini

    Very heart touching story. Radhanath swami loves everyone with his whole heart. So, every body loves Radhanath swami. This is one such example.

  16. July 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Maharaj is glorious…

  17. July 11, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Jay, Wonderful article.

  18. July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Thats greatest mercy .Thank you Radhanath maharaj for being such a great inspiration for all of us.Hare Krsna !

  19. July 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Compassionate and Love everyone!

  20. July 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

    all glories to H.H.Radhanath swami

  21. August 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Radhanath Swami showing by example the true qulaities of a loving heart.

  22. April 17, 2013 at 4:00 am
    Sumit Sharma

    A very heart touching story about Radhanath Swami. He can extend himself upto any limit for serving the devotees. Great inspiration for me.

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