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Radhanath Swami’s Disciple Shila

I was visiting Baroda, when one night I received a call from Mumbai, “Shila is very sick and is admitted in the hospital.” Pressing engagements held me from visiting her. Three days later another phone call informed me of her death. I buried my head in my hands, grief-stricken.

Shila loved Bhakti Yoga, and I was her spiritual guide. Lately, inspired by Radhanath Swami’s life and teachings, she had expressed her desire to accept formal vows of initiation from him. Since I knew Radhanath Swami well, I had dutifully forwarded her photo and her request-letter to him. Now in the Himalayan town of Hrishikesh, Radhanath Swami was reviewing the thousands of initiation requests he had received, for as soon as he returned to Mumbai he planned to award initiations. Sitting alone in Baroda, my soul cried thinking of Shila’s unfulfilled desire.

Caught-up in pressing responsibilities at Baroda, I knew I couldn’t make it even to Shila’s funeral ceremony. Hurriedly I called a few acquaintances in Mumbai to ensure her last rites went as per the Vedic protocol, for her better afterlife.

Two weeks later I returned to Mumbai. One day as I conversed with Gaur Gopal Prabhu, a close associate of Radhanath Swami, the topic came to Shila. He exclaimed, “Yes! Shila! While we were at Hrishikesh, Radhanath Swami put her photo on the altar and requested all of us to sing Kirtan for the benefit of her departed soul.” I was cast into mixed emotions of joy and wonder.

How unfathomable is Lord Krishna’s affection for his devotees! One acquaintance in Mumbai I earlier called from Baroda had rung Gaur Gopal Prabhu in Hrishikesh to ask details of authentic funeral rites. Later that day Gaur Gopal prabhu mentioned in passing to Radhanath Swami that a lady named Shila who aspired initiation from him had departed. Radhanath Swami frantically searched for Shila’s photo from the trunk-load of initiation requests he had received, and arranged for a Kirtan in her memory. And in that kirtan Radhanath Swami poured out his affection for his disciple—whom he had never accepted formally, nor met personally.

–Dr. Bhaskar Hosangadi

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197 replies on “Radhanath Swami’s Disciple Shila”

Sensitiveness and taking excellent care of highest standard are the prime qulaities of HH Radhanath Swami. We feel so secured and so sheltered under his leadership and love.

This is a very touching pastime. It reveals the unbounded nature of HH Radhanath Swami’s spiritual compassion.

Radhanath Swami’s dealings with persons whom he knew or never met physically is heart melting. His heart is so big with full of compassion and ready to shower his causeless mercy on all of us. Thank you Srila Prabhupad for giving us Srila Radhanath Swami. All of us are blessed to have his association.

Beautiful post! Radhanath swami exemplifies the attitude of caring and affection that we all need to cultivate.

Maharaj is so merciful. Thank you Maharaj. Thank you prabhuji for sharing this wonderful experiance.

Its so difficult to have concern and love for so many people but Maharaj always have it for everyone.

Very Inspiring to hear about Radhanath swami’s love and compassion. Many thanks for sharing

Despite the busy schedule Radhanath Swami spent some time for Shila…… The humbleness of Radhanath Swami has no bounds ..Jay Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

What a piece of sensitiveness was this realy life story …. All Glories to Maharaj…

This is bhakti yoga, where every advance soul have a genuine concerns for others…Am really fortunate to have associate with HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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