Radhanath Swami’s Disciple Shila

Radhanath Swami’s Disciple Shila

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 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Disciple Shila”

  1. December 16, 2011 at 6:09 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    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.

  2. December 17, 2011 at 8:50 am
    Prachi Pendse

    This wonderful incidence shows Maharajs concern for everyone. Thanks for sharing

  3. December 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Radhanath swami truly displays the hallmark of great saint

  4. December 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

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

  5. December 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    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.

  6. December 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing. All glories to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja!

  7. December 19, 2011 at 5:15 am
    sharda gokarn

    Thank you for sharing the ultimate experience.

  8. December 20, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Great to read it through. Thanka a lot!

  9. December 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Shila is very fortunate.

  10. December 20, 2011 at 9:04 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so personal and so loving!

  11. December 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

    a lesson to be learnt from Radhanath Swami – compassion

  12. December 20, 2011 at 11:20 am
    anil manga

    fortunate soul

  13. December 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Radhanath Swami is so compassionate

  14. December 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    This shows how much love and care Swamiji shows towards everyone…here an aspiring devotee who wasn’t formally initiated yet….Thank you

  15. December 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

    very nice

  16. February 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Wonderful example of a compassion .

  17. February 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    thank you for this nice post

  18. February 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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

  19. February 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Very Heart Touching Incident. I believe His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj took care of Shila’s Soul.

  20. February 24, 2012 at 2:32 am


  21. March 2, 2012 at 3:00 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami is so kind & merciful !
    Hare Krishna !

  22. March 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing wonderful experience .

  23. March 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

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

  24. March 15, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Swamiji is amazingly compassianate

  25. March 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Maharaji is full of mercy and compassion.

  26. March 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  27. March 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

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

  28. March 20, 2012 at 1:47 am
    Udisha Trivedi

    Truly the relationship between the spiritual master and disciple is eternal…!

  29. March 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Very aspiring and touching incident.

  30. March 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Achyuta Govinda

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

  31. March 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Very touching and Full of compassion and mercy

  32. March 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    very nice , profound realization

  33. April 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the incident!

  34. April 4, 2012 at 5:58 am
    Sunny Hinduja


  35. April 10, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  36. April 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Heart touching ..

  37. April 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Very inspiring and touching.

  38. April 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Very inspiring article. Thank you very much

  39. May 9, 2012 at 3:27 am

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

  40. May 9, 2012 at 4:25 am

    nice one… so concerned…thanks for sharing

  41. May 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

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

  42. June 3, 2012 at 10:40 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami’s compassion and love for his devotees knows no bounds.

  43. June 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great story!

  44. April 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

    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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