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. November 29, 2011 at 6:46 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. November 29, 2011 at 10:07 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami in this episode exhibits his real nature of compassion of highest degree.

  3. November 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    thank you for this article,

  4. November 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Radhanath Swami is an ocean of compassion and love.

  5. November 30, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Hare krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna

  6. November 30, 2011 at 6:29 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Thanks for Sharing this heart touching incident.

  7. November 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. November 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm
    Manojkumar Nambiar

    Thnaks you Radhanath Swami for sharing this artical.

  9. December 1, 2011 at 12:09 am


  10. December 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Hare Krishna !!!!

  11. December 1, 2011 at 8:06 am
    Shilpi Singha Roy

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so merciful…We are just waiting for his arrival to Kolkata, the land of Srila Prabhupad…

  12. December 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Very interesting,

  13. December 2, 2011 at 12:34 am
    Hemant Solanki

    Hare Krishna Thank You for sharing it is very heart touching feelings.

  14. December 2, 2011 at 12:37 am
    Mahesh jaju

    Very Inspiring

  15. December 2, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Radhanath swami is very compassionate,

  16. December 2, 2011 at 2:46 am

    amazing bond of love and spiritual care.

  17. December 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

    very touching. After reading these kind of incidents I get more & more attached to Maharaj. He is amazing, super amazing, awesome. I can’t imagine what would have been my life without his guidance through his lectures

  18. December 2, 2011 at 4:29 am
    prabhat kumar

    this shows compassionate nature of Radhanath swami maharaj.—-

  19. December 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful Article!!!

  20. December 4, 2011 at 5:12 am
    priya aiyar

    Very touching!I am overwhelmed by Maharaj’s compassion.This goes to show that in life and in death Maharaj’s loving hands are always upon all of us. Thanks for sharing.

  21. December 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    very touching article…..

  22. December 5, 2011 at 3:17 am
    deepak bagla

    This is true guru’s love and a very hope giving story for me.

  23. December 5, 2011 at 5:18 am
    Santpal Goel

    Wonderful.Maharaj is really very merciful.

  24. December 6, 2011 at 5:05 am
    Santpal Goel

    Amazing article

  25. December 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

    very nice..hari bol

  26. December 6, 2011 at 9:27 am
    Sanatan Govind Das

    Hare Krishna,
    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for giving Srila Prabhupad’s mercy to rest of us and saving us from the clutches of Maya and Yamaraj.
    Hare Krishna!
    Sanatan Govind Das

  27. December 7, 2011 at 4:39 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami’s compassion is the only hope of my life. Thank you for sharing this touching incident.

  28. December 7, 2011 at 5:58 am
    ravinder patel

    Swami is so much merciful…..hair bol….

  29. December 7, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you very much for the beautiful pastimes on this website.

  30. December 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for the nice article of care & concern for one,s disciple.

  31. December 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hare Krishna, Hare Ram !

  32. December 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Haribol!! Heart touching article!! Must read!!

  33. December 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Maharaja’s compassion and love is beyond our thoughtful imagination… we can never truly know such saintly persons

  34. December 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. It is difficult to even comprehend the compassion of Maharaj. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  35. December 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    Atul Srivastava

    Thank You Maharaj for your guidance.

  36. December 8, 2011 at 6:16 am
    Rakeshh Chandrra

    I liked the story!

  37. December 9, 2011 at 3:26 am
    bhakti karia

    hare krishna! thank you for sharing such an intimate pass time with all of us, haribol, bhakti

  38. December 9, 2011 at 3:28 am
    rajesh karia

    hare krishna! extremely heart touching and intimate pas time and Maharaj is so merciful and concerned for all devotees, ys, rajesh karia

  39. December 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

    wonderful ofering for a departed soul

  40. December 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm


  41. December 12, 2011 at 2:56 am
    sameer bramhandkar

    Radhanath Swamis disciple Shila was very inspiring

  42. December 12, 2011 at 6:39 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna Maharaj..pamho..I really liked this article of yours.Really heart moving article..True compassion of maharaj can be feel..

  43. December 12, 2011 at 9:13 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful incident from the life of Radhanath Swami.

  44. December 13, 2011 at 2:22 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami exhibits the most compassionate quality and gives immense hope for all his disciples.

  45. December 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    heart touching incident

  46. December 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  47. December 14, 2011 at 2:41 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami’s love towards his disciples is unparallell.

  48. December 15, 2011 at 7:39 am

    This is really a very touching story . Thank you for sharing

  49. December 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Haribol!! Heart touching article!! Must read!!

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Radhanath Swami Quotes...

"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."