Radhanath Swami Cuts a Joke

Radhanath Swami Cuts a Joke

Radhanath Swami Cuts a Joke

“Am I getting old?” a thought sneaked into my mind. I was in my car, returning from a festival that bubbled with enthusiasm, with young men exuberantly dancing in kirtan in a style introduced by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a bhakti saint of the 16th century. Through it all I was feeling the opposite—unenthusiastic and sluggish. Now my intelligence figured out why—perhaps I was getting old. Slowly that thought snowballed, and I started feeling older and older and older, way beyond my years. My mind rolled towards old age faster than the tires. Soon I started imagining difficulties of old age mounting on my frail body. Finally, unable to bear it any longer, I expressed myself to my co-passenger Radhanath Swami, “I find myself out of the crowd and left out. All the other devotees are so enthusiastic and strong.”

He looked really amused by the jokes my mind played on me.  But as a remedy he cut yet another joke. It was a witty one that sobered me up. “Those who are young, they are very soon going to become old. But if you are not very enthusiastic, you are very soon going to become young again.”

Wasn’t that deep?

–Dr. Ashok Shetty.

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140 Responses to “Radhanath Swami Cuts a Joke”

  1. September 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Radhanath Swami has an amazing sense of humor

  2. September 26, 2010 at 6:03 am
    Siddeshwar Bhat

    He’s got a sense of humor that enlightens…

  3. September 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    anil manga

    Yes, it is so deep. Radhanath Maharaj is awesome.Radhanath Maharaj ki Jai, thanks for sharing

  4. September 27, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Witty reply by Radhanath Swami………..

  5. September 27, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Very profound humor… made me shiver!!!

  6. September 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Hari bolllllllllllll.

  7. September 27, 2010 at 7:56 am
    bhaskar garg

    Hari hari!! what a deep insight!

  8. September 28, 2010 at 2:56 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    That was real deep – a perfect insightful reply with a very good sense of humor. Thank you so much Prabhuji for sharing this wonderful story.

  9. September 28, 2010 at 6:34 am
    Narendra Rakibe

    Only Maharaj can give such profound and deep replies…thank you maharaj for coming in our lives

  10. September 29, 2010 at 5:08 am

    yes it is very deep realisation. Thank you for sharing prabhu.

  11. September 29, 2010 at 6:32 am
    Shoba Fernandes

    What profound words.

  12. September 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    sandeep kaimal


  13. September 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    sandeep kaimal


  14. September 30, 2010 at 3:02 am
    suresh S Chari

    Thank you very much Prabhu for sharing this joke. Whenever Maharaj says anything, whether it is a joke or philosophy, there is a message to take home. Thank you Maharaj for enlightening through your joke.

  15. September 30, 2010 at 4:39 am
    B.J. ARORA

    Radhanath Swami really speaks deep.

  16. September 30, 2010 at 6:34 am
    Amol Katkar

    Humorous as well as deeply meaningful. Thank you very much for sharing the importance of enthusiasm.

  17. September 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Very deep. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  18. October 2, 2010 at 11:52 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami is has amazing sense of humor, yet to he puts very nice lessons thru them. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  19. October 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    A good blend of humor & thoughtful deep insight about life.Radhanath Swami is simply superb !

  20. October 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    priya aiyar

    HH Radhanath Maharaj is a great guide in all respects. He is simply amazing….

  21. October 4, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Really a witty reply by Radhanath Swami

  22. October 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hare Krishna. Wonderful reply from Maharaj

  23. December 10, 2010 at 11:55 am
    Vidya Patham

    HH Radhanath Swami ki Jai!

  24. December 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

    His Holiness Radhanath Maharaj KI JAI

  25. February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Deep understanding !.

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing us.

  26. June 8, 2011 at 3:06 am


    You are so wonderful for you have association of Gurudev for long quality years.

    Very true,If I am anyways not happy with our subtle or physical bodies,I may take another life but not sure to have association of you and Gurudev in that life,

  27. September 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  28. September 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Radhanath Swami is expert at giving us humours reponses packed with deep meaning…

  29. February 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing this humorous story happened with Radhanath swami.

  30. February 13, 2012 at 8:42 am
    Jagganth Dham Das

    What a wonderful reply by Radhanath Swami Maharaj !
    All Glories unto Him !
    Hare Krishna !

  31. February 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Radhanath swami is a perfect saint so he can understand what is in the mind of of the other person.

  32. March 9, 2012 at 9:08 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    That last statement of Radhanath Swami is so deep and yet conveyed in a capsule of humor, so everyone can digest it.

  33. April 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

    really deep

  34. April 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Very amazing yet profound answer.

  35. May 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with Radhanath swami.

  36. June 6, 2012 at 3:39 am

    very nice

  37. June 16, 2012 at 1:04 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Enlightening sense of humour!!

  38. July 3, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Thank you for sharing ! Hare Krsna !

  39. July 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

    maharaj is very very potent with spiritual wisdom and humour.

  40. April 26, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I hope so that the last statement means that if we are not very enthusiastic about our devotional life to go back home back to Godhead, we will be taking birth again and then be young again.

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