Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”?

Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”?

Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”?

(continuing from the post of October 6…)

When the editing of the book was nearing the end, Radhanath Swami told me to do a final proofreading of the 300-page manuscript. (During our editing, the draft had grown by over 50 pages) He said, “After you finish, tomorrow we will send the manuscript.” My mind started spinning at the thought of how I could complete the whole manuscript in one night. Fortunately, he got busy with some guests and so didn’t ask for the manuscript till the next evening. When he called me, I had carefully gone through around 240 pages and hastily glanced through the remaining. I gave him the manuscript, wondering what I should do about the remaining 60 pages. Again, fortune favored me, for he, due to his other engagements, didn’t finalize the draft till the next noon. By that time, I had carefully gone through the remaining pages. When I told him that some proofreading changes needed to be incorporated in the draft that I had given yesterday, he silently assented. When I pointed out that the spelling of “Bhaktisiddhanta” had been written as “Bhaktisddhanta” (the second “i” was missing), he suddenly exclaimed, “You passed the test!” Seeing the bewildered look on my face, he explained, “I had kept the spelling like that to see whether you would find it or not. Now that you have found it, you have passed the test.” I didn’t know what to say or even what to think. Laughing to see my confusion, he added, “Don’t worry; I was just joking.”

To this day, I don’t know whether Radhanath Swami made that mistake intentionally or unintentionally, but I do know that there was a divine intention in that whole incident. When we do a service, we should aspire to do it the very best that we possibly can, and not be satisfied merely because nobody can find any visible fault with it.

–Chaitanya Charan Das

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148 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”?”

  1. October 11, 2010 at 7:12 am
    Manish Parmar

    This story inspires us to give our best all the times.

  2. October 11, 2010 at 7:16 am
    Ram Mohan Gupta

    Amazing account with Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  3. October 11, 2010 at 7:23 am
    Satish Iyer

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience

  4. October 11, 2010 at 7:26 am
    Sunita Paleja

    thank you for sharing

  5. October 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Maharaj is very expert in one liners… thanks to HG CCP to share such a moment

  6. October 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has the rare quality of drawing the best from people without pressurising them.

  7. October 11, 2010 at 8:50 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you for sharing this experience.

  8. October 11, 2010 at 8:53 am
    Meera Sharma

    Thank you Caitnya Prabhu for sharing this experience. It teaches us that whenever we have the opportunity to offer any service, we should give our very best, being satisfied that we did all we could.

  9. October 11, 2010 at 8:55 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami is very simple to heart personality, nice story about his ‘new’ coming book

  10. October 11, 2010 at 9:12 am
    Amol Katkar

    Radhanath Swami has such wonderful interactions with his students!

  11. October 11, 2010 at 9:43 am
    Mangesh Kulkarni


  12. October 11, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Thank you Prabhuji for sharing this wonderful experience with Radhanath Swami. Radhanath Swami always wanted us to practice integrity which include both humility and honesty as some senior devotee comments. Thank you once again for sharing.

  13. October 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This is divine incident.

  14. October 11, 2010 at 10:42 am

    radhanath swami is really a special gift for humankind, he is more than the best father available for his disciples,

  15. October 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Wonderful story which fills the heart with humour as well as the seriousness about how Radhanath Swami is dedicated to preach the mission of his spiritual master HDG Srila Prabhupad.

  16. October 11, 2010 at 11:38 am
    DR. C P Yadav

    It is an amazing wisdom through practacal demonstration of dedication of ones work

  17. October 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing!!

  18. October 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Nina Sood

    very beautiful story !!

  19. October 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Yadunath das

    A lesson to learn. Do your job sincerely. Thank you for sharing.

  20. October 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Radhanath Swami is amazing! He can teach what management schools cant.

  21. October 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Rajesh Nikam

    Radhanath Swami’s interactions are enlivening….

  22. October 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    Prahalad Kaul

    Nice sharing revealing the mood in which service need to be taken up.

  23. October 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami himself has an eye for detail and ensures that the same quality is imbibed in his discip;es.

  24. October 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you sharing this prabhu.

  25. October 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    thanks for sharing this beautiful incident with Radhanath Swami

  26. October 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Very nice experience..thanks for sharing…….Please let us know whenever your dilemma is cleared……..

  27. October 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Sweet wonderful story

  28. October 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    Manish Raikundalia

    Nice message prabhu. Thanks for sharing.

  29. October 11, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Through this incident Radhantha Swami is teaching us how to serve in the right spirit. Thank you Maharaj.

  30. October 11, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Very nice story. Without sincerity we can not serve great souls.

  31. October 12, 2010 at 12:00 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Great experience to share, it is not uncommon to learn a deeper meaning even with the most unassuming statements by Radhanath Swami, he is like an ocean of knowledge but most importantly combined with a lot of genuine care and compassion, interactions of any kind with him direct or through listening to his discourses, one cannot stay impacted in a positive manner.

  32. October 12, 2010 at 12:24 am
    Mangesh kende

    Rightly said about the service we render..and nice sharing of an incident with Radhanath Swami..thanks

  33. October 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Radhanath Swami’s character & behavior is a lesson for all to follow in their lives.

  34. October 12, 2010 at 1:44 am
    Anup Shah

    Thankyou for posting! Wonderful Article!

  35. October 12, 2010 at 1:50 am

    thank you

  36. October 12, 2010 at 1:59 am
    vinay rachh

    Radhanath swami’s interaction with his disciples is so wonderful and full of love

  37. October 12, 2010 at 3:56 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Its great to be able to see a spiritual perspective of every event.

  38. October 12, 2010 at 4:02 am
    vaishali mehta

    very fortunate to have pass guru pariksha.

  39. October 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Thanks for sharing amazing experience and teaching us a very valuable lesson.

  40. October 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Thank you Chaityanya Charan Das for this wonderful account with Radhanath Swami

  41. October 12, 2010 at 4:38 am
    aayush kant

    thanks for sharing the amazing incident.
    it shows how while doing services it is very important that we pay attention to details.

  42. October 12, 2010 at 4:46 am

    thank you very much

  43. October 12, 2010 at 5:59 am

    great learning shared by the author from the incidence with Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  44. October 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

    thank u

  45. October 12, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Thank you very much for such a valuable lesson, if we can really understand that whatever services we do are a direct offering to the spiritual master we will take them so seriously.

  46. October 12, 2010 at 7:53 am
    Sagar Wadekar

    Very true that, we must take any service very seriously and give our best.. JAI!!!

  47. October 12, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Thank you pr for sharing

  48. October 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Haribol! thats so nice and thank you for sharing.

  49. October 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    thank you so much for sharing this

  50. October 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    Ketan Pendse

    Association with Maharaj teaches everyone to see spiritual angle in every step of life…

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