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 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    This is so true. Even if noone notices, the Lord is minutely noticing our every intention and our service itself. Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jay.

  2. October 12, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    Kajal Gandhi

    Through each action, word, gesture Maharaj is teaching us valuable lessons…lessons of life…

  3. October 13, 2010 at 3:22 am
    Arjun K Ramarachandra

    Radhanath Swami is indeed so expert that he conveys serious messages through humor and light moments!

  4. October 13, 2010 at 3:26 am
    ankur sharma

    Pr was very thorough in his seva but in most of us, I am sure of atleast myself, cheating propensity is very deep rooted even when we are adorned with DhotiKurta and wearing tilak and kanthi mala.

  5. October 13, 2010 at 4:33 am
    N Swaminathan

    Teaching at every step – that is Radhanath Swami

  6. October 13, 2010 at 4:53 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Beautiful realization – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing these nectarian and instructive moments with Maharaj.

  7. October 13, 2010 at 8:13 am
    Meera Sharma

    Thank you for sharing. Only sincere soul like you can have this realization.

  8. October 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    What a wonderful exchange, heart- warming and rib-tickling!!

  9. October 14, 2010 at 12:59 am
    Karthick S.B.

    This is very sweet exchange indeed.

  10. October 14, 2010 at 6:22 am
    Milind M Churi

    Very nice story.Thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. October 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Its many times difficult to understand – the actions of exalted souls.

    However why they do it always clear – purely to benefit the conditioned souls and in service of the Lord

  12. October 15, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Very instructive teaching from this incident. Thank you prabhu for sharing.

  13. October 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    THank you very much for sharing

  14. October 18, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Wonderfull exchanges during most wonderful and unique service. Thanks for sharing…

  15. October 18, 2010 at 6:08 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    A story that reveals Radhanath swami’s soft and devotional heart and the love inside it. Thank you

  16. October 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Gautam daswani

    this article proves that any work done for the lord should be done with full love and devotion

  17. October 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    Mitali Kallianpur

    Very true any service be it menial service has to be done wholeheartedly and thoroughly.

  18. October 20, 2010 at 5:01 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj is a prolific writer himself and a great preacher as well.Hence the humour comes forth very naturally to him out of his causeless mercy for his disciples.

  19. October 20, 2010 at 5:57 am
    Sunil JHa

    Thanks Prabhu for sharing this woundeful realization. Whatever Service we get , we have to do the same with very Enthusiasm. I remember how Material Morality and spiritual morality. Material morality depends upon time and circuimstance and changes always, but Spiritual morality is same always,,If we do any Service , which pleases the lord , is spiritual morality

  20. October 20, 2010 at 7:25 am
    Shoba Fernandes

    Like how Krishna comes to know of every mistake we commit and have committed, it is diificult to hide anything from a saintly person like Radhanath Swami

  21. October 20, 2010 at 9:12 am
    jyoti chilka

    Thankyou Radhanath Swami for sharing such an inspirational article

  22. October 20, 2010 at 9:12 am
    santosh mamdyal

    So simple. So true. And do deep are the teachings of Radhanath Swami.

  23. October 21, 2010 at 11:14 am
    kaustubh sastikar

    hare krishna

  24. October 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Thank you prabhu ji for sharing this wonderful experience.

    Hare Krishna

  25. November 27, 2010 at 2:25 am
    Ravi Gorhe

    By this incidence we can understand that even a single action of a pure devotee can teach us a valuable aspects of devotional service

  26. November 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    Ram MaRhtani

    Awesome…thank u for sharing.

  27. December 16, 2010 at 2:03 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you for sharing. Radhanath Swami ki jay

  28. December 20, 2010 at 8:57 am

    A wonderful article on His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj that really spreads a lot of message.

  29. January 4, 2011 at 5:53 am

    This one was really charming.

  30. January 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Thank you very much for sharing. This is really a beautiful explanation of how we should aspire to do the best service

  31. January 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you for this post. Your realization is very profound – “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.”

  32. January 23, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful article that inspires us all to perform devotional service to the best of our ability. Many many thanks to Radhanath swami.

  33. April 5, 2011 at 6:00 am
    prashant v

    we can please our spiritual master by our sincere service

  34. April 18, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Maharaj really puts his heart in his service

  35. April 19, 2011 at 8:00 am
    Vidya Patham

    This is a truly inspiring value that we get to learn from this incident.

  36. April 23, 2011 at 3:16 am
    servant omprakash

    Hari Bol …HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai..
    this show Sincere service attitude is important when we do service, to please the GURU.

  37. May 12, 2011 at 4:56 am
    Narendra Rakibe

    “Attention to details” is what Maharaj always stresses for any service that we are doing.

  38. May 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    bhaskar garg

    Maharaj has the ability to win every one’s heart in every of his dealings

  39. August 30, 2011 at 5:20 am
    Sachin Raut

    It was really the best lesson to do our best at any point of time

  40. August 30, 2011 at 7:22 am
    Anagha warade

    Thank you for sharing!

  41. September 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

    There was a divine intention in that whole incident.

  42. September 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    achyuta govinda

    Many thanks for sharing this nice experience with Radhanath swami

  43. September 20, 2011 at 12:17 am
    Keval Shah


  44. September 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

    So much to learn from this article. Thank you for sharing.

  45. November 4, 2011 at 7:21 am

    very Nice

  46. November 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Beautiful thank you very much for sharing.

  47. December 4, 2011 at 2:38 am

    very important teaching: “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.”

  48. March 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Thank you very much for good lesson.

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