Radhanath Swami—softer than a rose or…

Radhanath Swami—softer than a rose or…

Radhanath Swami—softer than a rose or…

Afternoon-silence occupied the Radhagopinath Ashram as some monks napped while the others pored over the scriptures. …I heard ONLY the loud screams of my restless thoughts!

Taking a walk through the ashram corridors–for no particular reason–I  met Radhanath Swami on the way. In reflex I struck a conversation—a long premeditated one.

“I have been unable to follow one of your instructions,” I effused.

“What is that?”

“Seven years ago when I had joined the ashram you had instructed me to keep sanctified food and water in the bird feeder every day.” I was referring to the bird feeder in the garden; Vrindavan Forest, the garden in our ashram backyard, serves as an oasis for birds of downtown Mumbai. “I haven’t been able to follow that instruction, sometimes circumstantially and sometimes due to personal negligence.” By now tears of sincerity were brimming in my eyes—and my greedy mind began to anticipate a sympathetic embrace from Radhanath Swami, the warmth of which I had experienced innumerable times.

Surprisingly, he remained stoic through my ramble. “You should do it,” he said in a matter-of-fact tone and walked away.

It was unlike his kind demeanor, for he wanted to teach me a lesson: determined perseverance in following instructions is essential for spiritual progress, while sneak-out excuses are detrimental.

Months later when Radhanath Swami’s Autobiography The Journey Home was published, a passage in it struck me:

It is said that a saintly personality can be softer than a rose or harder than a thunderbolt. This morning, one guest made excuse after excuse to defend his immoralities and spiritual weaknesses. Srila Prabhupada listened, then his voice rose like thunder, “If you are weak, rectify it. If you have no determination, you have no character. What makes you different from an animal?” The man shrunk like a punctured balloon. Bowing down, he promised to do what he knew was right. When required, Srila Prabhupada could be very strict to emphasize the urgency of a person’s predicament. Like a scalpel in the hands of an expert surgeon, his strong words cut only to heal. Or as he himself explained, “A spiritual teacher is required to have the courage of a British General and the heart of a Bengali mother.”

Gajanan Bhat

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96 Responses to “Radhanath Swami—softer than a rose or…”

  1. March 31, 2012 at 12:33 am
    Hemant Solanki

    Hare Krishna Thank You for sharing a nice article.

  2. March 31, 2012 at 3:34 am
    Rajeshwari Marchande

    We think there is enough time to live But we never know which moment is the last. So Love, Forgive And Celebrate Every Moment of Life with Krishna……….

  3. April 1, 2012 at 4:41 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Very nice

  4. April 4, 2012 at 6:16 am
    Anagha Warade

    Thank you for sharing…

  5. April 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    wonderful article.

  6. April 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

    An instructive article.

  7. April 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing this instructive lesson

  8. April 8, 2012 at 11:32 am
    navin poojary

    Thank you for sharing!

  9. April 13, 2012 at 6:33 am
    pradeep lalwani

    yes its very true

  10. April 19, 2012 at 6:52 am
    Anagha Warade

    Thank you for sharing….

  11. April 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

    nice one .. thanks for sharing.

  12. May 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    “A spiritual teacher is required to have the courage of a British General and the heart of a Bengali mother.”
    So true!

  13. May 16, 2012 at 6:23 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    This quality of being softer than rose and harder than the thunder bolt for the ultimate benefit of people is the unique one of the great saints like HH Radhanath Swami.

  14. May 18, 2012 at 4:07 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    The great saints like HH Radhanath Swami exhibits this rare quality of some times being soft like rose and other times like a thunder bolt only to transofr the hearts of others.

  15. May 18, 2012 at 4:08 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    The great saints like HH Radhanath Swami exhibits this rare quality of some times being soft like rose and other times like a thunder bolt only to transform the hearts of others.

  16. May 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    many thanks to swami radhanath for the nice article

  17. May 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this.

  18. May 22, 2012 at 10:16 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    A very difficult combination indeed – courage of an englishman and heart of a bengali mother!

  19. May 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Very Nice.Hare Krsna !

  20. May 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article. H.H Radhanath Swami is full of compassion and mercy.

  21. May 31, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful experiance

  22. June 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    nandkishor das

    thanks hari bol

  23. June 9, 2012 at 7:03 am
    priya aiyar

    Guru Maharaj is like a spiritual guide and by simply following His instructions one can easily succeed in attaining the ultimate goal of life.Besides Maharaj’s instructions are very practical.One must simply follow them without any other recourse.

  24. June 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  25. June 12, 2012 at 3:33 am

    very nice …..thank u so much

  26. June 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Jay Sri Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Beautiful past time .

  27. June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Super article… thanks for sharing…

  28. June 17, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful article.Hare Krsna !

  29. June 20, 2012 at 10:32 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this.

  30. June 21, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Thanks for sharing

  31. July 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    very beautiful thank you very much for sharing.

  32. July 4, 2012 at 7:22 am

    THank you very much for sharing.

  33. July 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  34. July 6, 2012 at 8:45 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  35. July 9, 2012 at 11:15 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you for sharing this.

  36. July 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    nandkishor das


  37. July 10, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Thanks for this article, Hare Krishna

  38. July 10, 2012 at 6:54 am
    Anagha Warade

    very Nice!!!!

  39. July 13, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Thank you for sharing ! Jay Sri Sri Radhanath Maharaj !

  40. July 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm


  41. July 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

    thank you so much gurudev!

  42. September 4, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  43. September 20, 2012 at 5:57 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Thank you for sharing wonderful instruction

  44. September 21, 2012 at 5:31 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami is really soft like Rose as some times he does not even care for his health to do the highest welfare activity of spreading the holy names of God all over the World.

  45. September 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Hari Hari!
    Amazing realization.
    Whatever the spiritual master tells and does is for our purification only. We should carefully meditate on his instructions in order to access mercy of the Lord by pleasing him.

  46. December 27, 2012 at 1:48 am
    mala sharma

    hari bol….
    really we are animal without determination.

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