Something Sweet for the Burning Wound

Something Sweet for the Burning Wound

Something Sweet for the Burning Wound

This happened years ago, when my daughter Vidhi was small. We were on our pilgrimage to Vrindavan with Radhanath Swami and thousands of devotees from Mumbai.

One day, as we circumambulated the Radha-Damodar temple in the seva-kunj area of Vrindavan, my daughter spotted a monkey who sat at the rear of the temple munching on his lunch; he looked cute and harmless until, Vidhi caressed his back. Suddenly, the monkey sprang on her. He dug his pointed teeth into her hands, ripped off a mouthful of flesh, and darted away—leaving behind a bloody trail. I rushed Vidhi to a doctor. After a stitch and a bandage, we decided to fly back to Mumbai the next day, for Vidhi needed to recuperate.

“If this is what happens on coming to a holy place, I will never come back again,” Vidhi said to me that evening, as she grimaced. Her tender faith was throttled. I fell short of words for a reply.

Next morning, before we left for Vrindavan, we encountered Radhanath Swami on the roadside. He already knew what had transpired. He looked towards Vidhi, who was visibly distraught. “Do you know why it happened? Because you are very sweet and your heart is as soft as butter. Even the monkeys cannot resist eating you.” A smile blossomed on Vidhi’s face, and she looked down shyly to hide it.

It was several weeks before that crevice in Vidhi’s hand filled-up, but it left behind a scar. I thought of going for a cosmetic surgery. Radhanath Swami, though, had a different opinion. He told Vidhi, “Don’t do it. This scar represents the mercy of the holy place which you can carry for the rest of your life.” Vidhi happily agreed and still is ornamented with those scars.

Yes, anything we undergo in a holy place, though apparently inauspicious, is the special grace of the Lord. This the scriptures say, and the holy men ascertain to be true. But Radhanath Swami had revealed it to Vidhi only when the time was ripe. In Vrindavan, when her hands burned in pain, that truth would have acted like salt and pepper on her sore. She needed something ‘sweet’, and Radhanath Swami had administered just that.

An expert guru is not just one who knows the truth, but one who knows how to administer it according to time place and circumstances.

– Mrs Kamal Arora

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172 Responses to “Something Sweet for the Burning Wound”

  1. October 11, 2010 at 4:36 am
    Prashant Phirke

    Greatness of Radhanath Swami is clearly seen from the sweetness of this incidence …

  2. October 22, 2010 at 12:17 am
    Vishvesh

    Only great devotees can think in this way.

  3. November 3, 2010 at 1:25 am
    Pankaj

    Radhanath swami says, Vaishanvism means to be right beyon right…

  4. November 9, 2010 at 5:35 am
    Rupa Sanatan Das

    Amazing, heart touching…..

  5. December 1, 2010 at 12:44 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami is a loving father

  6. December 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    Ram MaRhtani

    He knows how to deal with every situation and person perfectly.

  7. December 13, 2010 at 8:00 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    It’s amazing, I have no words how to understand and express my feelings. Thank you very very much Maharaj.

  8. December 13, 2010 at 10:25 am
    srikanth

    Maharaj’s ability to see apparently bad things in a Krishna Conscious way is amazing.

    H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai.

  9. December 21, 2010 at 9:28 am
    Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj is just so compassionate and loving to one and all.

  10. December 27, 2010 at 2:04 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Very astonishing. Yhanks for sharing

  11. December 27, 2010 at 11:14 am
    charu

    Little Viddhi must have grown up today but i am sure that she will cherish this scar for the rest of her life.

  12. January 5, 2011 at 1:41 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj preaches so effectively on every situation appropriately to all age groups.

  13. January 6, 2011 at 6:42 am
    rajat

    Very touching incident. Thank you.

  14. January 19, 2011 at 8:35 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Maharaj’s words are so soothing and can not be forgotten forever. He is so kind to all.

  15. April 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    Chetan Sharma

    Thanks so much for sharing.The next time i go for a Yatra and face any inconvenience i shall certainly remember Radhanath Maharaj’s words.As rightly said a pure devotee speaks through his words and even if not personally spoken to us, his teachings are for all…Thanks so much Maharaj

  16. July 19, 2011 at 12:08 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This is so sweet. Thank you for sharing this.

  17. August 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    surekha

    A million thanks for sharing the glories to Radhanath swami

  18. December 15, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Who else but a person who loves Krishna would have understood mercy in this way?

  19. December 16, 2011 at 6:04 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami knows how to soothe people’s hearts according to time, place and circumatance!

  20. December 21, 2011 at 5:48 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful pastime!!

  21. March 2, 2012 at 6:43 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    What a wonderful incident! Radhanath Swami knows perfectly well when and how to administer the medicine.

  22. March 7, 2013 at 6:56 am
    chetan warade

    Radhanath swami teaches us accept everything is mercy of Lord.

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