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. September 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm
    Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    wonderful Radhanath Swami

  2. September 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    such a sweet story! thank you!

  3. September 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm
    malathi santosh

    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.

  4. September 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Yes, HH Radhanath Swami is an expert Guru 🙂

  5. September 30, 2010 at 12:09 am
    Sujit Mehta

    We are here to suffer, this concept is so difficult to accept. Radhanath Swami explains the reason for this so explicatively, and we can see life in a very different way and work towards spiritual progress.

  6. September 30, 2010 at 12:55 am
    Sidharth Kumar

    Radhanath Swami is unassumingly beautiful.
    Anything which reminds us of the Lord, His abode, name and other paraphernalia is always auspicious.
    Even the painful experiences are registered as sweet memories when it is connected to the sweet Lord by His loving pure devotee – Radhanath Swami. Thank you so much.

  7. September 30, 2010 at 1:48 am
    Anita Iyer

    Wonderful story. Maharaj is like an expert doctor, he knows which medicine to administer at what time.

  8. September 30, 2010 at 1:57 am
    seema Maharaj can only see the good in everything

  9. September 30, 2010 at 2:11 am

    very nice pastime thanks for sharing this . maharaj is very alert n k.c in evry aspect of life.

  10. September 30, 2010 at 2:11 am
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    I have never heard of Radhanath Swami critisizing anything other then the tendency we have to become independent of God…

  11. September 30, 2010 at 3:07 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    When you have a love of great devotees like Radhanath Swami, all the pain turns to pleasure

  12. September 30, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Maharaj is very affectionate. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

  13. September 30, 2010 at 3:54 am
    Karthick S.B.

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. September 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Radhanath swami..administered in a superb way..thanks

  15. September 30, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience. H.H.Radhanath Swami makes everyone to understand that even pains in the holy place are like sweet memories because of the presence of Lord

  16. September 30, 2010 at 7:01 am
    vinay rachh

    Radhanath swami is amazing

  17. September 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

    very inspiring

  18. September 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful experience

  19. September 30, 2010 at 9:52 am
    Pradeep Kumar

    wonderful experience, thanks for sharing.

  20. September 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

    thank you

  21. September 30, 2010 at 10:33 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    an expert transcendentalist like Radhanath Swami knows how to give a spiritual touch to each activity.

  22. September 30, 2010 at 11:17 am
    rakhi Manik

    Thank you

  23. September 30, 2010 at 11:21 am
    rakhi Manik

    very nice experience with the monkeys & what a lovely explanation by Maharaj

  24. October 1, 2010 at 4:17 am
    nilesh pawar

    Vidhi prabhu is very strong. all glories to radhanath maharaj and Vidhi prabhu

  25. October 1, 2010 at 6:08 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful realizations with HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  26. October 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Radhanath Swami sees no difference in a holy place and things related with it. He considers each item to be connected to the Supreme Lord and therefore it has to be all Auspicious.Such a a profound belief.Amazing!

  27. October 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    Navin Poojary

    We may not be able to understand the true nature of tribulations one may undergo in spiritual life. Only great saints like Radhanath Swami can lift veil and see beyond the curtain and understand its real purpose and can guide us if we approach him accordingly with a humble heart

  28. October 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    shyam bihari das

    Maharaj knows perfectly the psychology of a child and an adult, and can handle delicate situations like these so adroitly. Hari Bol!

  29. October 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Radhanath swamis genuine purity makes his exceedingly expert at everything.

  30. October 2, 2010 at 7:51 am
    Shoba Fernandes

    This is indeed a touching story which throws insight into Radhanath Swami’s thought process.

  31. October 2, 2010 at 11:12 am
    rajesh jogani

    great story

  32. October 3, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Radhanath Swami exactly knows what we need to come closer to GOD. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

  33. October 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    priya aiyar

    Thanks Maharaj for this wonderful insight.There is a truth in what he said which an ordinary soul would easily miss.HH Radhanath Swami is exceptional and is endowed with spiritual vision.

  34. October 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  35. October 4, 2010 at 12:36 am
    Sheetal Maheshwari

    Radhanath Swami has the art of making you feel blessed even in the worst of the situations.

  36. October 4, 2010 at 7:06 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Very sweet & deep

  37. October 4, 2010 at 7:38 am
    veena nagrani

    very inspiring…thk u 4 sharing..

  38. October 5, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Wow so inspiring to read. All glories to Radhanath Maharaj!!

  39. October 5, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for sharing such nice incident. Radhanath Swami knows exactly when and how to administer the medicine

  40. October 5, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Nice story to inspire all of us. It’s really a fortune to get guidance like Radhanath Swami.

  41. October 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    wonderful how Radhanath Swami each incident as Krishna’s Mercy

  42. October 6, 2010 at 2:40 am
    Siddharth Hindlekar

    WOnderful…a perfect father-like leader for the congregation

  43. October 6, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Avinash H. Chavan

    Wonderful path maker

  44. October 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm
    Arabinda Sahoo

    Radhanath Swami specializes in seeing brighter side in case of any situation and encourages all to do that. Thank you Maharaja.

  45. October 7, 2010 at 3:59 am
    sangharatna bhamare

    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………………..Thank you mother for sharing this nectar.

  46. October 8, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Very inspiring story.

  47. October 8, 2010 at 3:33 am


  48. October 8, 2010 at 6:58 am
    Jitendra Tapadia

    Thank You Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the wonderful experience sharing.

  49. October 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

    radhanath swmai is an expert teacher

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