Radhanath Swami’s Balancing Wit

Radhanath Swami’s Balancing Wit

Radhanath Swami’s Balancing Wit

While we savored Bhakti Yoga during our stay at the monastery in Mumbai, we developed a deep longing to share that experience with others. Prodded by fellow feelings, the three of us, all Americans, first wanted to reach out to our countrymen touring Mumbai. We decided to visit a neighborhood tourist trap, Colaba. But first, we sought blessings from Radhanath Swami.

Radhanath Swami’s eyes gleamed with joy seeing us exuberant to share the gifts we received, for sharing one’s joy with others is the heart of spirituality. He exclaimed, “The three of you remind me of the trio—Srinivas Acharya, Narottam Das Thakur, and Shyamananda Pandit!”

Encouraged, we smiled from ear to ear. These were names of renowned saints of the seventeenth century who pioneered the spreading of Lord Chaitanya’s school of Bhakti Yoga.

Speaking of the philosophy and glories of Bhakti was exhilarating. But disinterested responses demoralized us. Our minds would then find a sanctuary in Radhanath Swami’s encouraging words, and that helped us go on with renewed enthusiasm.

Gradually, we started finding interested people. While on one hand it boosted our confidence, on the other we began to imagine halos around our heads; we now felt like messiahs.

When one brother flew to America to resume his duties there, the two of us went to Radhnath Swami. “Narrottama Das Thakur has left,” I said, remembering Radhanath Swami’s comparison of the renowned trio with our trio.  Implicitly it meant we were indeed of the caliber of Srinivas Acharya and Shyamananda Pandit.

“Seeing the two of you now, I am somehow reminded of  Jagai and Madhai,” Radhanath Swami’s body rocked with laughter. He had punctured our egos in split seconds. Jagai and Madhai were renowned criminals of sixteenth century India who were eventually delivered by the benevolent Lord Chaitanya. Of course, he didn’t mean we were criminals. But through his lambent wit he conveyed that we weren’t as holy as we felt we were.

Both enthusiasm and humility are pillars of bhakti yoga, and he knew which needed support when, and how to administer that support.

–Jean Paul

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127 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Balancing Wit”

  1. September 8, 2010 at 9:26 am
    priya aiyar

    That is how Maharaj prepares his devotees mentally so that they realize where they stand and therefore can make real progress.

  2. September 8, 2010 at 11:33 am
    anil manga

    very nice, thanks for sharing. Very lucky to have Maharaj protection

  3. September 9, 2010 at 4:50 am
    Ravi

    Wonderful article.

  4. September 9, 2010 at 5:18 am
    Nilesh

    Maharaj is amazing !!!

  5. September 9, 2010 at 6:02 am
    sachin komble

    Yes radhanath swami has both humility and enthusiasm.

  6. September 9, 2010 at 8:58 am
    Dashrath Wasmatkar

    Radhanath Swami’s sense of humor is wonderful.

  7. September 10, 2010 at 6:57 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Radhanath swami makes you feel special but at the same time makes you feel humble. This is so unique.

  8. September 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    Ashwani

    very nice.

  9. September 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm
    kaushik

    Humor.. But a great lesson!

  10. September 13, 2010 at 3:06 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    “Both enthusiasm and humility are pillars of bhakti yoga, and Radhanath Swami Maharaj knew which needed support when, and how to administer that support” – Thank you for sharing such a nice realization.

  11. September 13, 2010 at 8:07 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami’s wit is so natural, and makes everyone around him jolly 🙂

  12. September 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    sangharatna bhamare

    Devotee of krishna have all wonderful qualities.

  13. September 15, 2010 at 12:00 am
    Sagar Wadekar

    Maharaj has good sense of humor and powerful ways of teaching lessons to others. Thanks for sharing.. JAI !!!

  14. September 15, 2010 at 6:34 am
    Bhaskar

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is an excellent guide with exuberant methods of teaching for spiritual seekers

  15. September 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    krishna

    perfect!!!!Haribol.My heart is flying in the air after reading this incident.Radhanath Maharaj ki Jai.thanks for sharing

  16. September 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    Satish Iyer

    Radhanath Swami has taught the perfect lesson – Enthusiasm & Humility – To preach enthusiastically as if everything depends on us but to be humble & pray as everthing depends on Krishna.

  17. September 28, 2010 at 4:30 am
    Sumit

    Radhanath Swami always teaches lessons whic teach us how to become humble in all of out attempts we strive to make for our spiritual progress.

  18. September 30, 2010 at 6:25 am
    Meera Sharma

    Maharajah has indeed good sense of humor. He know when to encourage or correct his disciples, so they can make spiritual advancement

  19. October 3, 2010 at 10:56 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami uses humor expertly, conquering the hearts of all his disciples.

  20. October 5, 2010 at 4:54 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Enthusiasm and humility are pillars of bhakti yoga, and H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj knows which needed support when, and how to administer that support.

  21. October 6, 2010 at 1:56 am
    Vaishali Kamat

    RAdhanath Swami talks so wittily to teach his students.

  22. November 15, 2010 at 5:19 am
    Chandrashekar

    What a wonderful combination of medicine
    Only a loving saint like HH Radhanath Swami can administer that!!

  23. December 22, 2010 at 5:57 am
    Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj always keeps his disciples in track and make them feel humble whenever required.

  24. November 29, 2011 at 4:58 am
    Chandrika

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  25. March 11, 2012 at 10:15 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you Jean for sharing this experience of yours which conveys the importance of both enthusiasm and humility on the spiritual path.

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