A phone call to Radhanath Swami

A phone call to Radhanath Swami

A phone call to Radhanath Swami

“Please call me as soon as possible to discuss about the book,” read the one-line mail from Radhanath Swami. I flipped out in excitement, pulled out my mobile, scrolled to his number on the contact list, and pushed the dial button. As my mobile tried to reach out to the other side of the planet, to the United States, I could hear its intermittent beeps—and along with it my heart beat.

I had been working in Mumbai on the publication of Radhanath Swami’s Autobiography, The Journey Home, chipping in whatever little I could. He had spent years penning it down, wanting to openly share the precious realizations of his arduous spiritual quest with the world. And to help him in that, in whatever little way possible, I considered the rarest opportunity.

Now, I would be hearing his voice after a long time. My heart almost yanked out of my chest when I heard his faint voice over the phone. After exchanging pleasantries, he went on to give me directions on how I had to proceed with my work.

Mid-way through the call, from amidst a high cloud of excitement, I was plummeted to the low ground of qualms, by a reality that dawned on me—all of a sudden.

It is now midnight in the United States!

I had acted stupidly in waking up Radhanath Swami with my untimely call. What could I do now, but apologize? But when I apologized, Radhanath Swami replied, “I am so happy to be woken up by your sweet voice.” Embarrassed, my mindwent blank. Knowing not what else to say, I blabbered out another apology, breaking the awkward silence. This time he replied, “I am eternally thankful to you for this service of helping me with this book.”

–Jean Paul.

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84 Responses to “A phone call to Radhanath Swami”

  1. June 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    Anoop Goyal

    Thank you for sharing this incident highlighting Radhanath Swami’s mood of gratitude

  2. June 21, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. June 21, 2010 at 7:50 am
    Rajat Choudhary

    I have been deeply moved by hearing this story. Radhanath Swami Maharaj has a very high integrity levels which no one can disturb even by disturbing him from his sleep. If anyone else had been in his place he would have definitely become at least a little disturbed or would have mentioned that it is midnight here and we may talk tomorrow. But here we would have never heard of this story if the author himself would have not realized the fact that it is midnight in America. Radhanath Swami is not amongst those who would ever make you feel that you have done some mistake. I am inspired.

  4. June 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this amazing story about Maharaj. I feel it as a reminder to most of us, that there is a great need for each of us to undergo difficulties to reach out to the people of this world.

  5. June 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    Vikram Pandit

    The mark of a true gentleman. Even the greatest of the discomforts for the sake of serving humanity is one of the those millions of beautiful moments their life is made up of……

  6. June 22, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I know Radhanath Swami Maharaj since the past 3 years and Indeed, the one thing I have noticed is his humility, inspite of all the fame around him. This incident just reinforces that fact.

  7. June 23, 2010 at 6:36 am
    Amarendra Gaura Das

    So encouraging and inspiring, thankyou very much for sharing sharing this nectar about Radhanath Swami (http://radhanathswami.info)

  8. June 23, 2010 at 9:18 am
    Prashant Prabhu

    By glorifying Lord Krishna’s devotees, Lord is very pleased, thank you , for great oceanic mercy

  9. June 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Virendra Singh Chouhan

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj always emphasised in many of his lectures about ‘Attitude of Gratitude’. And he is living whatever he says. This is the quality of a pure devotee of the Lord.
    You can hear lectures of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj on http://audio.iskcondesiretree.info

  10. June 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    thankyou very much for sharing sharing this very inspiring nectar about Radhanath Swami (http://radhanathswami.info)

  11. June 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this inspiring nectar about H.H.Radhanath Swami. (http://richardslavin.com)

  12. June 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thank u for sharing this beautiful episode. H H Radhanath Swami is like a father caring for his children, never stopping but always enthusing us.

  13. June 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Absolutely amazing piece of work…. really inspiring !! Thank you maharaj for giving this wonderful gift to the world….

  14. June 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    What amazing character! No wonder he is adored by millions all over the world. We are so lucky to have somebody like that to look up to. A true idol to follow.

  15. June 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    meena Samtani

    Thanks for sharing. I will follow in the footsteps of my spiritual master. I will also try to control my negative emotions, and be more positive and more giving to the world.

  16. June 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm
    Vinay Malani

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj is a pure Vaishnava who hardly sleeps just so that he can help awaken our dormant love for God through various spiritual engagements.

    To know more anout Maharaj, please visit http://www.radhanath-swami.net

  17. July 1, 2010 at 6:06 am
    Priya Manjari

    Very inspiring story. I can learn so much about patience & gratitude from this incident.. Thanks for sharing

  18. July 2, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Thanks for sharing such a nice nectar.

  19. July 2, 2010 at 10:15 am
    Harshali Kulkari

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful incidence. A true epitome of gratitude!

  20. July 6, 2010 at 8:23 am
    Vinay Malani

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj keeps thinking about the next step in propagating Krishna Consciousness even when he is asleep.

  21. July 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    kunal agarwal

    thank you for sharing this wonderful story.
    it brings out the compassionate and eternally grateful nature of His Holiness Radhanath Swami perfectly

  22. July 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    thank you for sharing such inspiring story.

  23. July 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    Yogesh Valhe

    Amazing to read this story of HH Raadhanath Swami. Gratitude 24*7 …..on and on 🙂

  24. July 9, 2010 at 8:14 am
    Vijay Mathias

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj reciprocates in any situation.

  25. July 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much..

  26. July 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    very nice,thanks for sharing.

  27. July 11, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  28. July 11, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Inspirational. Hare Krishna

  29. July 11, 2010 at 6:20 am
    Dr.Anjali S. Palav

    Thank you very much for sharing this incidence. H.H.radhanth swami maharaj is like our father & he is always there to help & guide us, he will forgive our sily mistakes & always encourage us to do right things.
    Thank you maharaj for being our kind father.

  30. July 11, 2010 at 8:21 am
    Venkata Buddhiraju

    Simply amazing !!! That shows that he practises all those great human values that he preaches. This story is one amongst such many ones that proves this point

  31. July 11, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Ravi Garg

    Thanks for sharing……truly very humble

  32. July 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    Mangesh Kende

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj..always preaches through his own practice…n this an example ..thnx for sharing such nice experience

  33. July 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm
    Mangesh Kende

    Awesome ..thanks for sharing

  34. July 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this great fatherly loving incidence.radhe radhe.

  35. July 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  36. July 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    It is not easy to deal with Rahanath Swami.

  37. July 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Radhanath Swami is on a very intense schedule for last few years . I recently again heard his other god brothers also mention this, however it does not seem to affect the way he treats people. Always putting others needs/concerns before personal convenience. Such love for others – is not of this mortal world!

  38. July 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    Vishal Thakur

    Thank you for sharing. Wonderful example of patience.

  39. July 12, 2010 at 5:23 am
    sneha garg

    Maharaj explains from his his behaviour how to show gratitude.

  40. July 12, 2010 at 6:46 am
    Yudhisthira dasa

    Radhanath Swami has alwasy expressed gratitude at the smallest service done for Srila prabhupada, for ISKCON. Rarely does he take personal service and in this case I am sure he meant what he said. Thank you for sharing this

  41. July 12, 2010 at 7:16 am
    Vraja Gopika

    Like his usual self, always tolerant and selfless!

  42. July 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

    good experience

  43. July 12, 2010 at 8:11 am
    Manish Ahuja

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  44. July 12, 2010 at 9:58 am
    Milind M Churi

    Once telephone operator in Chowpatty mandir mistakenly directd phone call to Radhanth Maharaj at about midnight.After hearing his voice operator humbly apologize.But Radhanth swami gave wonderful reply.He said “Thank you for transfering call,now I can start my chanting”.Operator became speechless.Therfore he is Maharaj,the Great soul.Thanking you for giving me opportunity to share the story.

  45. July 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Thank you Prabhuji for sharing this experience with us.

  46. July 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    Ram Mohan Gupta

    Thanks. It’s precious.

  47. July 13, 2010 at 5:43 am
    Ranjeet Kumar

    Radhanath Maharaj touches the heart of every one by his genuine humility and gratitude. And by this every one become attached to him.

  48. July 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  49. July 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    Satish Iyer

    Thank you for sharing this realization.

  50. July 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    Mallikarjuna Penumalli

    Thank you so much Prabhuji for sharing this great humble attitude of Radhanath Swami who steels every ones heart through his personel behaviour.

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