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. July 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Mallikarjuna Penumalli

    Thank you so much for sharing about the humble attitude of Radhanath Swami who steels every ones heart through his personel behaviour

  2. July 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Maharaj is truly a Saint. He is taking all sorts of inconveniance for others and in return giving them hope and inspiration. THank you very much for sharing.

  3. July 19, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s humility touches everyone..Thank you for sharing this!!

  4. July 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Thnak you for this great note. It is a learning how to handle situations even at odd times. Maharaj practices what he preaches. Humble at all times and grateful for every small bit

  5. July 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you for this great sharing. Maharaj pratices what he preaches. Humble at all times and grateful for every small service done. Thank you Maharaj for this great lesson

  6. July 20, 2010 at 10:09 am
    nilesh pawar

    thank you very much for sharing, i like it very much prabhu.

  7. July 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm


  8. July 24, 2010 at 12:23 am
    Santosh Kaimal

    Radhanath Swami has this fantastic ability to convey messages in a very sweet & yet straightforward way.

  9. July 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Thank you so muchhh for sharing.

  10. July 27, 2010 at 4:50 am
    Samir Paleja

    thank u very much for sharing this.

  11. August 2, 2010 at 10:16 am
    B.J. ARORA

    Radhanath Swami shows how one should be tolerant in the midst of proviking situations.

  12. August 4, 2010 at 8:33 am
    Tulsi Shetty

    Radhanath Swami’s heart is full of love,gratitude,patience,forgiveness,humility and simplicity.Nothing can irritate him – not even waking him up in the middle of his sleep.

  13. August 5, 2010 at 5:50 am
    priya aiyar

    He is truly a saint.He tolerates inconveniences without making others realize.

  14. August 16, 2010 at 4:26 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    What a great display of humility exhibited by Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  15. September 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Radhanath Swami stresses on having the attitude of gratitude in many of his talks. Amazingly he is a perfect example for that.

  16. September 11, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Rdahanath Swami is such a humble person.

  17. September 17, 2010 at 5:05 am

    This is way Radhanath Swami deals and touches people

  18. September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

    It is another pastime revealing humility of Radhanath Swami

  19. October 1, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Wow! this is really classic. Hope one day I would be able to serve Radhanath Swami in some way, though I don’t deserve all of this.

  20. October 5, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Whatever amount of heavy thing is thrown to ocean it takes everything very slowly within it.Similarly maharaj heart is like that ocean.

  21. October 8, 2010 at 4:55 am
    sri nathji das

    it was 2am when we returned from Birla House.i was driving.when we reached RG temple i asked maharaj if i should come with him.He looked at me & smiled &said “you have a family yet you staidup for me, I am most gratefull please rest.Later I heard he slept for 2 hrs.only.

  22. October 19, 2010 at 4:49 am
    Ajay Chandak

    I like the way Radhnath Swami Maharaj deals with devotees and non devotees. Not even a single speck of duplicity.

  23. October 21, 2010 at 11:18 am
    Rajesh Lad

    Maharaj is so magnanaimous and kind in all his dealings !

  24. November 15, 2010 at 5:48 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami sees the help the help other person is doing

  25. December 17, 2010 at 9:23 am
    Vidya Patham

    It is very humbling to read about this experience where Radhanath Swami’s humility is yet again demonstrated.

  26. December 22, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Haribol… It one the perfect example that speaks about the gratitude and humility of His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  27. February 25, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing wonderful experience.

  28. April 18, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Radhanath Swami is an abode of all divine qualities. All glories.

  29. May 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Amazing to see such a exalted person behaving with so much humility and gratitude with a relatively new practioner…Radhanath Swami a perfect teacher of spirituality…

  30. July 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This is such a beautiful incident. Thank you for sharing and informing us the importance of serving him through his book.

  31. November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful incident with HH Radhanath swami. This shows how HH Radhanath swami works for the welfare of the other living entities tirelessly.

  32. December 14, 2011 at 6:55 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Thankyou for sharing such a wonderful incident!!!

  33. January 31, 2012 at 5:27 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Radhanath Swami is truly a saint! He tolerates all inconveniences for himself while trying to keep everyone else happy!

  34. May 22, 2012 at 9:46 am
    Pranjal Dixit

    Thank you very much.

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