Going out for Lunch with Radhanath Swami

Going out for Lunch with Radhanath Swami

Going out for Lunch with Radhanath Swami

It was 22 November 2004, Vrindavan, India. The Fogla Ashram Guesthouse, where I stayed, had swarmed with Radhanath Swami’s followers for the past two weeks. Now the pilgrimage was over and only Radhanath Swami and his personal entourage—Nityananda, Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Vasudev and I—stayed back. Radhanath Swami was now recovering from his extreme exhaustion; being the pilgrimage guide for four thousand, he had been over-stretching himself.

As noon approached, Radhanath Swami drove off to Radha Gokulanand Temple along with Nityananda and Sri Krishna Chaitanya, for lunch. It was in response to a loving invitation from the head-priest Nitai Prabhu, who knew Radhanath Swami since the early 70s when Radhanath Swami had first visited Vrindavan. Nityananda, the acting secretary of Radhanath Swami, had earlier asked Vasudev and me if we too wanted to join in for the lunch. But since Radhanath Swami hadn’t asked us personally, we weren’t sure and had declined.

Back at the guesthouse, our stomachs rumbled. For the past two weeks, piping hot Prasad, sanctified food, was cooked and served right here in the guesthouse complex for the pilgrims. But now we had to search for a food booth in the scorching sun. Monkeys that squatted on the compound walls seemed to share our melancholy; they too hadn’t been out for a while: sneaking into the makeshift kitchen that was erected in the complex, they had been getting plenty.

As we prepared to walk out, the car that had taken Radhanath Swami returned. The driver informed that halfway to the temple when Radhanath Swami realized our absence, perhaps when he turned back to look at the passengers sitting in the rear, he halted the car. He then sent the car to pick us up and decided that he would walk the rest of the way—under the sun that now beat down on Vrindavan.

We reached the temple on time to have lunch with Radhanath Swami and the others. Later, when the head priest Nitai Prabhu came to the door to see us off, he handed a parting gift to Radhanath Swami, some remnant paraphernalia of the Lord, something inexpensive by worldly standards. Spontaneously, Radhanath Swami braced it to his chest in joy and gratitude.  At this, Nitai Prabhu remarked to Radhanath Swami, “This goes to show the devotion that overflows in you. Most influential men who come here hand over such gifts to their secretary—instantly—perhaps never to have a second look.”

–Damodar Dulal.

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128 Responses to “Going out for Lunch with Radhanath Swami”

  1. November 18, 2010 at 7:55 am
    dr yuvaraj bhosale

    thanks radhanath swami

  2. November 18, 2010 at 9:14 am
    Pawan Sabharwal

    An example of genuine care and attention …

  3. November 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Such a nice way of reciprocation of receiving Gifts and also reciprocating with devotees and taking pain for himself. Radhanath Swami leaves by the principle he preaches of humility and gratitude.

  4. November 18, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Rasaraj das

    The perfect master..

  5. November 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    There is lot to learn from personal behaviour of Radhanath Swami…….very exemplary behaviour…..

  6. November 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Very heart touching incident.

  7. November 18, 2010 at 11:06 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami’s love & concern for his disciples is very deep. Also, his genuine warmth & affection for other Vaishnavas triggers spontaneous loving reciprocation from them.

  8. November 18, 2010 at 11:07 am
    kisori dalal

    your actions speak what is in your heart

  9. November 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm


  10. November 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    such inspiring story. Thank you maharaj!

  11. November 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Radhanath swami fully reciprocates with everyone.

  12. November 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    This happened in Jagannath Puri also right. Radhanath Swami walked in the hot sun only to leave the car for this guests. His humility is reminding me so very much of Srila Sanatana Goswami!

  13. November 19, 2010 at 1:10 am
    nawal sood

    thank you very much for sharing

  14. November 19, 2010 at 1:14 am
    rajendra desai

    with every such example our service towards guru & gauranga should increase

  15. November 19, 2010 at 5:25 am

    All glories to Radhanath Swami

  16. November 19, 2010 at 6:08 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami is an amazing personality.

  17. November 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Thank You Radhanath Swami!

  18. November 19, 2010 at 7:54 am
    Pradeep Kumar

    Such humility and taking care nature of Radhanath swami have won the hearts of million. Thanks for sharing this.

  19. November 20, 2010 at 8:55 am
    sharda gokarn

    Heart touching article. Thanx for sharing

  20. November 20, 2010 at 9:04 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Every incident with H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj being shared shows the devotion of Maharaj and his concern for the devotees.

  21. November 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai

  22. November 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    bhakti karia

    HHRM is a very humble spiritual soul, haribol, bhakti

  23. November 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    rajesh karia

    HHRNSM is always caring for his devotees and their comfort, Maharaj ki Jai! rajesh karia

  24. November 21, 2010 at 8:24 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing these very personal and instructive experiences you had with Radhanath Swami.

  25. November 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami si so concerned about each and every one of his disciples. Even though he has thousands of disciples, he never fails to pay attention to everyone.

  26. November 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm
    Manoj Chawla

    Its so amazing that within the same incident Radhanath Swami shows how he was deeply concerned for his disciples and at the same time he shows how grateful he is when accepting spiritual gifts from his friends and well wishers.

  27. November 22, 2010 at 1:56 am
    Vishal Kaushal

    Radhanath Swami not only speaks of pure devotion but we can see in so many instances like this that how his own heart is full of devotion.

  28. November 22, 2010 at 3:00 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Very touching incident! Radhanath Swami never assumes the role of a boss, he is always in the mood of a servant even of his disciples.

  29. November 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

    All glories to Radhanath Swami

  30. November 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Your care & concern for others touches everyone’s heart,Maharaj.

  31. November 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Thanak you for sharing this wonderful experience with Maharaj.

  32. November 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm
    Srinivas Acharya Das

    All glories to His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  33. November 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing

  34. November 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    Sagar Wadekar

    JAI.. Maharaj is so caring for people around.. thanks a lot for sharing..

  35. November 23, 2010 at 10:36 am
    Nausheel Unnadkat

    Radhanath Swami shows us how to have genuine love, gratitude, humility and affection, with the basis that we are servants of God. So whatever we receive is the causeless mercy of the Lord.

  36. November 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Radhaanth swami honours the lords paraphelia in the same respect as he has for the Lord

  37. November 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm
    Anup Shah

    Radhanath Swami cares a lot for everybody! Thankyou for posting!

  38. November 24, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Thank you very much Prabhuji for teaching a valuable lesson by expressing this passtime of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja

  39. November 24, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with Radhanath Swami.

  40. November 24, 2010 at 8:02 am
    ankur sharma

    maharaqj is very sensitive and conscious of others.

  41. November 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing the glories of HH Radhanath Swami.

  42. November 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    HH RNS Maharaj is very concerened of others and appreciates even a small thing with so much of love and devotion. HH RNS maharaj ki jai

  43. November 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm
    Sheetal Maheshwari

    Radhanath Swami’s love & concern for each one around him far supercedes his personal comfort and schedules.

  44. November 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    Ram Mohan

    Radhanath Swami Maharj is so loving and caring… He truly worships everything connected to Krishna.

  45. November 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Very nice.
    H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai

  46. November 26, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Hare Krishna. Thank you for sharing

  47. November 26, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Wonderful pasttime. Jai !!

  48. November 26, 2010 at 5:59 am
    umesh sarda

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has such a deep concern for all the people and shows by example how to respect spiritual objects.

  49. November 26, 2010 at 6:36 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Very Inspiring – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing the nectar.

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