Radhanatha Swami’s Embrace

Radhanatha Swami’s Embrace

Radhanatha Swami’s Embrace

Note: Please read Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”? and Radhanath Swami : The Prayer-er Writer first….

On the last day of my editing service for Radhanath Swami, he went through the draft that I had written about the glorious service of Hanuman to Lord Rama. After refining it, he called me to have a look at it. In his own inimitably sweet and humble way, he asked me, as he had asked often during the last fortnight, “Is that good?”

As I read the changed draft, I marveled at how the text seemed to have come alive. Radhanath Swami’s excellence at descriptive writing has few parallels; he is a genius at describing events and emotions, places and people. Indeed, an early review of The Journey Home by the author Joshua Greene stated quite insightfully: “This book is a testimony to the power of words to express the affairs of the heart.” Of course, I would ascribe the power not just to the words, but also to the person whose heart is so sensitive to experience subtle emotions and whose words are so dexterous to express them.

When I finished reading the revised, nay enriched, text, I turned to Radhanath Swami and said, “This is beautiful. What I had written was like a report, but you have made it into a drama.” Radhanath Swami started smiling not so much because I was praising him, but because the glory of the bhakti of Hanuman had successfully manifested thorough his pen (or, shall we say, his keyboard). The selfless spiritual nature of his pleasure became apparent to me through the entirely unexpected but enchantingly unforgettable event that transpired next.

But before describing that event, I need to share a little background about Hanuman’s bhakti. When Hanuman returned to Lord Rama after performing unparalleled heroic feats in his service, the Lord being overwhelmed with gratitude offered his gallant servant the best that he could in those circumstances. The Lord offered Hanuman his own embrace, which was for the servant-hero the greatest of all gifts. This endearing exchange was expressed in eloquent and heart-rending language by Radhanath Swami and so I said to him, “Especially when Lord Rama embraces Hanuman, the emotions are coming out so sweetly over there.”

Radhanath Swami’s smile became broader and he said, “Then I will embrace you.” I was delighted to receive his long and sweet embrace. And as I thought – a bit self-indulgently, no doubt  – that he was pleased with my service of editing – probably in some small way as Lord Rama was pleased with the service of Hanuman, my joy knew no bounds.

Later, as I reflected on the incident, the grave message that Radhanath Swami had communicated through this sweet exchange eventually registered in my dull mind. As devotees, we understand that the loving dealings between the Lord and his devotee are not just sentimental tales for pious entertainment or sweet stories from a bygone era. They are eternal realities in the spiritual realm which sometimes manifest to our perception as dramatic narratives in universal history. So as devotees, our goal is not just to relish their literary eloquence, but to experience their devotional essence –and to share that divine essence through our writings. Radhanath Swami was relishing Rama-lila at that exalted devotional level and, as my spiritual mentor, he wanted me to rise from my literary-intellectual level to that divine level. And so he embraced me – to give me an experience of his sublime love and to gently prod me to rise to the pure devotional level where I could constantly relish that divine love. I pray that the sweet memory of Radhanath Swami’s embrace – and the grave lesson taught through it – constantly illumine my hear and life.

Chaitanya Charan Das

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148 Responses to “Radhanatha Swami’s Embrace”

  1. January 25, 2011 at 3:15 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Amazing pastime of Maharaj.

  2. January 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Great reward for great service…..this is reciprocation…..

  3. January 25, 2011 at 10:49 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Jai…….such a beautiful story

  4. January 25, 2011 at 11:03 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou Prabhuji for sharing such a beautiful incident with us

  5. January 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Very inspiring and wonderful pastime.

  6. January 26, 2011 at 3:59 am
    Vinay Rachh

    nice pastime

  7. January 27, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Hariii bol. What a wonderful loving exchange past time.

  8. January 27, 2011 at 4:04 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    This experience of your’s with HH Radhanath Swami is very inspiring and it is as though we are getting the embrace of Maharaj. Thank you for sharing.

  9. January 27, 2011 at 4:18 am
    navin poojary

    Thank you for sharing this!Whenever great personalities like Radhanath Swami give their instructions.It is out of compassion for each living entity and to alleviate him

  10. January 27, 2011 at 8:02 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami’s dealing are so simple and natural and they enchant the heart of anyone with him. This is simply because God’s grace flowing through him.

  11. January 27, 2011 at 9:14 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Very delighting Experience.

  12. January 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami ki jai!

  13. January 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Radhanath Swami & his sincere disciples are all glorious…..

  14. January 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    very nice, thank you very much for sharing.

  15. January 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Jai ho, thank you for sharing this intimate detail with all of us, for our benefit!

  16. January 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s love is beyond this world!

  17. January 28, 2011 at 5:29 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Embrace of a saint is one of the most cherished even in ones life.

  18. January 28, 2011 at 8:12 am
    bhakti karia

    HHRNSM’s love has no bounds and is so blissful to all, haribol, bhakti

  19. January 28, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Vinay Rachh

    very nice

  20. January 28, 2011 at 8:15 am
    rajesh karia

    simply blissful experience and so heart touching the way in which HHRNSM embraces his devotees by citing an example of the pass times of the Lord, haribol, rajesh karia

  21. January 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    Shoba Ramachandran

    How fortunate is the author to receive HH Radhanath Swami’s mercy and blessings as his embrace?

  22. January 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj makes every effort to give the best to his followers!

  23. January 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj always tries to distribute the pure love as it is to all through his words, writings and actions…

  24. January 29, 2011 at 12:41 am
    Abhijit Toley

    An embrace of a spiritual master is not just a physical act, it’s an act of the heart. Radhanath Swami’s embrace is an expression of hi deep love and gratitude for his disciples.

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  26. January 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    Sachin Boradia

    This is such a deep and profound realisation by Chaitanya Charan Das and such a wonderful relationship between Guru and his dear disciple. It is very heart warming!

  27. January 30, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Deeply inspiring and wonderful .

  28. January 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  29. January 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm
    Madana kishore das

    Amazing experience. Thank you for sharing.

  30. January 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm
    MAnish Advani

    Thank you for sharing your experience

  31. January 31, 2011 at 5:23 am
    vinay rachh


  32. February 1, 2011 at 8:00 am
    M P Advani

    Jai you are so fortunate

  33. February 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    Gauri Advani

    Radhanath Swami is ocean of mercy

  34. February 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Radhanath Swami is very kind

  35. February 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm
    Dhruva Advani

    Radhanath Swamis embrace and at the same time pleasing him is the greatest treasure one can achieve in this world

  36. February 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    This is so beautiful…thank you.

  37. March 29, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful pastime.

  38. April 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Realy wonderful

  39. May 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Great to read, Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai

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  41. May 6, 2011 at 10:20 am
    Rajani komble

    a very sensetive heart to experience subtle emotions

  42. May 31, 2011 at 3:42 am
    Swapnil Nankar

    Radhanath Swami reminds one of pure devotees of previous yugas!

  43. August 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    Braja Kumar Das

    Brilliant story, thanks!

  44. September 17, 2011 at 5:53 am

    jai jai …….great

  45. September 30, 2011 at 2:55 am
    himanshu bhatt

    thank you Pr. ji for putting this nice comment.

  46. April 8, 2012 at 5:36 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful pastime!!

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  48. September 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    Aun V Deshmukh

    very inspirational…

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