Radhanath Swami, Our Gardner

Radhanath Swami, Our Gardner

Radhanath Swami, Our Gardner

In 1993, a nine year old reached a safe haven—the Lady Nothcote Hindu Orphanage. He was rescued from the perils of child labour by a compassionate monk, Bhagavan Das.  The boy had lost his father, while his mother struggled to make ends meet in a remote Maharashtrian village….. I was that boy.

We kids were like small seeds buried in the dry sands of a cruel world. That orphanage groomed us into what we are now—beautiful blossoms that beautify that same world. And our chief gardener was Radhanath Swami.

An incident from those formative years I vividly remember. Every year, we kids at the orphanage were allowed to accompany Radhanath Swami and his congregation on their pilgrimage. One year, spontaneously my thoughts floated to my mother in the village. How I wished she too could join us. My little brain thought little of the financial requirements of a pilgrimage, and I walked straight to Radhanath Swami. “Can my mother join us too?” I spoke to him in Hindi. He nodded with a smile. Again, I had witnessed the affection of the heart transcended all language barriers between us.

Yes, that year my mother joined me on that pilgrimage.

Later, our caretaker monk disclosed to me what had transpired behind my back. Radhanath Swami had called for a meeting of the pilgrimage organizers just to arrange for the finances and every other need of my mother’s pilgrimage. Towards the end he had told a manager, “You should take care of Jyandev’s mother as if she were Mr. Hrishikesh Mafatlal’s mother.” Mr. Mafatlal is a well known Indian Industrialist.

–Jyandev

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154 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, Our Gardner”

  1. September 17, 2011 at 5:45 am
    omprakash

    heartwinning………

  2. November 4, 2011 at 6:59 am
    piyush

    i wish i could do that for my mother

  3. December 7, 2011 at 9:49 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Radhanath Swami’s compassion and love and the ability to see everyone as equal and childern of God reminds me of the shloka in Bhagavad Gita 5.18 -vidya vinaya sampanne

  4. December 20, 2011 at 7:39 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Such a heart melting incident which shows the broadness, kindheartedness,compassion & love of Radhanath Swami for each & every person irrespective of their material status ! Thank you very much for sharing it ! Hare Krishna !

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Radhanath Swami Quotes...


"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."