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.


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154 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, Our Gardner”

  1. October 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

    its really very inspiring, although we do not have any qualification Radhanath swami makes everyone of us feel the most significant/important in his life by personally caring for us. Like this he is inspiring millions of people to come closer to Krsna. thank you maharaj

  2. October 5, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Radhanath swami knows how to take care of each and eevryone

  3. October 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

    This is an amazing incident related by Jyandev abotu how Radhanath Swami is such a detailed personality and makes no discrimination when it comes to caring for people. Just amazing incident.
    Radhanth Swami – love and compassion overflows in your heart for every person on earth.

  4. October 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    Navin Poojary

    Radhanath Swami is the best of Gardeners who has carefully cultivated so many wonderful seeds on the sands of Faith and nurtured with Love and Care for all of them to blossom into wonderful fruits of Devoted servants of Supreme Lord

  5. October 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Right! There are many wonderful fruits amnd flowers blossoming in Radhanath Swami’s garden. Which in turn are flowering into many many more fruits and flowers

  6. October 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Very inspiring and amazing.

  7. October 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm


  8. October 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Very touching and inspirational. Swami ji your heart is as big as ocean to accomodate each and every one.

  9. October 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm
    Ashish patil

    Maharaj transforms the heart of each and every devotee through his love and care ! ‘CHANGING THE WORLD….. ONE SOUL AT A TIME…!’ Thats radhanath swami. Thank you maharaj

  10. October 6, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Yes Saurabh rightly says.
    Even Spiritual master of Radhanath Swami Srila Prabhupada told his disciples once, “You have no qualification. I made you qualified.”

    Yes…we can really see it from this incidence.

  11. October 6, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Only great souls can reach out to all hearts without any barriers. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for filling our insignificant lives with treasure of happiness.

  12. October 6, 2010 at 6:32 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Radhanath swami loves and deeply takes care of every one without any discrimation whatsoever

  13. October 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Radhanath Swami maharaj’s message from Fox News: –
    Everyone is looking for pleasure. Whatever sex or nationality or religion or even species, everyone is looking for pleasure. And the essence of pleasure is to love and to be loved. And that pleasure is dormant within the heart of every living being. And to access that love within us is the true fulfillment that we’re all looking for, it’s the purpose of every great religion, to seek the essence within ourselves, our relationship with God and our relationships with all living beings. And to be an instrument of compassion is the greatest need in this world. And to go beyond sectarian concepts and really search for the essence within our self is where we can find true peace, true fulfillment and be an instrument of that to others. And we believe that chanting divine sound vibrations or mantras helps us to awaken and access that source of love that’s within all of us.

  14. October 7, 2010 at 1:48 am
    roshni ua

    Such sensitivity & concern is rarely found

  15. October 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    veena nagrani

    radhanath swami cares 4 everybody…

  16. October 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    Arabinda Sahoo

    Radhanath Swami is a very affectionate Vaishnava!

  17. October 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Radhanath Swami’s compassion has no limits.

  18. October 8, 2010 at 3:01 am
    vaishali mehta

    so much of affection!

  19. October 8, 2010 at 6:29 am
    Saurabh Vinayak

    This incident is really very touching and shows the compassion, care and concern of Radhanath Swami for anyone and everyone

  20. October 8, 2010 at 6:40 am
    Deepali Boradia

    Thankyou prabhuji for sharing this incident filled with so much of love and compassion towards every indiviual by Radhanath Swami.

  21. October 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so kind to everyone!

  22. October 9, 2010 at 12:42 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Thank you for sharing this

  23. October 9, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Very inspiring and touching, Jai Gurudeva!!

  24. October 10, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Vaishali Kamat

    You are very fortunate to be a plant in Radhanath Swami’s garden.

  25. October 11, 2010 at 1:26 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj’s compassionate nature enables him to understand another person’s heart.That is the quality of a truly exalted saint.

  26. October 11, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Greate Souls Never discriminate

  27. October 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Wonderful post! Maharaj not only teaches us not to differentiate between two different individuals but also practices on this. Thank you prabhuji for sharing.

  28. October 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    Santosh Kaimal

    Just like a gardener takes care of every plant, flower or creeper in his garden, Radhanath Swami takes care of every soul under his shelter.

  29. October 12, 2010 at 6:01 am

    thank u

  30. October 14, 2010 at 6:17 am
    Satish Iyer

    Radhanath Swami has the heart for everybody.

  31. October 18, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Radhanath Swami is such a kind person and that is the reason how his students are progressing in their life.

  32. November 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami : A wonderful gardener surely for all kinds of plants.

  33. December 3, 2010 at 1:57 am
    meher jadwani

    Thank you maharaj for being and inspiring to be equanimous.

  34. December 7, 2010 at 1:32 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami’s caring attitude is amazing

  35. December 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Radhanath Swami maharaj has a affection for each and every soul

  36. December 17, 2010 at 5:21 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    It’ very much aspiring.

  37. December 18, 2010 at 1:38 am
    Raghu Vamsee Akkiraju

    HH Radhanath Swami is a real saint…He sees no difference between the rich and the poor. Only one who having God in his heart is rich….all others are poor!!!

  38. December 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    nitika parmar

    So much compassion- it is incredible!

  39. January 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What Maharaj can do is inconceivable. It will always leave us agape.

    Hare Krishna

  40. March 12, 2011 at 12:55 am

    It is unimaginable how much love resides within the heart of Radhanath Swami for each and everyone irrespective of their social or financial position. Seeing him I can understand the infinite degree of love Krsna must be posessing for each and everyone of us.

  41. April 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Maharaj’s compassion is very inspiring!

  42. May 25, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Maharaj’s Love is more than parents love. He always thinks of how to take care of congregation. This incidence must be one of so many. Maharaj ki Jai

  43. June 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    There are no words for Radhanath swami’s compassion.He is real ambassador of Lord Krishna

  44. July 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  45. July 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    A sadhu never discriminates. Only a pure devotee can be such.

  46. July 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    A million thanks for posting this out. This definitely VERY strongly speaks for the loving nature of swamiji.

  47. July 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Radhanath swami so much compassion for each and every living entity.thank you for posting.

  48. July 30, 2011 at 5:46 am
    Vinay K

    Lot to learn from Maharaj…

  49. August 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    very touching !!!!

  50. August 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Brought tears to my eyes…

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