Radhanath Swami and a Special Security Guard

Radhanath Swami and a Special Security Guard

Radhanath Swami and a Special Security Guard

The Heaven on Earth is a colossal structure recently erected on ISKCON’s property in Juhu, Mumbai, to meet this spiritual society’s growing needs. On the first floor of this building, two long, lonely corridors run perpendicular to each other, and at their intersection stands a security guard, dutifully. This guard is no ordinary person! Perhaps a year ago, when I was at Heaven on Earth, I realized how special he was.

On my way to a dear friend’s room on the first floor, I had come across this sentinel. Hardly noticing his presence, I had turned left at the intersection he stood guard, to enter the second corridor from the first. Just one step tread, and I saw someone familiar emerge from the corridor’s other end. It was Radhanath Swami.

Those who have had Radhanath Swami’s holy association know how it feels like in his presence! I call upon them to imagine: on this lonely corridor—I on this end and Radhanath Swami on the other—and the two of us walking towards each other!   I was paralyzed in self-awareness. I forgot how to walk, nay how to breathe. In shyness as I tottered, my eyes gazed the floor, and my mind squirmed in a daze. I knew not what to expect when we met midway. Finally, after an apparently long trek, came the climax. As we crossed, I pushed my glance up towards Radhanath Swami, and he beamed back a beautiful smile. Then tilting his head forward, he folded his palms in front of his face, thus expressing his respects to me. I was elated and felt so special. “Indeed,” I thought, “he knows me since 1998, and he also knows I am a graduate from a premier institute, the Indian Institute of Technology IIT.”

When I reached the other end of the corridor, I turned back for no reason in particular, and saw: Radhanath Swami was at the intersection, and he tilted his head and folded his palms in front of the security guard, exactly as he had done with me! And I could vouch that he was meeting that security guard for the first time in his life, and the security guard was an illiterate!

Deeply humbled, I took to heart a sacred lesson: the Supreme Lord’s representatives know every individual living entity—as part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. And so everyone is special in their eyes, regardless of externals.Therefore, from a spiritual perspective, that security guard was very special—as special as I felt myself to be in Radhanath Swami’s holy presence.

–Siddeshwar Bhat


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144 Responses to “Radhanath Swami and a Special Security Guard”

  1. July 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    By the example of H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj, everyone is equal and part and parcel of God. Jai!

  2. July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    This is a beautiful narration. Thank you.

  3. July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    how humbling it must have been for Mr. Bhat. Radhanath Swami treats every one as a child of the Supreme father Sri Krishna.

  4. July 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm
    Siddhesvari Priya

    He is so humble.Thank you very much.

  5. July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  6. July 9, 2011 at 6:47 am
    usha gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami’s dealing with all living entities are special. He does not discriminate

  7. July 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    wondeful example !!!

  8. July 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    perfect example of – “pandita sama darshina”

  9. July 14, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Rasaraj das

    samah sarvesu bhutesu.. nice example. Thank you for sharing.

  10. July 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  11. July 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    woww.. thank you so much for sharing this wonderful nectar…

  12. July 19, 2011 at 5:32 am
    Ganesh Iyer

    Unforgettable lesson in humility.

  13. July 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thank u for sharing.

  14. July 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

    To treat everyone the same in peaceful situations can be attained with certain level of consciousness, but to maintain the same respect in the event of a challenging situation or a confrontation calls for higher realizations. We can see HH Swami in many such situations in his book “Journey Home”. If you like this post, you will die for the book. Hare Krishna!

  15. July 28, 2011 at 12:35 am
    ashok n belani

    A pure devotee treats every one with equal vision..it is a great lesson.

  16. July 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    usha gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami can see through the externals and recognize the true self.

  17. August 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Radhanath Swami is showing equal love for every living entity.

  18. August 10, 2011 at 5:56 am
    Vinay K

    This emulates Radhanath Maharaj’s boundless compassion…
    Maharaj is True Guru..

  19. August 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Saintly people see everyone on an equal level!

  20. August 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Thank u very much for sharing this incidence..
    Truly,Maharaj is personifiction of all good qualities one need to posses to attain Love of God..
    Hari Hari!

  21. August 26, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Wonderful experince !

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj is personified humility. He so meek and humble.

    He is real acharya, walking scrputes.

    Thank you so much for sharing the same.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

  22. September 2, 2011 at 5:10 am
    Pankaj Dewani

    Radhanath Swami respects every soul which is part & parcel of God!

    That is the sign of a learned man

  23. September 3, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami’s humility and caring nature are visible in every gesture. Thank you for sharing this incident.

  24. September 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    This really shows the wonderful qualities of maharaj. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. Haribol!

  25. September 4, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Maharaj’s every act penetrates deep inside the heart….

  26. September 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

    so nice to read that such high spiritual qualities do exist in this age also..

  27. September 7, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Nice Aricle .Thanks for sharing

  28. September 7, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Only such advanced devotees can see every one special as the parts and parcels GOD

  29. September 13, 2011 at 1:47 am

    vidya vinaya sampanne brahmane gavi hastini
    suni caivasa pakeca pandita sama darshina

  30. September 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Radhanath Swami sees everyone as a part and parcel of God

  31. September 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    This will surely leave us in wonder, because the material world operates in such an contrast with the world of people whose actions are guided by the spiritual principles.

    Hare Krishna.

  32. October 1, 2011 at 4:30 am
    Pooja, Singapore

    Hare Krishna, Humility of RAdhanath Maharaj really touches are hearts. Hari Bol

  33. November 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story how the great souls like Radhanath swami will see everyone with equal vision.

  34. November 22, 2011 at 7:49 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami shows by example how to treat everyone equally!

  35. December 6, 2011 at 9:20 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    All Glories to Srila Radhanath Swami !

    A pure devotee is always equal to everyone despite all externals !

    Thanks for sharing it !
    Hare Krishna !

  36. December 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

    That’s all about spiritual vision. How Maharaj sees everyone equally is something we should keep as an aspiration for.

    Hare Krishna.

  37. December 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is a symbol of humility. All glories to Maharaj.

  38. December 20, 2011 at 9:00 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring incident from Radhanath Swami’s life.

  39. April 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Very thoughtful
    Thanks Hari bol

  40. April 17, 2012 at 2:12 am

    waoh! only Radhanath Maharaj could deal with people in this way. Amazing

  41. April 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Lesson learnt from this story… we should also try to follow Maharaj by treating people who serve us in a nice manner.. Thanks for sharing this story prabhu…

  42. May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    Pranjal dixit

    Simply heart touching.

  43. July 16, 2012 at 1:15 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    A pure devotee is always equal to everyone despite all externals ! All Glories to Radhanath Swami !
    Hare Krishna !

  44. July 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Maharaj shows by example, inspirational.

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