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. June 7, 2011 at 6:06 am
    Uma Iyer

    Thank you for shring this incident

  2. June 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Thank u so much… appreciate ur humility…

  3. June 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Very nice experience, thank you so much for sharing the same.

  4. June 8, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Everyone is special as everyone is part and parcel of Lord.

  5. June 8, 2011 at 6:58 am
    nilesh pawar

    radhanath swami maharaj makes everyone feel special in true manner without ulterior motives.

  6. June 8, 2011 at 7:16 am

    very nicely worded experience! thank you for sharing this quality of Radhanath Swami

  7. June 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Meera Sharma

    Pure devotee of the Lord see Levey living entity at soul level and at that level we all are same, part and parcel of the Lord. All glories to Radhanath Swami for helping so many soul to realize it.

  8. June 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm
    vinay rachh

    Very touching story

  9. June 10, 2011 at 2:53 am
    vaishali kamat

    Radhanath swami sees everyone with equal vision.

  10. June 10, 2011 at 6:17 am
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    The vision of a true lover of God like HH Radhanath Swami looks at every living entity through the vision of the Supreme Lord and hence does not make any distinction based on externals of a person.

  11. June 10, 2011 at 6:19 am
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    A lesson that I learnt from this incident is a true seer of Supreme Lord like HH Radhanath Swami sees everybody who os doing ones duty properly with equanimity. A business man should do his duty properly as much as the security guard should do his duty.

  12. June 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    The humility of great spiritual personalities is like an ocean

  13. June 13, 2011 at 3:53 am
    Dhruv p

    thank u for sharing this incident.

  14. June 13, 2011 at 11:04 am
    M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Great souls transform the hearts of others, even without speaking to them. All glories to Radhanatha Swami.

  15. June 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for sharing….

  16. June 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Pure devotee of the Lord see Levey living entity at soul level and at that level we all are same, part and parcel of the Lord. All glories to Radhanath Swami for helping so many soul to realize it.

  17. June 14, 2011 at 7:53 am

    thank you for sharing

  18. June 14, 2011 at 7:55 am


  19. June 14, 2011 at 8:20 am
    shreeniwas Chaudhary

    Maharaj considers everyone equal. Thank you so much for sharing to us.

  20. June 15, 2011 at 4:42 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Great souls live what they preach.

  21. June 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Hari Bol

  22. June 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    Ram Mahtani

    Panditah sama darsinah – Maharaj personifies it !!

  23. June 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    Ram Mohan Gupta

    Every interaction with Maharaj is deeply valuable lesson.

  24. June 16, 2011 at 9:43 am
    Rohan Shetti

    WOW!! I just dont have any word, Radhanath Maharaj ki Jai!!

  25. June 16, 2011 at 9:45 am
    Rohan Shetti

    This incidents helps me a lot, please keep such incident.
    Hare Ksna

  26. June 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    Ravi Garg

    This is the beauty of Krishna & his pure devotees…..they don’t see the material body of a living entity but the soul in them…….

  27. June 17, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Personalities like HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj see the spirit soul within rather than the outer covering.

  28. June 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Thank you much for sharing wonderful experience.

    This is the best example for “Equal vision”.

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj is real acharya and he follows in exemplied manner.

  29. June 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Very inspiring, thank you for sharing this

  30. June 20, 2011 at 1:35 am
    Sundarinath das

    Great realization !

  31. June 20, 2011 at 7:35 am
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami is a mahatma – a saint who sees everyone with equal vision.

  32. June 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Radhanath Swami is truly personal. this shows that he practices what he preaches!

  33. June 24, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Thank you so much. You presented it so well. Radhanath Swami is a real saint, he has equal vision on all living entities. He is real learned man.

  34. June 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    many thanks for sharing the qualities of Radhanath swami

  35. June 29, 2011 at 4:23 am
    naresh Jethwa


  36. June 29, 2011 at 7:29 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Radhanath Swami wins everyone’s heart with his humble nature.

  37. June 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Indeed, Radhanath Swami knows every individual living entity—as part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, this is very much evident by his behavior and his longing to deliver them from this world.

  38. July 1, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Wonderful experince !

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing the same.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

  39. July 2, 2011 at 1:55 am
    Abhijit Toley

    I just love these Radhanath Swami stories! Thanks!

  40. July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Sundar Ananda das

    thanks for this heart-touching description!

  41. July 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    thank you very much for sharing this wonderful story.

  42. July 5, 2011 at 6:27 am
    kajaj gandhi

    Thank u for sharing…

  43. July 6, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Too touching it was!!!! Thank U Maharaj for teaching us these small small lessons of life in such a beautiful way!!!! Thank u very much!!!!

  44. July 6, 2011 at 3:03 am
    Sunil Sharma

    Thanks Fraphuji for Sharing

  45. July 6, 2011 at 7:57 am


  46. July 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Nice one.

  47. July 6, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Pankaj Gaikar

    Very inspiring one.
    Thank You for sharing.

  48. July 6, 2011 at 11:14 am
    mythili venkatesh

    amanina mana dena- is not just preached but also practised by loving our gurudev. All glories to u.

  49. July 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    for radhanath swami,everybody is same.maharaj ki jai!!

  50. July 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Beautiful! This is so natural for him. Why does our mind seek out distinction?

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