Radhanath Swami’s Extempore Humility

Radhanath Swami’s Extempore Humility

Radhanath Swami’s Extempore Humility

It was IIT Mumbai. Radhanath Swami had just delivered a spell bounding lecture to a group of young IITians. They now looked at him in indecision: were they really at the zenith of knowledge-acquisition, or were they merely like that infamous frog who thought of his puny well as the ‘be all & end all’ of existence? Radhanath Swami, through his stellar presentation, had very dexterously challenged their ‘froggish’ mentality with something so arcane, the awe-inspiring knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita.  As some of these brainy IITians swarmed around him admiring his angelic demeanor, my chest swelled in pride. Standing next to him, I watched him hoisting within the hearts of these chaps the flag of the Supreme Lord’s mercy –fluttering its compassionate ripples.

Slowly, the just now formed fan club of Radhanath Swami dispersed for the free dinner arranged by the organizers. But a student in his late teens waited behind to have Radhanath Swami’s autograph on his recently purchased ‘Bhagavad Gita As it is.’ As he inched forward, I quickly pulled out my pen and handed it to Radhanath Swami.

As Radhanath Swami opened that divine scripture, his eyes searched for a suitable page to pen down his autograph. There it was; the first page of the book! As with all books, the first page was relatively empty with the title of the book written on top in bold, & way at the bottom were the credentials of the author. Obviously, anybody would have signed in the middle of that page.

But for Radhanath Swami, signing there meant a breach of etiquette: it would mean signing his autograph above the name of his Guru Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who was the author of that book. Hence he spontaneously chose to sign his autograph way below Srila Prabhupada’s name, where there was hardly any space to scribble a word. I was so moved, touched & impressed upon seeing Radhanath Swami’s extempore humility. Someone who was just a while ago so victorious over these astute & brainy IITians was not at all deterred from his vows of humility, even after such an alluring accomplishment. I guess this is the secret of his success: Determined to remain humble.

Sikshashtakam Das. Temple President, ISKCON Nasik.

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145 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Extempore Humility”

  1. October 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Sandeep Kamat

    Radhanath maharaj really symbolifies humility.

  2. October 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Such incidents make a deep impression upon our hearts and give as an ideal to strive for. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pastimes about Radhanath Swami

  3. October 4, 2010 at 5:21 am

    A humble soul achieves a lot on behalf of GOD.

  4. October 4, 2010 at 6:22 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Very True – Determined to remain humble is the secret of success of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thank you so much Prabhuji for sharing such a wonderful realization.

  5. October 4, 2010 at 6:57 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami is truely gifted with Humility. Its just natural for him to be humble.

  6. October 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

    humility emblem is radhanath swami. this shows he is not from this material world but had just come to show us the glimpse of that eternal blissful life with krsna. thank u maharaj.

  7. October 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Radhanath Swami is en emblem of humility. Not only does he speak about humility is almost all of his lectures, but he shows this quality by his experiences as well.

  8. October 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Thats the real glory of Radhanath Swami’s success . His heart melting humility !

  9. October 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this nice experience.

  10. October 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    he is humility personified

  11. October 5, 2010 at 12:04 am
    malathi santosh

    Wow!!!too good

  12. October 5, 2010 at 5:05 am

    True humility is the greatest treasure, the most valuable possession, and the biggest asset to attract the merciful glance of the almighty GOD.
    Radhanath Swami is showing what does it mean to be truly rich.

  13. October 5, 2010 at 7:19 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    This is such a touchy incident bringing out more love from our hearts for HH Radhanath swami. thank you for sharing this

  14. October 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    Ashish patil

    Excellent lesson for all of us… Thank you!

  15. October 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    sangharatna bhamare

    very inspiring article. Thank you prabhuji for sharing.

  16. October 6, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Radhanath Swami’s humility is truly extraordinary.

  17. October 6, 2010 at 3:24 am


  18. October 6, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Determined to remain humble – what an extraordinary quality of Radhanath Swami. This is the hallmark of a truly great person.

  19. October 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Amazing and lots to learn for us from this great saint.

  20. October 7, 2010 at 1:53 am
    roshni u

    He undobtedly practises what he preaches

  21. October 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I heard Radhanath Swami saying that “With Humility comes realization, otherwise it remains knowledge”. It is Radhanath Swami’s humility that makes him so realized.

  22. October 7, 2010 at 7:21 am
    Shoba Fernandes

    Radhanath Swami is always conscious of every action of his; every action exhibits the qualities of a saintly person.

  23. October 8, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Maharaj’s every action transform the heart of others.

  24. October 9, 2010 at 12:56 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Radhanath Swami preaches by his own example

  25. October 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    meera sharma

    Radhanath Swami had changed so many lives by his exemplary genuine humility.

  26. October 10, 2010 at 9:24 am

    This is the hallmark of Radhanath Swami – he never transcends rules of etiquette

  27. October 11, 2010 at 7:39 am
    Siddharth Hindlekar

    Maharaj truly is an epitome of humiltiy…Thank you for sharing

  28. October 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Kuldeep Soni

    Thabk you ver much.

  29. October 13, 2010 at 12:52 am
    Vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami reminds / instructs us tobe humble by his actions.

  30. October 16, 2010 at 6:35 am
    Satish Iyer

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience of yours with Radhanath Swami

  31. October 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm


  32. December 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj is very very rich in Humilily. A wonderful Passage.

  33. January 6, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Perfect Guru is a perfect disciple. Truly displeyed here.

  34. January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    HH Radhanath swami is personified humility.

  35. February 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Very inspiring article!.

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing us.

  36. March 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Wow – this is an amazing article. Thank you for sharing it.

  37. June 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    He is free from all the material qualities such as greed ,anger, and so on. Even Krishna is pleased when a person is very humble and free from all the modes of nature. so Radha nath swami is a great saint.

  38. June 4, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    It is very touching and heart felt feeling. Maharaj ki jai

  39. July 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  40. November 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. Radhanath swami is a personification of humility.

  41. December 14, 2011 at 9:14 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami is an epitome of humility.

  42. December 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Radhanath swami is a personification of humility and he teaches his disciples by his example.

  43. March 1, 2012 at 7:13 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    All glories to Radhanath Swami for his extempore humility and the author of this article for such a brilliant composition and use of perfectly suitable words.

  44. July 6, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Radhanath swami maharaj ki jay!!!

  45. March 8, 2013 at 12:41 am
    chetan warade

    Radhanath swami showing perfect example of humility from his ideal behavior. Thank you for shearing this article.

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