After one successful youth festival, many of us, the resident monks gathered around Radhanath Swami and expressed our joy and gratitude. One of us told him, “You have done a miracle. Today we have a powerful team of teachers of the science of God consciousness at our monastery, all by your training.” Immediately, in a natural voice, filled with the simplicity and devotion that very much characterizes his personality, Radhanath Swami replied, “I am not doing any miracle. I am simply like a cheer leader watching it all happen”. He then lovingly gazed upon us and smiled, for what appeared a long time. Then again he became grave and said, “Only if there is no tug of war and our monks are free from competition and desire for name and fame, and materialistic ambitions and desires, only then we can be peaceful and happy”. Then again Radhanath Swami smiled and encouraged all of us in our devotional service.
This is a special quality of Radhanath Swami. He becomes very happy when his students do well in their spiritual life. Yet as a loving and guarding father, he becomes alert and repeatedly guards us against falling prey to material motives and ambitions springing from false pride.