Radhanath Swami and the Knock out Scene

Radhanath Swami and the Knock out Scene

Radhanath Swami and the Knock out Scene

Radhanath Swami was on a stroll down the corridor of the monastery. At the entrance of a room that faced the corridor sat Krishnadas at his study desk. The desk held an open scripture with  Krishnadas’s face resting on it. He resembled a boxer on the rings, after a knock out. Perhaps a difficult passage from the scripture had pulled him down. Radhanath Swami rambled on, as though he had missed that scene. But the others around could vouch that he hadn’t.

As providence would have it, this reoccurred the next day, and even the day after. Krishnadas was crestfallen. Due to emergency services he had insufficient rest for the past few nights. Yet, he sincerely tried to remain awake and study during the day.  Coincidentally, however, just when Radhanath Swami was around, he fell asleep. How bad Radhanath Swami might have felt seeing his student asleep at his study desk!

Krishnadas approached Radhanath Swami with his tale of woe. Attempting to clarify the situation, he related an incident from his workplace;  this had happened before he joined the monastery for a full-fledged training in bhakti yoga. “One day at office, when my boss came by for a stroll in the morning, I was reading the newspaper. When he came by in the afternoon and evening, again he saw me doing the same. He turned crimson and got on my case. But I had been working sincerely. And it was sheer coincidence that just when I held the newspaper for a break, he came by for a stroll.”

Radhanath Swami smiled warmly when he heard the story. Then he said, “But the difference here is, I am not your boss. I am your servant, trying to serve you in the capacity of a guru, a spiritual master.”

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143 Responses to “Radhanath Swami and the Knock out Scene”

  1. September 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Through all these experiences we get to learn so much from Maharaj…… really grateful to all of you for sharing thanks

  2. September 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. September 7, 2010 at 3:56 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    What a humility of HH Radhanath Swami. Though he is a spiritual leader, he always thinks as a servant of others. very inspiring story.

  4. September 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Simply sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  5. September 7, 2010 at 5:28 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani


  6. September 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    Tushar Gaikwad

    The highest consciousness is that of being servant of God and all his children, just like Radhanath swami has, and not being the boss.

  7. September 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    thank you 4 sharing

  8. September 9, 2010 at 8:13 am

    This is true simplicity and humilty of Maharaj.

  9. September 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! too good:)

  10. September 14, 2010 at 11:31 pm
    Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    I am not your boss. I am your servant- H H Radhanath swami

  11. September 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    Sagar Wadekar

    Maharaj tries to understand everyone and is compassionate to all.. JAI !!!

  12. September 25, 2010 at 1:24 am
    sangharatna bhamare

    servant of the servant of the servant……. easy to say diff to practise, more diff is to set an example. Thank you maharaj

  13. September 29, 2010 at 6:30 am
    Satish Iyer

    Thank you Maharaj for the wonderful mood you expect every devotee to imbibe.You teach by your example.

  14. September 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Statement like can be made only by a pure soul like Radhanath Swami. In this small story, he has shown his heart to all of us.

  15. September 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    so humble and sweet reply by Radhanath Swami Maharja. The way Radhanath Swami Maharaj deals with juniors and seniors and all for that matter is always very exemplary.

  16. September 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

    All GLories To H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Only Maharaj can exhibit this intelligent responsiveness

    Hare Krishna

  17. October 5, 2010 at 10:55 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami is so umassuming and humble. This is brought out by this incident. Thank you for sharing.

  18. October 6, 2010 at 6:27 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so humble.

  19. October 14, 2010 at 12:21 am
    Siddeshwar Bhat

    Another knock out for Krishnadas, this time from Radhanath Swami. 🙂

  20. October 29, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Radhanath Swami is really compassionate

  21. December 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

    This is another perfect example that speaks about His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s simplicity and humility.

  22. January 7, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Radhanth Swami’s reply is beyond imagination of lesser mortals like me.

  23. January 17, 2011 at 9:05 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Maharaj’s humility is beyond explanation.

    Hare Krishna

  24. July 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    beautiful…shows the heart of our dear spiritual masters!

  25. October 9, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful narration.

  26. October 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Only Guru Maharaj can take this most humble position in practice!Haribol!

  27. December 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Haribol….Vaisnavera kriya mudra vijne na bujhaya!!!
    All Glories to His Holiness Radhanath swami Maharaja!!

  28. December 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm
    Rasaraj das

    Very sensitive response..

  29. December 14, 2011 at 5:56 am
    Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful pastime.

  30. February 20, 2012 at 9:28 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    I couldn’t stop laughing as i read this article written in such humorous witty language. And yet the final punch was the reply by Radhanath Swami “I am not your boss but your servant!”

  31. February 21, 2012 at 4:16 am


  32. April 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    Smriti Gupta

    Maharaj is really so loving.

  33. April 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Such nice and comforting words by Radhanath swami!

  34. April 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    its wonderful

  35. April 30, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Last two lines are really unthinkable, a established personality like Radhanath swami, having so many followers, is so humble at heart and thats why he can say ” i am not your boss, i am your servant trying to serve you in capacity of spiritual master”

  36. May 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Maharaj’s life is simply these words ” Trinad api sunichena… taror api sahesnenua… amami na mana dena.. kirtaniya sada hari…” All Glories to Maharaj

  37. June 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  38. June 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Greatest humility exemplified by Radhnath Maharaj and the perfect trust entrusted on his disciple.Hare Krsna !

  39. June 17, 2012 at 5:58 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    i am not your boss, i am your servant trying to serve you in capacity of spiritual master” What humility and that too with humour!

  40. July 17, 2012 at 12:50 am
    NGK Murthy

    Maharaj alwasys displays these qualities of simplicity, humility, compassion for us to imbibe and flollow. Thanks for sharing.

  41. June 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami teaches so much just by his humility and behaviour even without chastisement!

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