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. August 31, 2010 at 7:47 am
    sharda gokarn

    wonderful experience with Maharaj.thanx for sharing.

  2. August 31, 2010 at 8:00 am
    bhakti karia

    very humble. regards, bhakti

  3. August 31, 2010 at 8:02 am
    rajesh karia

    a true spiritual master, just always out of the way to serve his devotees, HHRM ki jai. rajesh karia

  4. August 31, 2010 at 8:04 am
    Abhishek Chaudhury

    Radhanath Swami has mastered the art of getting the best out of any person, any situation.
    Just like our eternal father, GOD, his love is uninterrupted and unmotivated.
    It is great that all of us are able to know of such intimate interactions of Radhanath Swami because of this website. I would like to thank all those involved with this noble effort.

  5. August 31, 2010 at 8:11 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    H H Radhanath Swami is more than a spritual master he is a freind and real well wisher for all of us .

  6. August 31, 2010 at 8:28 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Its amazing how Radhanath Swami takes such a humble position. This response of Radhnath swami is a real eye opener for all of us and we should always remember that we are servant of servant of servant in whatever position we are in.

  7. August 31, 2010 at 9:13 am
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    Really speaking, only a true lover of God can take such a genuinely humble position as HH Radhanath Swami.

  8. August 31, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Anant Bhat

    Wow, this is amazing..see how Maharaj is compassionate..Maharaj is very much downtowards..a perfect guru..a perfect spiritual master

  9. August 31, 2010 at 10:39 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami makes everyone feel at ease by appreciating everyone’s practical difficulties as well as overlooking the faults & shortcomings just so that we do not get demotivated in our devotional efforts.

  10. August 31, 2010 at 11:16 am
    suresh kanakaraj

    radhanath swami always find positive things from any situations,

  11. August 31, 2010 at 11:18 am
    Laxman

    Even though Radhanath Swami is spiritual master with so many devotees, but this example shows his humility.

  12. August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Sunny

    Radhanath Swami’s mood of humility is amazing. He never moves away from the position of serving…

  13. August 31, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Yudhisthira

    Radhanath Swami is very humble person. How lovingly Radhanath Swami corrected Krishnadas

  14. August 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    Priyanka

    HH Radhanath Swami is genuine leader because very few have a courage to accept themselves as a servant of a disciple!

  15. August 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swamis humilty must have changed Krishnadas’s life for ever.

  16. August 31, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    Deepak

    Hariii bol. What a wonderful statement maharaj said.

  17. August 31, 2010 at 4:24 pm
    Phani

    Very Nice, thank you very much for sharing.

  18. August 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    Shra1wiz

    Such genuine humility can only be found in an acharya. And so much love is present in that statement of Radhanath Swami!

  19. August 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    Manish Raikundalia

    “Servant in the capacity of a Guru”. Simply amazing. Maharaj is so humble.

  20. August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm
    Yudhisthira

    The humility of Radhanath Swami has effect of knock out punch

  21. August 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    hrishikesh mafatlal

    Radhanath Swami’s love for all shines out in every situation and he changes even an embarassing episode with wit.

  22. August 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    Anita Iyer

    Radhanath Swami leads by example. He shows us that any position in a spiritual organization is only for the purpose of serving in that capacity, and not to act as boss.

  23. August 31, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharajs dealings with his disciples are amazing & unbelievable.

  24. August 31, 2010 at 11:17 pm
    Y.Raja Shekar

    “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.” This quality of Radhanath Swami is very difficult to put into practice. There are hundreds of millions of followers of Radhanath Swami, but still He is so humble.

  25. August 31, 2010 at 11:48 pm
    Renuka

    Maharaj is so humble…Such an approach is very rare. Thanks Prabhuji for sharing this.

  26. August 31, 2010 at 11:48 pm
    mona

    Radhanath Swami is so humble we have so much to learn from him.Thank you maharaj

  27. September 1, 2010 at 1:08 am
    Unmesh

    Radhanath Swami through this incidence demonstrates mood of REAL spiritual master.

  28. September 1, 2010 at 1:12 am
    Parag Udeshi

    Radhanath Swami is always in the mood of service.

  29. September 1, 2010 at 1:16 am
    Vinay Malani

    Association with pure devotees such as Radhanath Swami can deliver the much needed knock-out punch to our shortcomings on the devotional path and save us from maya’s influence

  30. September 1, 2010 at 1:29 am
    Rupa Sanatan Das

    thank you.

  31. September 1, 2010 at 2:35 am
    Vinay Jain

    Here is the difference between a materialist and a spiritualist. Spiritually elevated souls like Radhanath Swami, unlike materialists, do not engage in petty fault finding. Rather, they genuinely try to help the person in realizing his true potential and bring him closer to God.

  32. September 1, 2010 at 2:47 am
    Ahluwalia

    So humble.

  33. September 1, 2010 at 3:17 am
    Jatin

    This is a beautiful example of servant leadership. This has been a new concept in modern world in leadership and management. But Radhanath Swami can so naturally is like that because of his saintly nature. It’s not a tom dick and harry’s game to be like that. Very few can actually excercise this principle. Radhanath Swami is one of them.

  34. September 1, 2010 at 4:56 am
    nilesh pawar

    Innocent, pure & care

  35. September 1, 2010 at 6:30 am
    Rahul Gupta

    Just in this truly humble way, Radhanath Swami Maharaj totally wins over anyone.

  36. September 1, 2010 at 8:34 am
    B.J. ARORA

    Radhanath Swami always takes the most humble position of being the servant of one and all.

  37. September 1, 2010 at 8:48 am
    Sanjay S

    Radhanath Swami has shown us whatever position we may be in this world – ultimately the position of servant should be our mood.

  38. September 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Manasa

    Thank you for sharing your experience

  39. September 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    kumar

    thanks for sharing this

  40. September 2, 2010 at 12:13 am
    Rajesh Nikam

    It shows his sincere and genuine heart for welfare of everyone.

  41. September 2, 2010 at 3:46 am
    suresh

    Hare krishna. Thank you

  42. September 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Manasa

    Thank you very much for sharing

  43. September 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    Ashwani Kaul

    That is ausum. very thoughful.

  44. September 3, 2010 at 4:51 am
    Gauranga Vihari dasa

    Very nicely Radhanath Swami has pointed out difference between boss and spiritual master.

  45. September 3, 2010 at 11:57 am
    Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami never thinks he is great he always considers himself as a humble servant that mood wins the heart of even the most hard hearted person so much to learn from Radhanath Swami

  46. September 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    Ana

    Maharaj is so humble. Thanks for sharing.

  47. September 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm
    sita devi dasi

    This story brings tears to my eyes. It is such a transcendental exchange. This clearly shows how Radhanath Maharaj is really in the mood of servant of the servant with no sense of proprietorship over anything. He truly feels that everything belongs to Krishna and he is just hte humble servant.

  48. September 4, 2010 at 12:11 am
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami is so loving and sensitive to everyone’s feelings. At the same time he is so humble, always thinking himself to be everyone’s servant.

  49. September 4, 2010 at 3:39 am
    shirish

    Its really a humble attitude of Radhanath swami wins the heart of the people.

  50. September 4, 2010 at 8:48 am
    Preeti

    Radhanath Swami is always loving, compassionate, kind hearted to all the devotees. Maharaj says, we are dasa dasa anu dasa, it is really his humility we can see here

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Radhanath Swami Quotes...


"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

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