Once on Radhanath Swami’s birthday, a few resident monks at the Mumbai centre entered Radhanath Swami’s room with a neatly wrapped gift. He graciously accepted the offering while the leader of our group expressed appreciation of his wonderful qualities, including genuine humility that he possesses. Then Radhanath Swami enlightened us on how the highest amount of humility of a soul of this world is nothing compared to God’s humility. He reasoned, “We approach God with this wretched foul smelling body; it’s nothing more than a bag of stool and urine. Still God accepts our service. Our mind is filled with most lusty and degraded thoughts of envy and pride. Yet when we offer some prayer, God gratefully accepts. With our tiny mouth and limited capacity how much we can glorify God as compared to great stalwarts and pure hearted saints. Yet when we glorify God, God accepts our appreciation. When we say ‘Oh God, I am offering my body, mind, and words to you’, God very happily and gratefully accepts it. Will we ever accept an offering which is externally so contaminating and impure? Never, yet God accepts our offering. So who is actually more humble and what is our humility?”
We left the room stunned at this analysis of humility and gratitude. Only one who is fully God consciousness can think like this. It is one thing to speak on humility but to be convinced of this principle and live by the highest standards of humility is a different thing. Radhanath Swami’s consciousness is filled with love for God and he has complete conviction that we are insignificant and God is Supreme in every respect.