Radhanath Swami’s ego-less opportunism

Radhanath Swami’s ego-less opportunism

Radhanath Swami’s ego-less opportunism

Last year Radhanath Swami’s birthday celebrations came right in the middle of his writing marathon. In the Vedic tradition, the spiritual guide who helps one return to God is considered as a special representative of God, to be respected on par with God. So on the spiritual mentor’s birthday his students assemble together in his presence and express their heartfelt appreciation, love and gratitude to him through eloquently written offerings. Radhanath Swami often warns in his talks about the great danger that ego poses on the spiritual path. He also says that a sincere devotee feels most embarrassed to hear himself be glorified. Yet the Vedic tradition that he represents enjoins that he as a spiritual mentor hear the praises that his students shower upon him. No wonder Radhanath Swami often says that the day of his birthday celebration is for him the day of the greatest austerity in the entire year. For an ordinary soul whose ego is always hungering and hankering for praise, such a day would be the day to be most relished in the entire year. But Radhanath Swami’s natural humility makes hearing his own glories an immense austerity for him.

Despite the austerity involved, Radhanath Swami conducts himself on his birthday with consummate grace; he appreciates his spiritual teacher, he appreciates his spiritual peers and he appreciates even the sincere love of his appreciators. How does he not let such an even steal away his own humility? He has himself answered in his talks: whenever a devotee is glorified, he passes the glorification to Krishna.

During the last year’s celebration, one of his students praised him with heart-rending poetry comprised of captivating imagery. Immediately after the celebration, when we were working on his book, he asked me whether I had heard that poetic offering. When I replied, “Yes, it was beautiful,” Radhanath Swami immediately said, “When I was hearing this, I was thinking this would be so good to add in the book to glorify Krishna.” I was astounded at his devotional opportunism; far from delighting in his own praises, he had immediately seen an opportunity to literally pass that praise to Krishna. It was an inspiring example of how Radhanath Swami walks his talk: how his ego-less opportunism enables him to pass on to Krishna the glories that are offered to him.

–Chaitanya Charan Das.

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145 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s ego-less opportunism”

  1. January 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    This story is so powerful. Endless thanks for sharing.

  2. January 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is simply dedicated to glorify Krishna!

  3. January 11, 2011 at 2:00 am

    In whatever ways…Radhanath Swami Maharaj always Glorifies His Guru Srila Prabhupada & Lord Krishna

  4. January 11, 2011 at 2:20 am
    rambaboo maheshwari

    For the sake of service and spritual principles Radhanath Swami is prepared to perform this austerity too

  5. January 11, 2011 at 3:32 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    The great souls like HH Radhanath Swami always look for an opportunity to some how or the other serve the Lord.

  6. January 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

    really amazing.. whoa!!

  7. January 11, 2011 at 5:09 am
    CS Sandeep Shinde

    Radhanath Swami is egoless spirtiual mentor. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  8. January 11, 2011 at 5:38 am
    Priyank D T

    Radhanath Swami follows the principle of humility as much as he wants all his disciples to.

  9. January 11, 2011 at 5:43 am
    Sameer Lowlekar

    Thank you very much for sharing the devotional opportunism of HH Radhanath Swami.

  10. January 11, 2011 at 6:09 am
    navin poojary

    Radhanath Swami is the true embodiment of the Principles of Humility and also Practising it at same time.In today’s day and age such personalities are very rare.

  11. January 11, 2011 at 6:27 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami’s humility is beyond compare

  12. January 11, 2011 at 6:52 am

    So wonderful.

    Thank you much for sharing us.

  13. January 11, 2011 at 7:00 am
    sandeep kaimal

    Thank You so much

  14. January 11, 2011 at 7:42 am
    Abhijit Toley

    In the pure state like Radhanath Swami’s, there is absolutely no consideration but that of pleasing, serving, and glorifying God.

  15. January 11, 2011 at 7:50 am
    rajesh karia

    HHRNSM’s humility is beyond compare, haribol, rajesh karia

  16. January 11, 2011 at 7:51 am
    bhakti karia

    HHRNSM is always absorbed in the Lord and is very humble and pure at heart, haribol, bhakti

  17. January 11, 2011 at 8:04 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Greatly inspiring – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing the nectarian realization.

  18. January 11, 2011 at 8:24 am
    Kajal Gandhi

    Very inspiring….

  19. January 11, 2011 at 8:58 am
    Meera Sharma

    Thank you Maharajah for instructing us
    “whenever a devotee is glorified, he passes the glorification to Krishna”.

  20. January 11, 2011 at 10:23 am
    Ketan Pendse

    Maharaj’s humility is unimaginable, thank you prabhuji for sharing this

  21. January 11, 2011 at 11:30 am
    suresh k

    these are the special and rare qualities of radhanath swami which makes his followers to follow his instructions, since he himself sets an example rather than just giving instructions,

  22. January 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has proved his dedication to Srila Prabhupad’s mission again and again by setting an example of a perfect follower.

  23. January 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm


  24. January 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Swamiji is winning hearts of thousands of people bcoz of his humility…..

  25. January 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Radhanath Swami is simply beyond words. Such a beautiful thought.

  26. January 12, 2011 at 1:15 am
    pradeep iyer

    it is very special to read this, infact it is a great fortune to know Radhanath swami who is the embodiment of the principle ‘Keep Supreme Lord as the centre of one’s Life.’

  27. January 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

    This is an ideal example how one can be selfless and serving the Lord all times, glories of Radhanath Swami is beyond any words. thank you very much for sharing this quality….

  28. January 12, 2011 at 2:35 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami, like Hanuman looks for an opportunity to offer every thing to Lord.

  29. January 12, 2011 at 3:21 am
    Anup Shah

    Thankyou for posting!

  30. January 12, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Thanks for elaborating the humility aspect of Maharaj, Only by disciples like you can some one like me try to understand the glorious nature of Maharaj.

  31. January 12, 2011 at 4:48 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you for the great insight on radhanath swami’s ego-less opportunism.

  32. January 12, 2011 at 5:19 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Maharaj has set the milestone for qualities like Humble nature and humility in front of us.

  33. January 12, 2011 at 5:49 am
    Santosh Kaimal

    So much to learn from this small incident involving Radhanath Swami. Thank you for sharing.

  34. January 12, 2011 at 5:55 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing this experience with Radhanath Swami.

  35. January 12, 2011 at 6:41 am
    Komal Janardan

    Very appropriate incident to highlight the humble mood of Radhanath Swami.

  36. January 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Radhanath Swami is a transparent via media – a direct connection to Lord Krishna, and he is following in the footsteps of his spiritual masters and grandmasters

  37. January 12, 2011 at 7:52 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Very beautiful sharing regarding a perfect example of humble nature & being conscious of passing on the glory to the superiors.

  38. January 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Such an important quality to progress on the path of devotion. Hope and pray that I will get a drop of it.

  39. January 12, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Interesting concept – ego-less opportunism. Radhanath Swami inspires writers too 🙂

  40. January 12, 2011 at 8:25 am
    Piyush Singh

    Wonderful personality, Radhanath Swami is. Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  41. January 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

    H.H Radhanath Swami is Humility personification.

  42. January 12, 2011 at 9:08 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami is truly an embodiment of humility.

  43. January 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Swamiji’s behaviour is very exemplary

  44. January 12, 2011 at 9:53 am
    Nikhil Wadhwa


  45. January 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    Ram Mahtani

    Humility is the jewel bedecking Maharaj !!

  46. January 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Radhanath Swami must be a person with deep gratitude and humility – since here we can see him passing all credit to his grandmasters and the Lord

  47. January 13, 2011 at 2:08 am
    krishna chandra

    Radhanath Swami is completely absorbed in the glories of his Guru and of Krsna.

  48. January 13, 2011 at 2:21 am

    The first aspect that surprised me was when Radhanath Swami considered listening to praise as an austerity, but even more stunning is that even such a situation can be used in the service of Krishna. This is spiritualizing the most difficult glue holding us on to the material world – the glue of ego.

  49. January 13, 2011 at 3:25 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Serving the Lord and offering every thing to Lord is the main business of great souls like HH Radhanath Swami.

  50. January 13, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Radhanath Swami is humility personified.

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