Radhanath Swami’s Service Consciousness

Radhanath Swami’s Service Consciousness

Radhanath Swami’s Service Consciousness

I’ll speak something on Radhanath Swami’s ‘service consciousness’—that’s striking and charming.

In 1994, when I started to lean towards spirituality, coincidentally Radhanath Swami started to frequent London. I remember. During this visit, someone had put up a notice at the Soho Street Temple asking for a volunteer to drive Radhanath Swami to different places. My heart already impacted by just two discourses I’d recently heard from this ‘new and lovely’ Swami, I happily volunteered. On the last day of his visit, as Radhanath Swami drove in my car to the Heathrow Airport, I felt an impulse to share my deepest feelings. From behind the wheels I said, “I feel you are my spiritual guru.” Before my eyes blinked came the reply, “I feel I am your servant.”

In 1999 I formally accepted Radhanath Swami my spiritual guru. With passing years, my spiritual life grew stronger—especially as my family life grew miserable. Sometime in 2001 during a chat I disclosed to Radhanath Swami how I flinched even as I remembered the cutting criticisms of my mother-in law. To my surprise, his body shook in laughter and he said, “She did a great service.”

–Gavin Alexander

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194 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Service Consciousness”

  1. May 6, 2011 at 11:24 am
    nisha

    Hare Krishna!!

  2. May 7, 2011 at 1:50 am
    Babita

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

  3. May 8, 2011 at 6:17 am
    jayshree shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful event

  4. May 9, 2011 at 7:14 am
    priti katkar

    thank u so much for sharing such a wonderful experience.Maharaj has got amazing qualities one of them being service attitude.HH radhanath maharaj ki jai.

  5. May 10, 2011 at 7:12 am
    Usha M

    Wonderful incident from the life of Radhanath Swami giving us a glimpse of his sincerity and humour in teaching his followers.
    http://www.radhanath.com

  6. May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm
    ramnika

    One of the wonderful qualities of Maharaj is that we learn by his examples that everyone is equal.

  7. May 11, 2011 at 2:33 am
    Jagdish

    Wonderful realization – All glories to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing the nectar.

  8. May 11, 2011 at 5:17 am
    anamika

    This is awesome experience with radhanath swami

  9. May 11, 2011 at 9:22 am
    Uma

    Selfless service attitute is the key to progress in devotional life. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with Maharaj

  10. May 15, 2011 at 7:03 am
    gopasana

    HH Radhanath Swami speaks profound truth yet making a tough situation light

  11. May 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    Bharath

    Brilliant story! Thanks for sharing

  12. May 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    bharatsalokhe

    Radhanath Swami inspires people with his humility and sense of humor ans his ability to see hand of krishna in all cuases as shown in above incident.

  13. May 23, 2011 at 12:55 am
    Kajal Pabari

    Radhanath Swami is simply amazing….!!!!

  14. May 28, 2011 at 10:30 am
    P.Durgadevi

    Really the story is wonderful.Radhanath swami is a wonderful saint who is following in the foot steps of his guru.He knows in which situation how to act accordingly.

  15. June 6, 2011 at 5:14 am
    ankush tiwari

    very touching

  16. June 7, 2011 at 6:07 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj has pointed out appropriately that it all depends on how we look at criticisms.All glories to Guru Maharaj who can look over negativity in a positive light.

  17. June 8, 2011 at 5:06 am
    Rohan Shetti

    Hare Krsna, the reply which Maharaj gave at Last was very beautiful.

  18. June 8, 2011 at 6:28 am
    Nilesh

    Maharaja sees every situation as Krishna’s arrangement for our progress…

  19. July 18, 2011 at 6:50 am
    naresh Jethwa

    Thanks for Sharing

  20. July 18, 2011 at 7:12 am
    P.Durgadevi

    many times it so happens from others criticisms which are unbearable,from there the spiritual, thoughts begin to come into the mind.When there will be no one then we look for God.or for Guru.

  21. July 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    madhavi

    Maharaja sees every situation as Lord Krishna’s arrangement.

  22. July 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    madhavi

    Thank you for sharing.

  23. August 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    Braja Kumar Das

    Brilliant!

  24. August 3, 2011 at 4:27 am
    Vinay K

    Maharaj is most compassionate being, I have ever heard of..
    Thank You

  25. August 7, 2011 at 10:19 am
    madhavi

    thank you for sharing very nice article.

  26. August 11, 2011 at 10:54 am
    Sundar

    Thank you for sharing these intimate exchanges with Swamiji. Swamiji is a person of the heart.

  27. August 20, 2011 at 11:05 am
    vsk

    Maharaj has a great sense of humour

  28. August 23, 2011 at 9:57 am
    P.Durgadevi

    Whi ever comes in touch with Maharaj they have to change.That is the greatness of maharaj

  29. September 1, 2011 at 1:02 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Radhanath Swami’s humility is very touching. In the service to his guru in spreading Krsna Consciousness to the people Radhanath Swami considers himself as a servant of the servant of the Vaishnavas and the previous great saints.

  30. September 3, 2011 at 12:24 am
    ramnika

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. Haribol!

  31. September 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    achyuta govinda

    Great souls like Radhanath swami see the grace of the Lord in every situation.

  32. September 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    gopasana

    funny at the same tiem instructive!

  33. September 6, 2011 at 5:03 am
    anand

    Radhanath Swami has a very good sense of humor.

  34. September 6, 2011 at 6:22 am
    vvdd

    wonderful article

  35. September 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm
    Manasa

    Profound understanding!!

  36. October 7, 2011 at 4:15 am
    Pooja, Singapore

    Hari hari, Maharaj has a great sense of humour. Thanks for sharing this.

  37. October 10, 2011 at 6:47 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for sharing.

  38. November 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    gopasana

    Maharaj does everything in the service mood

  39. December 12, 2011 at 7:59 am
    bipin

    All replies of Maharaj are pithy, and they strike you like one important message that it becomes an eternal source of inspiration. This is because the consciousness is based on principles of Bhakti. Thats the power of spiritualism.

  40. December 15, 2011 at 12:08 am
    Jagnnath Dham Das

    All Glories to Srila Radhanath Swami !
    Excellent experience !
    Thank you prabhu for sharing it !
    Hare Krishna !

  41. December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  42. March 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    Ramnikapahuja

    Very inspiring and wonderful experience.

  43. March 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    Udisha

    The consciousness gets reflected in the activities we perform on daily basis and hence we see that great souls like Radhanath Swami are always living in the mood of servant of the servant.

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