Radhanath Swami’s Unwillingness to Take Credit

Whoever meets Radhanath Swami is inspired by his unassuming nature and natural unwillingness to take credit for the works he inspires—developing communities, massive food distribution to indigent children, missionary hospitals, eco friendly farms, schools, ashrams and emergency relief programs. As naturally as he avoids taking any credit for himself, he gives all credit to his guru Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Take for example the case of a missionary hospital in Mumbai, an outcome of his farsighted vision. In 1987, when I completed my graduation in Medicine (MBBS), a nursing home newly purchased for me by my loving father promised me a lucrative career. Earlier, during my final year of graduation, I, along with some friends—Dhaval, Ajay, Vivek, Bimal and a few others, popularly called the ‘spiritual medicos’— had idolized a life consecrated to social service, and would frequently organize free medical camps in the nearby villages. I had gained plenty of on-field experience in the process, and that could now be handy to dive plump into private medical practice in a new nursing home. It was a time when opportunities like these, for flourishing careers, were luring everyone in ‘spiritual medicos’, threatening to end the camaraderie we felt in selflessly serving society. We found ourselves at the crossroads of indecision: should we continue to walk together on our idolized path, or should we now resort to our own individual paths, pursuing our ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunities’? Befuddled, I one day approached Radhanath Swami. His saffron garments emanating a lambent glow under the morning sun, he sat cross-legged on a bench in the courtyard. As I disclosed my mind, kneeling in front, he mulled over every word I spoke. Then, as the birds warbled in the sky above, having found a direction to fly, Radhanath Swami gave me a direction to fly my life…“In my opinion, all of you will have flourishing careers if you individually take to private practices. But if all of you choose to stay together, you will do something which will be remembered in history.”After eleven long years, in 1998, the truth in those statements unfolded in the form of a missionary hospital in Meera Road, Mumbai. And guess what? Radhanath Swami named the hospital after his beloved guru, and called it Bhaktivedanta Hospital.

On the day of the hospital’s inauguration, we took Radhanath Swami on a tour through the new building. Midway along a corridor, Radhanath Swami asked in an irritating tone, “What’s that going on?” He was referring to the kirtan that played in the background. To create a spiritual ambience in the hospital, we had put up speakers in different locations—wards, offices, labs, and practically everywhere—and these speakers played devotional music all through the day. Now, what disturbed Radhanath Swami was, those speakers were transmitting recordings of kirtans sung by him. “When you have dedicated this hospital to His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, it should be only kirtans sung by Prabhupada that should be played on these speakers,” he said firmly. Again, it was his natural humility!

–Dr. Girish Rathod (One of the pioneers of Bhaktivedanta Hospital)



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144 replies on “Radhanath Swami’s Unwillingness to Take Credit”

Radhanath Swami is such an unassuming personality. I bow down to Dr. Girish Rathod and his friends, who sacrified so much to bring up this Bhaktivedant hospital. This hospital is wonderful service to mankind

that shows not only humility and unwillingness to take credit but also his love to his spiritual master… like father like son

So like Radhanath Swami to giva all credir to his Spiritual Master. Radhanath Swami is humility personified. Thank you for being such a wonderful leader.

as always Radhanath Swami gives shows his humility and selflessness and also unwillingness to accept credit which is very much due to him

Yes. Radhanath Swami feels disturbed if we try to honour him too much or extra-ordinarily. This truly reveals his natural humility.

Maharaj teaches by his own example that we should be selfless in our services for others.

Radhanath Swami, in the true sense, is an “Acharya” – meaning, one who teaches by example. Thank you for sharing this.

Radhanath Swami teaches by example that we should never accept any credit for the services we render, but pass it on to our Spiritual Masters. Thank you for sharing this.

Radhanath Swami is humility personified. Never ever he likes to get any prestige for anything he does.

What a great saint says has to come true because his only motive is to fulfill the mission of the lord and his spiritual master.

The great masters preach and also show by their example. Our beloved Maharaj is truly exemplary and is very compassionate . Thanks very much

Good lesson on humility and compassion. Maharaja as always is an excellent teacher with emphasis on practical application

Amazing experience with Swamiji……he is a perfect disciple & Guru…..thanks for sharing

very beautiful. Many thanks for sharing this wonderful past time of Radhanath swami. It just goes to show the humble character of swamiji

very nice example of Radhanath Swami’s humility in putting Srila Prabhupada before him!

We must learn to give credit and not take. Thank u for sharing this wonderful experience with Maharaj

Maharaj is very humble and is exemplifying this just like Prabhupada, who was once disturbed that devotees were chanting his name in kirtan.

Radhanath Swami always stresses on the quality of being humbler than the blade of grass and more tolerant than a tree. Here we see him implimenting the same.

There are unlimited pastimes of Radhanath Swami’s life history some as narrated above and some in Jounrney Home book. If only we could take out one page /atleast one word from it and implement in our lives.It will be life changing event for us.

Through his own examples Radhanath Swamiji shows us what service and and humility is to others.

Maharaj’s love, surrender and appreciation for his Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada is 100%. i pray that some day i can develop a speck of that love and surrender unto him.

We often have heard in discourses given by Radhanath Maharaj as to how indebted he was for ever towards his spiritual master for everything, this incident just reconfirms that.
There is a lesson for all of us though – to always carry that deep gratitude in our hearts for those who have made a diffrence in our lifes.

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