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”

It is very wonderful to see the natural humility and unwillingness to credit of Radhanath swami

Powerful example of a missionary & compassionate leader.This exa. clearly shows the dedication & unwillingness for prestige or honour in Radhanath Swami Maharaj.All glories to HH Radhanath Maharaj.

Infact it is difficult to leave lucrative deal and instead perform social service.But under Swamiji’s bonafied instructions doctors at missionary hospital made a wonderful history which will set an example for others.Thank you very much for sharing with us.

Like Guru like disciple…Srila Prabhupada attributed all his achievements to his Spiritual master and so does HH Radhanath Swami. HH Radhanath swami definitely walks on the path of the Acaryas and sets such a great example for all of us.

It is very nice to know about the history and the people involved in this great project and how Radhanath Swami guided then and is guiding now. I recently learnt that we are tested for perseverance in the beginning and for humility when the project is sucessful. When I read this article it immediately struck me that Radhanath Swami has effortlessly passed both these tests yet again as several times earlier.

This is great. HH Radhanath Maharaj gives all the credit of the hospital work to his Guru Maharaj.

This is quality of great souls to always depend on the mercy of their spiritual master and give all credits to him only…

Wonderful experience !

HH Radhanath swami maharaj is so humble and he never takes any credit. Eventhough he is behind in each and every activity, Life of that activity.

Thank you so much prabhu for sharing wonderful experince.

All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

When he takes 5000 devotees on elaborate spiritual trips, he still remains humble and caring and always alert to serve everyone. Quite remarkable.

Even though Swamiji takes so much efforts to upbring this amazing project, he takes a very humble position and doesn’t take credit for the success of the project. Thank you for posting this snippet.

This is the quality of a real saint. Otherwise in this world people are just looking for prestige and honour for the work which they may not even do. Radhanath Swami is really a rare jewel.

HH Radhanath swami maharaj have no selfish motive & Maharaj selflessly serving society.Thank you so much prabhu for sharing wonderful experince.
All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

Maharaj selflessly serving society without any selfish motive Thank you so much prabhu for sharing wonderful experince.
All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

HH Radhanath Swami inspires every one to revive our natural innate nature of Love of God through his own example.

Natural & genuine humility is a great quality, but it very rare. It is so inspiring to read about Radhanath Maharaj who embodies these great qualities.

its a hospital where you get physical as well as spritual medication … thanks to the vision of radhanath swami

Radhanath Swami has inspired many many such social projects, but out of his natural humility, his name never appears anywhere, neither does he come in the forefront.

we pray that we are able to follow in the footsteps of great souls like maharaj. SP ki jay. HHRNSM ki jay

The devotee community is grateful to the entire team at Bhaktivedanta hospital who are so sincerely running the hospital under the able guidanceof Radhanath Maharaj.
I even realised that Radhanath Swami Maharaj always guides others on what’s right & wrong but never imposes his decision on others. By this he shows that he really follows the instructions of the Lord ( even Lord Krishna imparted knowledge of Gita to Arjun but in the end asked him to do whatever he felt was good & did not force Arjun to follow His instructions).

Radhanath Swami Maharaj is on other platform and an ideal example of a faithful disciple of his Guru Maharaj.

I was operated in this hospital.
I felt as if I am in Temple. A clean and holistic environment.
great… Indeed !!!

Wow, Radhanath Swami Maharaj is amazing in inspiring, encouraging and showing by example how to dedicate life to God and Guru!

Wow, Radhanath Swami Maharaj is amazing in inspiring, encouraging and showing by example how to dedicate life to Guru and Krishna!!!!

Radhanath Swami is Inspiration personified

always teached by his example

nice article thanks for sharing

Radhanath swami is very focussed on what he does. That is what makes him a very successful leader influencing somany in different walks of life

the willingness of a person to take credit is directly proportional to his advancement in spiritual life, and this willingness is present in infinite proportion in the personality of radhanath swami

Srila Prabhupada (founder Acharya of ISKCON) fulfilled his Guru’s (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur) vision, his disciple Radhanath Swami is fulfilling his vision and whose vision in turn is being fulfilled one after the other by his disciples. What a glorious line of disciples!

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