Radhanath Swami’s Unwillingness to Take Credit

Radhanath Swami’s Unwillingness to Take Credit

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 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Unwillingness to Take Credit”

  1. September 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm
    sushil rathi

    this is real humility

  2. September 6, 2011 at 8:32 am
    Rajat Sharma

    Amazing humility and dedicated surrender to his guru Srila Prabhupada by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj 1

  3. September 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is humility personified.

  4. September 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    Dr Niketa, singapore

    Radhanath Swami genuinely is humble. he never takes any credit to himself but at the same time he would take all the responsibility on himself. This is a true leader. He always passes all credits to others, especially Srila Prabhupada- His spiritual master. Really exemplary.

  5. September 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

    A very beautiful experience.Thank you Prabhuji for sharing this experience.

    Hare Krishna

  6. September 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Lives of selfless saints like Radhanath Swami is such a inspiration – the only silver lining in the dark clouds of today’s age…

  7. September 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  8. September 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm
    premanand ramesh

    astounding humility. so spontaneous. All glories to maharaj!!

  9. September 8, 2011 at 4:48 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    This is the unique quality of HH Radhanath Swami to be extremely humble and not to take credit for what ever he has done.

  10. September 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

    THis is a great quality of Radhanath swami

  11. September 10, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Follow what he teaches..Maharaj is in humble personified..

  12. September 12, 2011 at 7:23 am
    mohit bhatt

    It takes hard work to make something wonderful

  13. September 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

    very nice. Radhanath Swami teaches us so many things from his own example

  14. September 14, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Such humility is hardly seen in this world of hypocrisy, may Swami always inspire us with such wonderful qualities

  15. September 15, 2011 at 10:45 am

    As always Radhanath Swami practices what he preaches

  16. September 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm
    Kadamba kanana

    Very inspiring and enlivening .

  17. September 17, 2011 at 1:35 am
    Jagdish Kisla

    Thanks a lot Dear Maharaj for wonderful Hospital in Mira Road. Radhe Radhe

  18. September 25, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Guru Mahataj, thank you for everything. please keep us in the warmth of your shelter.

  19. September 26, 2011 at 5:05 am
    Pooja, Singapore

    Maharaj teaches us by setting his own examples

  20. September 27, 2011 at 5:23 am

    a sign of humility. an expression of real love for God

  21. September 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    We learn every value of life from his simple words!

  22. September 28, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Not taking credit for something greatly done is a sign of Humility.

  23. September 29, 2011 at 2:55 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    There is lot to learn from Radhanath Swami

  24. October 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article. Radhanath Swami ki jai.

  25. October 4, 2011 at 10:17 am
    Vinay K

    This is wonderful article..
    Maharaj has given nice advice..He is a true Yogi.
    He is selfless server..
    Thank You for posting this nice article.

  26. October 7, 2011 at 11:45 am
    Manish Kumar

    Radhanath Swami is really very humble deciple of Srila Prabhupad and a great devotees.

  27. October 10, 2011 at 1:40 am

    very amazing quality of makaraj is not to take credit

  28. October 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    wonderfully said

  29. October 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Love for Guru!!!

  30. November 12, 2011 at 1:21 am
    Roshan Kumar Hota

    HH Radhanath Swami puts a lot of emphasis on humiltiy in his lectures and he is preaching this by his life. I am touched and inspired. Thank you for sharing this.

  31. December 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

    humality is really very difficult to be . and maharaj is telling with so much emphasis on it it can be by devottees blessings only

  32. December 5, 2011 at 7:56 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is demonstrating to all by his personal example about true humility.

  33. December 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

    it seems he is humility personified

  34. December 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Good one !!!!

  35. December 15, 2011 at 3:59 am

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj is an epitome of humility

  36. December 18, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Radhanath Swami’s humility is unparalleled

  37. December 21, 2011 at 2:05 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna Maharaj…Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!!.Really Maharaj its being sensational
    to see you coming out as world’s best Humanitarian,Spiritualist,Socialist and Loving father.
    My heart fills with joy and tears filled with tears.What a sacrifice you have dne for all humanity.
    What an example you have set in front of the whole world.Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!! jai hoo jai hoo…
    I want to continue serving you life after life after life.I pray to Sri Sri RadhaGopinath that i may never
    become ungreatfull to you and to your diciples and followers.
    Your servant
    anshu jaiman

  38. March 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Radhanath swami is the epitome of humility!

  39. April 5, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Real Humility

  40. April 29, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hari bol

  41. May 9, 2012 at 4:31 am

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Hare Krsna !

  42. May 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with us.

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