Driving Radhanath Swami at Midnight

Driving Radhanath Swami at Midnight

Driving Radhanath Swami at Midnight

The car cruised along in the darkness of the night, its engine’s hum rising above the silence around. As I carefully steered the wheels around a pothole, a hand tapped me from behind.

“Could I use a restroom?” asked Radhanath Swami from the rear seat, clearing his throat.He was very sick and had been napping for a while. Restroom? It was India, and the only option I could think of, at this hour, was a deserted street corner. With many apologies, I presented to him the predicament. He consoled me with a smile.

I pulled over the vehicle in a familiar neighborhood, where only the stars saw through the cloudless sky. “What is this place?” Radhanath Swami mumbled. “We are in the neighborhood of Radha Swami’s Ashram,” I replied. Surely, he didn’t know Radha Swami, but the air of spirituality that the name carried was sufficient to draw out his respect. He requested that we continue driving till we found another spot. I was wonder-struck: here he was–sick and tired–and to nap again he had to relieve himself as soon as possible; in such an emergency, would the act be considered defiling a holy neighborhood? And after all, in India it wasn’t considered taboo. But for Radhanath Swami’s respectful attitude, emergencies were no excuse.

Fortunately, after a while we found a petrol pump, and its owner gladly allowed Radhanath Swami to use his toilet.

I often held a condescending attitude towards most other spiritual groups, but this incident was a turning point.


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99 Responses to “Driving Radhanath Swami at Midnight”

  1. November 10, 2010 at 8:18 am
    M Leena

    Radhanath Swami teaches everybody how to achieve real goal?

  2. November 10, 2010 at 8:20 am

    thank you very much for sharing . By this incident Radhanath Swami helping us to understand the gravity when we take to spiritual path and the responsibility it brings.

  3. November 10, 2010 at 8:37 am

    All GLories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Spirituality nurtures Respect, and this is a perfect example of it. Respect does not mean only to living people but the intangibles as well.

    Hare Krishna

  4. November 10, 2010 at 9:37 am
    M P A

    Radhanath Swami respects every individual and his culture unfortunately people like me have tendency to focus on shortcomings of others but Radhanath Swami loves to fan the little bit good one does

  5. November 10, 2010 at 9:46 am
    Meera Sharma

    Maharajah teaches by his example. He had deep respect for all spiritual path and this is possible for only a person who knows true spirituality.

  6. November 10, 2010 at 10:54 am
    Sunil Jha

    Radhanath Swami truly leaves on Tranad Api Suniche ne principle. He is a true spiritual leader who has changed the life of thousands by setting his personal example..
    Truly Humble personified

  7. November 10, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    That’s the difference between an ordinary person and a great soul like Radhanath Swami. Radhanath Swami gives respects to every living entity what to speak of any thing connected to spirituality.

  8. November 10, 2010 at 11:49 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami is so conscious of other people’s needs and the environment around him that he is ready to undergo suffering personally but not harm or disturb them. Radhanath Swami ki Jai!

  9. November 10, 2010 at 11:59 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful event.

  10. November 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    Sachin Boradia

    Radhanatha Swami senstivity and sheer respect for every body soul including people he does not is really aweinspring and amazing. This world needs more and more people like him to make this world a better place

  11. November 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Radhanath swami is extremly thoughtful and sensitive.

  12. November 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm
    Anup Shah

    Thankyou for posting!

  13. November 11, 2010 at 1:14 am
    Mangesh kende

    Awesome experience with Radhanath Swami…wonderful to witness the respect he shows ..thanks for sharing

  14. November 11, 2010 at 1:52 am
    Ravi Garg

    Radhanath Swami, unlike many other leaders, have respect for other spiritual groups……..

  15. November 11, 2010 at 2:39 am
    N Swaminathan

    A true devotee never has the “holier than thou” attitude

  16. November 11, 2010 at 4:48 am
    Rajat Choudhary

    It takes a lot of effort and sincerity to act according to the principles when no one except the stars in the sky are watching..

  17. November 11, 2010 at 7:54 am

    H.H Radhanath Swami has proved again and again what is tells is only after implementation in his own life, that is is why he is the true leader of Devotional Ship in this material ocean. Thanks Maharaj to be here.

  18. November 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Wonderful…Thank you for sharing

  19. November 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

    So Considerate.! Very conscious personality..

  20. November 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Wonderful experience with Radhanath Swami. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  21. November 11, 2010 at 10:32 am


  22. November 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Radhanath Swami preaches by his own example

  23. November 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm
    malathi santosh

    !! 🙂

  24. November 12, 2010 at 4:11 am
    Himanshu Jaju

    A true spiritualist would not discriminate while offering his respects.

  25. November 12, 2010 at 6:59 am
    Acyuta Mohana Das

    All glories to Radhanath Maharaja for teaching us this wonderful lesson of humility, broadmindedness and divine consciousness!

  26. November 12, 2010 at 9:00 am
    rajesh lad

    Amazing !

  27. November 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Maharaja has no conceerns for his own comfort over those of others.

  28. November 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm
    hrishikesh mafatlal

    Radhanath Swami’s every action is a lesson to learn because of his pure consciousness.

  29. November 13, 2010 at 3:17 am
    bhakti karia

    nice article, thanks for sharing with all of us, haribol, bhakti

  30. November 13, 2010 at 3:19 am
    rajesh karia

    HHRM’s every act is a lesson to learn which is always in the form of pure spiritual consciousness, haribol, rajesh karia

  31. November 15, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Real genuine respect from the heart of a great saint. Inconceivable for me whose understanding for respect is only external.

  32. November 16, 2010 at 1:40 am

    True Krishna Concious person is always concious of every thing. A vaishnava never cares for himself. but he cares for others . RNS MAharaj ki jai .

  33. November 17, 2010 at 10:43 am
    Sunil Jha

    Radhanath Maharaj ki Jai. He is a true teacher who always follow his instruction…and his every action is an instruction for us

  34. November 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    really wonderful. thanks for sharing!

  35. November 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Nice instructive incident. Thanks for sharing.

  36. November 19, 2010 at 11:32 am
    rajesh karia

    HHRNSM thoughts are very pure and subtle, haribol, rajesh

  37. November 19, 2010 at 11:35 am
    bhakti karia

    nice experience, thanks for sharing with us, haribol, bhakti

  38. November 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami never has the tendency to criticize other spiritual groups or even think of them in any low manner within his heart. This is evident in his book “The Journey Home” as well.

  39. November 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Maharaj demonstrat, even on emergency situation how one should act properly.

  40. November 22, 2010 at 1:27 am
    umesh sarda

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj even though not at all sure about of the sanctity/ authenticity of the spiritual group shows so much respect.
    That’s a glorious qualities, in spite of his bad health, he did not compromise on the principle.

  41. December 2, 2010 at 12:54 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Thanks for sharing.

  42. December 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Thank you very much for sharing, Radhanath Swami respects every individual ,He is a true teacher.

  43. December 12, 2010 at 12:46 am
    rajesh karia

    HHRNSM is very particular about the feelings and importance of every individual and instances, haribol, rajesh karia

  44. December 12, 2010 at 12:48 am
    bhakti karia

    HHRNSM is very respectful to every individual, haribol, bhakti

  45. January 11, 2011 at 11:44 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank ypou Radhanath Swami for guiding us so nicely.

  46. May 5, 2011 at 8:44 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    ‘ Love and respect all’ This is Maharaj’s motto and he personally teaches by his own example.

  47. August 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for posting this incident.

  48. June 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

    emergency is not an excuse-powerful statement

  49. March 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    nandkishor das

    Nice incident and nice lesson

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