What do you think of this altar?

What do you think of this altar?

What do you think of this altar?

I sat in the temple hall, facing the altar and chanting on my prayer beads. As streams of the faithful flowed in and out of the temple, Radhanath Swami stood in front of the altar, praying. After a while he walked up to me. “What do you think of the altar?”

“It’s beautiful,” I fumbled.

He walked back and stood in front of the altar. After a minute he again walked up to me. “What else do you think of this altar?”

“It’s….it’s……it’s beautiful.”  I felt sorry about my inadequate description. Surely, he was thirsting for words that matched the joy he felt as he gazed upon his worshipable deities of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath on the altar.

Radhanath Swami walked back to the front of the altar, only to return after a minute or two. This time as he approached me, a twinkle adorned his eyes, and a contagious smile bloomed on his face—as if he had discovered a suitable description himself. He said, “According to me this altar is the most amazing thing in the fourteen planetary systems.”

—Venugopal Acharya           

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188 Responses to “What do you think of this altar?”

  1. December 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Radhanath Swami’s love for the Lord and His abode is unparellel

  2. December 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Radhanath Swami’s love for Radha Gopinatha!!!

  3. December 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    it is amazingly beautiful

  4. December 6, 2011 at 10:51 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this incident.

  5. December 7, 2011 at 4:04 am
    Krishnaprakash das

    thanks a lot for this post

  6. December 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    A million thanks for sharing this beautiful incident involving Radhanath swami. It has been a great pleasure to read the posts involving Radhanath swami and his students on this website.

  7. December 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

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  8. December 8, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Radhanath Swami is so deep within!

  9. December 8, 2011 at 4:09 am
    Krishnaprakash das

    very nice

  10. December 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

    very true

  11. December 10, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

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

  12. December 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this inner mood of Maharaj.

  13. December 13, 2011 at 8:14 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has amazing heart to see the truth.

  14. December 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

    such deep feeling.

  15. December 14, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Kushal Krishna Das

    Its such a wonderful article!

  16. December 15, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Very nice!

  17. December 16, 2011 at 4:52 am
    Amol Kulkarni

    Thank you so much Radhanath Swamiji

  18. December 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for sharing your divine experience!

  19. December 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

    hari hari

  20. December 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    sundar ananda das

    this is such a glorious statement by Radhanath Swami. According to me this altar is the most amazing thing in the fourteen planetary systems.

  21. December 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Maharaj has such a depth of consciousness. Thank you for the article.

  22. December 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

    How Maharaj sees the world is something not everyone can think that way.

  23. December 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Very nice one!

  24. December 21, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this incident about Radhanath Swami which shows his constant absorption in serving Lord Krsna.

  25. December 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for giving an insight into the heart of Swamiji.

  26. January 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience.

  27. January 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Maharaj has so much of love and affection for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath ….

  28. January 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Radhanath Swami has. tremendous devotion for the deities .

  29. February 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Really its a Golok Dhaam.

  30. February 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Radhanath maharaj’s eyes are anointed with the salve of love for Krishna.!

  31. February 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Radhanath swami’s heart is full of love for Krishna which makes for his humble, compassionate, graceful, amazing personality!

  32. May 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Awesome, brings us closer to the beauty of Radhagopinath as well.

  33. May 16, 2012 at 9:55 am


  34. June 1, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  35. June 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    very sweet article… love it.

  36. July 5, 2012 at 5:06 am
    Gokul Ramesh

    Maharaj has such love for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath…

  37. July 6, 2012 at 3:56 am

    sweet very sweet.

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