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. September 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Its true that a sadhu sees with spiritual eyes. In the spiritual world even the alter is a beautiful personality, service Their Lordships.

  2. September 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    Rasaraj das

    Premanjana churita….

  3. September 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    achyuta govinda das

    wow. Thats a very appropriate statement!

  4. September 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Indeed, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath are Swamiji’s worshippable dieties. Thank you for posting this

  5. September 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    It shows the love and affection of Radhanath Swami towards RadhaGopinath. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. September 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Amazing description of the altar!
    Thank you very much for sharing this.

  7. September 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    N. Swaminathan

    Thank you sharing these precious moments and experiences.

  8. September 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    manbiharini dd

    Amazing depth of love, not of this world!

  9. September 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm
    M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Really amazing in 14 planetary systems of that there is no doubt. All glories to Radhanatha Swami.

  10. September 21, 2011 at 12:59 am
    malathi santosh

    That’s how pure devotees feel!! Amazing..

  11. September 21, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I hope one day , to feel to some extent as swamiji feels

  12. September 21, 2011 at 3:36 am
    Mangesh Kulkarni

    It really is…..Thanks

  13. September 21, 2011 at 5:02 am

    that’s the vision of a pure devotee…..

  14. September 21, 2011 at 5:47 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    We can not reach the depth of heart of devotees like Radhanath Swami.

  15. September 21, 2011 at 6:36 am
    kajal gandhi

    Divya Drishti of a Guru…

  16. September 21, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Love of Radhanath Swami for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath cannot be measured in terms of words.

  17. September 21, 2011 at 6:47 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    It’s so amazing the way self realized spiritual souls look at things that we so much take for granted!

  18. September 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Radhanth Swami Maharaj sees through scriptures (Sastra Chackshu), that’s why he could see the reality. Hope I will get that vision by the grace of God.

  19. September 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    he have spiritual vision

  20. September 21, 2011 at 10:42 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Only Radhanath Swami can describe the beauty of the Shri Shri Radha Gopinath alter.

  21. September 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    Rahul Abhay Kamat

    Very true!!

  22. September 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Great personalities like Swamiji have transcendental vision……

  23. September 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    jai, thanks for sharing

  24. September 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm
    Darshan Mehta

    Thank you for sharing this simple and sublime vision of Radhanath Swami!

  25. September 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm


  26. September 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Sadhu has a spiritual vision. So wonderful is the association of a saintly person

  27. September 22, 2011 at 1:35 am
    Pratham Avale

    The Personality of Godhead is giving a chance to associate with him directly… No more mercy than this…!! hare krishna..

  28. September 22, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Thank you Maharaj for teaching us our great fortune by having the greatest thing in 14 world available to us

  29. September 22, 2011 at 5:07 am

    In Radhanath swami’s association we can appreciate the beauty of the Lord and his creation.

  30. September 22, 2011 at 5:08 am

    It’s really very wonderful. All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj!!!!!!

  31. September 22, 2011 at 6:51 am
    Anil TImbe

    Really Radhanath swami sees the deities non different from the Lord.

  32. September 22, 2011 at 6:56 am
    krishnadaya das

    such a deep love towards Sri Sri Radha Gopinath

  33. September 22, 2011 at 8:08 am
    Ashutosh Mishra

    WOW…. what an amazing pasttime ..Thanks for sharing.. I will always rememeber this when i stand before Sri Sri Radha Gopinathji

  34. September 22, 2011 at 9:39 am
    vaishali kamat

    Those who have seen the altar will surely agree with Radhanath swami.

  35. September 22, 2011 at 10:32 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful happenings from the life of Radhanath Swami.

  36. September 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Very nice experience with Maharaj. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.
    Hari Bol

  37. September 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Wow…what a statement!

  38. September 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    Yogesh K. Khatau

    We should learn to see things as H.H. Radhanath Maharaj sees. Thank you very much for sharing.

  39. September 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    Vijay Mathias

    An amazing episode! Thank you for sharing.

  40. September 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Vision of a pure devotee

  41. September 23, 2011 at 1:25 am

    A pure devotee of the Lord has transcendental vision. As such what appears to be just idols for normal beings, a pure devotee can see the Lord face to face awaiting reciprocating pastimes with his unalloyed devotees.

  42. September 23, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Radhanath Swami has spontaneous attraction for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath!

  43. September 23, 2011 at 4:55 am
    premanand ramesh

    Maharaj has got the premanjana churita…

  44. September 23, 2011 at 6:14 am
    Keerthi Kiran

    Nice pastime

  45. September 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    RadhaGopinath are the most wonderful deities! In Bombay, i feel that Gopinath is like the simple cowherd boy from Vrindavan where as Rasabihari is like the king!!

  46. September 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Maharaj is amazing!

  47. September 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    because there are such saintly souls who are dear servants of their Lordships RadhaGopinath have appeared to reciprocate and there by also shower mercy on all others…

  48. September 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Haribol!

  49. September 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    mohit bhatt

    what a powerful statement, i don’t know when that day will come, when i can also say these words with my full heart.

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