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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 replies on “What do you think of this altar?”

Its really true that pure soul has the vision of everything and Maharaj with his personal realization can see the truth

Thank you Radhanath Swami for being instrumental building the Radhagopinath temple and the most amazing thing in the fourteen planetary systems i.e the altar.

Very apt description by Radhanath Maharaj. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir is really out of this world in all ways. It is Radhanath Maharaj’s offering of love to Srila Prabhupada. Jai Radha Gopinath, Radha Gopinath, Radhe… Srila Radhanath prana dhana he…

Radhanath Swami’s eyes are anointed with the pure Love for God and that’s why in the altar he can see their Lordships Themselves…prem anjan churita bhakti vilochanena santah sadaiva hrdyeshu vilokayanti!

Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing this. And thanks Maharaj for giving us an insight in your feelings towards the dear and worshipful Sri RadhaGopinath ji.
Only seeing through the eyes of Guru and devotees can we appreciate the Lord.

Radhanath Swami’s amazing ability to relate to things in the spiritual context is mind-boggling!

Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives a perfect description, along with that description we get a glimpse of his love for Gopinath!

The pure souls have so deep vision!!! It just make me feel how superficial my feelings are. I m also seeing this alter for years together..but not even trace of such loving feelings!! Where is the question of comparing my feelings with such realised soul as H H Radhanath Swami. Thanks for sharing.

Amazingly true and a wonderful pass time, haribol to you Prabhuji for sharing this with all of us, rajesh karia

This is the most apt description by H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir is really out of this world in all respects. This is an offering of love to Srila Prabhupada by Maharaj.Jai Sri Sri Radha Gopinath.

The description of the Sri Sri Radhagopinath mandir’s alter by HH Radhanath Swami not only reveals his heart but also very instructive to all of us how we must be attached to Lord and His abode. Thank you prabhuji for sharing such a wonderful experience with HH Radhanath Swami.

Very wonderful article. Radhanath Swami is a true man of God this incident shows how much love he has for the Lord.

An amazing pastime. Only a Spiritual Master like Radhanath Swami would have such perfect words to aptly describe the altar of Sri Sri Radha Gopinathji. Anyone who has seen the altar of Sri Sri Radha Gopinathji, can fully relate to this statement by Radhanath Swami, ” According to me this altar is the most amazing thing in the fourteen planetary systems”. Especially liked the last part where Radhanath Swami is descibed, “a twinkle adorned his eyes, and a contagious smile bloomed on his face”. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pastime and writing it so well.

Maharaj has shown us the amazing altar in the fourteen planetary systems through his eyes…..What else one can ask for…???

Radhanath Swami’s love for the Lordship’s is the driving force for all the devotees who are looking up to him for spiritual guidance.

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