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 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm
    Sunil

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

  2. September 24, 2011 at 12:51 am
    supriya gore

    guru gives us the real vision

  3. September 24, 2011 at 5:38 am
    Babita

    Wonderful realisation !!!!!!!!

  4. September 24, 2011 at 6:37 am
    USHA GAONKAR

    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.

  5. September 24, 2011 at 8:54 am
    saurabh

    Very wonderful article thank you very much for sharing

  6. September 24, 2011 at 11:30 am
    vkarekar

    Thank You Radhanath Swami for giving us this most amazing thing in the fourteen planetary system so easily

  7. September 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    Akshay

    Perfect Answer!!

  8. September 25, 2011 at 8:57 am
    abhay deshmukh

    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…

  9. September 26, 2011 at 12:03 am
    indresh

    amazing , it is simply amazing , thank you Radhanath swami

  10. September 26, 2011 at 12:50 am
    deepak bagla

    How much that Altar of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath has importance in life of HH Radhanath Swami

  11. September 26, 2011 at 4:44 am
    yogish

    Its Sri Guru’s mercy of revelation

  12. September 26, 2011 at 6:29 am
    tushar

    Its love of Maharaj for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath. he can realise divinity of everything in their connection.

  13. September 26, 2011 at 7:50 am
    Vinay Jain

    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!

  14. September 26, 2011 at 8:03 am
    Chandnani

    Great incident. Thank you for sharing this.

  15. September 26, 2011 at 8:17 am
    Rajat Sharma

    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.

  16. September 26, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

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

  17. September 26, 2011 at 9:26 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    What an amazing description!

  18. September 26, 2011 at 10:35 am
    Ramya

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

  19. September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am
    Ravi

    Beautiful experience…..thanks for sharing

  20. September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Atul

    Guru shows us the correct vision.

  21. September 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    Nilesh

    Only Guru can give vision to know and see Krishna…

  22. September 27, 2011 at 12:22 am
    dr niketa

    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.

  23. September 27, 2011 at 12:56 am
    sandeep

    vision of a pure devotee

  24. September 27, 2011 at 1:58 am
    bhakti karia

    Guru Maharaj’s vision is beyond expectation and wonderful, haribol, bhakti

  25. September 27, 2011 at 2:00 am
    rajesh karia

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

  26. September 27, 2011 at 4:20 am
    Nisha

    This incident really brings Maharaj’s smiling face in front of the eyes

  27. September 27, 2011 at 4:21 am
    Samir Paleja

    Radhanath Swami ki jai

  28. September 27, 2011 at 8:00 am
    umesh

    Thats how the grt saints in the past have always looked at the Deities of the Lord.

  29. September 27, 2011 at 8:48 am
    vkarekar

    BEAUTIFUL INDEED YET AMAZING

  30. September 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    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.

  31. September 28, 2011 at 12:11 am
    Anup Shah

    Amazing! Radhanath Maharaj has so much love for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath!

  32. September 28, 2011 at 12:37 am
    Mukund

    The altar at Radha Gopinath mandir is Radhanath swami’s manifestation of love for Their Lordships

  33. September 28, 2011 at 3:55 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    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.

  34. September 28, 2011 at 4:34 am
    vkarekar

    So sweet!!

  35. September 28, 2011 at 6:37 am
    saurabh

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

  36. September 28, 2011 at 8:58 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    This is true glory of alter by Maharaj.

  37. September 28, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Advaita & Kalasudha

    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.

  38. September 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    poonam

    Maharaj gives the most amazing descriptions!

  39. September 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    Neha Karvir

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

  40. September 29, 2011 at 4:35 am
    Milind M Churi

    Very nice description.Thank you very much for sharing with us.

  41. September 29, 2011 at 6:32 am
    Anagha Warade

    It’s really true.
    Thank you for sharing.

  42. September 29, 2011 at 7:18 am
    Aishwarya

    Loved the description by Radhanath Swami!

  43. September 29, 2011 at 10:15 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami visualises, this is the real Goloka alter.

  44. September 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    meghana

    wonderful pastime.

  45. September 30, 2011 at 12:20 am
    Rahul

    This is the vision of pure devotees like Radhanath Swami.

  46. September 30, 2011 at 2:17 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    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.

  47. September 30, 2011 at 7:56 am
    navin poojary

    Radhanath swami is always “connected” to the Lord by way o his consciousness

  48. September 30, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    A guru can only tell the real knowledge with deep realization.

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