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. October 1, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Thank You Radhanath Swami for giving us the most wonderful personalities in the 14 planetary systems.

  2. October 1, 2011 at 6:35 am
    Roshan Kumar Hota

    Nice share. Thank you very much.

  3. October 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    sundar ananda das

    very personal and wonderful … how Maharaj reciprocates with others!

  4. October 2, 2011 at 4:44 am
    Vinay K

    Radhanath Maharaj’s happiness upon seeing the Altar has no bonds..Wonderful Article.
    Thank You for posting.

  5. October 2, 2011 at 7:04 am

    what an amazing insight into the vision of a pure devotee!

  6. October 3, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Pranjal Dixit

    Simply amazing. Radhanath M ki Jai.

  7. October 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    My husband has been talking about this article for the past 2 days:) 🙂 It is so nice prabhu!

  8. October 4, 2011 at 4:35 am

    all glories to gurudev

  9. October 5, 2011 at 4:02 am

    most beautiful altar…

  10. October 5, 2011 at 4:53 am
    Advay Pathak

    Radhanath Swami’s every pastime is so thrilling to hear as if we were present there at that time. Simply amazing!

  11. October 5, 2011 at 5:14 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    Absolutely empowering articles.

  12. October 6, 2011 at 9:51 am
    kalyani Ahir

    so true ……… wt a vision pure devotees of the lord have

  13. October 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    It truly takes a person of deep attachment and love to krishna, like Radhanath Swami, to make such a “powerfully beautiful” and emphatic statement

  14. October 7, 2011 at 4:47 am
    Gokul R

    Premajanacchurita Bhaktivilocanena…

  15. October 7, 2011 at 11:16 am
    Manish Kumar

    Hari Bol very nice thing to hear from His Holiness Radahnath Swami Maharaj.

  16. October 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Oh, simply wonderful
    According to me Radhanath Swami is the most amazing in the fourteen planetary systems.
    Thank you Lord Krishna, for the wonderful gift.

  17. October 10, 2011 at 4:07 am
    manish advani

    only a pure soul like maharaj can find their lordships and their altar the most beautiful thing in the fourteen planetary systems.

  18. October 10, 2011 at 5:03 am

    wonderful article. thanks for sharing

  19. October 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How beautiful is this experience. Its only miraculous to hear what Maharaj has in his mind. Doesn’t it leave us awed every time we hear of someones experience like this.

    Hare Krishna

  20. October 10, 2011 at 11:15 am
    Ram Mahtani

    Prem anjana churita bhakti vilochanena…..i hope i can see their Lordships and the altar thru His eyes.

  21. October 11, 2011 at 7:13 am
    naresh jethwa

    Thanks for sharing

  22. October 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

    amazing article thank you very much

  23. October 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    thank you for sharing.

  24. October 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    Kalyani Ajrekar

    have been fortunate to take darsan of Maharaj taking darsan of the Lordships… the way He takes darsan is so deep… He is completely absorbed looking at the Lordships… remember this many times…. and wonder when would the day come when me too would have that loving vision… am sure by the blessings of Maharaj that day will come… kabe habe bolo se dina amar ?

  25. October 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm


  26. October 15, 2011 at 3:55 am
    Saurabh Sharma

    Like Narsimhanand Brahmachari decorated the path of lord Caitanya with ems and flowers, Maharaj decorates our consiousness, minds and hearts like the beautiful lotus shaped abode of Krsna so that Krsna can one day descend within it

  27. October 15, 2011 at 3:57 am
    Saurabh Sharma

    October 15, 2011 at 3:55 am
    Saurabh Sharma

    Like Narsimhanand Brahmachari decorated the path of lord Caitanya with gems and flowers, Maharaj decorates our consciousness, minds and hearts like the beautiful lotus shaped abode of Krsna so that Krsna can one day descend within it

  28. October 18, 2011 at 6:38 am


  29. October 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

    we cannot understand god and great soul.
    Thanks for sharing

  30. October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    maharaj has such an innocent eyes and very pure soul. He can inspire us to become pure from heart .Thank you maharaj for enlightening our lives

  31. November 3, 2011 at 11:08 am
    nikhil wadhwa


  32. November 3, 2011 at 11:08 am
    nikhil wadhwa

    nice!! 🙂

  33. November 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    words and feelings of a pure soul, seen through the eyes of pure love and compassion,

  34. November 8, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Indeed this article is most beautiful

  35. November 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  36. November 15, 2011 at 5:36 am


  37. November 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Thank you very much.

  38. November 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    sandeep kaimal

    thank you very much

  39. November 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

    All such experiences too are worth being compiled as a book,which shall remain ever fresh no matter how many times you read them.

    Hare Krishna.

  40. November 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Its heavenly abode of Krishna, If we can imagine

  41. November 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This is Radhanath swami’s spiritual vision

  42. November 28, 2011 at 7:55 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    yes indeed They are the most wonderful Deities in the 14 planetary systems.

  43. November 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post

  44. December 1, 2011 at 12:34 am
    Jagannath DHam Das

    We can see the LORD through our ears by hearing from pure devotees like Srila Radhanath Swami as they give us the vision to see it. Thank you very much !

  45. December 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Radhanath Swami through his eyes out of his pure love can see Radha Gopinatha. This is so wonderful

  46. December 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    Preeti Asrani

    only Maharaj can have a spiritual vision we can see only through material senses. for Maharaj this place is non different than Krsna loka

  47. December 2, 2011 at 12:59 am
    Hemant Solanki

    Hare Krishna Thank You for sharing

  48. December 4, 2011 at 2:11 am
    hulas jain

    Hare Krishna!!! Thank You for sharing

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