The Magic of the White Rose

The Magic of the White Rose

The Magic of the White Rose

I am an Israeli who spent 10 years in New York and only recently went back to Israel with hopes of helping peace arrive in this region that needs it so badly. Since I read Radhanath Swami’s book a few years back, I attended all lectures he gave in New York, always thinking about each lecture for months after and telling everyone who are open enough, about him, his journey and his lectures. Magical things have always happened when his light is around me.

On Tuesday, May 9, I went to see Radhanath Swami speak in Jivamukti of New York, to get energized and focused as I always feel after his lectures. Not knowing if the Swami ever arrives in Israel, I knew this could be the last lecture of his I will see for a long while. I was saddened by this fact but was also thankful for the privilege I was given to see him so close to my departure.

The lecture was inspiring as always and at the end, while Radhanath Swami was giving away cookies to the audience, I walked up to him, scared to take time from him as he looked so tired. I very quickly explained that I was leaving to go back to Israel and desired his blessing to help me bring peace to the Middle East. Radhanath Swami’s eyes lit up and he took my necklace and closed his eyes, investing time in blessing it for the social change I am hoping to help bring to my country. When he was done, he opened his eyes, handing me a cookie and a white rose and asked that I give the flower to someone on the way home.

I walked out of Jivamukti into the hectic Union Square at about 10pm on a Tuesday. The street was rushing and gushing with people and I stood there for a few minutes examining the crowd but my heart couldn’t find the right person to give the flower to. I went underground to take the train home but couldn’t find anyone on the platform or in the train to hand the flower to either. As I got off the train and walked home I felt so disappointed with myself – here I am wandering through New York City without being able to hand out a flower. Walking up my street, I saw a man smoking a cigarette in his yard and decided he would be the one to receive the Swami’s rose. When I came closer to him, I realized I recognized the man – he was the same man who 2 years before, on the night of the Holocaust commemoration, started speaking to me randomly but when he heard I was from Israel, he lashed out at me. It didn’t matter that I was a pro peace Israeli, he hated Israel and felt like he had to yell about it to me for a good hour. Being the granddaughter of 4 Holocaust survivors, it was especially hard to hear his shouts that night and when I got home the tears rushed down my face.

And here this man was, 2 years later, standing in his yard and smoking a cigarette. My heart felt like it stopped as I walked up to him and with the white rose in my hand said, “I don’t know if you remember me, I am Jewish and hope one day you can forgive me”. He caught my wrist and said he has been looking for me for 2 years, embarrassed to speak to me when he saw me in the neighbourhood. He asked me for my forgiveness, said he stopped drinking after that night and how thankful he was that I approached him with the flower. We said goodbye after a few minutes but this story still brings goose bumps to me as I write it. This type of magic kept me up that night, and I am so full of thanks for Radhanath Swami’s energy that allowed such an incident to occur and had given me the honour of being a participant in it. It reinforced my thought that Radhanath Swami’s influence works outward, influencing people beyond the immediate people he touches. Through our Swami I became a messenger to his healing powers, allowing this amazing incident to happen.

I am so thankful.

–Shani Manor


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53 Responses to “The Magic of the White Rose”

  1. August 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    wonderful story….thanks for sharing

  2. August 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm
    anil chhetri

    wonderful! sincere prayers always works

  3. August 6, 2012 at 1:41 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with Radhanath Swami.

  4. August 7, 2012 at 7:27 am
    priti katkar

    Thank u for sharing such a wonderful incidence.If one has sincere desire to preach then krsna and gurumaharaj’s mercy can work wonders.HHRSM ki jai.

  5. August 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    krishna daya das

    This incident is heart touching and you are fortunate to be a part of it.

  6. August 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has turned the author into a lovely instrument of peace!

  7. August 8, 2012 at 9:28 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    This is the practical effect of the pure energy flowing from a great saint, like a chain reaction it reaches and transforms the hearts of many fortunate souls.

  8. August 11, 2012 at 5:44 am

    this is the most amazing story i hv ever read…and cant say nething more but be mesmerised….

  9. August 13, 2012 at 12:16 am
    satish rane

    hare krishna,

  10. August 13, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful realization. It is very true about the association and compassion of a sadhu like Radhanath Swami.

  11. August 13, 2012 at 7:57 am
    Anil Timbe

    so touching.. thanks for sharing. Personalities like Radhanath Swami and his sincere students are hope for this world.

  12. August 17, 2012 at 12:03 am
    Anup Shah

    Thankyou for posting with wonmderful incident!

  13. August 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful story.

  14. August 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Very nice ! very inspiring and heart touching

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. August 25, 2012 at 9:09 am
    Sriman Nitai Das

    amazing! Thank you very much for kindly sharing the healing touch of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj…

  16. August 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    All Glories to H. H. Radhanath Swami. Hare krishna

  17. September 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    Shyam Mahtani

    The whole world can be changed by love from a pure devotee of the Lord. Thank you Swamiji for all that you do.

  18. September 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    many thanks for sharing this beautiful incident involving radhanath swami

  19. September 11, 2012 at 11:13 am
    Vidya Patham

    The lives of pure souls like Radhanath Swami transform millions of conditioned souls.

  20. September 12, 2012 at 6:32 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    Mercy of God coming down through Vaisnavas. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  21. September 13, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Radhanath Swami’s influence works outward, influencing people beyond the immediate people he touches, that is reallly heart touching. jaiii srila Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  22. September 15, 2012 at 6:02 am
    navin poojary

    Wonderful and touching narration!Amazing how Radhanath swami desire to reach out to every soul and connect them to Supreme Lord gets mainfested through pure souls

  23. September 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience

  24. September 27, 2012 at 12:26 am
    Nilesh Patel

    Such exiting story …. helps to develop deep faith…

  25. September 29, 2012 at 4:56 am

    A very touching incident.Thank you for sharing.

  26. September 29, 2012 at 5:51 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Thank you for sharing.

  27. September 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Very deep,Thank you for sharing.

  28. September 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Maharaj is amazing his dealings are also amazing.

  29. September 30, 2012 at 5:50 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami positively affects the lives of people in such mystical ways. His integrity of character & his complete dedication & adherence to the spiritual principles is really very inspiring & motivates everyone to take up God Consciousness very sincerely.

  30. September 30, 2012 at 9:56 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Very nice story with a profound message.

  31. September 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Simply amazing!

  32. October 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm


  33. October 2, 2012 at 11:09 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

  34. October 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    thank you for sharing this wonderful incident.

  35. October 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Wonderful incidence. Thank you v much for sharing.

  36. January 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    anil manga

    Wonderful story

  37. January 23, 2013 at 7:07 am

    The Swami has tremendous spiritual potency to transform a person’s life for good.

  38. January 29, 2013 at 2:49 am

    good one

  39. February 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    very nice pastime of Radhanath swami.

  40. February 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful incident. Hari Bol

  41. February 21, 2013 at 12:13 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing story. Radhanath Swami can influence people directly or indirectly through his purity and humility.

  42. February 21, 2013 at 2:57 am

    wonderful realisation !!

  43. March 1, 2013 at 8:57 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful one by Radhanath Swami.

  44. March 5, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Wonderful article……

  45. March 5, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Wonderful article……

  46. March 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm
    Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    v nice 🙂

  47. March 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm
    Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Jai Gurudev!!!

  48. March 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    Santpal Goel

    An amazing story of the white rose.HH Radhanath swami is really a very great personality.

  49. March 11, 2013 at 9:56 am
    Manish Kumar

    Amazing article!!!

  50. March 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    nandkishor das

    Radhanath Swami’s influence works outward, influencing people beyond the immediate people he touches. And even those who follow him.

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