Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 1

Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 1

Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 1

India, a land of billion plus, has an obsession with cricket; not the grasshopper you know that produces a rhythmic chirping sound. This cricket is a game played between two teams with balls and bats. Although hardly a dozen countries in the world play cricket, Indians pride in being one of the best in the world and almost every Indian is glued to his television when India plays an international game.

Radhanath Swami is well aware of this distraction for sincere spiritual seekers in India. Once we arranged his talk on ‘Cricket’ during the peak world cup season. The topic promised to attract thousands of youth to our centre in downtown Mumbai. As the day approached, our community was abuzz with excitement. All wondered what Radhanath Swami would speak on this subject, for cricket awoke intense passion amongst the youth.

In the afternoon, a few hours before the event, Radhanath Swami called me to his room and asked about the game. He didn’t know any details about the sport, except that Indians go bonkers when matches are played. He keenly inquired about the intricacies of the sport and desired to know what aspect of this game would be a relevant theme to discuss in the evening. I spoke on how many top cricketers had been exposed in match fixing scandals and bribe taking. This had bought lot of disrepute to the game. I expressed that he should speak on the theme of ‘greed’ and ‘character’. He liked the idea and promised to address this issue.

An hour before the event, I couldn’t contain my excitement; I too had an obsession for this game before I took up to spiritual life seriously. Many cricket scandals and the dark side of its players was well known to me. I rushed to Radhanath Swami’s room and told him that I would like to share some very serious stories that would help him address the issue better during his talk. Immediately he showed interest and took out his notebook and pen. He then asked me to narrate the stories. I began the tale of famous players who fell to greed, and I was enjoying speaking these stories. However I observed that as I was enthusiastically narrating, Radhanath Swami was intensely gazing at me. At one point I became nervous, wondering why he is concentrating so much on each word that I was speaking. Nevertheless I rambled on for a long time.

After finishing, I honestly said, “If you speak these stories, the audience would be shaken to the core.” He paused, reflected deeply, and soberly replied, “To be very honest, I am not sure if I will speak these incidents. I would want to focus on the spiritual theme of character and need to overcome greed.” Then he continued, “But I am not going to forget these stories. These are very instructive to me personally. I shall take note of them for my personal life. We have to learn lessons from these mistakes and be humble while serving others” Then he thanked me, “You have done me a great favour by instructing me on the dangers of greed. I pray we are protected from this deadly vice.”

I left the room in a daze; I was earlier hoping the talk would shake the audience, but here I was shaken to the core. Most of us in the ashram had been excited about the event, but Radhanath Swami was taking this as yet another opportunity for reflection. He sees every event in life as a learning lesson. I too learnt a valuable lesson that evening; as teachers of spiritual science, we should be more eager to internalize and imbibe lessons in our own lives before being enthusiastic to share with others. ‘Physician heal thyself’, and a teacher teach thyself. Thank you Radhanath Swami, for showing us by your personal example that practice is better than precept.

–Venugopal Acharya

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59 Responses to “Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 1”

  1. October 3, 2012 at 5:38 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Very inspiring article.

  2. October 3, 2012 at 7:37 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    “As teachers of spiritual science, we should be more eager to internalize and imbibe lessons in our own lives before being enthusiastic to share with others”. I really appreciate this point. Thanks to the author for revealing this truth.

  3. October 4, 2012 at 2:32 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    A preacher should be Honest and exemplary. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  4. October 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing such an inspiring article with us. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  5. October 7, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Very beautiful instruction. We need to personally follow and set the example.

  6. October 7, 2012 at 7:08 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very interesting how Radhanath Swami learns lessons and has realizations from every incident in life. That’s the quality of a true spiritual master – humility with always the spirit of how he can serve others. thank you for sharing this episode which brings out Maharaj’s inherent character.

  7. October 7, 2012 at 8:13 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

  8. October 7, 2012 at 11:39 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Thanks for sharing it.

  9. October 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    Amazing lesson. Thank you very much for sharing.

  10. October 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    Nilesh Patel

    Thank you very much for sharing this incident ,a great lesson to learn…

  11. October 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Very nice. Thank you

  12. October 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the incident and the lesson behind it!!

  13. October 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  14. October 13, 2012 at 5:31 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Exciting.. An Acharya teaches by his own example.

  15. October 14, 2012 at 10:37 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami’s humility is very inspiring & motivating.

  16. October 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  17. October 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Radhanath swami sees every event in life as a learning lesson.

  18. October 15, 2012 at 11:15 am
    Pradeep Kumar

    Very heart touching story. I like this site like anything so much things to contemplate upon in owns life. I am also deeply touched by the act of Radhanath Swami that how practice is better than precept.

  19. October 16, 2012 at 1:54 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    This is a deep lesson taught by Radhnatah Swami. Thank you for sharing this wonderful lesson learned by you with us. I pray that I can also learn from this

  20. October 19, 2012 at 8:49 am
    navin poojary

    Wonderful practical understanding given Radhanath Swami. We should focus on removing negativity rather on person reponsible for it

  21. October 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    Vaibhav Sharma

    Prabhuji not just you are shaken I feel even the readers are equally affected by the simple heartedness of Radhanath Swami Maharaja.

  22. October 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Very inspiring article…..One need to think on how can I improve myself ….

  23. October 20, 2012 at 4:26 am

    This is really very instructive article. Prior to preach others one must internalize those teaching in his own life.
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  24. October 20, 2012 at 9:23 am
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s every action teaches us a lesson…..great….thanks for sharing

  25. October 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    nice lesson to adopt…,

  26. October 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai ..

  27. October 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai _

  28. October 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    very nice article.

  29. October 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This is very inspiring. Unless one’s sadhana is good, he can not preach effectively.

  30. October 23, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I m enchanted to read this incident… it gives me conviction that spirituality makes your life balanced as you learn to treat various situations with single pointed focus of learning and making endeavor in giving real truth to everyone…. Thanking for sharing this article…it has the humor which would bring smile on faces of all it’s readers…!

  31. October 25, 2012 at 3:43 am
    CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nince article. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  32. October 25, 2012 at 6:33 am
    nandkishor das

    radhanath swami always teaches by his own example.simply great

  33. October 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Thanks to mr Acharya for sharing this wonderful incident in the life of Radhanath swami, importance of applying good things to our life first and then preaching, charity begins at home.

  34. October 29, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Thank you very muh for sharing such valuable lession which we can apply inour lives.

  35. October 31, 2012 at 3:48 am

    nice one

  36. November 5, 2012 at 9:27 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing this experience. Radhanath Swami is a true teacher and practitioner of what he teaches.

  37. November 6, 2012 at 3:06 am
    deepak bagla

    amazing lesson. Yes, we should first try to imbibe the lessons rather than preach and also take every event as learning opportunity in our lives

  38. November 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Hare Krishna
    His Holiness Radhanath Swami has shown by personal example to be humble by listening to the devotee which we can imbibe in our own lives to serve the lord and his devotees.

  39. November 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    Anil Timbe

    Thanks for sharing.. so instructive.

  40. December 28, 2012 at 11:43 am
    anil manga

    Very nice article. Will try to see what is the message i can learn with the incidents happening with me and around.

  41. February 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Wonderful article to learn around us.

  42. February 21, 2013 at 3:49 am
    cp yadav

    amazing story

  43. February 22, 2013 at 7:11 am
    krishna daya das

    teacher teach thy self – nice conclusion drawn by you prji. Thank you for sharing your incident.

  44. February 22, 2013 at 7:54 am
    Samir Paleja

    Great lesson to be learn from this.

  45. February 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Sincere souls like Radhanath Swami are always looking to perfect themselves more and more. We have so much to learn from them.

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

    Very interesting. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this.

  47. March 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this amazing incident.

  48. March 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    V Inspiring article..

  49. March 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Very interesting and aspiring article. Thank you for sharing.

  50. March 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Very very inspiring incident. Radhanath Maharajs simplicity and purity has made a deep impact within my heart. Thank you your Holiness.

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