Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 2

Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 2

Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 2

Once Radhanath Swami and his dear friend, Devamrita Swami were scheduled to give a talk on cricket. Although the world cup season was on, and most Indians were busy watching cricket, the temple courtyard was packed with thousands of youth. The audience was eagerly anticipating an exciting talk by two American monks on a sport that Indians are crazy about.

As both the speakers sat on the chairs, Gauranga Dasa, the master of ceremonies, introduced both of them. Then he picked up a coin from his pocket, and revealed how a game of cricket begins. Each cricket match begins with the two captains of the respective teams walking to the centre of the field and tossing a coin. One of them calls out ‘heads’ or ‘tails’, and on winning the toss, the captain decides how the game would begin. “Similarly”, Gauranga Dasa announced, “amongst the two distinguished speakers this evening, who would speak first shall be decided after tossing the coin”. He then turned to both of them and asked, “What would you prefer, heads or tails?” Spontaneously, without blinking an eyelid, Radhanath Swami replied, “Tails of course, I always like to be a tail. I can’t be the heads”. Sitting close by and hearing this instant response, I was amazed. Radhanath Swami often teaches in his classes on the need to be a servant of all, and on the importance of helping others go ahead in life and achieve success. He always shuns materialistic competitive attitude, and this principle is so deeply internalized by him that even during an insignificant coin tossing, he was conscious of being the ‘tail’ or servant of others.

–Venugopal Acharya

Related Posts:

37 Responses to “Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 2”

  1. November 10, 2012 at 6:24 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    An Acharya teaches his students by his own example

  2. November 11, 2012 at 4:36 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    Steady mind. Always allowing others to go ahead to get something and remaining at the last is very much pleasing Krishna.All glories to HH. Devamrta Swami maharaja and HH. Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  3. November 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    jai ho

  4. November 15, 2012 at 12:35 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very informative lesson to be learnt. Radhanath Swami’s humility is amazing! We have to learn a lot from these great souls!

  5. November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you Siddeshwar ji for sharing this valuable incident from the life of Radhanath Swami which clearly shows his absolute humility and simplicity inspite of his huge fan following.

  6. November 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Great story and very personal. Very much instructive and motivation to have that intense feeling of humility within one’s heart. Thanks for sharing

  7. November 16, 2012 at 3:05 am
    vaishali kamat

    This humility of Radhanath Swami is one of his many divine qualities which has attracted so many followers towards him. And yet he continues to be humble in spite of having so many followers.

  8. November 18, 2012 at 12:37 am
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s humility is unparalleled…..

  9. November 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for posting this simple yet amazing nature of Radhanath Swami.

  10. December 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Many thanks for posting this incident involving radhanath swami.

  11. December 14, 2012 at 6:53 am
    Radhika Gore

    Radhanath Swami is very humble person. He teaches by his examples.

  12. December 14, 2012 at 7:40 am
    Kedar Ghate

    The great lesson to learn.

  13. December 26, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Thank you for sharing… Very important lesson.

  14. December 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Anil Timbe

    So amazing.. really Radhanath Swami practices what he teaches… thanks for sharing

  15. December 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The story shows the natural humility of Maharaj. Thanks for sharing.

  16. December 28, 2012 at 5:38 am
    Anurag Pandey

    One can fake somethings for sometime but cannot show it all the time. One who truly lives by the principles, his choices in every walk of life are based on that. Amazing Maharaj for teaching wonderful lesson

  17. January 1, 2013 at 8:07 am
    Santpal Goel

    What a nice lesson given by Maharaj.
    We should never try to become heads.

  18. January 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    hh radhanath swami maharaj always sets the best example by himself, he is what he is, very inspiring…,

  19. January 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    Shikhar Maheshwari


  20. January 11, 2013 at 8:04 am
    Samir Paleja

    This shows a mood of a true devotee, who likes to be a servant of all.

  21. January 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj demonstrates his unlimited humility through all situations.

  22. February 11, 2013 at 2:02 am
    Prashant Phirke

    Wonderful incident. Radhanath Swami is really a great Acharya who teaches by his own actions small or big.

  23. February 20, 2013 at 2:33 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This explains the humility of Maharaj. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  24. February 20, 2013 at 4:04 am
    cp yadav

    wonderfuly presented

  25. February 20, 2013 at 8:02 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful incident with Radhanath Swami where he showed his humble heart as always.

  26. February 21, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Radhanath Swami is simply amazing even in his simple dealings he teaches such profound teachings.

  27. February 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Great souls like Radhanath Swami are an epitome of humility.

  28. March 11, 2013 at 9:54 am
    Manish Kumar

    Great Teaching !!!

  29. March 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm
    Padma Lochana Bisoyi

    Swamiji is exemplary in nature

  30. April 5, 2013 at 12:38 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very instructive! We should learn the art of humility from great souls like Radhanath Swami.

  31. April 9, 2013 at 6:14 am
    dipti gaikwad

    great lessons to learn at every moment from the life of a great spiritual leader like radhanath swami

  32. April 28, 2013 at 1:51 am
    vilas bhujbal

    Natural humility

  33. May 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

    really heart touching, womderful teachings by HH RNSM.

  34. May 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

    really heart touching, womderful teachings by HH RNSM.

  35. May 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Wonderful. Every incident I hear about Radhanath maharaj enlighten me from the inner core of my heart.

  36. July 23, 2013 at 3:30 am

    hari bol thank you for sharing such a nice instuctive pastime.

  37. July 26, 2013 at 2:35 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath swami is pure devotee of the Lord. The quality of humility is naturally there

Leave a Reply

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Radhanath Swami Quotes...

"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."

Radhanath swami on Twitter