Radhanath Swami honors a friend’s wish

Radhanath Swami honors a friend’s wish

Radhanath Swami honors a friend’s wish

Nobody knew me better than Bhakti Tirtha Swami. He knew the details of my quest and also my hesitation to write about them. One day he clasped my hand, gazed into my eyes and said, “This is not your story. It is a tale about how God led a young boy onto an amazing journey to seek the inner secrets that lie within all of us. Don’t be miserly. Share what has been given to you.” His voice choked and a tear streaked down his ebony cheek. “Promise me,” he said, “here on my deathbed, that you will write the story.” A few weeks later, on June 27, 2005, he passed from this world. This book is my attempt to honor his wish. –from Radhanath Swami’s Autobiography ‘The Journey Home’

Even before I knew much about spiritual life, destiny made me experience the friendship and love that Radhanath Swami and Bhakti Tirtha Swami shared with each other.

I had just started to frequent Radhagopinath temple. One Sunday, during the weekly discourse that’s attended by thousands, I found an Afro-American sharing the stage with Radhanath Swami. He spoke with exuberance and filled my heart with spiritual inspiration. After the program, I too stood in line to have a personal audience with this new Swami, whose name I came to know was Bhakti Tirtha Swami.

No sooner had I knelt before him that he proclaimed, “You should take initiation”. I was jolted. Though it was an honor to take initiation, and though I had a desire to take initiation, I knew I wasn’t qualified. One had to chant a prescribed number of rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra on prayer beads for several years before one could even think of getting initiated. But before I could put forth my thoughts, Bhakti Tirtha Swami had repeated several times, “You should take initiation”, and every time he said that he indicated that I should take it from Radhanath Swami. As I struggled to adjust with this dream-like situation, Radhanath Swami leaned over to me and whispered, “Who is your counselor?” It was just a week ago that the temple management had recommended my name to a spiritual counselor who would be advising me in how to progress spiritually. I told his name to Radhanath Swami, and quickly walked away, out of the uneasy situation.

A few days later, my counselor called me, “Would you like to take initiation?” Again I was jolted, but this time I knew a reply, “Yes, of course.” As the conversation proceeded, I came to know that Radhanath Swami had contacted my counselor and expressed his desire to give me initiation if I desired to take. Radhanath Swami wanted to give me initiation, though I wasn’t qualified, simply because he wanted to honor the wish of his friend Bhakti Tirtha Swami.

Soon, I was initiated.

–Krishna Das (name changed)


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192 Responses to “Radhanath Swami honors a friend’s wish”

  1. September 15, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Neha Chaglani

    Truly inspiring !!!

  2. September 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm
    Kadamba kanana

    Thank you for sharing this ,Prabhuji.

  3. September 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm
    Ram Mahtani

    They were like 1 soul in 2 bodies. This is true loving Vaishnava relationship we read in the Caitanya Caritramrita.

  4. September 16, 2011 at 4:18 am
    Sriman Nitai Das

    Thank you very much for sharing this. To me this shows that how one should honor the will of a sadhu.

  5. September 16, 2011 at 4:19 am
    Sriman Nitai Das

    To me this shows that how one should honor the will of a sadhu.

  6. September 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Amazing story!

  7. September 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    abhay deshmukh

    It is very encouraging to see such genuinely loving relationships among Vaishnavas. All glories to Srila Prabhupada & his family!

  8. September 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    Rahul Gupta

    Radhanath Swami is willing to go to any extent to please a vaisnava

  9. September 17, 2011 at 4:13 am

    This is simply wonderful. Thanks for sharing

  10. September 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

    It is really very inspiring to hear about such sweet Loving and respectful relationship exchanges by Radhanath Swami and Bhakti Tirth Swami

  11. September 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    amazing story

  12. September 18, 2011 at 10:07 am
    Lalit Khanna(Pune)

    Hari Bol!!, Sweet & inspiring story for us.

    I am also waiting for same. 🙂

  13. September 19, 2011 at 4:21 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    These are loving reciprocations between two great spiritual personalities, Bhakti Tirtha Swami & Radhanath Swami. It is said that a moment of association with saintly person can change your life. You are fortunate to be blessed by these great spiritual personalities

  14. September 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Really the true loving respectful relation between the two saints. this is wonderful.thanks prabhuji for sharing.

  15. September 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Very sweet story of loving reciprocation between Radhanath Swami and Bhakti Tirtha Swami

  16. September 19, 2011 at 11:21 am
    nandkishor das

    simply wonderful

  17. September 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

    its all about guru-disciple’s eternal relation, isn’t it?

  18. September 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Really beautiful article that gives insights on the friendship between Radhanath Swami Maharaj & Bhakti Tirtha Swami Maharaj.
    Also, i am happily surprised at the way in which Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj instructed the new devotee to get initiated.

  19. September 21, 2011 at 7:09 am

    what a hope. krishna’s causeless mercy can be experienced through his pure devotees

  20. September 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Very inspiring story that lets us know that bhakti is not like a material education where you have to go through all the stages! Bhakti involves the mercy of a sadhu — cant say who is neophyte and who is advanced. by obeisances to Radhanath swami.
    Ys Chandrashekar

  21. September 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm
    N. Swaminathan

    Talk about fortune

  22. September 23, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    It’s heart melting to see such spiritual bonds as the one between these two great souls!

  23. September 24, 2011 at 3:30 am

    hare krishna

  24. September 24, 2011 at 10:12 am
    Vinay K

    Happy to know about the conversation of the two great souls..
    Thank you posting this nice article

  25. September 26, 2011 at 4:41 am

    This is mercy of Vaisnavas….

  26. September 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    WOW. !!!! you truly are a blessed person and I feel blessed just by reading this. Thank you for this article….. Radhanath Mahraj ji ki JAI!!!!!!!!

  27. September 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Truly inconceivable mercy

  28. September 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  29. September 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

    We have to learn the meanig of true friendship by watching the loving exchanges of great souls like Radhanath Swami and Bhakti Tirth Swami.

  30. September 29, 2011 at 5:29 am

    very inspiring

  31. September 29, 2011 at 7:03 am
    Anagha Warade

    Thank you for sharing…

  32. September 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Maharaj has shown by his own example how to honour sadhu’s wish.

  33. September 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

    true friendship

  34. October 4, 2011 at 3:44 am

    this is frindship in krishna consciousness

  35. October 4, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Really a touching story of Radhanath Swami.

  36. October 6, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Amazing !

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  38. October 7, 2011 at 4:52 am
    Gokul R

    Maharaj is amazing

  39. October 7, 2011 at 11:29 am
    Manish Kumar

    Very heartening mercy of both the Maharaj on you.

  40. October 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Love between two friends is truly inspiring & something to learn from.

  41. October 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    That was amazing

  42. October 10, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Very inspiring – Thanks for sharing.

  43. October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Great story

  44. October 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    Sandeep S Kamat

    Radhanath Swami and Bhakti Tirth Swami are two gems from whom we can learn a lot.

  45. October 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing the intimate friendly relationship between HH Radhanath swami and HH Bhakti Tirtha swami.

  46. October 18, 2011 at 4:54 am
    ashok kumar vaddi

    HHRNSM and HHBTS are ideal friends

  47. October 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Whoever the devotee ‘Krishna Das’ is, he is so fortunate that his spiritual master – Radhanath Swami- wanted to give him initiation….I’m sure he is a wonderful devotee. Thanks for sharing this wonderful incident.

  48. October 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    You are very fortunate for being advised by Bhakti Tirtha swami. Radhanath Swami immediately acted on the advise of his best friend. Amazing.

  49. November 2, 2011 at 8:00 am
    Roshan Kumar Hota

    It is great to read the dealings between two Vaisnavas.

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