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. November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    very good story.

  2. November 17, 2011 at 8:43 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Heart-touching story of the deep spiritual bonding and friendship. Thank you for sharing.

  3. November 23, 2011 at 10:23 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing yet another example of Radhanath Swami’s compassion and love.

  4. November 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm
    Shoba Fernandes

    wonderful inspiring story

  5. November 25, 2011 at 2:24 am

    very inspiring!!

  6. November 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    It is only great fortune that a recommendation comes from an exalted friend of Maharaj.

    Hare Krishna.

  7. November 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    nice article

  8. November 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Hare Krishna

  9. November 28, 2011 at 3:22 am

    We can see how radhanath swami want to fulfill the desire of his friend.

  10. December 1, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Very inspirational article. thank you very much.

  11. December 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Very rare picture…how intimate love & friendship inspite of so many bodily differences!

  12. December 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    wonderful !!

  13. December 1, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has demonstrated what is friendship. All glories to Maharaj.

  14. December 3, 2011 at 8:39 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thanks for Radhanath Swami’s close friendship with HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami, we have got the wonderful book The Journey Home.

  15. December 4, 2011 at 2:15 am
    hulas jain

    Really Heart-touching story of the deep spiritual bonding and friendship. Thank you for sharing.

  16. December 6, 2011 at 1:11 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Really Really good.it is fabulous to read.Radhanath maharaj is doing great work.He is real humanitarian worker.

  17. December 8, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Hare Krishna !!!!!!

  18. December 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Amazing article…..

  19. December 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Thank you for this inspirational post.

  20. December 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  21. December 14, 2011 at 5:57 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna,Maharaj really a nice one,touching,inspiring and moving article.Maharaj ki hoo.It is a blessing to have you.Really a must read article.ys-anshu jaiman

  22. December 15, 2011 at 8:11 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Radhanath Swami’s commitment to his relationships is simply wonderful. One can completely fully trust him.

  23. December 15, 2011 at 8:14 am

    No one can understand the unlimited mercy of Vaishnava!

  24. December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this incident from the life of Radhanath Swami.

  25. December 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    wonderful inspiring story

  26. December 20, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Amazing story!

  27. March 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Radhanath swami shows all qualities of a true and compassionate friend!

  28. March 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm
    Praneswar Das

    Very wonderful incident. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  29. March 20, 2012 at 1:42 am

    jai ho….

  30. April 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

    thank you for sharing.

  31. May 6, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Heart touching. Thank you for sharing.

  32. May 10, 2012 at 6:33 am

    thank you very much for wonderful story.

  33. May 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for sharing.Hare Krsna !

  34. May 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

    nice article … thanks for sharing..

  35. May 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    How wonderful it is to see the love and compassion of swami Bhakti tirtha and swami Radhanath. Many thanks for sharing

  36. May 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

    He is such a great soul… don’t have words to describe Maharaj

  37. June 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing! HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj teaches us the meaning of true friendship by his own wonderful example.

  38. June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Haribooooool.Jay Sri Sri Bhaktiteerth Swami Maharaj !

  39. June 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    thank u so much

  40. June 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    You are so fortunate to have blessings of two great spiritual masters Bhakti Tirtha Swami and Radhanath swami.

  41. September 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

    From this story, i understood how merciful and compassionate are Vaishnavas like Bhakti Tirtha Swami Maharaj and Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  42. September 26, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Very heart touching.. Hare Krsna !

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