Radhanath Swami, the Personification of…

Radhanath Swami, the Personification of…

Radhanath Swami, the Personification of…

The Festival of Inspiration is held in the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia during the delightful mid-spring season. Filled with inspiring lectures, seminars, workshops, entertainment, and dramas, it has become one of the most spiritually inspirational and motivational events of North America. For this year’s festival, I too had joined in.

Radhanath Swami was at the festival, as every year. I had been hearing a lot about him, but we had never met, though both of us are disciples of Srila Prabhupad, the founder of ISKCON.

The day he arrived, as we were crossing each other in the hallway of the guesthouse, he stopped. After studying my eyes, he declared, “Let me tell you the last time I saw you.” His eyeballs rolled up and his index finger shot up, as he strained his memory. Silent moments passed. I was gathering words to convey that it was unlikely that he had ever seen me before, when he interrupted my thoughts, “It was Pittsburg.” After a few seconds’ break he continued, “1972. You were on stage. You were putting up a drama before Srila Prabhupad at Syrian Mosque.” That was 38 years ago, and still he remembered me! My mouth dropped open, my eyes filled with tears, and my heart bustled with the joy of meeting an old friend; I suddenly felt so close to him. We embraced.

All I can say is Radhanath Swami is the personification of personalism. When he sees people, he sees amongst them—every individual person.

–Chandra Shekar Das

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128 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, the Personification of…”

  1. November 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    Sagar Wadekar

    WOW !!! what an incident. Maharaj does not forget special people around. JAI !!!

  2. November 24, 2010 at 1:03 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Memory of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so sharp and accurate.

  3. November 24, 2010 at 8:15 am
    sunil Jha

    Thanks Prabhu for sharing such an woundeful pastime..Maharaj is indeed remember each and everything about the past yet so humble, otherwise its very difficult to remember even minute details what he wrote in his journey back home book

  4. November 25, 2010 at 10:53 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this incident in which Radhanath Swami’s care and concern is demonstrated.

  5. November 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    An Heart touching incident. Maharaj will give countless of his Devotees many many such beautiful experiences.

    Hare Krishna

  6. November 26, 2010 at 9:29 am
    Vrajdevipriya

    thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with Radhanath Swami

  7. November 26, 2010 at 9:31 am
    Dr Dhotre

    Radhanath Swami knows exactly how to inspire somebody to come closer to God!

  8. November 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    brad

    amazing and beautiful! thanks for sharing.

  9. November 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm
    Riya

    Very true- ‘When he sees people, he sees amongst them—every individual person.’ No wonder if Maharaj is known as ‘personification of personalism’

  10. December 3, 2010 at 7:27 am
    rajat

    Krsna says He gives the knowledge and rememberance to those who are close to Him.

  11. December 4, 2010 at 10:45 am
    madhura

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience.

  12. December 5, 2010 at 6:08 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful incident

  13. December 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    Judy

    This is awesome! He never forgets anyone & he always says just the right thing! He has an amazing memory!

  14. December 7, 2010 at 1:27 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so amazing. Maharaj ki jai.

  15. December 8, 2010 at 11:50 am
    Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s greatness, just have no words to express.

  16. December 10, 2010 at 11:07 am
    gurrappanaidu

    It’s so nice and amazing.

  17. December 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    Sagar

    Radhanath Swami conquers other’s hearts!

  18. December 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    Dasi

    Thank you very much for sharing such a pure relationships

  19. January 5, 2011 at 12:48 am
    umesh

    really Radhanath Swami Maharaj is very personal in his dealings, he remembers and interact with so many in such a way that it seems he is friend of all living entities.

  20. January 7, 2011 at 10:07 am
    bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an jaw dropping experience. Thank you Prabhuji for sharing this

    Hare Krishna

  21. January 13, 2011 at 9:14 am
    shreekanth

    i hope and pray to get an iota of that quality of personalism of HH Radhanath swami

  22. April 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm
    Nilesh

    Very very heart touching prabhu…. thanks to share… i have no words to say…

  23. April 27, 2011 at 1:58 am
    Krishna Kant

    Jai !!!!!!!

  24. August 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    anjan

    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful incident and filling our eyes with tears of joy. We are very fortunate to hear from a true saint such as Radhanath swmai

  25. August 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    Chandrika

    Wow! What an amazing incident.

  26. December 14, 2011 at 7:51 am
    sunny

    Radhanath Swami talks his walk…

    “Remembrance is a necessary expression of love, internally.” – Radhanath Swami
    http://www.radhanathswami.org/

  27. February 7, 2012 at 7:02 am
    Nilkanth Kohale

    Spiritually empowered souls are always conscious about what is going around them. it is hard to even imagine how somebody can remember something 38 yrs later, it requires empowerment and purity of heart & mind

  28. June 18, 2012 at 8:32 am
    Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for sharing this pastime.

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