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 11, 2010 at 7:17 am
    Dipti Gaikwad

    What a touching experience! And here we sit wondering whether Radhanath Swami remembers us or knows us at all! He really charms us!

  2. November 11, 2010 at 7:47 am
    krishna daya das

    it is some thing beyond the material conception.

  3. November 11, 2010 at 8:06 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami stresses so much on personal relationships as he himself does. We can also see this through the beautiful congregation of Mumbai, how they have developed employing this principle of personal caring 7 relationship.

  4. November 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

    This is Unbelievable and beyond material conception, Thank you very much for kindly sharing this

  5. November 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Radhanath Swami is really great. He values everyone.

  6. November 11, 2010 at 11:03 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Thank you Prabhuji for sharing such a wonderful experience and revealing the great personality of Radhanath Swami.

  7. November 11, 2010 at 11:07 am
    Siddeshwar Bhat

    That’s great memory.

  8. November 11, 2010 at 11:52 am
    Shraddha Jain

    Radhanath Swami makes a person feel so special that he makes a permanant place in the heart of that person.

  9. November 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Tushar Gaikwad

    Such a wonderful exchange with Radhanath swmai

  10. November 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm
    Mahaprakash Das

    Radhanath Swami has unlimited love for every one especially those who gave their lives for Srila Prabhupada

  11. November 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm
    malathi santosh

    Wow! Radhanath Swami is simply amazing 🙂

  12. November 12, 2010 at 3:33 am
    Vinay Rachh

    very nice incident

  13. November 12, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj considers everyone very special & hence remembers them!

  14. November 12, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so personal to everyone

  15. November 12, 2010 at 6:05 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    Very touching realization.

  16. November 12, 2010 at 7:12 am
    Gauri Advani

    Radhanath Swami is very personal.

  17. November 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

    radhanathswami ki jai.he treats every one in a personal and special way.

  18. November 12, 2010 at 8:49 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a heart touching event

  19. November 12, 2010 at 9:08 am
    Meera Sharma

    Wonderful incident. It is amazing to see how Maharajah remembered his Godbrother. Indeed Maharajah notices personally everyone in the crowd.

  20. November 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Amazing rememberance by Radhanath swami

  21. November 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    Nausheel Unnadkat

    Radhanath Swami knows how to perfectly reciprocate with his godbrothers. This is a symptom of pure love.

  22. November 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Simply amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  23. November 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm
    hrishikesh mafatlal

    I can’t think of anyone else who relates so personally with everyone.

  24. November 13, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Such a heart touching experience
    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj does things by setting his own example
    Thank you prabhuji for sharing

  25. November 13, 2010 at 1:47 am
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji is definitely from Vaikuntha….he can go back in time & tell exactly what happened in the past…..his memory is simply wonderful…….

  26. November 13, 2010 at 2:29 am
    gaur gopal das

    Radhanath Swami’s excellent memory springs from his desire to serve and love one and all.

  27. November 13, 2010 at 3:54 am
    Mahendra Sahu

    Thank you for sharing.

  28. November 13, 2010 at 4:38 am
    Vinay Rachh

    This particular incident shows us how Radhanath Swami is so personal and caring

  29. November 13, 2010 at 5:05 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful story.
    Radhanath Swami remembers all and also makes them feel special

  30. November 13, 2010 at 5:08 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Radhanath Swami considers everyone very special and showers his causeless love and mercy

  31. November 13, 2010 at 9:56 am
    Satish Iyer

    Radhanath Swami has an amazing memory – something which is very evident even in his book – The Journey Home , where he has described in details of incidents that took place 40 years back.

  32. November 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    The only “-ism” that can truly describe Radhanath Swami is personalism…

  33. November 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    He remembers everyone…there is no one insignificant or not important for him. He treats everyone as special coz they are devotees of krishna.

  34. November 15, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Simply Amazing!!

  35. November 16, 2010 at 1:39 am
    dr yuvaraj bhosale

    Radhanath Swami is the personification of personalism

  36. November 16, 2010 at 3:15 am
    Yogita Jagannathan

    This is out of the world. This is proof that saints like Radhanath Swami are empowered by the Lord to have such clear and sharp memory. Such remembrances by Maharaj immediately bring people closer to him and spontaneously love him.

  37. November 16, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Amazing…Amazing…Its really Amazing….
    Thank you for giving us hope that Radhanath Swami may sometimes glance upon us too.

  38. November 16, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Amazing…Amazing…Is really Amazing… to see how much personal is Radhanath swami.

  39. November 16, 2010 at 5:47 am

    From the incidents like this we can imagine that how much loving and personal God will be….its simply UNIMAGINABLE !

  40. November 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Thank you very much for sharing. Pure relationships are like this

  41. November 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    Srinivas Acharya Das

    I had similar experience with Maharaj. He has amazing memory power.

  42. November 18, 2010 at 6:14 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Radhanath swami is truly a person who sees details out of love.

  43. November 19, 2010 at 4:59 am
    Yogita B

    The main ingredient of bonafide spirituality is careful attention toward personal dealings.

  44. November 19, 2010 at 10:44 am
    Brahma Valaboju

    Radhanath Swami’s memmroy is amazong. he could describe the environmental conditions of particular place after 40 years also. that is completely not possible for an ordinary soul of this world.

  45. November 22, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Thank you so much Sriman Chandra Shekar prabhu for providing an insight into one of the qualities of Radhanath Swami – your friend and godbrother, guru to many but above all a personal guide to millions

  46. November 22, 2010 at 7:13 am
    Shoba Fernandes

    This is one of the most endearing qualities that he possesses.

  47. November 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    This is the miracle of Spiritualizm

  48. November 23, 2010 at 1:05 am
    umesh sarda

    speaking ordinarily also that’s quite amazing memoru power of Radhanath Swami Maharaj, to remember somebody whom he had met 36 years before, with all the details.
    So much personal relationships he has with all, that’s very touching.

  49. November 23, 2010 at 7:00 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Amazing and very extraordinary – Very correctly put across as “Radhanath Swami is the personification of personalism” – thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing this most special realization.

  50. November 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm
    Srinivas Batchu

    Amazing and inspiring

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