A Stinky Sewer

A Stinky Sewer

A Stinky Sewer

Shyly I walked into Radhanath Swami’s room and occupied a corner. Radhanath Swami, sitting relaxed on a rocking chair at the other end, beckoned me to come closer.  And I sat closer.

He broke into a beautiful smile. “How are you? How are your services going?”

I had joined the monastery a few weeks ago. Being insisted upon by a senior monk, I was here, in Radhanath Swami’s room. The monk had intended to make me feel at home. Yes, now experiencing the gentle smile of the Swami, I felt at home.

“I serve guests who visit our monastery.” I replied. I went on to explain how I liked the service, and the challenges I faced while serving. As I rambled on, at one point Radhanath Swami’s expression grew yucky, as if a stinky sewer had just burst open.  I paused. Did I speak something which I wasn’t supposed to speak? In a flash I realized. Inadvertently, I had criticized a guest.

Diverging to another topic, I saved my skin. I had heard from many that Radhanath Swami hates to speak or hear the criticism of anybody. Today I had gained a first hand experience.

Manish Rajan

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136 Responses to “A Stinky Sewer”

  1. June 12, 2012 at 12:14 am
    Vinay Malani

    Fault finding & criticising others are two of the biggest impediments on the spiritual path of self-realization. Thank you Radhanath Swami for emphasizing on this fact through this incident.

  2. June 12, 2012 at 11:26 am
    anil chhetri

    Criticism is an enemy within all of us…. we should get rid of it….

  3. June 14, 2012 at 3:38 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this.

  4. June 14, 2012 at 9:55 am
    priti katkar

    HHRSM ki jai. Thank u so much sharing.

  5. June 15, 2012 at 12:38 am
    Srikumar das

    Radhanath swami is a genuine follower of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!

  6. June 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Radhanath swami truly has love and compassion for everyone!

  7. June 17, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Very wonderful quality of Radhanath Swami shown in this nice article.

  8. June 17, 2012 at 7:40 am
    Amit Dusane

    Very inspiring article. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. June 20, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  10. June 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. July 2, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hare Krishna. Thanks for sharing.

  12. July 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Thank you so much for this article.

  13. July 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    We need to overcome this prpensity to criticize others. Radhanath Swami has stressed on this point in many of his lectures

  14. July 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. July 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Maharaj…you’ve always shown us the virtue of righteousness through your example.

  16. July 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  17. July 10, 2012 at 4:30 am
    Sunny Hinduja


  18. July 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    nandkishor das

    thanks for sharing

  19. July 11, 2012 at 6:28 am

    amazing. so positive.

  20. July 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Amazing!..thank u v much for sharing this

  21. July 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing . Hare Krsna !

  22. July 13, 2012 at 6:12 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful anecdote with Radhanath Swami !
    Hare Krishna !

  23. July 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

    HH Radhanath Swami always teaches us not to hate. He sows love in our hearts though we try to justify our hatred for nondevotees. As maharaj teaches, bhakti yoga is all about loving everybody. Thank you very much.

  24. July 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Criticism and envy are the worst enemy which are within us since so many lifetimes

  25. August 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

    So true thanx for sharing

  26. November 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hare Krishna
    His Holiness Radhanath Swami has shown the perfect example of how we should lead a life without criticizing others.

  27. December 26, 2012 at 11:37 am
    anil manga

    Thanks for sharing. wonderful article.

  28. January 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    H.H.RadhanathSwamiji shows by his examples the love for everyone.within our hearts.

  29. January 18, 2013 at 2:11 am
    Nilesh Patel

    Its so inspiring , we should not hear or speak ill of others…Radhanath Maharaja Ki Jai

  30. January 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm
    Ramnika Pahuja

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

  31. February 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Radhanath Swami is teaching here us from his personal example how to hate criticism!

  32. February 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Very positive and amazing

  33. March 1, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful article……

  34. March 1, 2013 at 8:58 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this.

  35. June 29, 2013 at 6:29 am

    This is a a very great lesson, we all can learn from this incident

  36. August 16, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Nice incident

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