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. April 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    wonderful teachings by Maharaj.

  2. May 1, 2012 at 12:18 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Thanks for sharing it. This story shows how Radhanath Swami saves his disciples from being contaminated by envy, jealousy and other vices.

  3. May 1, 2012 at 12:51 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Very nice.

  4. May 2, 2012 at 6:39 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Thank you for sharing such an important experience with Radhanath Swami Maharaj which teaches us how we should not criticize others !
    Hare Krishna !

  5. May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Great teachings – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing

  6. May 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm


  7. May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  8. May 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Great lesson taught in a unique style.

  9. May 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm
    Sunny Mattas

    Maharaj teaches us such wonderful lessons with his own wonderful example! Thanks for sharing.

  10. May 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    This is one of the very important instructions of Radhanath Maharaj, thank you very much for sharing it.

  11. May 4, 2012 at 5:48 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    That is the highest standard of HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you for sharing the heart of HH Radhanath Swami.

  12. May 4, 2012 at 8:02 am
    Dhruv Paleja

    Great lesson to learn from these incident.

  13. May 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

    wonderful explanation

  14. May 4, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Great Experience.

  15. May 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Thanks for sharing your experience

  16. May 7, 2012 at 3:58 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    There is no place for criticism in devotional service. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  17. May 8, 2012 at 4:35 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing your experience.

  18. May 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Wonderful article.

  19. May 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Inspiring Article!!

  20. May 9, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Hats off to Radhanath Swami

  21. May 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    A valuable lesson to learn.

  22. May 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm


  23. May 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

    jay shri radhe

  24. May 12, 2012 at 6:17 am

    nice realization and thank you for this sharing,

  25. May 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    very wonderful lesson. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  26. May 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    This is one of the great virtue of Radhanath swami not liking to criticize any one for any reason.

  27. May 14, 2012 at 7:06 am
    nandkishor das

    great lesson for everyone

  28. May 15, 2012 at 8:14 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    A great lesson to learn for everybody. Hare Krishna.

  29. May 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    many thanks for sharing this incident involving radhanath swami

  30. May 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Thank you for sharing this.

  31. May 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm
    Piyush Singh

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  32. May 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

    jay jay radheshyam

  33. May 22, 2012 at 7:54 am
    Anand T

    Pure hearted souls like Radhanath Swami can not tolerate criticisms about others even if such statements are true. Personalities like them can really teach the society on how to progress on path of devotion by their personal standards.

  34. May 23, 2012 at 4:34 am
    Navin Poojary

    Radhanath swami has a wonderful way of giving the Highest Values with simple mediums of communication

  35. May 24, 2012 at 10:28 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this superb incident which so amazingly illustrates the attitude that Radhanath Swami implicitly wants from his followers.

  36. May 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    shows the true nature of a sadhu. thanks for sharing

  37. May 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Very instructive.

  38. May 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you so much for this enlightening narration.

  39. May 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    Citra Gopi DD

    Great message.

  40. May 29, 2012 at 2:31 am
    VP Singam

    An inspiring message. Thank you.

  41. May 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    stinky indeed…fault finding…thanks for sharing

  42. May 31, 2012 at 6:18 am

    A beautiful lesson to learn.

  43. June 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    Milind M Churi

    Thank you very much.Very good lesson learned from story.It is very important to not criticize any one and I simply want to give up habit.

  44. June 4, 2012 at 10:59 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  45. June 5, 2012 at 6:20 am
    Shoba Fernandes

    First hand experience that the Swami practices what he preaches

  46. June 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm
    NGK Murthy

    Very inspiring teaching by HH RNS Maharaj. Thanks for sharing this.

  47. June 9, 2012 at 6:32 am
    priya aiyar

    Thanks for sharing. It is natural for a pure soul like Maharaj not to tolerate criticisms of others.

  48. June 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    thank you

  49. June 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm
    Shyam Mahtani

    We have a lot to learn from this one simple experience. Thank you for sharing.

  50. June 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    So much to learn from swami ji.
    thank you for sharing.

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