Radhanath Swami at the Confluence

Radhanath Swami at the Confluence

Radhanath Swami at the Confluence

In India, Vaishnavism, the path of devotional service to Lord Vishnu, is upheld by four authentic traditions—the Brahma Sampradaya, the Rudra Sampradaya, the Sri Sampradaya and the Kumara Sampradaya. Their teachings, though varied, overlap in essence. Whilst the neophyte spiritualists get distracted by the differences to the point of bigotry, the advanced spiritualists focus on the essence and consider the differences ‘the spice of spirituality.’

Recently, in December 2010, Radhanath Swami was in Sri Rangam, in South India. Though himself a follower of Brahma Gaudiya Sampradaya, a sub-branch of the Brahma Sampradaya, he had taken five thousand of his followers on a pilgrimage to this spiritual sanctuary which is considered the head quarters of the Sri Sampradaya.

Brahma Sampradaya and Sri Sampradaya, the two streams of Vaishnavism! Whilst his followers groped for their confluence intellectually, Radhanath Swami floated in the confluence—being inspired divinely.

One afternoon, at Sri Rangam, Radhanath Swami spent a half hour in front of the main altar of Sri Rangam temple. On the altar reclined a stone figure of the deity Ranganath, Lord Vishnu, adorned with embroidered silks and glittering with gold and precious jewels. In majesty, the priests of Sri Sampradaya worshipped Ranganath, the Lord of Vaikuntha. Since the followers of Brahma Gaudiya Sampradaya prefer to see the Lord in his form of Krishna, the cowherd boy of Vridavan, adorned primarily with flowers and leaves and worshiped in simple devotion, I wondered as to what transpired in Radhanath Swami’s consciousness.

Later that afternoon, Radhanath Swami took a bath in the holy Cauvery River and then returned to his room. In the evening, when he emerged out, the smile that bloomed with divinity on his visage was conspicuous. As I escorted him to the gigantic pandal tent where he was scheduled to discourse, he disclosed to me the pleasure of his heart, “As I was taking bath this afternoon, I spontaneously was singing aa jaoo giridhari (Oh Krishna, the lifter of Govardhan hill, please come!) Lord Ranganath inspired in my heart loving separation from Vrindavan.”

–Nityananda Das

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105 Responses to “Radhanath Swami at the Confluence”

  1. February 8, 2011 at 12:49 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thak you for sharing this. Radhanath Swami has realized the essence of Bhakti.

  2. February 8, 2011 at 1:21 am
    Karthik

    Radhanath Swami’s emphasis on the essence was on of the keys lessons I learnt in the same Yatra of 5000 devotees.

  3. February 8, 2011 at 1:34 am
    Ravi

    What a wonderful confluence of 2 great sampradayas you all witnessed…….wish could be there…..

  4. February 8, 2011 at 1:43 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Its very difficult to understand the devine mood of great saints like HH Radhanath Swami.

  5. February 8, 2011 at 4:18 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    It was was memorable day for both Sampraday, Radhanath Swami teaches us the real essence of Bhakti.

  6. February 8, 2011 at 4:54 am
    Sameer Lowlekar

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful incident!

  7. February 8, 2011 at 5:46 am
    Sunita Paleja

    yes, radhanath swami always focuses on the essence

  8. February 8, 2011 at 6:48 am
    Prakash M

    A spiritualist seeks the essence, and is always on the lookout for how everything is ultimately related to GOD, and works tirelessly toward re-establishing that lost relationship. Thus, for a true spiritualist like Radhanath Swami, there is none to hate or to discriminate against, but only to be loved and shower compassion upon.

  9. February 8, 2011 at 7:51 am
    Meera Sharma

    Maharajah’s realization pleases the heart and give us the opportunity to feel his love for Lord Krishna.
    ““As I was taking bath this afternoon, I spontaneously was singing aa jaoo giridhari (Oh Krishna, the lifter of Govardhan hill, please come!) Lord Ranganath inspired in my heart loving separation from Vrindavan.”

  10. February 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Shoba Ramachandran

    Thanks for sharing…

  11. February 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    Shyam Bihari Das

    I was fortunate to have been part of the yatra. I was also amazed but very happy to see the felicitations that were bestowed upon Maharaj by the Sri Sampradaya. Maharaj sees Krishna everywhere, and so this article is so appropriate.

  12. February 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is always absorbed in the thoughts of Krishna!

  13. February 9, 2011 at 4:37 am
    Gautam

    An expert devotee has attraction for the lord in all situations.

  14. February 9, 2011 at 5:01 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing this nectarian realization with HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  15. February 9, 2011 at 5:26 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Radhanath Swami is fully realized and he knows that whatever previous Acharya’s says in in all four Sampraday are different prospectives of same truth.

  16. February 9, 2011 at 7:43 am
    vishvesh

    wonderful. thank you for sharing.

  17. February 9, 2011 at 8:17 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami ki jai!!!

  18. February 9, 2011 at 8:52 am
    deepak

    Radhanath Swami is amazing.

  19. February 10, 2011 at 1:14 am
    anjanadri

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience!

  20. February 10, 2011 at 1:23 am
    Kajal Gandhi

    What a heart touching incident..

  21. February 10, 2011 at 2:46 am
    Deepak

    Hariiii bol. Thank you soooo much for sharing this wonderful incident of Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  22. February 10, 2011 at 4:13 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    I liked the statement “Whilst the neophyte spiritualists get distracted by the differences to the point of bigotry, the advanced spiritualists focus on the essence and consider the differences ‘the spice of spirituality”. No doubt that exalted souls as Radhanath Swami are in the 2nd category of advanced spiritualists who always seek the essence.

  23. February 10, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Radhanath Swami really great.

  24. February 10, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Radhanath Swami is really great.

  25. February 10, 2011 at 8:44 am
    Vinay Rachh

    very nice

  26. February 10, 2011 at 9:28 am
    Rajesh

    Inspiring.

  27. February 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    Madana Kishore Das

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful experience with Maharaj

  28. February 12, 2011 at 2:54 am
    Anand

    Its true that neophyte devotees get distracted by apparent differences in various sampradaya, advanced & matured devotees relish the esssence. Maharaj has taught this principle here. Thank you Nityananda pr for sharing this pastime.

  29. February 13, 2011 at 5:16 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou Prabhuji for sharing such a beautiful incident with Radhanath Swami

  30. February 16, 2011 at 2:44 am
    Swaminathan

    I express my gratitude for sharing this incident

  31. February 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    dasa dasa anu dasa

    Thank you for sharing

  32. February 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    Chandrika

    Thank you so much for revealing Maharaj’s heart…as I saw him at Sri Rangam on his way to take darshan of Lord Ranganath, I really pondered on the nature of his consciousness…the revelation through this anecdote has really touched me.

  33. February 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm
    Dasi

    Thank you very much for sharing

  34. February 22, 2011 at 3:42 am
    umesh

    The way great saints always focus on the essence of the religion and not get diverted by the externals is amazing. Radhanath Swami Maharaj being an illustrious example of this fact!

  35. February 23, 2011 at 10:00 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring episode from Radhanath Swami’s life.

  36. February 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    It was an amazing experience. Radhanath Swami’s heart is always in Vrindavan, wherever he may be.

  37. February 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    madhura

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

  38. February 25, 2011 at 1:29 am
    vishvesh

    Radhanath Swami is really great

  39. February 26, 2011 at 5:29 am
    Yateen

    Radhanath Swami is really amazing!

  40. March 4, 2011 at 6:56 am
    rajat

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

  41. March 5, 2011 at 1:16 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Divine nature can be understood only by serving great sainta like H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  42. March 9, 2011 at 1:38 am
    vishvesh

    The exalted souls as Radhanath Swami are always seek the essence.

  43. March 22, 2011 at 10:30 am
    anjan

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience of Radhanath swami.

  44. April 3, 2011 at 1:31 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. I consider myself very fortunate to have been part of the this yatra. I was also amazed and very happy to witness the felicitations that were bestowed on Maharaj by Sri Sampradaya leaders. Maharaj sees only Krishna everywhere.

  45. April 6, 2011 at 1:37 am
    a

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful pastime of Radhanath Swami.

  46. April 6, 2011 at 1:39 am
    Utkarsh

    Thank you for sharing this intimate pastime of Radhanath Swami.

  47. April 9, 2011 at 9:59 am
    Nausheel

    Radhanath Swami knows the heart of the Lord and reciprocates with the Lord in the way the Lord wants to show His love for His devotee.

  48. April 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    Phani

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  49. April 17, 2011 at 2:20 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    A neophyte spiritualists get distracted by the differences to the point of bigotry whereas the advanced spiritualists focus on the essence and consider the differences to be the spice of spirituality. Exalted souls like H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj always seek the essence.

  50. May 24, 2011 at 6:07 am
    Kajal Pabari

    Thank you so much for sharing..!!! Radhanath Swami ki jai!!!

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Radhanath Swami Quotes...


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