Radhanath Swami’s Inconceivable Confidence

Radhanath Swami’s Inconceivable Confidence

Radhanath Swami’s Inconceivable Confidence

20 December 2010 to 1 January 2011. Radhanath Swami and some of his followers were on a pilgrimage to South India.

The management committee of the pilgrimage stood on ever-shifting sands. The decisions they took were in a constant state of flux, for the logistics of the tour were mind boggling. The pilgrimage involved feeding 5000 pilgrims thrice a day, arranging for their accommodations in remote locations were lodges were scarce, transporting them from one pilgrimage site to another, etc. And to enhance complications, uncertain weather conditions prevailed, with downpours at the least expected hour. Yet, everything transpired smoothly. Nothing less than a miracle, especially because it was all in India!

19 December 2010, Sunday. Managers crowded Radhanath Swami’s guest house room in Kanyakumari for last minute clarifications. While their expressions were strained, Radhanath Swami’s was relaxed, though he responded to the managerial queries with care and concern.

By the time the meeting dispersed, the day grew to twilight. Radhanath Swami turned to me, “Can I go for the holy bath at the sea?”  In a flash, a scene appeared on the screen of my mind, a replay of what I had witnessed two days ago: Radhanath Swami standing shoulder high in the holy waters of the Payasvini River for over an hour, offering prayers.  Payasvini flowed in quiet ambience untouched by tourism, about fifty miles from Kanyakumari. Now, how could Radhanath Swami take such a holy bath at the sea in Kanyakumari, that too on a Sunday evening when tourists occupied every inch of the sea’s shore and shallow waters? I had been to the shore a few hours ago, and had witnessed the crowds pouring in—first hand.

“I don’t think it is possible,” I muttered and then went on to explain why. Radhanath Swami turned to Sanath Kumar, a seasoned manager who had witnessed many pilgrimages led by Radhanath Swami. “It is possible,” Sanath Kumar spoke with a mysterious air of confidence. Radhanath Swami beamed, “He knows everything is possible.” Radhanath Swami and his entourage, I in it, then drove off to the sea.

As the sun dropped into the sea, it veiled the restless waters with a golden hue. The waves swayed and danced, as if to entice us—and only us—for practically no one was around! Where had everyone disappeared? Later I came to know that all the tourists had gone to another location that offered a better sight of the sun-set. But when we left the guest house, none of us had a clue that such a thing would happen. It was Radhanath Swami’s sheer confidence in the divine that had brought us here.

As Radhanath Swami took his holy bath, a re-enactment of the one at Payasvini, his words to Sanath Kumar rang out in my ears: He knows everything is possible.

It was just the beginning. In the next ten days, on several occasions I witnessed Radhanath Swami’s inconceivable confidence in the divine in action, as he took unbelievable decisions in management to make the pilgrimage a smooth and happy experience for all the pilgrims.

And on some occasions, to witness invisible powers leaving behind fingerprints—after making the impossible possible—was a visible reality for the managers.

–Baladev Das.

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105 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Inconceivable Confidence”

  1. February 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    Madana Kishore Das

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience.

  2. February 28, 2011 at 2:50 am
    N. Swaminathan

    Such confidence in the divine can be witnessed repeatedly in Radhanath Swami’s autobiography, the Journey Home

  3. February 28, 2011 at 5:23 am
    Rahul Kumar Sevakula

    There is no doubt that Lord was helping and fulfilling Radhanath Swami’s desires, as a loving master. Though devotees have been working hard, but still it is impossible at a material level that such a huge yatra, where lot of travelling was also involved went so smoothly. Glories to Yatra Commitee. All Glories to Radhanath Swami. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

  4. February 28, 2011 at 9:44 am
    Shra1wiz

    Wow, this is awesome. Thank you for sharing this nectar with us. Radhanath Swami seems to always be in touch with the Paramatma, who is of course an expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

    Please do share those occasions also with us.

  5. February 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm
    Rupa Sanatan Das

    thank you very much..

  6. March 1, 2011 at 2:45 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Obstacles are only stepping stones for pure souls like Radhanath Swami , who ceaselessly carry on their service to the lord and his devotees, the life of Radhanath Swami is a source of inspiration ,to know more how – grab ‘The Journey Home “ book .

  7. March 1, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Ankush

    Its really true … Maharaj has great confidence.. and it can be seen on several occassions…

  8. March 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm
    rishi

    It is amazing to see such trust and confidence in the Supreme Lord is wonderfully authored by Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s autobiography as well. Thank you for sharing this.

  9. March 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    I was fortunate enough to be part of this pilgrimage to South India and I fully agree that every part of this pilgrimage was nothing short of a miracle. There were downpours but yet the entire schedule went on uninterrupted. Ofcourse, by this we don’t want to undermine the humungous efforts put up by all the organising committees and also Radhanath Swami Manaraj’s purity which was the underlying principle in this whole pilgrimage.

  10. March 3, 2011 at 8:20 am
    madhura

    Amazing!

  11. March 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    Mahesh

    Amazing!

  12. March 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    Shyam Bihari Das

    We must not forget that Maharaj is a pure devotee and a representative of Krishna.Nothing is impossible for him, as he is empowered by his Guru Maharaj, Srila Prabhupada, and Krishna.

  13. March 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm
    nilesh pawar

    very nice lesson Radhanath swami gave.
    it added lots of hope for me.
    all glories to him thank you very much for sharing baladev prabhu.

  14. March 5, 2011 at 2:32 am
    Mukund

    Radhanath swami depends on krishna 24 hours. Hence he is directed at every moment by Krishna.

  15. March 5, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this amazing experience of Radhanath Swami.

  16. March 7, 2011 at 8:26 am
    Naveen

    It is said that for one who has taken complete shelter of the Lord there are no fears… Radhanath Swami is surely one such great saint and has nothing to worry as his confidence is because of his surrender to the Lord.

  17. March 8, 2011 at 12:45 am
    abhay

    The sincere surrenderd souls like swamiji, have full faith in the Lord.

  18. March 8, 2011 at 1:44 am
    Ketan Pendse

    Wonderful incident…really South India yatra was expertly arranged under Radhanath Swami’s guidance

  19. March 9, 2011 at 1:57 am
    Deepak

    Very true. It is nothing but a miracle which happened for 2010 yatra & it is so nice to read this article specially to see Maharaj’s wonderful confidence.

  20. March 9, 2011 at 4:35 am
    Anagha Warade

    Thank you for sharing

  21. March 9, 2011 at 6:52 am
    umesh

    wherever there are saints like Radhanath Swami Maharaj, divinity flows automatically!

  22. March 9, 2011 at 7:39 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Haribol…Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing this inspiring nectar.

  23. March 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm
    Phani

    Wonderful. I heard what ever Srila Prabhupad desired in his last years, Krishna fulfilled all of his desires. Now it’s Radhanath Swami’s turn. Thank you very much for sharing this inspirational incident.

  24. March 10, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Balaram Prasad

    A very touching story. We could not see what Maharajji could see.

  25. March 11, 2011 at 4:29 am
    shantha

    thank You for sharing.Very interesting.

  26. March 13, 2011 at 2:19 am
    Ydas

    Truly, Radhanath Swami has the power to pray intensely and make things “possible”

  27. March 15, 2011 at 5:48 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    This yatra was memorable for everyone. Radhanath Swami is a pure devotee of Lord Krishna and for such devotees, nothing is impossible. Ofcourse, all the managers did their part of service very nicely.

  28. March 16, 2011 at 2:11 am
    N Swaminathan

    Of course, everything is possible for a pure devotee such as Radhanath Swami

  29. March 24, 2011 at 2:43 am
    vibhu goel

    Amazing Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s purity and his faith on God is making such big events happening enlightening the hearts of so many people.

  30. March 25, 2011 at 5:42 am
    srinivas

    Maharaj is on a different realm and could foresee things. Radhantah swami ki Jai!

  31. March 26, 2011 at 10:57 am
    Piyush Singh

    Thank you for sharing this and also reminding me of those ecstatic 10 days with HH Radhanath Swami.

  32. March 31, 2011 at 12:17 am
    Utkarsh

    Purity is the force.

  33. April 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    duruvan

    Amazing , thanks for sharing

  34. April 6, 2011 at 5:07 am
    Anil Timbe

    wow..so amazing. It shows that Radhanath Swami has complete faith on God.

  35. April 10, 2011 at 3:14 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful lessons from Radhanath Swami’s life.

  36. April 19, 2011 at 7:38 am
    tushar

    Radhanath Swami carries Srila prabhupad’s mood.

  37. April 23, 2011 at 3:10 am
    vaishali kamat

    Radhnath Swami desires being pure,the Lord fulfills them instantly.

  38. April 28, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Yatra to South India. The wonderful lectures, the excellent management of the entire Yatra was amazing. It all went very smoothly thanks to Radhanath Maharaj’s vision and guidance. Arranging delicious prasad for 5000+ people thrice a day was mind boggling.

  39. July 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    Sundar

    Thank you for sharing

  40. August 12, 2011 at 10:04 am
    Sundar

    Very inspiring

  41. August 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    Rasaraj das

    Jai! The confidence of a true servant of the Lord.

  42. October 22, 2011 at 8:39 am
    P.Durgadevi

    really RADHANATH SWAMI IS HAVING GREAT FAITH IN THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF god head.So nothing is impossible for him.All glories to maharaj

  43. November 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    gopasana

    we long for such faith in the divine!

  44. November 27, 2011 at 7:01 am
    rahul

    Such deep faith in divine intervention or rather divine supervision for fulfilling the well wishing desires of Maharaj to serve the pilgrims is possible only for pure devotees!!! ALL GLORIES TO HIS HOLINESS RADHANATH SWAMI MAHARAJ!!!

  45. November 30, 2011 at 7:03 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    For a pure devotee like Srila Radhanath Swami nothing is impossible!

  46. December 5, 2011 at 7:23 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Nothing is impossible for pure souls like Radhnanath Maharaj. We should learn to have sheer faith in the Lord! Please keep sharing such wonderful incidents to keep inspiring us.

  47. December 12, 2011 at 6:35 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Great saints like Radhanath Swami only do the will of the divine and hence can take such perfect decisions in crisis situations!

  48. December 19, 2011 at 6:25 am
    bipin

    This is what every spiritual seeker will eventually strive for. Get that confidence implicit in every belief and thus act of ours, leaving everything up to the Lordship. If this comes true our spiritual goal of understanding and putting complete faith in him is achieved.

  49. December 19, 2011 at 11:20 am
    Biswajit

    Thank you for sharing this amazing experience of Radhanath Swami.

  50. December 20, 2011 at 11:49 am
    vijay

    thank you so much for sharing…. such an inconceivable confidence indeed!! Haribol!!!

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