Vrindavan Pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami

Vrindavan Pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami

Vrindavan Pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami

Our first pilgrimage to Vrindavan was in the winter of 1986; we numbered 22, all novices, and Radhanath Swami was our transcendental tour guide. It was a three day tour. We visited temples on the first day, circumambulated Govardhan Hill on the second, and visited Barsana and Nandagaon on the third.

As we walked around Govardhan Hill, a 21 Km trek, we sang kirtan. Radhanath Swami danced all the way. Stopping at holy spots, bathing at holy kunds, it took us sixteen hours to complete the circumambulation: from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Whatever meager luggage we carried grew in weight with every kilometer, and each tried to push it on to another’s shoulder. “You please carry my luggage. Please…..”

A year later, we visited Vrindavan with Radhanath Swami for the second time and went on a circumambulation of Govardhan once again. This time we found ourselves less inclined to push our luggage on to others.

And on our third visit to Vrindavan, the mantra during the circumambulation had changed to, “Please allow me to carry your luggage. Please….”

Who can deny the transformative potency of spirituality?

–Vishakha Priya



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195 Responses to “Vrindavan Pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami”

  1. December 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

    wonderful.Association of a pure dev is like this…

  2. December 16, 2011 at 7:50 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Very Inspiring !

  3. December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Hare Krishna!!
    Service attitude is so great for spiritual life.

  4. December 16, 2011 at 10:40 am


  5. December 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Kushal Krishna Das

    Wonderful transformation

  6. December 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm
    Rahul Abhay Kamat

    Amazing article

  7. December 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    True! we are able to access the potency of spirituality by the mercy of Srila Radhanath Swami.

  8. December 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Due to asoociation of great souls advancement in bhakti is fixed

  9. December 20, 2011 at 11:49 am
    anil manga

    wonderful transformation

  10. December 21, 2011 at 7:48 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Very fortunate-who got chance to hear from Radhanath Swami Maharaj in Vrindavan!

  11. December 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Hari Hari !! Nice Realisation!! Thank you for sharing!!

  12. December 26, 2011 at 2:07 am

    a great experience

  13. January 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Its beautiful!

  14. January 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

    its really adorable

  15. February 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Transformation with the association of the pure devotee is wonderful in Bhakti.

  16. February 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Very Nice Experiance with Radhanath Swami.

  17. February 10, 2012 at 12:05 am

    great inspiration

  18. February 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Devotional service and association of Saintly people has the power to transform one’s heart and make one selfless and compassionate.

  19. February 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Very Wonderful. That is the power of association of pure souls like HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thank you very much for sharing.

  20. February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for sharing…

  21. February 29, 2012 at 12:13 am

    thanks swamiji

  22. March 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

    i get new insight everytime i read it

  23. March 8, 2012 at 8:59 am
    bhakti karia

    HHRNSM ki Jai, Haribol, Bhakti

  24. March 8, 2012 at 9:01 am
    rajesh karia

    its really amazing how every experience with HHRNSM can change one’s perception towards life, we are grateful to you Maharaj as always, Haribol, rajesh

  25. March 10, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Amazing transformation. Possible only with the association of devotees.

  26. March 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Who can deny the transformative potency of spirituality? Rightly said. Thank you!

  27. March 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

    nicely said

  28. March 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    In the association of the pure devotee transformation of the heart can easily take place.

  29. March 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    realy ver inspiing journey

  30. March 21, 2012 at 7:48 am

    What a change of heart

  31. March 23, 2012 at 5:21 am

    a great change in nice association

  32. March 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  33. March 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

    very inspiring yatra

  34. March 29, 2012 at 10:53 am
    Vidya Patham

    We can truly revive our real nature when we are in the company of a great soul and in the holy pastime places of the Lord.

  35. April 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Transformation of the heart takes place in the association of the devotees.

  36. April 4, 2012 at 2:44 am
    Sunny Mattas

    Very inspiring!

  37. April 4, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Everybody happily carried the burden of love.

  38. April 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Transformation of the heart is there in the association of devotees.

  39. April 26, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Hope this happens with me too so that it developes the serving attitude..

  40. May 1, 2012 at 12:20 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Amazing one.

  41. May 1, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Hilarious and wonderful realisation and i bet all of us have experienced it more time we spent we try to imbibe vaishnava qualities by getting inspired by the power of association.

  42. May 29, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Maharaj’s meare presence makes one practice humility from heart… All Glories to Maharaj !

  43. June 13, 2012 at 10:11 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this amazing yatra pastime with Radhanath Swami.

  44. July 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Real guru can actually transform other’s heart.

  45. August 15, 2013 at 6:31 am
    Rohan Ahirwar

    At initial stage we like to take service and how after few years one like to do service for others…

    very inspiring

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