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. November 15, 2011 at 9:37 am
    navin poojary

    Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing these sweet exchanges

  2. November 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm
    meena samtani


  3. November 16, 2011 at 5:39 am


  4. November 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm


  5. November 19, 2011 at 6:26 am

    hari hari……..jaiiiiiiiiiii

  6. November 19, 2011 at 6:26 am


  7. November 19, 2011 at 7:00 am
    Hemant Solanki

    Hare Krishna Thank You for sharing a nice quote.

  8. November 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Thanks Mataji for sharing this. This reminds the potential of a true devotee who can easily transform other people heart in due course of time. His HH Radhanath Swami maharaj ki Jai!!!

  9. November 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    sandeep kaimal

    thank you it is wonderful

  10. November 21, 2011 at 8:14 am


  11. November 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

    One can’t deny the fact that as one comes in more contact with the holy names of the Lord & with saintly people, then one forgets the problems of this material world & also goes on to serve others in a God conscious way. This is very much evident from the current article.

  12. November 22, 2011 at 6:28 am
    rahul ranjan mishra

    haribol!!! nice realization.

  13. November 23, 2011 at 6:13 am

    very inspiring

  14. November 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm
    Amol Kulkarni

    Thank you Radhanath Swamiji for showing us the real Holy places.

  15. November 25, 2011 at 6:04 am

    radhe radhe…

  16. November 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    wonderful yatra…

  17. November 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

    thank you maharaj

  18. November 26, 2011 at 5:02 am

    thank you for sharing this most cherishing experiences,

  19. November 26, 2011 at 6:10 am
    Roshan Kumar Hota

    The transformative effects of Bahkti is really great.

  20. November 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Since it was a spiritual tour it was likely to change perspective. And with the association of devotees and Mentor ship of Maharaj, the transformation was pre-destined.

    Hare Krishna.

  21. November 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    hari bol

  22. November 28, 2011 at 3:11 am

    association makes the difference

  23. November 28, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has the power to transform hearts.

  24. November 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Hare, Hare, Krishna, Krishna

  25. November 29, 2011 at 9:04 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. This shows how a pure devotee can easily transform other people’s heart in course of time. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  26. November 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm
    Preeti Asrani

    moment association of Maharaj anyone’s life can be transformed thank you for sharing such a wonderful pastime

  27. November 30, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Wonderful article. The power of holy association of a selfless Sadhu.

  28. December 2, 2011 at 1:16 am
    Shilpi Singha Roy

    Hari Hari…I so much agree with you…Spirituality, especially Maharaj’s teachings inspire us with the desire to serve others…

  29. December 3, 2011 at 3:45 am

    nice experince

  30. December 6, 2011 at 6:50 am
    hulas jain

    hari bol!!!!!!!

  31. December 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm


  32. December 7, 2011 at 6:00 am

    nice realisation

  33. December 8, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Nice realization of how one’s heart can get transformed through association of a pure devotee.

  34. December 8, 2011 at 9:41 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing incident from the life of Radhanath Swami.

  35. December 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

    This is called as Realizations!

  36. December 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    very inspiring

  37. December 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for sharing such a nice article!!

  38. December 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

    very nice

  39. December 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Hare Krishna !!!!!!

  40. December 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Vrindavan Pilgrimag with maharaj is like opening the doors of the spiritual world.

  41. December 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Holy place with a Sadhu transforms ones heart.

  42. December 13, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Mesmerising Vrndavan

  43. December 13, 2011 at 6:08 am
    Kiran B

    It’s a great fortune to get such an opportunity to be with a pure devotee of Lord in the Holy place where Lord Krishna eternally resides. Only Pure devotees of Lord can show or reveal to us the real Dham. Otherwise we can’t see….

    Thank You very much…

  44. December 13, 2011 at 7:54 am
    kajal gandhi

    Very nice…!

  45. December 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Very inspirirng!

  46. December 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    sundar ananda das

    Thanks for sharing this… helps us to understand how pilgrimages in association of pure devotees transforms our hearts!

  47. December 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

    really how different different way MAharaj acts just to give emotional and spiritual pleasure to devotees

  48. December 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

    wonderful realization

  49. December 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    madhavi latha


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