Radhanath Swami Inspired by Raghunath Das Goswami

Radhanath Swami Inspired by Raghunath Das Goswami

Radhanath Swami Inspired by Raghunath Das Goswami

The year was 1996; the day was 25 January, Vasant Panchami, the holiest of holy days according to the Gaudiya Vaishnava Vedic Calendar; and the time was 1:15 pm—when my wife gave birth to a baby boy. I was exulted.

Five days later, when Radhanath Swami returned to Mumbai after his week long visit to Poona, he expressed his desire to see the child that same day. So, in the afternoon, while my wife and I occupied a couple square feet of Radhanath Swami’s room floor, our infant occupied Radhanath Swami’s arms. There his body lay motionless and draped in cloth, bathing in Radhanath Swami’s unprecedentedaffectionate gaze.

“Please name him,” I requested Radhanath Swami.

He looked up at me. “What name should I give him? Have you thought of any?”

“No. I haven’t. You name him according to your choice,” I quickly retorted. At that moment, when everything in Radhanath Swami’s entire being—except for his heart—seemed dysfunctional due to affection, I was confident his heart exclusively would respond to my request.

“I will name him after a person who very much inspired me to gravitate towards the tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism while I treaded my path towards Krishna Bhakti in Vrindavan, in 1971. I was very much influenced by the determination, renunciation and lifestyle of this personality—Raghunath Das Goswami. Since this child was born on the birthday of Raghunath Das Goswami, I name him Raghunath.” Hearing this, I felt a chill tingle up my spine, and my mind awash with gratitude. My family’s fortune apart, what just transpired had revealed the sacred substance of Radhanath Swami’s consciousness. Raghunath Das Goswami, Radhanath Swami’s role model, was a saint of the sixteenth century renowned for his renunciation. He drank only a palm full of buttermilk once in three or four days for his own subsistence, and would devote all his time for devotion to God and selfless service to others.

Amid those exhilarating moments, my mind nudged me to be rid of a concern that gnawed at it. “What if after twenty five years of my laborious upbringing, my boy doesn’t become a devotee of Lord Krishna?” I asked Radhanath Swami. I was a Krishna devotee, and I wanted my son too to grow up to be one.

Upon hearing my words, Radhanath Swami’s expression became grave. “Whether he becomes a devotee of Krishna is between him and Krishna. But one thing is for sure. If you do your duty of providing him all care, Krishna will definitely take care of your devotion.”

He had imparted a lesson in true renunciation: attachment only to devotion and to service—selflessly. And, of course non-coincidentally, it was exactly what Raghunath Das Goswami had exemplified in the sixteenth century.

Ashok Parikh

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79 Responses to “Radhanath Swami Inspired by Raghunath Das Goswami”

  1. February 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s renunciation is supernatural!

  2. February 11, 2011 at 12:07 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami is following in the footsteps of Raghunath Das Goswami by himself setting a very high standard of selfless service & devotion. He is inspiring thousands of people the world over to take to God consciousness & is thus bringing lot of glory to Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON movement.

  3. February 11, 2011 at 12:45 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    This incident has really touched my heart to the core. Radhanath Swami has revealed here how we must all be inspired and guided by acaryas in our own lives before we can guide others.

  4. February 11, 2011 at 12:46 am
    Anil Timbe

    This incident shows how Radhanath Swami knows what is duty of each and everyone and how nicely he inspires his students to act according to their duty.Thanks a lot for sharing.

  5. February 11, 2011 at 1:03 am
    Sameer Lowlekar

    Thank you very much Prabhuji for sharing this amazing incident.

  6. February 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Radhanath Swami is so respected because in every situation he practices the tenets of Vaishnavism and inspires everyone through his words, deeds and actions. Especially, in this case, he is reminding us that we should be attached to service not to the results.

  7. February 11, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  8. February 11, 2011 at 2:52 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Very nice message being given by Radhanath Swami.

  9. February 11, 2011 at 6:38 am
    CS Sandeep Shinde

    Thank you very much for revealing the mood of radhanath swami.

  10. February 11, 2011 at 10:28 am
    krishna daya das

    haribol. becoming a devotee or not is in between him and krishna —- striking point by mahraj

  11. February 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Very inspiring message by HH Radhanath swami maharaj.
    Maharaj is compassionate towards each soul upliftment and deliver from this material world.

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing us

  12. February 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Very meaningful message by Radhanath Swami for all pareants.

  13. February 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Radhanath swami perfectly exemplifies and reiterates renunciation in the mood of selfless service. Swwamiji’s last statement really gives me inspiration to raise my kids in a similar fashion.

  14. February 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Haribol…thanks for sharing!

  15. February 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    Shyam Bihari Das

    This is a very telling statement from Maharaj, “Whether he becomes a devotee of Krishna is between him and Krishna. But one thing is for sure. If you do your duty of providing him all care, Krishna will definitely take care of your devotion.” We parents need to do our duty and let Krishna take care of the rest. Thank you Maharaj.

  16. February 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm
    Madana Kishore Das

    Very nice. hanks for sharing.

  17. February 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is transferring the blessings of Raghunath Das Goswami to little Raghunath

  18. February 12, 2011 at 2:02 am
    rajesh karia

    wonderful experience and thanks for sharing it with all of us, haribol, rajesh karia

  19. February 12, 2011 at 2:03 am
    bhakti karia

    HHRNSM is so merciful and pure and this family is for fortunate, haribol, bhakti

  20. February 12, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Thanks for sharing

  21. February 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Wonderful narration. Thank you for sharing

  22. February 13, 2011 at 7:30 am
    Vinay Rachh

    very nice hari bol!!!

  23. February 13, 2011 at 9:59 am
    Anand t

    DEar Anand Vrindavan Pr, thank u for sharing this pastime & helping us understand mood of Guru Maharaj.
    Maharaj has actually exemplified by his words that we are just menat to serve Krishna & HIs devotees. Whether a person becomes devotee or not should not be our concern while rendering service. HK!

  24. February 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Thank you so much for sharing this pastime… We as parents are always ina anxiety about our children’s Krishna Consciousness. But Maharaj has really laid down clearly what our duty is and what we have to leave to Krishna

  25. February 14, 2011 at 8:44 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    jai…..thankyou Prabhuji for sharing such a beautiful incident with Radhanath swami

  26. February 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Amazing experince with Radhanath Swami. This show how he is concerned with everyone’s care both materially and spiritually.

  27. February 15, 2011 at 8:28 am
    Anagha Warade

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  28. February 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  29. February 16, 2011 at 4:23 am
    Sagar Wadekar

    Raghunath Das Goswami ki JAY !!! thanks for sharing such nice incident..

  30. February 16, 2011 at 5:25 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Maharaj gave an instructive note of the consciousness in which the children should be raised.

  31. February 16, 2011 at 10:24 am
    Pawan Sabharwal

    Thank you very much for sharing.Its a deep lesson to know while bringing up children.

  32. February 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Radhanath Swami, through this incident is reminding us one of the important teachings of the Bhagavad gita, that is, service in detachment

  33. February 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Here is a message from HH Radhanath Swami to all parents.

  34. February 17, 2011 at 5:43 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Thank you so much for sharing mellifluous Experience with Maharaj.

  35. February 17, 2011 at 5:43 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Thank you so much for sharing such mellifluous Experience with Maharaj.

  36. February 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm
    Shoba Ramachandran

    HH Radhanath Swami is a true saint who has imbibed the qualities exhibited by our acharyas. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

  37. February 18, 2011 at 3:18 am
    priya aiyar

    Fortunate is the child who got the mercy of Maharaj very soon after his birth.Nice article.Thanks for sharing.

  38. February 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Very inspiring. I read about the saint Raghunath das Goswami and was awestruck with the spiritual qualities he manifested. Now i can relate the book “The Journey Home” better.

  39. February 18, 2011 at 10:50 am


  40. February 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful…thank you for sharing this.

  41. February 18, 2011 at 11:51 pm
    Manish Advani

    Simply Amazing

  42. February 19, 2011 at 12:59 am
    Viraj Kamat

    Thank You very much for sharing this beautiful instruction by Radhanath Maharaj on a devotees responsibility towards those whom Krishna has entrusted in his care.

  43. February 19, 2011 at 1:18 am
    Dhruv Advani

    you are very fortunate Prabhuji

  44. February 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    Ram Mahtani

    Tahnk you for sharing this, as we too have a 4 month old whom Maharaj named Lakshman. This is very instructive for us.

  45. February 21, 2011 at 2:26 am
    vibhu goel

    Selfless service attitude this what comes out of every action,conversation of Maharaj.

  46. February 21, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Radhanath Swami is a tru follower of Raghunath Das Goswami in principle.

  47. February 21, 2011 at 5:53 am

    very very very inspiring…a very great lesson to learn.

  48. February 21, 2011 at 6:06 am
    Samir Paleja

    attachment only to devotion and to service—selflessly Radhanath Maharaj practices it.

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