Austerity of Monkhood

Austerity of Monkhood

Austerity of Monkhood

During a discourse, Radhanath Swami was relating the story of a saint who gave benedictions to a prince, a butcher and a monk. I sat in the front row of the audience, listening.

The prince indulged in sinful ways of enjoyment, maddened by wealth. If he were to die, only the karma of suffering awaited him. So the saint blessed the prince, “May you live forever.”

The butcher lived a miserable life of killing innocent animals, and even after death miserable karma awaited him. So the saint blessed the butcher, “May you neither live nor die.”

And what about the monk?

At this juncture, Radhanath Swami glanced at me. “Monk’s life is full of austerity. Take him for an example.” He was referring to me!

“He is a graduate from IIT, which is considered at par with Ivy League schools. And yet, here in this ashram he sleeps on the floor and has a little closet to keep his belongings.”

He went on for another few minutes—which seemed a few hours to me—describing what I did and what an exemplary monk I was J. An audience of 2000 sat in rapt attention.

“Monk’s life is a pious life, so his next life will be glorious.  His present life, nonetheless, is filled with austerity,” he concluded.

Now getting back to the benediction story, he said, “So the saint blessed that the monk die.” No sooner did he speak that, he turned to me again with an apologetic expression. “I don’t want you to die. I am just continuing with the story.”

It had all happened spontaneously. He had showered his appreciation and affection, but the ending was a bit sour. He thought my feelings were hurt, though that wasn’t the case.

In my years of association with Radhanath Swami, time and again I have observed how sensitive and careful he is in making sure he doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings.

The next evening, I met Radhanath Swami in the ashram corridors. He called me closer and embraced me affectionately, an affection I will never forget. “May you live a long life as a monk,” he blessed me.

With an affectionate spiritual father like him, the austerity of monkhood seems insignificant. So, who wants to die?

S Bhat

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61 Responses to “Austerity of Monkhood”

  1. July 25, 2013 at 10:26 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Very touching story with Radhanath Swami Maharaj. He can give shelter to the whole world.

  2. July 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Very touching story that tells how affectionate and sensitive HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj is!

  3. July 26, 2013 at 3:50 am
    deepak bagla

    Amazing story. Radhanath swami is really a very very sensitive person and he just knows how to shower love

  4. July 26, 2013 at 8:13 am
    Keval Shah

    Very touching story. RNSM is indeed very sensitive.

  5. July 26, 2013 at 9:18 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami is truly sensitive to others feeling.

  6. July 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    It is worth coming to this material world if we are blessed with the most loving association of Radhanath swami.Thank you for sharing this amazing story which shows his sensitive feelings for everyone.

  7. July 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s love is so pure…….Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

  8. July 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. Radhanath Swami is supremely humble, compassionate and never hurts others. A true spiritual master loved by millions all over the world.

  9. July 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    These qualities of the saint make the saints so special in this world of selfishness and exploitation. All glories to Radhanath swami for touching hearts with such wonderful qualities like sensitivity in this case.

  10. July 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

    The relationship of Guru & disciple is so pure…..

  11. July 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    Anil Timbe

    Thank you for sharing so touching story. Really Radhanath Swami teaches by his example how we should deal in everyday’s life.

  12. July 28, 2013 at 12:09 am
    Jai Bhalla

    All glories to our loving spiritulal father!!! May the merciful Lord give him Long life!

  13. July 29, 2013 at 2:01 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    A saint is always compassionate to all. HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja is an exemplary. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  14. July 29, 2013 at 2:14 am
    krishna daya das

    Jai ho. Maraj is so caring and sensitive to the feelings of others.

  15. July 29, 2013 at 3:08 am
    Rohan Ahirwar

    Thank you for sharing this amazing incident,it is very touching and it shows the sensitive heart of our affectionate spiritual father.

  16. July 29, 2013 at 3:20 am

    wonderful experience.HHRSM ki jai.

  17. July 29, 2013 at 6:56 am

    The way Radhanath Swami practically takes care of everyone is inspirational, especially the way he gives attention to the details. Thank you very much for sharing.

  18. July 30, 2013 at 12:50 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very touching!

  19. July 30, 2013 at 2:45 am
    sacisuta caran das

    Hare Krishna!!!
    With so many people take care Radhanth Maharaj still remembered about the example giving in the lecture. High degree of sensetivity.

  20. July 30, 2013 at 3:31 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Wow !!! What wonderful experience. You have a special blessings of Radhanath Swami.

  21. July 30, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Very nice exchange of feelings. thanks

  22. July 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    Prajakta Timbe

    Wow amazing experience:) H.H.Radhanath swami is very caring ,loving and genuinely humble person I ever saw in my life. Yes we can die in his mission to serve the Srila Prabhupada.

  23. July 31, 2013 at 8:03 am
    Samir PAleja

    Radhanath Swami is like a spiritual father to all of us.

  24. July 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Very heart-touching moment for the writer.

  25. August 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm
    Sagar K

    It is Luxury of monkhood!!

  26. August 3, 2013 at 2:25 am
    Y. Raja Shekar

    Superb experience. When we get such love and embrace from a spiritual master like HH Radhanath Swami, we can live millions of years of austerity which seems joyful and blissful and does not desire to live any where and die but just live in his arms.

  27. August 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    N. Swaminathan

    Such a loving father. Thanks for sharing the story

  28. August 5, 2013 at 8:34 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing this experience. Radhanath Swami is a truly loving father who can empathise with the feelings of everybody,

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  30. August 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    H.H.Radhanath swami is a loving and caring father of all.

  31. August 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

    What a caring spiritual father

  32. August 9, 2013 at 3:57 am
    bhakti karia

    wonderful experience and very touching, thank you for sharing it with all of us!!

  33. August 9, 2013 at 3:59 am
    rajesh karia

    a perfect experience of Spiritual Master and His disciple, extremely caring and loving. All Glories to Guru Maharaj!!

  34. August 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    heart touching incident.

  35. August 10, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami has the art of conveying even great instructions with simple and even humorous examples.

  36. August 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this story, i did listen this discourse number of time and it was great enlivening –now i understand Maharaj was referring to you..Indeed time & again, have heard about maharaj compassionate nature his love for all living beings which has really changes the life of 10 & thousands of people, and sometimes feel proud that he is my beloved Guru, and sincerly pray that i live with this instruction and follow in his footstep…

  37. August 16, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Swamiji’s life is so exemplary……

  38. August 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Heart-touching incident.

  39. August 17, 2013 at 2:31 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thankyou for sharing this story and your realisations.

  40. August 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Very heart touching incident.

  41. August 26, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Thank you Radhanath Swami

  42. August 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Radhanath Swami always has got this touch of sensitivity towards people……he is above all the modes !!!

  43. August 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Very inspiring and touching .

  44. September 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    All glories to HH Radhanathswami Maharaj.

  45. September 3, 2013 at 2:36 am

    An unforgettable experience with Swamiji…….

  46. September 3, 2013 at 7:06 am

    very touching & loving pasttime. Thank you for sharing.

  47. September 5, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Hope I can also have his quality in me:”sensitive and careful he is in making sure he doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings.”

  48. September 19, 2013 at 9:17 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami is always very sensitive to other’s feelings! That’s the hallmark of a true spiritual master!

  49. September 19, 2013 at 11:58 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Very Heart Touching !! Radhanath Swami- A True loving father …

  50. September 24, 2013 at 2:37 am
    Tejna Patodi

    Heart touching!!

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