Bhakti—Head vs. Heart

Bhakti—Head vs. Heart

Bhakti—Head vs. Heart

On 14th May a plane crashed in Jomsom, Nepal, and among those killed were eight Krishna devotees from Mumbai. Radhanath Swami’s reaction to the disaster revealed the heart of a transcendentalist on the Bhakti path. A Bhakti Yogi realizes that the soul is eternal, beyond death—and that understanding keeps the yogi equipoised in the face of the death of a dear one. Yet, the yogi feels separation, for now the medium of exchange of spiritual love, which was the material body, is no longer functional.  Radhanath Swami said in the memorial ceremony, “When I learned about it the shock was so immense that it was difficult to try to philosophically reason. Sometimes things that affect the heart so deeply, we simply have to take shelter of the Lord. What is beyond our intelligence, what is beyond our ability to deal with is a time when we can helplessly cry out forKrishna.”

Radhanath Swami cut short his tour of the United States to return to Mumbai and help the near and dear ones of the departed take shelter of Krishna.

Few of us went to the airport to receive Radhanath Swami. As we drove back to the ashram, Radhanath Swami spoke of the eternality of the soul. He explained how the eternal souls of the devotees killed were under the loving care of Krishna. As a discussion ensued, a fellow monk chimed in, “I flew to Jomsom the day after the crash to collect the bodies of these devotees.” To the surprise of everyone around, Radhanath Swami responded appallingly, “Why did you go there?” Silent moments passed. Radhanath Swami was disturbed that another dear devotee had risked going to the same place. But this trip made by the monk was necessary, or else how could the dead bodies be procured for the last rites?

“I went to collect the bodies,” reiterated the monk.

Again silence.

“But…..but……. why did you go there?” Radhanath Swami sighed.

I thought. This sweetness of spiritual love amid a balanced philosophical approach to life is what makes Bhakti Yoga beautiful.

Krishna Das

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98 Responses to “Bhakti—Head vs. Heart”

  1. July 5, 2012 at 11:25 am
    nandkishor das

    such a love n care maharaj has for each one

  2. July 6, 2012 at 1:50 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami is very senstive and extremely caring for the welfare of the devotees as is seen here in this episode.

  3. July 6, 2012 at 3:03 am
    ASH

    Very touching.

  4. July 6, 2012 at 4:15 am
    Deepak

    Radhanath Swami is really amazing, very caring & loving. He cares for all the devotees like his own children

  5. July 6, 2012 at 4:17 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami teaches by his own example how a bhakti yogi behaves in most trying circumstances !
    Hare Krishna !

  6. July 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    Ramnika

    Very inspiring and touching.

  7. July 7, 2012 at 8:14 am
    Rahul

    very nice incident. Radhanath Swami Maharaj has deep concern for every devotee’s welfare.

  8. July 7, 2012 at 9:26 am
    Mukund

    this is the genuine love of a devotee for another

  9. July 8, 2012 at 7:18 am
    vaishali kamat

    This shows how much radhanath swami loves his students

  10. July 8, 2012 at 8:05 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This is real compassion. All glories to H.H Radhanatah Swami Maharaj.

  11. July 9, 2012 at 4:51 am
    nandkishor das

    very touching

  12. July 9, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Amit Dusane

    Really very touching incident.

  13. July 10, 2012 at 2:18 am
    Preeti

    very true this sweetness of spiritual love amid a balanced philosophical approach to life is what makes Bhakti Yoga beautiful.

  14. July 10, 2012 at 10:22 am
    priti katkar

    HHRSMaharaj’s genuine compassion to each and every living entity makes him so dear to Krsna, Srila Prabupada and so many people around the world.

  15. July 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    Manasa

    Thanks for sharing

  16. July 11, 2012 at 2:03 am
    suresh

    Maharaj’s presence in the critical time shows how he is caring for the need of devotee.

  17. July 11, 2012 at 2:44 am
    biswajit

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  18. July 11, 2012 at 6:41 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    This shows how much love Maharaj has for devotees.

  19. July 11, 2012 at 7:10 am
    Sunil

    This incident again clearly shows how KC is trully a practical scientic methodology. It not only teaches philosphical aspect of life but also makes our heart like butter where we do care for each & every leaving beings and have a genuince concern compared to Am good/happy philosphy

  20. July 11, 2012 at 9:19 am
    Vaibhav Sharma

    This is so wonderful that even when Maharaja has no blood relation with any one of the departed great souls, but still his heart was so deeply affected. This shows that he is actually the spiritual father of all these wonderful devotees who had passed away to continue their service elsewhere under Krishna’s loving care.

  21. July 11, 2012 at 9:36 am
    nandkishor das

    thank you for sharing it

  22. July 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    madhura

    Thank you for sharing!

  23. July 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm
    Ramnika

    This episode shows that how Maharaji cares and love all his devotees around Him.

  24. July 12, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami absolutely shows love and care towards all devotees.

  25. July 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm
    Piyush Singh

    Thank you for sharing.

  26. July 13, 2012 at 5:37 am
    rajesh karia

    very touching experience and thank you for sharing, Ys, rajesh karia

  27. July 13, 2012 at 5:49 am
    bhakti karia

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so concerned and caring for all his devotees and it can be seen from this experience also, ys, bhakti

  28. July 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    dryuvaraj

    Radhanth Swami has a very loving Heart

  29. July 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm
    anand

    very sweet…thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Hare Krishna

  30. July 15, 2012 at 9:12 am
    Anil Timbe

    so touching..

  31. July 15, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Braj

    So touching

  32. July 17, 2012 at 6:05 am
    Sriman Nitai Das

    The overwhelming emotions of selfless love in service to Krishna is soul touching…..

  33. July 18, 2012 at 12:02 am
    chathurdevi

    Thanks for sharing..

  34. July 18, 2012 at 12:47 am
    Swapnil

    Radhanath Swami is very loving and compassionate.

  35. July 18, 2012 at 5:00 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    We can learn from this experience with HH Radhanath Swami on how to value each and every devotee.

  36. July 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm
    Swapnil Nankar

    Maharaj’s Mumbai trip would have taken a toll of his health. Still he said, “If I don’t go, it will take a toll of my heart”. And he came to Mumbai risking his own health. All glories to him!

  37. September 17, 2012 at 10:15 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    Heart touching !..

    It reveals Maharaj’s heart.

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing

  38. October 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    Vaibhav Sharma

    The spiritual father is always concerned about all of his children. Thank you Maharaja for loving all of us so dearly even though we are so fallen.

  39. February 2, 2013 at 8:09 am
    Ramnika Pahuja

    Very touching to the heart and soul. Thanks for sharing it.

  40. February 13, 2013 at 2:54 am
    Prashant Phirke

    Radhanath Swami has caring heart for all.

  41. February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s love & concern is worth appreciating….

  42. February 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    True we are not the body but the soul but in times of pain it is difficult to understand the philosophy. Bhakti is not dry philosophy, it is emotional too and it is the association of devotees that lessen the pain of separation of loved ones.Thank you Maharaj for being so loving and caring.

  43. April 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    nandkishor das

    Life made beautiful by —This sweetness of spiritual love amid a balanced philosophical approach to life is what makes Bhakti Yoga beautiful

  44. April 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    Sumit Sharma

    Radhanath Swami maharaj loves and cares of each and every devotee.

  45. July 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Bhakti is a sweet combination of “head” and “heart”.

  46. August 11, 2013 at 2:41 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami is so compassionate, loving and caring which shows that Bhakti is not something dry and emotionless.

  47. September 7, 2013 at 8:55 am
    Suryakant krishna Das

    Radhanath Maharaj is compassionate and cares his disciples and devotees very much. He is willing to make many sacrifices so that devotees are comfortable and get inspiration to progress in devotional service.

  48. October 10, 2013 at 5:48 am
    Rajeev

    Radhanath Swami explains the truth with exemplary of his own behavior, thank you for sharing.

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Radhanath Swami Quotes...


"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."