Discipleship under Radhanath Swami

Discipleship under Radhanath Swami

Discipleship under Radhanath Swami

The need to accept discipleship of an enlightened guru is emphasized both by tradition and by the words of the scriptures. Yet, this step on the spiritual sojourn turns out to be a squirmy one for many. The difficulty arises due to ominous thoughts of loss of freedom. Haven’t you heard of grisly tales where disciples where punished by their masters for being disobedient?

Here I narrate my tale. Long time ago, I was afflicted by what I thought was bronchitis. My hacking cough pained me, but what pained me all the more was the thought that I caused disturbance to my monastery-mates at the Radhagopinath Ashram. None of them, in reality, expressed any sour feelings to me; on the other hand they were all very sympathetic and brought many doctors to help me out. Various medicines were tried, but all turned out to be vain.

They say, when everything fails, the guru gets on the case. Radhanath Swami arranged for my appointment with a top doctor of Mumbai. And alongside came Radhanath Swami’s stern order—that after the appointment with the doctor, I report to him the outcome of my medical examinations.

The medical report, when it came out, shocked me. I had Tuberculosis. My mind reeling with thoughts of months wasted on a hospital bed, I took the long bus ride back to the Ashram. In about an hour, I was standing dutifully before my guru, to give him the report.

“The report says I have…” I mumbled.

“Tuberculosis,” Radhanath Swami completed my sentence.

Mystified and mouth agape, my breath stopped.

“What is higher? The obedience of a disciple or the love of a guru?” he queried.

“The love of the guru,” I replied.

“My love for you couldn’t wait for your obedience. I rung up the clinic sometime ago and I already know your medical report,” Radhanath Swami said with an air of concern.

–Kiran Soni

 

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225 Responses to “Discipleship under Radhanath Swami”

  1. September 13, 2011 at 7:10 am
    bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    He personifies the adage of how with great powers comes great responsibility. It not only shows how responsible he feels for every monk on the Temple pedestal but how personal a concern is it for them.

    Hare Krishna

  2. September 13, 2011 at 9:44 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. H.H Radhanath Swamimi Maharaj is so compassionate.

  3. September 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm
    ramnika

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful tale. Haribol!

  4. September 16, 2011 at 12:26 am
    Kadamba kanana

    All glories to Maharaj.

  5. September 29, 2011 at 3:21 am
    vaibhav

    wonderful. this shows the genuine concern of maharaj & the sensitivity of maharaj . it touches the heart . guru’s love is higher than disciple’s obeidance. haribol

  6. September 29, 2011 at 3:44 am
    Pooja, Singapore

    Hari Hari, Maharaj is so compassionate. HAri Bol

  7. October 8, 2011 at 10:34 am
    Satish

    Truly amazing!

  8. October 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    Manish Kumar

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj loves and cares for his disciple very much.

  9. October 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    madhura

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai!

  10. October 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    surekha

    This shows HH Radhanath swami’s concern to his disciples.

  11. November 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    Very inspiring pastime of Maharaj to make us more surrendered to him.

  12. December 3, 2011 at 8:07 am
    bipin.

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How Maharaj can express his concern for everything and ensure that none of the devotees suffer is nothing new for the devotees of RadhaGpinath congregation.

    But his compassion in every tale will not fail to surprise us.

    Hare Krishna.

  13. December 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm
    Jagannath Dham Das

    All Glories to Srila Radhanath Swami !
    Despite being so exalted,busy & so many people eagerly waiting to serve him, He is concerned with each of his disciples overall well being!
    This is the quality of a true saint

  14. December 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj. This shows how Maharaj is concerned about everybody.

  15. December 26, 2011 at 3:26 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna,Maharaj,Maharaj ki jai hoo…wow its so wonderfull to see the love of a GURU for his disciple..I am impressed.Why people say that GURU BINDS us.GOOD, we follow his instructions.With that LOVE evolve and expands. Bind yourself in that LOVE.Must do!!! thanx for sharing this..
    YS- anshu jaiman

  16. December 26, 2011 at 3:27 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna Maharaj…Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!!.Really Maharaj its being sensational
    to see you coming out as world’s best Humanitarian,Spiritualist,Socialist and Loving father.
    My heart fills with joy and eyes filled with tears. What a sacrifice you have done for all humanity.
    What an example you have set in front of the whole world. Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!! jai hoo jai hoo…
    I want to continue serving you life after life after life. I pray to Sri Sri RadhaGopinath that i may never
    become ungrateful to you and to your disciples and followers. I want serve you birth after birth in any form. Hare Krishna
    Your servant
    anshu jaiman

  17. December 26, 2011 at 3:29 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    3) Hare Krishna Maharaj…Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!!.Really Maharaj its being sensational
    to see you coming out as world’s best Humanitarian,Spiritualist,Socialist and Loving father..You are fuelling life in people.jai jai…. I want serve you birth after birth in any form. Hare Krishna
    My heart fills with joy and tears filled with tears. What a sacrifice you have done for all humanity.
    What an example you have set in front of the whole world. Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!! jai hoo jai hoo…
    I want to continue serving you life after life after life. I pray to Sri Sri RadhaGopinath that i may never
    become ungrateful to you and to your disciples and followers.
    Your servant
    anshu jaiman

  18. December 26, 2011 at 3:30 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna, Maharaj, Maharaj ki jai hoo…!!!. It is a blessing to have you on this planet.
    Thank you very much..
    Ys-anshu jaiman

  19. December 26, 2011 at 3:31 am
    Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna, Maharaj, Maharaj ki jai hoo…!!!. It is a blessing to have you on this planet.
    Thank you very much..hari hari
    Ys-anshu jaiman

  20. April 1, 2012 at 6:58 am
    Smriti Gupta

    Maharaj is very loving Guru.

  21. April 26, 2012 at 1:32 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    The love and compassion Radhanath Swami has for all is beyond compare.

  22. May 17, 2012 at 6:35 am
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has unlimited love and compassion for his disciples!

  23. May 18, 2012 at 11:00 am
    shailesh

    Jay Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  24. May 30, 2012 at 7:58 am
    Rajeev

    Seriusly touching, thank you for sharing.

  25. June 17, 2012 at 8:23 am
    Vidya Patham

    This incident really shows Radhanath Swami’s immense love for his disciples.

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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."