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. July 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm
    Madhavi Lata DD

    In material condition it is very difficult to understand the love of Guru for his disciple, but Radhanath Swami just by his Transcendental smile changes the heart of fallen soul in this world.

  2. July 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    HAribol. Thankyou

  3. July 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Radhanath Swami is so caring!

  4. July 22, 2011 at 3:04 am
    Prahlad Kaul

    Nice touching sharing about love of Guru & disciple

  5. July 22, 2011 at 3:56 am

    radhanath swami is truly a very humble human being,

  6. July 22, 2011 at 10:50 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath’s love and affection for his disciples is unparalleled.

  7. July 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

    thank you for sharing such a nice story.

  8. July 23, 2011 at 1:16 am
    kuldeep Soni

    Radhanath Swami showering the compassion upon his disciples. Nice to know the great incident.

  9. July 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Simply wonderful!

  10. July 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm
    Madhavi Lata DD

    All we need in life is love of Guru,because bonafide Guru being true disciple himself can bestow love of God on his disciples.

  11. July 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Radhanath Swami is the most wonderful teacher one can ever aspire for.

  12. July 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Very touching and inspiring one – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing this nectar.

  13. July 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    Shoba Fernandes

    Radhanath Swami’s love and concern for his disciples is inconceivable.

  14. July 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you

  15. July 28, 2011 at 12:39 am
    Vinay K

    Radhanath Maharaj’s compassion has no bounds

  16. July 31, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Maharaj is so compassionate

  17. July 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    Vinay Gupta


  18. July 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    The compassion of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has no bounds.

  19. July 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Even amongst his extremely busy schedule and looking after thousands of disciples, Radhanath Swami Maharaj never misses out on anyone and has equal love and concern for all of his followers.

  20. August 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    A wonderful tale about Swami’s love for his disciples. Haribol!

  21. August 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I am more concerned to know how the author is doing now, though am sure there cannot be better care or better place to heal than Radhagopinath Ashram. Am so touched by the compassion H.H. Radhanath Swami shows on everyone. Haribol!

  22. August 3, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Srinivas Yerramsetty

    Radhanath Swami’s love for his disciples is incomparable

  23. August 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you!

  24. August 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    siddhesvari priya

    Thank you for sharing such a nice story

  25. August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Very nice story

  26. August 7, 2011 at 4:37 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    H.H radhanath Swami Maharaj is so compassionate to all.

  27. August 7, 2011 at 8:54 am
    Ashutosh Mishra

    What an inspiring story… Thanks for sharing

  28. August 12, 2011 at 12:16 am
    Govind Sabat

    Maharaja’s care and compassion for others is unimaginable!

  29. August 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Braja Kumar Das

    Very inspiring story.

  30. August 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    very touching!

  31. August 24, 2011 at 3:56 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    This is incident has deeply touched my heart. Radhanath Swami’s love and concern for his disciples is inspiring

  32. August 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

    The genuine love in the heart of Radhanath Swami is inconceivable. Thank you for sharing experience.

  33. August 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Radhanath Swamiji love and compassion for all living entities is amazing and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  34. August 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    such a touching episode, it so humbling to see Maharaj’s caring nature

  35. August 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    ashok n belani

    It is the Love of Our Spiritual Master , which sustains and nourishes our soul.There is no other way.

  36. August 30, 2011 at 7:18 am
    Anagha warade

    Very touching…….
    h H Radhanth Maharaj ki Jay!

  37. August 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Tears will flow for any one who reads this

  38. September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am
    Pranjal Dixit

    Radhanath Swami is so caring!

  39. September 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    sundar ananda das

    This shows Radhanath Swami’s caring nature!

  40. September 4, 2011 at 3:15 am
    nilesh pawar

    real concern , radhanath swami does action beyond my imagination. this is example of true love on spiritual plane

  41. September 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

    if anyone reads the autobiography of maharaj “the jouney home” one can understand that He is man of word and did that was just impossible to do in mumbai and really did everything that glorifies india in real sense ……..just read the book as we know the taste of pudding lies in tasting it! ….

  42. September 5, 2011 at 3:19 am

    these selfless saints actually manifest the love and mercy of Krsna in a very visible and tangible ways to us…

  43. September 5, 2011 at 3:22 am

    such a wonderful episode

  44. September 6, 2011 at 4:42 am
    Rashmi Solanki

    It is very difficult to face this way of problem in the real life. Thank You Maharaj for sharing this article.

  45. September 7, 2011 at 1:40 am
    Narsimha Das

    It goes to show how much Maharaj is concerned about and love everyone of his disciples. Thank you very much for sharing this incident.

  46. September 7, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Very much inspirational. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  47. September 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Radhanath Swami’s love!!!

  48. September 11, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Compassion and love towards everyone comes very easily to Radhanath Swami

  49. September 13, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this experience.
    I’m truly grateful & touched by Radhanath Swami’s deep love & concern for his disciples.
    All Glories!

  50. September 13, 2011 at 4:19 am
    mohit bhatt

    the organisation tnat Radhanatha swami is heading is not based on forced discipline, but discipline based on love.

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