Radhanath Swami Accomplishes With No Casualties

Radhanath Swami Accomplishes With No Casualties

Radhanath Swami Accomplishes With No Casualties

Pin-drop silence filled the Radhagopinath temple hall, except for the soft yet commanding voice of Giriraj Swami. He sat cross-legged on a slightly raised seat (Vyasasana) along with Radhanath Swami, who was to speak next. The audience, numbering two thousand, sat cross-legged on the floor in rapt attention. They faced the Vyasasana that occupied one corner of the rectangular hall, close to the holy altar. The gold-leafing that embellished the ornately carved altars and altar doors reflected the golden glow from the chandeliers. Thus an all-auspicious golden hue enveloped the divine gathering.

Inches away from the Vyasasana I sat, listening. Momentarily, when my eyes drifted away from the speaker, they met those of Radhanath Swami, and found them gazing down right at me! With a movement of his index finger Radhanath Swami gestured me to come closer—he had something to say. My heart started to beat conspicuously. A wave of tension passed through my spine: I had to absorb every bit of his whisper in the first go, for asking for any clarification would mean disturbing both the speaker and the audience.

My life air circling around my ear drums, I pushed my head close enough to be able to hear his whisper. “Very politely, tell that girl not to lean against the deity’s doors.” I had heard every word clear and distinct. In quick reflex I looked towards the altar and found a lady who stood leaning against the altar doors. Making my way through the crowd, I reached her, and in all politeness pleaded, “Please madam, don’t lean against the doors. Or else, you shall ruin the gold leafing on it.” She obliged, and only when I re-occupied my seat did the four thousand eyes in the hall cease to follow me.

Sitting there I mulled over the sacred lesson I had just learnt. Often times, people emphasize just the aspect of detachment in spiritual life. Ironically, spirituality is more about attachment than detachment. A spiritualist is only detached from his/her selfish happiness. But he/she is completely attached to facilitating the happiness of God, and the happiness of those connected to God—and that includes every living entity. A temple is God’s home, and everything in it is designed for His pleasure. And to safeguard what gives God pleasure, a devotee considers that his sacred mission.

But what really hit me was that I had witnessed Radhanath Swami accomplish his mission with no casualties. He had safeguarded the happiness of even that lady who was also a child of God. He had perfectly structured his whisper. If the words “Very Politely” had featured anywhere but in the beginning of that statement, I would have definitely missed its import, given that I was high-strung at that moment. And impoliteness would have cost the lady’s happiness, and that meant casualty!

Siddeshwar Bhat

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167 Responses to “Radhanath Swami Accomplishes With No Casualties”

  1. December 4, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Radhanath swami is also a keen observer.He can be able to observe each and every individual even though there are thousands of people.Hari bol.

  2. December 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Radhanath Swami is really a great and sweet person !!

  3. December 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    “Very politely, tell that girl not to lean against the deity’s doors.”

  4. December 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Radhanath Swami is expert at understanding people & taking care of them!

  5. December 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Siddeshwar Bhat prabhu, you are so fortunate!
    All glories to H H Radhnanath Swami Maharaj!

  6. December 17, 2011 at 1:46 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami is very observant and very compassionate.

  7. December 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    Rahul Abhay Kamat

    Very nice article

  8. February 4, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Thank you very much.very nice article.

  9. February 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you very much for the wonderful article

  10. March 10, 2012 at 6:38 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami is a perfect example of how our speech should be truthful,polite,beneficial & not hurting !

    Hare Krishna !

  11. May 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for this nice post illustrating Radhanath Swami’s unique ability to show affection and caring for everyone.

  12. May 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  13. May 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

  14. June 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Inspiring, thank you for wonderful way of sharing this.

  15. June 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Jay Sri Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Thank you for sharing such wonderful experience.Hare Krsna !

  16. June 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hare Kirshna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  17. June 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Maharaj’s way of doing things is out of this world.. He is a true leader who preaches and leads by his own example..

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