Radhanath Swami at MAAN-mandir

Radhanath Swami at MAAN-mandir

Radhanath Swami at MAAN-mandir

This happened in 2008, during our pilgrimage to Vrindavan. Around 3000 devotees from around the world were participating, and my service was handling the sound system. During these pilgrimages, we carry special mikes and mike stands for Radhanath Swami; the mike stands are flexible, lightweight, and easy to handle.

We were in Mana-mandir in Barsana. I fixed the mike stand on the floor, extended its handle towards Radhanath Swami, and connected the mike for him to speak.

The lecture went on nicely, and it was time for the kirtana. When Radhanath Swami started to sing and began pumping the harmonium, I noticed how the harmonium’s bellows were hitting the vertical bar of the mike stand. Because the kirtana was slow, the mike stand didn’t move much and it didn’t disturb Radhanath Swami. But when the kirtana picked up momentum and Radhanath Swami began pumping the harmonium vigorously, the bellows were hitting the stand strongly and Radhanath Swami seemed to express his discomfort.

I tried moving the mike stand a little backwards, but as a result the mike also moved away from Radhanath Swami, and so his amplified voice reduced in volume. I was thus in a dilemma: if I kept the stand close to the harmonium, the bellows would hit the stand; and if I moved it backward, the volume of the sound would drop.

I began to consider keeping the mike stand over the table. But I noticed that the table on which Radhanatha Swami was sitting was barely enough for him; there was hardly any space to fix the stand. I had no other option. I had to act quickly because the time available to move the stand from its current position was when the devotees responded in chorus, before Radhanath Swami sang the next mantra. I immediately loosened the handle, rotated the bars, picked up the stand, carefully inserted the base between their two legs, positioned the mike in front of Radhanath Swami’s mouth, and . . . oh Krishna . . . I couldn’t tighten it fully… Radhanath Swami began the next mantra! So I held the mike in one hand and the stand in the other and waited for the next opportunity, so I could set everything properly in its place. While I was busy fixing everything, Radhanath Swami had waved his hand, indicating that the mike stand should be kept in its original place. But I had failed to notice his gestures! Devotees began yelling at me from behind, “Keep it down! Keep it down! He doesn’t want it there!” I was bewildered. I decided to bring it down again. To make things worse, Radhanath Swami sang the next maha-mantra at twice the speed—two words in one beat. Thus my available time to reposition the mike stand reduced by half. Obviously I was late, and Radhanath Swami had to sing a few mantras without the mike until I was ready. And as before, as soon as I kept the mike stand on the floor, the harmonium bellows began hitting the vertical bar.

Radhanath Swami seemed to be getting furious, as he was unable to focus on the chanting. Finally, after a few minutes, he ended the kirtana. While chanting the prema-dhvani prayers, he angrily pushed the harmonium away, and I had to struggle hard to hold it along with the other equipments. He then walked out of the hall.

I understood that Radhanath Swami was unhappy because service to devotees was getting affected. Kirtana done with great absorption inspires everyone and resolves all differences among devotees. Because of my inefficiency, so many devotees were missing the real essence. I learned that I could not be careless while rendering such an important service. I had to make sure everything was right, foresee the possible problems, and be ready to act in emergency.

Radhanath Swami, at the same time, isn’t so particular when it comes to someone rendering him some personal service; he feels unworthy of receiving any service from anyone. Hence, he feels gratitude for any insignificant service rendered to him. One time when he was giving a class at a different spot, his handkerchief fell from the table. Since I was sitting close by, I immediately leaned forward, picked it up, and kept it back on the table. Radhanath Swami looked at me, smiled, and expressed deep gratitude.

–Murali Kaimal

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173 Responses to “Radhanath Swami at MAAN-mandir”

  1. March 7, 2011 at 11:22 am
    Chandrika

    I need to make a note of this incident – it is teaching me so much. Thank you for this.

  2. April 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm
    Poonam

    THanks for sharing! Maharaj can be harsh upon his disciples something, but nly to teach us lessons!

  3. April 6, 2011 at 7:54 am
    pal

    Thank you for sharing

  4. April 19, 2011 at 7:23 am
    tushar

    Pure soul’s can not tolerate any disturbance in their service to Guru, Krishna & vaishnava’s

  5. April 28, 2011 at 5:23 am
    Pankaj

    Radhanath Swami’s Kirtans are life for millions around the world…Also you are so fortunate that you can serve him so closely.

  6. May 4, 2011 at 10:31 am
    meghana

    wonderful .Thank you very much for sharing

  7. May 11, 2011 at 3:19 am
    Sunil

    Thanks for sharing. Maharaj treats desciples like own child… thats why he has so many followers.
    Also Visit – http://www.radhanathswami.co

  8. May 24, 2011 at 10:08 am
    nandkishor das

    vivid example of selfless service

  9. June 7, 2011 at 7:12 am
    P.Durgadevi

    Krishna cannot tolerate any difficulties towards His devotees, and protects His devotees from others as he saved pandavas from kauravas.In the same way Maharaj cannot tolerate any disturbance between him and his disciples.

  10. July 19, 2011 at 9:37 am
    vsk

    a lesson to be learnt and embibed

  11. July 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    anjan

    many thanks for sharing this with us.

  12. August 1, 2011 at 6:57 am
    ankur sharma

    Thank you for sharing this pastime revealing the his sincerity to serve the vaishnavas

  13. August 2, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Vinay K

    Radhanath Maharaj becoming furious!! Unbelievable

  14. August 18, 2011 at 12:17 am
    Ashutosh Mishra

    Thanks for sharing… 🙂

  15. August 24, 2011 at 6:02 am
    satyam

    haribol..SP ki jai. HHRNSM ki jai

  16. August 27, 2011 at 1:18 am
    ramnika

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Haribol!

  17. August 28, 2011 at 6:32 am
    swapnil

    Thank you Radhanath Swami

  18. December 3, 2011 at 10:14 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this incident which stresses how Radhanath Swami values service done to Vaishnavas as highly valuable.

  19. December 11, 2011 at 9:41 am
    Vinayak

    Very interesting incident

  20. December 14, 2011 at 12:14 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Thanks for sharing an incident about Radhanath Swami that shows how is so particular about serving others in all situations !
    Hare Krishna !

  21. May 11, 2012 at 3:26 am
    Riya

    waoh! that’s an amazing intention behind doing things

  22. June 18, 2012 at 8:07 am
    Rathushan

    Great article.

  23. June 18, 2012 at 8:21 am
    Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for this article.

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