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. December 9, 2010 at 5:11 am
    mahesh

    these stories shows priorities of maharaj

  2. December 9, 2010 at 5:11 am
    Dipti Gaikwad

    Very instructive incident… Radhanath Swami is very particular about giving attention to details.

  3. December 9, 2010 at 5:45 am
    Das

    Boy, you got to be careful. Am fearful of not getting into such situations. Hari Bol !!

  4. December 9, 2010 at 5:51 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Hare Krishna ! Radhanath swami is so concerned about serving devotees in the best possible manner

  5. December 9, 2010 at 5:58 am
    vrajdevipriya

    Thank you sharing your experience with Radhanath Swami.

  6. December 9, 2010 at 6:00 am
    Uday

    Radhanath Swami is teaching how even anger and dissatisfaction can be used in the service of the Lord and His devotees.

  7. December 9, 2010 at 6:24 am
    Sameer Lowlekar

    Thanks for sharing a wondeful incident conveying a powerful instruction!

  8. December 9, 2010 at 6:27 am
    Deepak

    Radhanath Swami is strict when it comes to others service and lenient when it comes to his own.

  9. December 9, 2010 at 6:38 am
    navin poojary

    Radhanath Swami is very particular in his service to his Guru Maharaj, then whether the service is Singing kirtan,giving class he gives topmost priority to each detail.

  10. December 9, 2010 at 6:57 am
    Ravi

    Nice article…..

  11. December 9, 2010 at 7:05 am
    umesh sarda

    thank you very much for revealing new dimension in the personality of Radhanath Swami Maharaj , namely the concern for rendering the best possible service to others.

  12. December 9, 2010 at 7:06 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for teaching us that service to devotees is more important than service to self.

  13. December 9, 2010 at 7:10 am
    rajat

    Now this situation is a real fix. Krsna puts one in such a check mate situation to prove to us that we are not the controllers.

  14. December 9, 2010 at 7:25 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    The incident shows how Radhanath Swami is concerned giving himself to others while expecting nothing in return.

  15. December 9, 2010 at 7:41 am
    Chandrashekar

    Such an instructive incident
    But its very difficult to be at the receiving end!
    Pray that we will all be careful while rendering service to Guru and Krishna

  16. December 9, 2010 at 7:49 am
    Balaji

    Radhanath swami will never like to allow anything which that disturbs the service to vaisnavas.We should be very careful while serving vaisnavas.

  17. December 9, 2010 at 8:15 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Another Radhanath Swami intense experience.

  18. December 9, 2010 at 8:37 am
    bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A Difficult experience, but devotees will always be held in awe with his sense of gratitude towards all the devotees.

    Hare Krishna

  19. December 9, 2010 at 9:00 am
    Laxman

    Thank you for sharing your experience with Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  20. December 9, 2010 at 10:14 am
    Namita

    Wish I could be so particular in service to others

  21. December 9, 2010 at 10:54 am
    Sumit

    Radhanath Swami wants that everyone of us perform any devotional service to please the Lord and His devotees. This is applicable to everyone.

  22. December 9, 2010 at 11:17 am
    Meera Sharma

    The article show the perfection of service from Maharajah when serving the devotees.

  23. December 9, 2010 at 11:48 am
    Shraddha Jain

    Thank you for sharing

  24. December 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    Ydas

    Radhanath Swami is very compassionate towards the suffering souls and hence always leads kirtan with great intensity – hence any such avoidable disruption is block to his meditation.

  25. December 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Siddharth

    Very nice..thank you for sharing

  26. December 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm
    Ketan Pendse

    We all have seen how intensely Radhanath Swami sings bhajan and that too in a place like Maan Mandir which I believe is very dear to Maharaj…

  27. December 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    Ydas

    Radhanath Swami is true propounder of the principle of the importance of sounds vibrations – esp in the form of the names of the Lord. Any disturbance in propogating the holy name and engaging people in the same is just not acceptable to Radhanath Swami

  28. December 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm
    gaur gopal das

    Service to the devotees first and himself last is Radhanath Swami’s mood.

  29. December 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm
    Sharad

    Thank you for sharing such an important message about services

  30. December 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    malathi santosh

    I was there then! I remember the incident. But the inside story is revealed now!! Thanks:)

  31. December 10, 2010 at 12:02 am
    Abhishek Modi

    Maharaj is a perfectionist when it comes to service to Vaishanavas. His intense absorption in Kirtan deeply inspires everyone.

  32. December 10, 2010 at 12:12 am
    Mahaprakasha Das

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Radhanath Swami always likes to have things perfectly organized especially when it comes to serving devotees

  33. December 10, 2010 at 3:45 am
    Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami’s mood is service to others without personal botherations

  34. December 10, 2010 at 4:56 am
    Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami goes extra mile when it comes to serving devotees and doesn;t care much when it comes to his ownself

  35. December 10, 2010 at 5:16 am
    Sunita Paleja

    thank u for sharing

  36. December 10, 2010 at 5:55 am
    Abhijit Toley

    To live for others is Radhanath Swami’s way.

  37. December 10, 2010 at 7:04 am
    vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami is always concerned with the quality of service to the Lord’s Devotees.

  38. December 10, 2010 at 7:08 am
    Abhi C

    Amazing attention to serve through all of his actions.

  39. December 10, 2010 at 7:12 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Great Experience.

  40. December 10, 2010 at 9:14 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    This incident shows how important it is to serve others properly. Radhanath Swami’s displeasure is a wake-up call for everyone to realize that service is not be taken lightly and we should be very careful.

  41. December 10, 2010 at 9:46 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami wanted to give 100% and so intesely absorbed while doing Kirtan.

  42. December 10, 2010 at 10:52 am
    gurrappanaidu

    Thanks for sharing a wondeful incident, Maharaj guides each and every one to meet perfection in all the services

  43. December 10, 2010 at 11:30 am
    suresh k

    thank you for this sharing about radhanath swamis love and care for his followers,

  44. December 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Ravi

    Its not easy to accept mistakes in such a large forum like this…..thanks for sharing

  45. December 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    srikanth

    H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai

  46. December 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    Gauri Advani

    Radhanath Swami extends himself to others

  47. December 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm
    Gaurangipriya

    Thank you for sharing your experience with Radhanath Swami

  48. December 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    Mahaprakash Das

    Radhanath Swami is very merciful

  49. December 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj himself is so absorbed in devotional service, that’s why he can inspire others to perform exemplery service.

  50. December 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    MPA

    Radhanath Swami is great we are fortunate to have his association

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