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 10, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Radhanath Swamis every action is very inspiring

  2. December 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    thanks for sharing such an instructing experience with Radhanath swami.

  3. December 11, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Nice lessons from this exeprience with Radhanath swami. Thank you for sharing.

  4. December 11, 2010 at 4:46 am
    rajendra desai


  5. December 11, 2010 at 5:52 am
    prabhat kumar

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  6. December 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

    It’s very nice story. Maan mandir has a special place in Radhanath Swami’s heart and kirtan there is always special.

  7. December 11, 2010 at 6:24 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami always desires to please the devotees and give them maximum benefit. HH Radhanath Swami hence does Ecstatic Kirtans with full concentration and dedication.

  8. December 11, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for sharing!

  9. December 11, 2010 at 7:57 am
    sharda gokarn

    Thank you for sharing the learning experience

  10. December 11, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for sharing and thanks to Radhanath Swami

  11. December 11, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Abhijit Toley

    I was there when this incident happened. It was one of the most beautiful nights in Barsana and Radhanath Swami’s soul stirring melodies had us enraptured.

  12. December 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing…..

  13. December 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm
    Meera Sharma

    This article shows a devotee does get angry if his service to the Lord and His devotee is disrupted. Radhanath Swami was upset because he could not glorify the Lord and serve the devotees properly.

  14. December 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so careful regarding service.

  15. December 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    Srinivas Tadiboyina

    Thank you Maharaj for sharing !

  16. December 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    HH Radhanath Swami is too careful when he renders service to others and want to deliver it in the best possible way…

  17. December 13, 2010 at 3:01 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami is very sensitive when the matter of serving devotees is concern. At the same time HH Radhanath Swami is not bothered about Himself.

  18. December 13, 2010 at 4:49 am
    Nikhil Satpute

    Radhanath Swami’ eagerness to share GOD consciousness is truly amazing.

  19. December 13, 2010 at 4:53 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami gets very intense when he is chanting or singing the names of God.

  20. December 13, 2010 at 6:41 am
    prashant v

    different ways of purification

  21. December 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Kirtana done with great absorption inspires everyone and resolves all differences among devotees.
    This we can clearly see when HH Radhanath Swami sings…..

  22. December 14, 2010 at 4:47 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you for sharing this nectarine pastimes!

  23. December 15, 2010 at 7:16 am
    sandeep kaimal

    Very nice experience prabhu

  24. December 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this experience

  25. December 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Radhanath Swami is compassionate and merciful to every living entity.

  26. December 16, 2010 at 4:06 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Thank you very much Prabhuji for sharing this very insightful story.

  27. December 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    HH Radhanath Swami is really concern about his service to the lord and his devotees.Thank you for sharing this amazing experience.

  28. December 17, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Even though it may appear rude on the surface,as a Spiritual Master, HH Radhanath Swami is simply discharging his duty to teach importance of attention to details when it comes to service to Krishna and devotees.

  29. December 17, 2010 at 4:27 am
    Uttam Kunwar

    Very interesting post.

  30. December 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  31. December 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm
    rahul ambardar

    That was one of one wonderful experiences i have heard.

  32. December 20, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Radhanath Swami’s ideal behaviour leave instructions for his followers/…

  33. December 23, 2010 at 8:34 am
    Meera Sharma

    Maharajah is always guiding us by his personal example by just being very simple and humble.

  34. December 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

    This is really amazing to read this pastime. Thank you very much for sharing.

  35. December 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Maharaj is deeply absorbed in service to vaishnavas

  36. December 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    Madana Kishore Das

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  37. December 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Thank you for sharing.

  38. January 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm
    anil manga

    thank you

  39. January 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing thi instrucive exprence.

  40. January 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Interesting. But was Maharaj really angry? somehow I can’t imagine him being angry 🙂

  41. January 9, 2011 at 2:14 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj always desires to please the devotees and give them the maximum benefit.

  42. January 11, 2011 at 7:08 am
    Manish Kumar

    A lesson from which we can learn, how much sensitive we should be while serving devotees.

  43. January 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A service if performed needs to be perfect, is what needs to be understood, and if done with complete absorption it will please the Guru Maharaj as well.

    Hare Krishna

  44. January 11, 2011 at 9:30 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    thankyou for sharing such a beautiful story

  45. January 11, 2011 at 9:32 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Radhanath Swami is always absorbed in his kertan

  46. January 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Maharaj is deeply absorbed in kirtans.

  47. January 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Asoociation of Radhanath Maharaj in Manmandir means great fortune. like sugar in milk.

  48. January 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Maharaj’s deep from heart kirtans are feast to the devotees.

  49. January 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. We can always learn from every incident connected with H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  50. January 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Radhanath Swami’s absorption in kirtan is very deep.
    Thank you very much for sharing such a sweet pasttime.

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