Radhanath Swami takes us on a Pilgrimage within a Pilgrimage

Radhanath Swami takes us on a Pilgrimage within a Pilgrimage

Radhanath Swami takes us on a Pilgrimage within a Pilgrimage


I and my wife were at Vrindavan, the holiest of holy places, but our minds remained distracted, dwelling on the misbehaviors of a co-pilgrim, an acquaintance. He, like us, had joined Radhanath Swami’s entourage of students and friends on this pilgrimage. But some of his rude activities and behaviors made him an odd man out.

One day at Vrindavan we met Radhanath Swami in his room and spewed out a barrage of complaints about our co-pilgrim. He silently listened, the expression on his face veiling any of his thoughts.  Once we were finished, and were all ears to hear his response, he took us on a pilgrimage. Through his words he journeyed us to those holy moments of the past when the saintly qualities of our co-pilgrim had shined out.  His sincere words of appreciation for him pierced through the layers of negativity that had clouded our minds and a feeling of guilt arose in our hearts: “how lowly of us to have highlighted the faults of such a wonderful person”.

As we hung our heads in shame, Radhanath Swami concluded with a confession. “I once judged a person wrongly when I was boy. Since then I have stopped judging people.”

– Dr. Mukunda Shanbhag

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136 Responses to “Radhanath Swami takes us on a Pilgrimage within a Pilgrimage”

  1. August 10, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    judy

    It took alot to share this experience. Thank you. I’m sure it will help all of us readers.

  2. August 11, 2010 at 10:20 am
    Preeti Asrani

    Radhanath Swami always taught us we should see good quality in other not to criticize

  3. August 11, 2010 at 10:57 am
    meghana

    Radhanath swami been able to transform the hearts & lives of tens of thousands of people all around the world. We have to really try hard to follow in his footsteps.

  4. August 12, 2010 at 10:42 am
    kalyani Ahir

    hk….. radhanath swami maharaj alwz talked about seeing al good qualities in others and all bad and faults in us then only can v lead a spiritually stable life he nat only talks but also practises it al by himself …. HH RADHANATH SWAMI MAHARAJ KI JAY.

  5. August 13, 2010 at 12:06 am
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is a shining example of how he forgives people & only remembers their good qualities. His unconditional acceptance of everyone is his love, which is so rare in this world filled with judgemental people.

  6. August 13, 2010 at 4:32 am
    Richa

    Yes, Radhanath Swami Maharaj truly follows the example of the six goswamis of Vrindavan. He would not accept any criticism about anyone, rather like an expert explorer, he will find out the good within everone. We should learn this from him.

  7. August 18, 2010 at 6:36 am
    umesh

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj teaching us tolerance and cooperative mood we need to have with our fellow beings.

  8. August 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    anjanadri

    Thanks for sharing this experience with Radhanath swami. It’s a reminder to most of us to see the Good in others and praise them for those good qualities.

  9. August 19, 2010 at 4:39 am
    Gauranga Vihari dasga

    Radhanath Swami has a perfect way of dealing with every situation which is beneficial for all.

  10. August 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm
    Ramnika Pahuja

    Radhanath Swami teaches us not to criticize anyone; instead, he tells us to see the good qualities in others and practice good qualities in your day to day life.

    Thank-you for sharing this article.

  11. August 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Madhura Bhide

    Maharaj is truly an example.

  12. August 27, 2010 at 3:03 am
    mona

    Maharaj tells us that judging others is a big impediment for devotional progress.Tnahk you for such valuable instructions.

  13. August 28, 2010 at 12:19 am
    Chandrashekar

    very inspiring prabhu.. HH Radhanath swami is genuine lover of all. Thank you for sharing this

  14. September 17, 2010 at 3:05 am
    sachin komble

    we should not judge a person with our own perception.

  15. September 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm
    Ashwani

    Maharaj always emphasizes on honey bee approach.

  16. September 23, 2010 at 4:04 am
    Anant Bhat

    I would like to thank Dr. Shanbhag & Maharaj ..this is realy inspiring and helping in purifying my heart..Your Servant Prabhuji

  17. October 3, 2010 at 11:00 am
    Dr Dhotre

    Really a wonderfull quality indeed, very rare in this world.Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us the wisdom.

  18. October 3, 2010 at 11:33 am
    Avinash H. Chavan

    Leading a life as advise by Radhanath swami can create a harmony in even materialistic society.

  19. October 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this personal experience you had with Radhanath Swami. While our minds are on the tiny black spot, Radhanath Swami draws our attention to the spotless white sheet of which the black spot forms a small negligible part.

  20. October 10, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Sumit

    The classic way to open the heart of anyone about his/her seemingly rival. This is one of the great great great qualities which Radhanath Swami posseses. May one day I surrender to his lotus feet fully.

  21. October 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    Renuka

    Maharaj always emphasizes on observing the positive in a person and applying those things in our life. He is a kind of person who never finds faults in any person. Thanks for sharing this expereince

  22. October 21, 2010 at 5:41 am
    Milind M Churi

    A right lesson by Radhanath Swami.We must not judge others according to our intelligence and experiences.The God is great and every living entity has an eternal rlationship with Him.The God never interfere with our freedom which He has granted to us.If we want to correct someone then we must follow Radhanath Swami’s instruction of using love and compassion as a main purpose.Thanks for sharing with us.

  23. December 16, 2010 at 5:24 am
    navin poojary

    Thank you for sharing this. This indeed shows the greatness of Radhanath Swami. One who has adopted the habit of “not judging others” can face any stuation in life

  24. December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    very needful lesson given by Radhanath Swami as we most often start judging the people.

  25. December 17, 2010 at 3:24 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    This shows how our judgements can be wrong. Thank you Maharaj for this instruction.

  26. December 17, 2010 at 9:58 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    What an eye-opener about judging people. We all should learn from this experience. Thank you for sharing this.

  27. December 27, 2010 at 7:48 am
    Servant

    A very nice article , a lot of valuable message that can transform many of our lives, His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ki Jai.

  28. February 18, 2011 at 10:22 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    “Even if God wants this nausea to remain for my whole life, my service to him will not change.”

    Brilliantaly said. Based on one activity can’t judge one’s behaviour, perception etc.

    Maharaj is a real vaishnava and real acharya he sees only good qualities in others.

    Thank you so much sharing wonderful and inspiring nectar.

  29. May 6, 2011 at 2:03 am
    Pankaj

    This is very inspiring…Radhanath Swami’s non-judgemental nature is also well seen in his Journey Home book.

  30. May 22, 2011 at 8:39 am
    Sunny

    It needs a great deal of character to come to this level of not being fault finding…

  31. May 27, 2011 at 4:45 am
    GaurangaG

    WOnderful realisation.

    In fact wonderful instructions for Maharaj followers.

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us.

  32. December 5, 2011 at 11:20 am
    Chandrika

    Beautiful pastime, very touching.

  33. December 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    surekha

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story how we should judge people and always try to appreciate their good qualities.

  34. February 7, 2012 at 5:02 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Very valuable lessons to be learnt from this article!As Radhanath Swami mentions how by our actions we should bring out the best in others and not the worst.

  35. April 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm
    rekha

    Thank you for this wonderful article explaining how if we always see good in others, there is no scope to find bad in others.

  36. May 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    Love or hate, Its our choice. Maharaj has shown by his example, how to love everyone.

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