Radhanath Swami with the YPO

From 30 January 2008 to 02 February 2008, a group of members from the YPO, Young Presidents’ Organization, were in Mumbai for a seminar series hosted by industrialists Ajay Piramal and Swati Piramal. YPO is a body of young Presidents, CEOs and Managing Directors of big corporations from across the world. The Piramals had them visit Radhagopinath temple in groups of 20. In all, 60 members visited the temple in a span of two days.

One member, a lady executive from South America was especially overwhelmed. Firstly, upon the group’s arrival, Radhanath Swami addressed them, and that was impressive. Then, when the group proceeded to the temple hall, the mood there was one of celebration. The altar doors had just opened to reveal the gorgeously dressed forms of Radha and Krishna. From inside the altar, incense smoke wafted out into the cavernous temple hall where hundreds happily danced and chanted to live music played with drums and cymbals. But what was the celebration about? This celebration was called kirtan—they were informed—and this formed a part of the practices of bhakti yoga; and amazingly, this was an everyday affair! Gazing at the kirtan, some executives smiled gleefully, while some swayed in tune to the music. But this lady from South America was especially touched by the ambience. She visibly waged a battle to restrain her feeling, as her eyes brimmed with tears of joy. Breaking herself off from the group she moved about the temple hall snapping away photos of the kirtan from all possible angles.

At the end of the visit, Radhanath Swami, Ajay Piramal and a few others stood at the gate to bid the group farewell. The South American executive, wanting to express her joy, innocently stepped ahead to embrace Radhanath Swami. Quickly, Radhanath Swami hopped back and folded his palms in greeting, but smiled generously to avoid the lady any embarrassment. The executive perhaps understood that a Swami in Indian culture wouldn’t embrace a woman. She retreated, but it looked like she also sensed Radhanath Swami’s concern for avoiding her embarrassment; so she covered any mortification with a broad smile and folded her palms.

After the group left, Ajay Piramal told Radhanath Swami, “That executive from South America was really impressed. She was telling me that her life had changed.” Radhanath Swami quipped, “She was about to change my life too.”His body rocked with laughter.

I realized  it required a lot of mature sensitivity to share the precious gifts of Vedic spirituality with people who have little or no idea of Vedic culture, even though they might be very pure  in heart.

Mr. Prakash Nanjudiah

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104 replies on “Radhanath Swami with the YPO”

Radhanath Swami is so sensitive about others feelings at the same time protecting the culture.

maharaj is simultaneously compassionate and also strict with the principles just like Lord Chaitanya maha prabhu

Every experience with Radhanath Swami is overwhelming. That is the power of association of a learned & bonafide saint who is a personification of purity, austerity & humility.

Radhanath swami is very sensitive to others feeling, at the same time as Mr. Prakash Nanjudiah said he is very mature…

“MATURE SENSITIVITY”…….I liked this term in relation with Radhanath swami as we can see this from many incidents in his life

Also he is very humorous at times…this shoes that seriousness does not mean making others fearful of you.

Radhanath Swami’s warm nature endears everyone to him. No one is left feeling awkward and out of place in his presence.

Thank you very much for sharing. Even a few moments of association with a pure devotee can change the life

Maharajs stress on to details of each and every aspect of the Bahkti process is attracting hearts of millions and changing their life.

Scriptures say that even a moment’s association of a pure devotee of God can awaken the dormant love of God within our hearts. This example is a testimony to the purity of Radhananth Swami

the spiritual ambiance developed by HH Radhanath swami in Radha Gopinath temple attracts everyones hearts……

Radhanath Swami Maharaj is very sensitive to others feelings. This is clearly demonstrated by this incident. I hope and pray that I can also learn to be sensitive to the feelings of others.

All GLories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

An Wonderful Experience. THank You Maharaj for sharing this experience.

Hare Krishna

Personally very strict in maintaining the principles of the renounced order yet always very accommodating, kind and encouraging to one and all. That is Radhanath Swami.

How amazing!! Radhanath Swami is revealing that Krishna and vedic culture is all attractive…

nice incident showing the perfect balance between sensitivity and the maturity to represent the culture properly. Truly marvellous dealing by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

A perfect maturity and show of humilty toward inocent who do not know vedic culture and its etiquites.A good lesson for all.Thank you Radhanath Swamiji.

HHRM is very sensitive about everyone and always ensures that everybody is very comfortable, a sign of a true spiritual leader, haribol, bhakti

HHRNSM has a very strong sense of humor and is very clear and instant with his statements, haribol, bhakti

Jai… This is a very humorous article with hidden spirtual treasure that need to be taken from His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

All GLories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

An Wonderful Experience,thank You so much for sharing nice experience.

Hare Krishna

It show’s Radhanath swami maharaj exactly knows how to deal with whom in whatever situation so that nobody willl be unhappy same time purpose will be solved..

Thank you so much for sending many posts like this, each and every one of these posts makes me laugh.

very nice experience…Radhanath Swami’s humour was cherry on the cake…thank you so much for sharing…

it needs to have thorough understanding of the scriptures and practice to react to the situations with humility and grace

This turns out to be a great pastime of Maharaj where his sincerity to abide by the laws of sanyas order is shinning all the more in the light of his sensitivity as well as great sense of humor.

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