The phone call

The phone call

The phone call

Quite some time back, I was in US for few weeks in Pittsburgh. I had learned from my friends that Radhanath Swami was in Chicago and would be readily available. I somehow managed to get the number of the place in Chicago where he was staying. And early in the morning I called him. I was ignorant that US had 3 time zones and I was calling him at an unearthly hour.

I heard a groggy voice and immediately requested for Radhanath Swami, to which the response was “Speaking”. I immediately offered my respects and then for the next 5 minutes in a very polite and fatherly voice, Radhanath Swami spoke to me, praising me and offering very lovingly, kind and instructive words.

After a few weeks when I met Radhanath Swami back in Mumbai, I promptly told him that I had called him in US. He said “Oh…. It was you”. He apologized and said that he was heavily medicated on antibiotics and may not have been very attentive.

I was shocked!!! Here is a person who was disturbed in the middle of the night and was heavily medicated and sick, and yet his love and kindness was the same. There was no difference in his dealings and gentleness when he is fully conscious or heavily medicated and disturbed in the middle of the night.

I cannot think of anyone, even in own family who would have been so loving and kind even when heavily sick and disturbed in the middle of the night.

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37 Responses to “The phone call”

  1. July 1, 2013 at 8:06 am
    Keval Shah

    The great souls are taror api sahishnuna. Really great souls like Radhanath swami are undisturbed by external situations.

    All glories !!

  2. July 1, 2013 at 8:26 am
    vsk

    very touching !

  3. July 1, 2013 at 10:42 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing this heart touching story.

  4. July 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    krishna daya das

    Amazing selflessness. All glories to guru mahraj.

  5. July 2, 2013 at 2:12 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami is truly a saintly personality, exhibiting tolerance.

  6. July 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’a love is so unparalleled & he distributes them equally to everyone,,,

  7. July 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    Sumit Sharma

    Very heart-touching and instructive. If we really want to make progress in our spiritual life, we must try to follow the footsteps of Radhanath Swami Maharaj and other great saints who are in the material world just to reclaim forgotten souls.

    Thanks for sharing such an amazing real story about Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  8. July 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    RamnikaPahuja

    Very inspiring and touching . Thank you for sharing

  9. July 7, 2013 at 2:02 am
    Ravi

    Thanks for sharing this experience….

  10. July 7, 2013 at 6:09 am
    Paramesvara Dasa

    Guru, a representative of Krsna, have all good qualities. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  11. July 9, 2013 at 7:37 am
    Sanjiv

    We are very fortunate to be able to read about such incidents and we only hope to learn from them. We are so very grateful to HH Radhanath swami

  12. July 9, 2013 at 8:46 am
    navin poojary

    In my individual experience, I had in fact reacted not so politely with my own family members when I was once woken up form sleep. I pay my prostrated obeisances at the feet of Radhanath Swami who is tolerant and compassionate

  13. July 10, 2013 at 11:00 am
    Shital

    Such an opportunity for all of us to learn this quality of tolerance and modesty

  14. July 12, 2013 at 2:10 am
    Milind M Churi

    Radhanath Swami is a true representative of God,Krishna.For him disciples are like members of his family.The above said incidence also tech us that we have to develop such qualities in us while practicing path of Bhakti. Thank you very much for sharing with us.

  15. July 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Great souls are always compassionate even at the cost of their own health. All glories to Radhanath Maharaj.

  16. July 19, 2013 at 3:52 am
    rajesh karia

    Maharaj’s compassion and love for his devotees is beyond any boundaries and is selfless. All Glories to Guru Maharaj.

  17. July 19, 2013 at 3:57 am
    bhakti karia

    HHRNSM’s love for his devotees is so pure and even in the worst of conditions Maharaj is willing to go to every extent possible to shelter his devotees and make them comfortable. All Glories to our Guru Maharj. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

  18. July 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    Anil Timbe

    So touching.. really Radhanath Swami is personification of compassion for one and all. Thanks for sharing.

  19. July 22, 2013 at 1:21 am
    Rajesh Upadhyay

    This is just amazing example of selflessness.
    thank you for sharing its very inspiring.

  20. July 23, 2013 at 2:20 am
    deepak bagla

    Radhanath swami is such a loving person that no words are sufficient to describe it .

  21. July 23, 2013 at 3:21 am
    Haridas

    Thank you for such a heart-touching incidence..

  22. July 23, 2013 at 5:17 am
    Amala Bhakti Rani d.d.

    Well …. thats our beloved Guru Maharaj …. a true GURU.

  23. July 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    rajendra kamath

    HH Radhanath Swami is great…

  24. July 25, 2013 at 7:40 am
    suresh

    Great souls teaches us, how to transcend bodily platform.

  25. July 26, 2013 at 9:14 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Only a genuine humble person like Radhanath Swami can display this quality

  26. July 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    Prajakta Timbe

    Very heart touching. He always behaves what is in his pure heart so in the midnight also he was sensitive and caring.

  27. July 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm
    Suryakant Krishna Das

    My heart melts with attitude of Radhanath maharaj. He puts all others over his priority or comfort.

  28. August 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm
    RamnikaPahuja

    Only such a compassionate ,pure,humble,great person like Radhanath Swami has wonderful qualities.

  29. August 5, 2013 at 2:54 am
    Sahil Khosla

    A pure devotee is Krishna conscious even while he is asleep. Maharaj is a true example..

  30. August 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm
    Sunil

    Oh, such a compassionate and loving soul–Have personally seen/ heard about his compassionate nature and love towards people. only one thing comes to my mind is just follow in his footstep and dedicate our life to him,,no other way to repay back his love

  31. August 31, 2013 at 3:47 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Very true, only a person who is genuinely humble at heart can be the same at all the times, like HH Radhanath Swami

  32. September 7, 2013 at 11:12 am
    Sanjiv

    Wonderful! Loving and caring

  33. September 14, 2013 at 4:49 am
    Hareesh PK

    We are all so fortunate to have a genuine Guru who practices what he preaches.

    Hare Krishna.

  34. September 21, 2013 at 5:59 am
    onkar deshpande

    very much heart touching

  35. January 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm
    Meet Manik

    Very Touching and inspiring….even our close family and friends wont entertain during such a situation…that shows his humble, caring and loving nature….

  36. September 20, 2014 at 7:32 am
    sri vallabhi dd

    Very touching,so loving and kind to every living being.

  37. December 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm
    Kaushik

    Radhanath Swami is master of relationships. He knows how to deal with each individual properly even in middle of night. 🙂

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Radhanath Swami Quotes...


"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."