Wish Granted

Wish Granted

Wish Granted

From the moment I had woken up at 3:30 in the morning, I was an engine revving to go. Go, go, go! Go to Mangal Arati, go to the Mayapur Academy, go practice, go chant, go! Get everything done so that I could go hear my guru speak tonight.

Radhanath Swami had been here in Mayapur for almost a week, speaking every night to 4,000 people on the glories of Lord Chaitanya. Even though the pandal where he was speaking was only a couple hundred meters from where I was studying, I had not yet had time to spend one full night to listen. I was just so, so busy.

But tonight would be different. I was scheduling my day meticulously to leave school on time. Not only that, I was going to sit up at the very, very front and look at Maharaj’s (Radhanath Swami is affectionately addressed by his followers as Radhanath Maharaj) face the entire time!

Night fell. Despite my planning, I was still at school. Still practicing for my exam.

The lecture had begun. The pandal was so close by the Academy that I could hear the echoes of the microphone as Maharaj spoke. I felt spikes of pain to be so close yet so far. My hopes from the whole day crashed around me.

And yet at the same time, I knew that by being here, studying for Krishna, that was what Radhanath Swami himself would’ve wanted of me.

So I stayed.

Later that night, I was walking home from dinner with my friend Jahnava. We were turning a corner on the road when I saw up ahead a figure in orange, walking by himself, his orange cloth lit up by a streetlight behind him. At first I thought he was a brahmachari.

Then I looked again.

“Oh my, Maharaj!” I exclaimed. I immediately knelt to the dust to offer my respects. Jahnava also knelt.

By the time I had stood up, Maharaj had walked up to both of us, his eyes shining, his face beaming.

“Bhakti lata devi!” he said and looked into my eyes. “I have been yearning to see you.”

I was speechless for a moment. “Maharaj… I… I’ve been yearning to see you!”

He was quiet for a moment, smiling, then he turned to Jahnava and asked, “What is your name?”

“Jahnava,” she replied.

“Beautiful,” he said, holding her gaze for several moments. He turned to me again and was quiet. Then, as if he had all the time in the world, he asked me gently, “How are you?”

“I am very well, Maharaj,” I said, and I was thinking I would just end it there. After all, this was someone who only an hour before had been speaking to 4,000 people. Surely he had other things to do, other people to talk to. But I found no such mood of rush in Maharaj’s face or his voice. He simply wanted to know how I was.

And so I shared with Maharaj a little about Mayapur Academy, and we spoke about how to learn the essence of every ritual we do. He said that he may come to my graduation in March to hand students their diplomas. “I may hand you yours,” Maharaj said with a smile.

Then we folded our palms and bid each other goodbye and goodnight.

Jahnava and I continued to walk home, and my eyes were wide and shining.

The holy land of Mayapur seems to grant wishes.

-Bhakti Lata

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44 Responses to “Wish Granted”

  1. March 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for sharing this wounderful incident/realization..Thats very true realization of Mayapur Dham. Also have heard that Pure devotees of lord understand the intricasies/desire of others as paramatma personally guiding them from inside…Jai…

  2. March 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm
    Paramesvara Dasa

    Krsna fulfils all the desires of all the people from time immemorial. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  3. March 22, 2013 at 4:35 am
    Ravi Garg

    Krishna always fulfill all spiritual desires of his devotees…..

  4. March 22, 2013 at 4:58 am
    vaishali kamat

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience. This is yet another evidence of the fact that God fulfills the desires of His sincere devotees.

  5. March 22, 2013 at 5:49 am

    thanks a lot ! it is very very inspiring…

  6. March 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for this wonderful article. Another glimpse into the loving heart of Radhanath Swami.

  7. March 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    nandkishor das


  8. March 23, 2013 at 3:26 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    This relationship of Guru and disciple is not of this world as HH Radhanath Swami in the role of a transcendental spiritual master fulfills the genuine desire of all his disciples. Excellent experience and thanks for sharing this touching story. all glories to you and Maharaj.

  9. March 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article.

  10. March 24, 2013 at 8:21 am
    Vaibhav Sharma

    Radhanath Swami Maharaja is very very very personal. He never makes anyone feels that he has other things lined up when he is conversing them. All Glories to him !!

  11. March 24, 2013 at 8:37 am
    navin poojary

    Despite being so busy Maharaj engages in such sweet interactions with all devotees. This is what attracts all our hearts to Him, his qualities

  12. March 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    hari bol , holy land of mayapur fulfilled yours wishes

  13. March 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    Sada Nandini

    Thank you very much for sharing this heart touching story.

  14. March 26, 2013 at 4:04 am


  15. March 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    Pradeep Kumar

    Amazed to see that such a renowned sadhu have so much for his disciples.

  16. March 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    Sumit Sharma

    Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful story with Radhanath Swami. He is always concerned about the spiritual well being of every living entity.

  17. March 28, 2013 at 4:08 am
    malathi santosh

    Great desires! Great Satisfaction! 🙂

  18. March 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    a spiritual desire fullfilled

  19. March 29, 2013 at 7:51 am
    Santpal Goel

    Our all wishes will be granted if one day we get to speak to Radhanath Swami.Thanks for sharing.

  20. March 29, 2013 at 8:13 am
    bhakti karia

    wonderful experience and thank you sharing it with all of us, All Glories to Gurudev, Haribol!!

  21. March 29, 2013 at 8:17 am
    rajesh karia

    Yes Sri Dham Mayapur is an ocean of fulfilling wishes and the deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhav, Panchatatva & Lord Narshimadev are so very special and merciful, All Glories to Gurudev, Haribol!!!

  22. March 29, 2013 at 11:38 am
    Milind M Churi

    This is example how Radhanath Maharaj loves his disciples and care for them.Radhanath Swami said in his Vyas Puja address that “I am yours (of disciples)”.This story proves this statement.

  23. March 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    indeed the holy land of mayapur fulfills spiritual desires…

  24. March 30, 2013 at 1:49 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful experience!

  25. March 31, 2013 at 4:29 am

    This is the real reciprocation between a disciple and a spiritual master. If we are sincere and eager, then Lord helps us in our endeavors in Bhakti. HH Radhanath Swami is an embodiment of what he speaks, talking to 4000 people and talking to a single spirit soul, the personalized behaviour of HH Radhanath Swami keeps us going in our devotional service

  26. April 1, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Just yesterday, I watched a video recording of Kirtan sung by Bhakti Lata Devi. You appear so much spiritual charged up. Most of the credit for this goes to your spiritual master, isn’t it.

  27. April 6, 2013 at 8:08 am
    Ramnika Pahuja

    Radhanath Swamiji is very close. to his disciples and care and love them from his heart. All glories to Gurudev.

  28. April 9, 2013 at 6:18 am
    dipti gaikwad

    The spiritual master knows the heart of every disciple, and Krishna definitely reciprocates with the sincere desires of a sincere seeker

  29. April 11, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Amazing !!!!

    Mayapur is audharya dhaam, so merciful it fullfiled your desire

    Thank you so much mataji for sharing your wondrful exeperince.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

  30. April 12, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Thanks you very much for sharing this experience with Radhanath swami.

  31. April 12, 2013 at 5:11 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj always makes each devotee feel special whether he is giving class to 4000 people or talking personally to someone.

  32. April 12, 2013 at 7:00 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Holy dhams like Mayapur & holy personalities like Radhanath Swami can grant you any wish if you are sincere

  33. April 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    N. Swaminathan

    Sincere spiritual desires are answered

  34. April 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Hari hariii. It’s very touching incident. Your sincerity is the key for dhaam to fulfill your desire mataji.

  35. April 16, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Krishna & His representatives fulfills the desires of sincere devotees. A great example for the same !!

  36. April 16, 2013 at 8:12 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Its amazing, how Lord, His pure devotees, Lord’s abode pure unalloyed desires of a devotee

  37. April 18, 2013 at 10:38 am
    Kuldeep Soni

    Amazing! Such a nice moment… Thanks for sharing.

  38. April 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    All pure derires are fulfilled

  39. April 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you very much mataji for sharing this. You are very fortunate. Please pray for me in the dham that I can also please him in any significant way! Ys

  40. April 24, 2013 at 3:40 am
    N. Swaminathan

    The spiritually potent combination of a holy dhama and a holy soul and a sincere desire

  41. May 9, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I could relate to this incident as Lord, his dham and his pure devotees actually fulfills all our desires which would help and encourage us to advance in our Bhakti. Thank you for sharing.

  42. June 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Hari bol wonderful… Mayapur dham is really wish fulfilling …..

  43. August 9, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Very nice incidence.

  44. September 24, 2013 at 1:54 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Such sweet interactions of Maharaj with the devotees, keeps us alive.

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