“What can I do for you?”

“What can I do for you?”

“What can I do for you?”

From 1993, when I was nine, to 2007, Lady Nothcote Hindu Orphanage was my home. At the time it was located close to Radhagopinath temple, in the heart of Mumbai. Recently, it is moved from there to a village named Galtare, so the students can be raised in an environment free from the pollution and dangers of the big city.

While at the Orphanage, every morning before I went to School, I was drawn up the staircase to Radhanath Swami’s room on the first floor. I found his company irresistible. Whenever I arrived, he extended the same affectionate greeting, “Hare Krishna.” Everyday he offered me the Lord’s prasadam, sacred food, usually a Cookie. Conversation was sparse for I knew very little English. But affection of the heart transcended all language barriers.

One day, desiring to reciprocate with his affection, I shyly asked him in whatever English I knew, “What can I do for you?” He had a large following among the rich and the famous. What could I, a poor boy, do for him? Yet, when I asked this question, his eyes shone with delight. With the excitement of an overgrown schoolboy he replied, “You can please me by learning English. Then we can talk so much.” I grinned from ear to ear. Within, I felt sheltered by his affection.

Then on, he frequently would ask me, “Have you learnt English?” and I would respond, “Little. Little”

A leader awed by thousands around the globe, he was as simple as I was, in my company.

— Jyandev.

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137 Responses to ““What can I do for you?””

  1. August 16, 2010 at 7:15 am
    bhakti karia

    radhanath swami maharaj always provides with his selfless service and gestures for the benefit of others, regards, bhakti

  2. August 16, 2010 at 8:35 am
    saveeta

    Radhanath Swami never fails to provide encouragement and shelter to everyone whom he comes in contact with.Thank you for sharing this !

  3. August 16, 2010 at 11:25 am
    preeti

    this shows how Radhnath Swami maharaj loves everyone and care for every one

  4. August 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    Meera Sharma

    Radhanath Swami knows how to touch someone’s heart.Very innocent exchanges of love.

  5. August 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    saroj

    sooooo sweet!

  6. August 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    Pawan Sabharwal

    Unconditional Love speaks for itself.

  7. August 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    Rajendra

    I whish I was as lucky as Jyandev.

  8. August 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    A short association with a genuinely compassionate and loving person goes deep into our heat and memory because we feel genuinely loved and cared for.

  9. August 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    Swapnil Nirhali

    So nice receprocation by Radhanath Swami .Panditah Sama Darshinah….

  10. August 17, 2010 at 9:51 am
    Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami is really down to earth teacher who reciprocates with one and all in best possible way teaching through his own example how we should deal with others. Thank you for sharing

  11. August 17, 2010 at 11:34 am
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj really extends himself to everyone

  12. August 18, 2010 at 6:57 am
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami is a friend to everyone – young and old alike. With his simplicity he could attract the hearts of thousands of people.

  13. August 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    Nilesh

    Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful passtime. HH Radhanath Maharaja has time for everyone.

  14. August 19, 2010 at 6:30 am
    Ketan Pendse

    Truly amazing incident…

  15. August 19, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Naveen

    Amazing incident! Radhanath Swami, you are the world’s best & friend anyone could ever have.

  16. August 19, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Naveen

    Amazing incident! Radhanath Swami, you are the world’s best & true friend anyone could ever have.

  17. August 19, 2010 at 11:42 am
    Bhavesh

    Very heart touching incident. Radhanath Swami is so personal in his dealings.

  18. August 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    suresh

    Radhanath Maharaj always engage somehow others in the sevice of Krishna

  19. August 20, 2010 at 12:54 am
    vivek

    And indeed You have learnt quite well. Thank you for sharing the insident

  20. August 21, 2010 at 3:07 am
    rajendra desai

    yes we have to be compatible to master so quick progress is expected

  21. August 22, 2010 at 6:21 am
    sharda gokarn

    Maharaj compassion for each and tiny souls is amazing.Thank you Prabhuji for sharing such heart touching incident.

  22. August 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    deep

    this shows the simplicity of Radhanath swami

  23. August 24, 2010 at 1:24 am
    Vishvesh

    Very nice story. Radhanath Maharaj is so down to earth.

  24. August 24, 2010 at 11:25 am
    vrajakrsna das

    hari bol.
    thanks

  25. August 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm
    Gauranga Vihari dasa

    Affectionate loving exchanges

  26. August 25, 2010 at 3:21 am
    mona

    Radhanath Swami is so loving and compassionate

  27. August 25, 2010 at 4:36 am
    Viraj Kamat

    Thank you for sharing this. This shows the all encompassing nature of Radhanath Swami’s care and love.

  28. August 28, 2010 at 12:14 am
    Chandrashekar

    Such soul touching experiences with HH Radhanath swami I heartily appreciate the association of those who life is touched by the affection of Maharaj

  29. August 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    Phani

    Very nice experiance, thank you so much for sharing.

  30. October 22, 2010 at 3:53 am
    Sumit

    This is really a heart touching story. Radhanath Swami sees the heart of a person and not his material qualification.

  31. December 11, 2010 at 9:22 am
    Sunil

    Maharaj has a true affection for each and every soul…

  32. December 12, 2010 at 9:09 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    Maharaj is so affectionate towards each and every individual soul. Thanks for sharing.

  33. December 30, 2010 at 11:24 am
    Servant

    So simple and loving.. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ki Jai.

  34. December 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    Chandrika

    Such wonderful pastimes!

  35. February 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    surekha

    This is a wonderful story to hear about the very affectionate nature of Radhanath swami towards everyone irrespective of their age and social status.

  36. March 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm
    rekha

    This is a wonderful article explaining us the simplicity of great soul like Radhanath swami.

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