Radhanath Swami — when his heart picks up pace

Radhanath Swami — when his heart picks up pace

Radhanath Swami — when his heart picks up pace

Months of contemplation shyly hides behind this once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am going to narrate. The photograph that plays the lead-role in this narrative is the sole witness that caught me everyday in those thoughtful moments, sometimes minutes and sometimes hours.

A blessed photographer had captured this image—the smiling faces of the deities of Radha and Gopinath ( Krishna, the enchanter of the cowherd girls of Vrindavan ) —and had gifted me a copy. Gopinath’s moon like face tilted beneath a sky-blue turban and Radha compassionately smiled in her dark blue sari. Even one with an iota of devotion would be endeared by this photo; what to speak of Radhanath Swami for whom, I had heard, these deities were ‘life and soul.’ Therefore an idea of gifting it to Radhanath Swami had sprouted in my mind the very moment I was gifted the photograph. Then on, every time I held the photograph, which was almost daily, I found myself lost in contemplation, and through that that sprout of an idea was watered. As months passed, the sprout gained roots, grew into a plant, expanded its branches, and the climax was a beautiful flower—a conviction that this gift, though simple by material standards, could charm Radhanath Swami’s heart. It was in December of 2008 that I finally made up my mind.

Radhanath Swami hadn’t been keeping good health during this period; he seldom kept outdoors. Still, one evening I found him alone in the corridor outside his room. I stole the opportunity. Meekly, I held out the photo. Seeing it, Radhanath Swami shuddered. Like a drug-addict finding his addiction after prolonged withdrawal, he underwent kind of convulsions. His right hand slithered out of the bead bag and raced to the photo, while his left hand yanked me closer and pressed my face against his chest—an affectionate brace. There, I felt his heartbeat picking pace. Then, releasing me, he erupted, “You have given me back my life and soul. Thank you very much.” The second statement he repeated four or five times before I took his leave. How simple it is to please the great souls!

–Nityananda Charan Das.

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153 Responses to “Radhanath Swami — when his heart picks up pace”

  1. April 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This is a wonderful example of how great souls act and reciprocate. Simple service can please Guru Maharaj to a great extent if sincere desire within the heart.

  2. April 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very beautiful experience.

    Hare Krishna

  3. April 20, 2011 at 9:10 am
    radhasangi devi dasi

    Very touching!

  4. April 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    Krsnanaam das

    It is amazing how Radhanath Swami can touch the heart of eacha nd every individual

  5. April 24, 2011 at 9:46 am
    jayshree shinde

    that was sooooo beautiful

  6. April 24, 2011 at 9:49 am
    jayshree shinde

    thankyou for sharing such a heart touching event about HH Radhanath Swami

  7. April 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm
    Rajesh venkatraman

    thank you for sharing such a heart touching event about HH Radhanath Swami

  8. April 28, 2011 at 2:45 am

    The incidence reveals the heart of a pure devotee, simple, humble, full of love and gratitude.

  9. April 28, 2011 at 6:16 am
    Uma Iyer

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful incident.

  10. April 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Maharaj’s life and soul is Radha and Krishna

  11. May 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing this touching event, that how Radhanath Swami Maharaj accepts love in a form of a service from everyone.

  12. May 12, 2011 at 10:27 am
    Pushpa Gopal Das

    Maharaj reciprocated with utter gratitude with you, because it was your sincere desire to please him.
    Also Visit- http://www.radhanath.com

  13. May 13, 2011 at 4:29 am
    Anand kumar

    Heart touching experience.
    Also Visit- http://www.radhanath.com

  14. May 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  15. May 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    Pramathesh Nimkar

    its a wonderful story. Radhanath swami is so personal even in his difficult times. Fever generally makes us irritable and selfish, but Radhanath Swami seems to contradict this practically every time he is sick

  16. May 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Wonderful and very nice experience.

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj is personified humility.

    Thank you so much for sharing wonderful nectar.

  17. May 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    for those of you who may not know, Nityanada charan prabhu is now the personal photographer of Sri Sri Radha Gopinathji. The photographs put up on deitydarshan.com, daily, are clicked by him. When i asked about this incedient to him he very shyly said that other devotees forced him to mention this, other wise he would not ever have spoken.. Such great are the true followers of Radhanath Swamy

  18. May 30, 2011 at 3:20 am

    This incident shows that how simple Radhanath swami is.Even a Photo OF Radha gopinath and srimathi Radharani gave pleasure to him.Really it is wonderful.

  19. June 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Wonderful !

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

  20. June 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    many thanks for sharing this beautiful story of Radhanath swami

  21. July 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    This shows the simple devoted heart of Srila Radhanath Swami

  22. July 7, 2011 at 12:13 am
    priti katkar

    Maharaj’s love for Krishna is so intense.Thank u so much for sharing such a wonderful experience with Maharaj.

  23. July 28, 2011 at 7:54 am
    naresh Jethwa

    Very Touching, Thanks for Sharing

  24. August 1, 2011 at 12:58 am
    shreeniwas Chaudhary

    Thank you for sharing such a nice experience.Radhanath swamiji ki jai…..


  25. August 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    many many thanks for sharing.

  26. September 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm
    ashok n belani

    Such an simple, but very intimate moment.Here Maharaj is showing us, that many problems will be there, or may not be there, but we must make the Lord as our life and soul.That should be our priority in life.

  27. September 8, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Thank you very much sharing such a heart-touching experience. You are so blessed Nityanand Charan Prabhu..
    All glories to you!

  28. September 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  29. October 2, 2011 at 9:47 am
    Vidya Patham

    We learn such important lessons from the lives of great souls just by hearing about their daily activities and conversation.

  30. October 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pastimes with HH Radhanath swami maharaj. He is so kind.

  31. November 9, 2011 at 3:57 am

    very touching!

  32. November 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    The narrative just kept me gripped till the end. It kept me wondering as to what was Maharaj s reaction as much as it probably kept this prabhuji.

    Hare Krishna

  33. December 1, 2011 at 9:09 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    All great souls have this great quality – Simplicity!

  34. December 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    Shilpi Singha Roy

    We miss Guru Maharaj’s presence here in Kolkata..We hope to get his divine darshan soon! Hari Bol..!

  35. December 16, 2011 at 5:16 am
    Sunny Hinduja


  36. December 18, 2011 at 8:31 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Simple service can satisfy great souls. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  37. December 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Knowing His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj at times really melts my heart!

  38. December 19, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Kushal Krishna Das

    Such a wonderful reciprocation!!

  39. December 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Haribol!! i have to words to express

  40. February 23, 2012 at 7:00 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    The easiest & best thing we can do in this world to please KRISHNA & His pure devotees like Radhanath Swami Maharaj !
    Hare Krishna !

  41. March 10, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Wow!! Wonderful article. Thank you for sharing.

  42. March 23, 2012 at 10:53 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Very nice article this is. Thanks for sharing it.

  43. April 30, 2012 at 6:08 am

    i wonder will such a thing could ever happen to us. Radhanath swami is in so much deep love with God. It’s beyong imagination

  44. June 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Maharaj’s unlimited attraction for Shri Shri Radha Gopinath !

  45. June 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Maharaj’s unlimited attraction for Shri Shri Radha Gopinath ! Thanks Nityananda Charan Prabhu for sharing this pastime

  46. June 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  47. July 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Beautiful article… very sweet ..

  48. July 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

    thank you very much for sharing.

  49. July 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Thank you very much for sharing .Jay Sri Radhanath Maharaj ! Jay Sri Sri RadhaGopinath !

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