Radhanath Swami, the cook

Radhanath Swami, the cook

Radhanath Swami, the cook

Ever tried cooking for someone dear? It’s a powerful way of conquering your beloved’s heart. That’s why Bhakti Yogis, whose sole yearning is to conquer the heart of the Supreme Lord, ascribe such importance to cooking, a seemingly ordinary chore.

One day at Radhagopinath Ashram, as I sat chatting with the cook in the kitchen, Radhanath Swami entered. Spotting the milk that boiled on the stove, a sweet smile bloomed on his visage. He gravitated close to the stove, grasped the stirring spoon and began to stir the milk gently. Glancing towards the cook, he said, “You please become the director of Radhagopinath Ashram, and allow me to cook.” Silent moments passed as the cook groped for a reply. Then, as if reaching a conclusion after deep introspection, Radhanath Swami added, “I will have to serve as a director for many lifetimes before I could get the opportunity to cook for the Lord.”

–Vikram Arora


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196 Responses to “Radhanath Swami, the cook”

  1. October 7, 2011 at 4:26 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you for this inspiring article

  2. October 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Very inspiring!

  3. October 7, 2011 at 11:36 am
    Manish Kumar

    Very heartening feeling of Maharaj .

  4. October 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm
    Viraj Kamat

    HH Radhanath Swami is an embodiment of genuine humility and love.

  5. October 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm
    Pooja, Singapore

    Hari Bol, the one liners of Maharaj are very Hilarious and instructive at the same time. Hare Krishna.

  6. October 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm
    Pooja, Singapore

    The one liners of Maharaj are very hilarious and at the same time informative as well. Hari Bol.

  7. October 9, 2011 at 5:35 am

    very amazing article maharaj…

  8. October 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Maharaj is so sweet!

  9. October 14, 2011 at 5:43 am

    such simmplicity of Radhanath Swami has touched the hearts of many!!

  10. October 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    Sandeep S Kamat

    Radhanath swami is simply amazing and it is a delight to hear his stories.

  11. October 15, 2011 at 12:59 am
    ababhijithijit b kamble

    thank u maharaj for showing by example what a devotee should be aspiring for

  12. October 15, 2011 at 3:55 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    It amounts to great humility to be like HH Radhanath Swami.

  13. October 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Amazing article. very inspirational thank you very much.

  14. October 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    nandkishor das

    everything and everyone is valuable in krishna Consciousness

  15. October 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    These articles are conveying so much of message and they can transform one if applied in real life. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  16. November 3, 2011 at 11:16 am
    nikhil wadhwa

    truly inspiring! 🙂

  17. November 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

    HH Radhanath Maharaj’s every word is filled with love.

  18. November 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Very nice article

  19. November 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so humourous and also conveys serious messages in his interactions.

  20. November 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    great article…an example of Maharaj’s humility. Thanks for sharing

  21. November 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    very inspiring and touching

  22. November 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so unassuming & humble!!!! Very inspiring.

  23. November 27, 2011 at 9:58 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    The sentences of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj are very hilarious and instructive at the same time. Hare Krishna.

  24. November 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing this incident. This truly speaks of the humility and saintly character of Radhanath swami.

  25. November 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

    Such a beautiful experience.Everybody will remain agape after Maharaj’s response, How Maharaj wants to do even the smallest of thing with great involvement is something that keeps us wondering how.

    Hare Krishna.

  26. November 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    hari hari bol…………………………………

  27. November 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

    heart wrenching humility by Radhanath Swami

  28. December 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Sweetness of bhakti is very beautifully seen in Radhanath Maharaj’s dealings with others.

  29. December 9, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Maharaj is really very Humble. Thank for sharing this.

  30. December 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Article

  31. December 13, 2011 at 2:32 am

    very inspiring

  32. December 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Nice story full of realizations.

  33. December 17, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Every aspect of knowing Radhanath Maharaj is divine.

  34. December 17, 2011 at 6:10 am
    Kushal Krishna Das

    H H Radhanath Maharaj ki Jay!

  35. December 19, 2011 at 8:09 am
    Vidya Patham

    Seeing Radhanath Swami’s humility makes us realize how small and insignificant we must feel knowing how far we have to go in our spiritual life.

  36. March 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Radhanath swami has the unique ability to make every one feel blessed and useful!

  37. March 13, 2012 at 3:39 am

    consciousness we should be aspiring for, thank u maharaj

  38. March 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm
    Pranjal dixit

    Its so amazing to see Maharaj’s perfect way of appreciation for cooking service and the cook. Thank you for sharing.

  39. April 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    It is the humble way of expressing appreciation by Radhanath swami.

  40. April 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    In his unique style Maharaj motivated, taught humility and told how it is a big priviledge to cook for Lord. Very instructive. Thanks a lot.

  41. April 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

    i wud like to cook for maharaj

  42. May 1, 2012 at 12:21 am
    Sumit Sharma

    Very nice.

  43. May 7, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Smriti Gupta

    Amazing. His every action every word is a lesson.

  44. May 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

    This is amazing what seems to be a very ordinary chore for us, is actually a loving service to Lord. Thank you very much for sharing.

  45. July 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    very sweet and deep article… bhakti is simplicity

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