When Radhanath Swami Seems an Overgrown Child

When Radhanath Swami Seems an Overgrown Child

When Radhanath Swami Seems an Overgrown Child

Chiksoli is a remote village thirty kilometers from Vrindavan–externally a sprawling mass of poverty, but internally a treasure-house of pure devotion. It is the birth place of Chitra Sakhi, one of the eight confidential associates of the divine couple Radha-Krishna. In November 2008, during a pilgrimage to Vrindavan, I was at this place with Radhanath Swami.

Back in 1971, Radhanath Swami had first visited these holy villages surrounding Vrindavan during his spiritual quest. Though he was a sincere spiritualist even then, he was unknown to most of the world. But now in 2008, he was a world renowned spiritualist with thousands of followers.

One day at Chiksoli Radhanath Swami visited a mediocre family he knew since 1971, for lunch. I accompanied him. In the kitchen an old lady squatted on the floor besides the choola, traditional stove that’s fueled by firewood. She rolled dough, as a pan heated up on the fire. Meanwhile, Radhanath Swami after receiving a warm welcome freshened up with a bath and a change of clothes. He then sat cross-legged on the kitchen’s mud floor and thali, lunch plate, was served out before him. Vraj Rotis, hot and fluffy, after baking on the pan, landed on Radhanath Swami’s plate, one after another. Radhanath Swami consumed them with a gusto I had never witnessed before, though I have accompanied him for lunch at several palatial bungalows of down-town Mumbai.

Baking a roti on the pan the lady spoke, as if thinking aloud, “Aap bilkul badle nahi.”(You haven’t changed at all.) She went on to explain how Radhanath Swami was still as simple as he was in 1971. But for me, who hadn’t seen him here in 1971, Radhanath Swami seemed—through this entire visit—an overgrown child who had returned home.

Recently, on 16 December 2010, someone brought rotis from Vrindavan to Mumbai, for Radhanath Swami. Though it reached his lunch table after two days, Radhanath Swami remarked, “The rotis are the best. Every other preparation is a distraction.” Again, I sensed that his heart is always at his home, in simple Vrindavan.

–Damodar Dulal.

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156 Responses to “When Radhanath Swami Seems an Overgrown Child”

  1. December 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This is an amazing article

  2. December 26, 2011 at 2:38 am

    amazing story

  3. March 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm
    Jagannath Dham Das

    A very heart touching story of Radhanath Swami showing the simple,kind & loving heart he has of a Vrajvasi!

    Hare Krishna !

  4. March 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  5. April 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    This is the perfect example of simplicity of HH Radhanath Swami

  6. May 13, 2012 at 4:24 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing story. Radhanath Swami remains simple hearted and lover of Vrindavan.

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