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. January 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    Kathiresan

    Thank you maharaj very much for always being the topmost example.

  2. January 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    Rupa

    Thank you for sharing this

  3. January 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Radhanath swami is so deep.

  4. January 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharajs sense of respect for everyone is so deep.

  5. January 5, 2011 at 12:50 am
    Karthik

    Radhanath Swamy Maharaj has very deep apreciation and affection for anything related to Vrindavan.

  6. January 5, 2011 at 1:51 am
    vishvesh

    great thank you for sharing

  7. January 5, 2011 at 2:57 am
    Das

    Jai !! It gives insights into Maharaj’s personality.

  8. January 5, 2011 at 3:48 am
    Santosh Kaimal

    a very touching story

  9. January 5, 2011 at 6:10 am
    Rajshekhar S

    A true spiritualist is always child-like in his demeanours, which in turn reflects his simplicity of heart.

  10. January 5, 2011 at 7:37 am
    shreekanth

    HH Radhanath swami is always in Vrndavan mood…a vrajvasi

  11. January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am
    sharda gokarn

    very nice article.

  12. January 5, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this incident which shows Radhanath Swami’s simplicity and love for anything or anybody connected to Vrindavan.

  13. January 6, 2011 at 10:44 am
    sagar kumar behera

    Radhanath Swami is a real VRAJAVASI, whose heart is always there in Vrindavan.

  14. January 7, 2011 at 5:08 am
    navin poojary

    It is rightly said by the wise that “in heart of a pure devotee Lord always resides”.Pure devotees like Radhanath Swami are always thinking of the Lord and his accompanying parapernalia like Holy places as Vrindavan.

  15. January 7, 2011 at 6:27 am
    Sowmya J

    A true lover of GOD is always simple at heart.

  16. January 7, 2011 at 7:07 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    Very inspiring – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing the nectar.

  17. January 7, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    Very nice and inspiring atricle.

    Thank so much for sharing.

  18. January 8, 2011 at 8:59 am
    krishna daya das

    mahraj is alwaya in vrindavan mood.

  19. January 8, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Kajal Gandhi

    A simple heart full of love, satisfaction and compassion…!

  20. January 8, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Vinay Rachh

    An amazing incident

  21. January 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    Siddharth

    Wonderful Incident..Thank you for sharing

  22. January 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    Arabinda Sahoo

    Amazing ! Prabhu. Thank you for sharing.

  23. January 10, 2011 at 12:11 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    This is an amazing article. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is a true vrajavasi.

  24. January 10, 2011 at 7:38 am
    malathi santosh

    Vraj Rotis !! yummy:)

  25. January 11, 2011 at 6:57 am
    Manish Kumar

    A heart touching story. Thank You

  26. January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am
    Sunny

    When things are done with a deep understanding with heart involvd – then the actions are always consistent. However actions done as per surrounding – just to accomplish some selfish desire – there is no consistency in behaviour.

    Here we see a simple Vrajvasi lady remarking Radhanath Swami not to have changed from 1971…shows how he is of substance/character deep , externally polished in every action/ettiqutte, with the most beautiful expression of the heart

  27. January 12, 2011 at 8:10 am
    Chandrashekar

    A wonderful heart touching incident which clearly shows the simplicity of true saint – HH Radhanath swami

  28. January 12, 2011 at 11:06 am
    Ketan Pendse

    Maharaj’s devotional qualities are exhibited in each and every of his action…such a heart touching incident, thank you prabhu for sharing it…

  29. January 13, 2011 at 9:49 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Vrindavan Dham ki jai, Radhanath Swami ki jai

  30. January 13, 2011 at 9:51 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful incident with Radhanath Swami

  31. January 13, 2011 at 9:53 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Radhanath Swami understands the true essence of Vrindavan dham. His bhav is certainly above the most of us

  32. January 13, 2011 at 10:59 am
    annapurna

    Radhanath Swami’s simple heart is his ornament.

  33. January 14, 2011 at 1:50 am
    vishvesh

    Radhanath maharaj have so much love for Vrindavan and Vrajavasis

  34. January 14, 2011 at 11:34 am
    priya aiyar

    Simple, humble and truly a receptive soul to Lord’s grace.This incident is a testimony to his greatness.

  35. January 14, 2011 at 11:36 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj is simple, humble and truly a receptive soul to Lord’s grace.This incident is a testimony to his greatness.

  36. January 16, 2011 at 1:17 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami is so simple in heart and he only sees the service and he is always greatful for any little service rendered.

  37. January 17, 2011 at 7:15 am
    sandeep kaimal

    very inspiring and touching passtime

  38. January 17, 2011 at 9:14 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    A real spiritualist is child-like in his demeanours, which is a sign of his simplicity. All glories to Maharaj.

  39. January 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm
    Dasi

    Thank you very much for sharing

  40. January 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    Nausheel Unnadkat

    Radhanath Swami’s heart is always a young child, simple like villagers of Vrindavan.

    Such a true spiritualist can easily make out the devotion gone into the preparation. He doesnt look for glamorous preparations but the devotion invested into the preparation.

  41. February 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    Chandrika

    This is so beautiful…thank you

  42. April 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    Rasakeli

    HH Radhanath Swami has a very simple heart. And all he wants from all of us is to be “ONLY SIMPLE”. Donno when we are going to establish that mood of being simple

  43. May 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    anjan

    many millions of thanks for sharing this heart-melting experience.

  44. May 21, 2011 at 9:52 am
    P.Durgadevi

    This story shows that Radhanath Swami is having deep affection for Vrindavan and the simple food.

  45. May 22, 2011 at 9:22 am
    priti

    This article shows his deep love for brajvasis and his simplicity despite so much of fame.Amazing quality.Thanks for sharing.HH Radhanath swami maharaj ki jai.

  46. May 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm
    bhaskar garg

    Radhanath Swami is just made of pure love and nothing else.

  47. June 7, 2011 at 4:44 am
    P.Durgadevi

    Just like Lord Krishna accepted the simple food in vidura ‘s house by neglecting royal food that was offered by Durdhona Maharaj also satisfies with the simple food offered by the vrindavan people.

  48. July 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    jan

    many thanks for sharing this amazing article.

  49. October 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    surekha

    HH Radhanath swami is always simple and teaches us by his example. HH Radhanath swami ki jai.

  50. November 29, 2011 at 5:50 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Very Inspiring article. Shows the simplicity, devotion & love of Radhanath Swami for the most holiest of all abodes Sri Vrindavan Dham

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