Last year Radhanath Swami’s birthday celebrations came right in the middle of his writing marathon. In the Vedic tradition, the spiritual guide who helps one return to God is considered as a special representative of God, to be respected on par with God. So on the spiritual mentor’s birthday his students assemble together in his presence and express their heartfelt appreciation, love and gratitude to him through eloquently written offerings. Radhanath Swami often warns in his talks about the great danger that ego poses on the spiritual path.
After one successful youth festival, many of us, the resident monks gathered around Radhanath Swami and expressed our joy and gratitude. One of us told him, “You have done a miracle. Today we have a powerful team of teachers of the science of God consciousness at our monastery, all by your training.”