Choosing a Spot for Radhanath Swami

Choosing a Spot for Radhanath Swami

Choosing a Spot for Radhanath Swami

Our little group made a curious sight for the local villagers: though clad in traditional Vedic attire—dhoti and kurta—we had red sports-cap on. We security volunteers wore them to distinguish ourselves from the other pilgrims during this pilgrimage to Vrindavan.

Rice paddies stretched out on all sides. We scurried—one behind the other—along the narrow bank that enclosed the swampy paddy fields, heading towards Malhar Kund way ahead of Radhanath Swami and the other thousand-odd pilgrims. Before they arrived there we had to search out a suitable location for Radhanath Swami to sit and discourse, amidst Malhar Kund’s rural landscape.

Upon arriving at Malhar Kund we found it picturesque. The ponds there radiated serenity; the trees swayed as if in spiritual ecstasy; and the oasis-like feel of the place was enhanced by the treeless fields in the vicinity. But we also found the soupy mud that carpeted the earth and the noon sun that scorched the air inescapable. After desperately meandering around and after much deliberation, we finalized a spot—a little hard ground shaded by trees—for Radhanath Swami to sit and discourse.

After a while the pilgrims headed by Radhanath Swami arrived. Walking up to Radhanath Swami we directed him to our chosen spot. But after brief contemplation Radhanath Swami walked away into the blazing sun and sat on the muddy ground to discourse; he sat facing our chosen spot. Naturally, some of his audience now had to occupy the spot that was chosen for him.

Radhanath Swami tolerated the sun and the swamp, while he discoursed for hours to his audience, at least some of whom fitted in the comfort of the shade and the hard ground of the chosen spot.

–Mr. Abhay Poarekar

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167 Responses to “Choosing a Spot for Radhanath Swami”

  1. January 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Radhanath Swami is full of humility.

  2. January 12, 2011 at 1:34 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful story of Radhanath Swami

  3. January 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

    A wonderful incident showing us the nature of a true devotee – servant of servant. HH Radhanath swami Maharaj ki Jai!!

  4. January 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    vipul sutrave


  5. January 13, 2011 at 10:33 am
    Ketan Pendse

    Perfect eample of selfless service

  6. January 14, 2011 at 11:31 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj is very thoughtful and compassionate which is unparalleled.He is amazing as well as extraordinary in his dealings.Thanks for sharing.

  7. January 15, 2011 at 4:22 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    This is a nice incident showing the true nature of a devotee. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai.

  8. January 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    Arabinda Sahoo

    Radhanath Swami is teaching out of many things, austerity as a quality for Spiritual Progress.

    Thank you, Prabhu.

  9. January 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Thank you very much for sharing

  10. March 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This is very instructive. Thank you

  11. March 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Maharaj is so compassionate and thoughtful!

  12. April 7, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Maharaj says – “My life is meant for inconveniences”. Thank You for sharing this article which beautifully illustrates this aspect of Maharaj.

  13. April 9, 2011 at 3:16 am
    Vinay Rachh

    nice pastime!!

  14. April 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    only a genuine and a really humble personality will think and do this.
    thanks to share.

  15. August 6, 2011 at 5:53 am

    This is real selflessness

  16. August 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    This is a great instance of “leading by example”.

  17. May 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    This is very heart touching story and revealing us how much Radhanath swami cares for others.

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