What Powers Radhanath Swami?!!

What Powers Radhanath Swami?!!

What Powers Radhanath Swami?!!

In 2005 Radhanath Swami guided a few wealthy families of downtown Mumbai around Govardhan Hill in Vrindavan. Govardhan Parikrama, as the scriptures call it, is the circling of Govardhan Hill, and is considered one of the austere yet important limbs of bhakti yoga.

Having to shoulder management responsibilities of the parikrama, I could hardly rest the night before: went to bed at 11 and was up by 3. The lights in Radhanath Swami’s room were turned on, both when I rested and when I was up: he rested even less, or perhaps didn’t rest at all; certainly, he was preparing for the dozen lectures he was to deliver the next day.

On the day of the parikrama, devotees were ready by 6:00 a.m. at Govardhan Ashram, our starting point. We were 30 in all, 20 aristocrats—men, women, young and the old—and 10 monks. Radhanath Swami discoursed at the Ashram, elaborating on a text from the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam: Queen Kunti Prayed, ‘My Lord, Your Lordship can easily be approached, but only by those who are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of [material] progress, trying to improve himself with respectable parentage, great opulence, high education and bodily beauty, cannot approach You with sincere feeling.’ I wondered if any aristocrat felt flattered.

At the beginning of the 28 KM trek Radhanath Swami requested the participant who wore sports shoes, “It will be better to do the parikrama bare foot.” The shoes went out flying, and the participant, a middle-aged aristocrat, beamed. He was sincere and, as I was to discover later, reflected the sincerity of his class group.

As the day progressed, the sun beat down on us, and apparently a little more on my wealthy brothers and sisters. They puffed and panted, but never complained. I could see that they were indeed serious about spirituality, perhaps even more than I was. At noon we briefly halted for lunch at an inn, where I stole a nap. Except for lunch, we only halted at places of holy importance where Radhanath Swami discoursed denouncing the flickering happiness of the material realm and pronouncing the verdict of the scriptures—that only spirituality, and not wealth, could provide lasting happiness to the soul. His compassion  amplified his voice rather than an external sound system [which we hadn’t carried anyways.]

By dusk the party was limping to keep pace with Radhanath Swami, as the destination still evaded sight. Radhanath Swami turned to the aristocrat who had earlier abandoned his jogging shoes, “There are different muscles for walking and running. Now that the walking-muscles are tired, let’s run.” The two ran for about five minutes, at the end of which the aristocrat was visibly grateful—rather than mournful—to walk the rest of the trek.

We reached back the circle’s starting point—Govardhan Ashram—at 10 p.m. That night I hoped would be an endless night. Before he rested, Radhanath Swami confessed, “I am a little tired.”

–Mr Vikram Arora, Radhanath Swami’s Secretary.

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172 Responses to “What Powers Radhanath Swami?!!”

  1. December 6, 2010 at 6:51 am
    suresh

    Radhanath Maharaj speech transform the heart of rich and poor.

  2. December 6, 2010 at 8:19 am
    Manish Kumar

    This a good example which teaches us not to judge someone on by externals look or belongings. Thank you for sharing such a nice experience.

  3. December 7, 2010 at 7:41 am
    Sameer Shankar

    Love of GOD!!!

  4. December 12, 2010 at 7:57 am
    Pooja

    Maharaj indeed knows all the tactics.. whether Govardhan Parikrama or dealing with people from different walks of life.

  5. December 13, 2010 at 5:25 am
    Priyanka

    Radhanath Swami’s loving heart only can give such a statement…..little tired!

  6. December 16, 2010 at 4:17 am
    vvrajdevipriya

    Thank you for sharing this incident with Radhanath swami.

  7. December 17, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Jai thankyou for sharing such a beautiful incident with Radhanath swami

  8. December 19, 2010 at 2:30 am
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you for sharing. Radhanath Swami ki jay

  9. December 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm
    madhura

    Amazing!

  10. January 4, 2011 at 6:44 am
    umesh

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj always extends himself to the maximum to give God consciousness to others!!

  11. January 7, 2011 at 9:55 am
    bhakti karia

    simply wonderful article, thanks for sharing, bhakti

  12. January 7, 2011 at 9:57 am
    rajesh karia

    HHRNSM is always there to go to any extent to provide the transcendental knowledge to his devotees with a proper consciousness, haribol, rajesh karia

  13. January 12, 2011 at 2:02 am
    sandeep kaimal

    wonderful quote very nice

  14. January 13, 2011 at 9:43 am
    bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How fortunate these families were to have intimate association of Maharaj. And the experience would have been truly exceptional. Only this experience is more than enough t elevate them to the path of true Bhakti Yoga.

    Hare Krishna

  15. February 9, 2011 at 10:50 am
    vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami has the spiritual power.

  16. April 28, 2011 at 9:26 am
    Chandrika

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

  17. August 3, 2011 at 11:06 am
    achyuta

    Many thanks for sharing this nice past time of Radhanath swamiji

  18. November 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    surekha

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of Radhanath swami and how Radhanath swami is always preaching tirelessly for others benefit.

  19. December 10, 2011 at 10:46 am
    sunny

    what can we say of those who are overflowing with love for the Lord and shower that love in form of compassion for other living entities…most fortunate to be touched with that mercy…

  20. December 11, 2011 at 7:25 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Those people were so lucky to have the intimate association of Radhanath Swami and his personal attention on the govardhan Parikrama. Great souls like Rahanath Swami are indefagitable!

  21. March 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm
    rekha

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful pastimes with Radhanath swami in Vrndavan.

  22. July 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    Sada Nandini

    Thank you for this wonderful story of how Radhanath Swami sacrificed his sleep to give spiritual benefit to all the other devotees.

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