Radhanath Swami Bears the Burden of Love….

Radhanath Swami Bears the Burden of Love….

Radhanath Swami Bears the Burden of Love….

Scene 1: Radhanath Swami returns to the banks, drenched in the icy cold waters of the Alaknanda River. But his clothes!!! They aren’t there, where he had left them. A pilgrim comes up and brags, that those clothes are now spotlessly clean. Gleefully he points in the direction where he spread out the clothes on a rock for drying.

The chilly winds are far from being co-operative. Under their sway the moist-clothes have frozen into a crisp icy-ware. Radhanath Swami puts them on, with no complaints.

The next day, we hear he is sick.

Scene 2: Outside Radhanath Swami’s guesthouse room in Badrinath, crowds impatiently clamor. His followers have gathered, and want to render some service to their Guru. One follower appears out of the blue and barges into the room. As others watch on, he quietly places his blanket upon Radhanath Swami whose form lies curled beneath a single blanket. With a content smile he walks out. The crowds disperse, only to reassemble after minutes. But now, each one is carrying a blanket.

In hushed voices, they communicate to form a single line that leads to Radhanath Swami’s room. Ceremoniously, each follower enters and drapes their Guru with a blanket, an offering of love. (Fortunately in 1990 when this incident occurred, only 50 odd of Radhanath Swami’s followers were on this pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami.)

Very soon, it’s a hillock of blankets over the bedstead, and buried beneath is Radhanath Swami. The followers wait outside, their chanting of mantras droning on. They await the recovery of their Guru. Hours pass by.

The hillock slightly trembles. The droning ebbs into an eerie silence. Everyone is transfixed in the sight of the shaking hillock. As some hundred eyes watch on, Radhanath Swami crawls out from beneath, sweltering.

“How’s your cold now?” a concerned voice inquires from Radhanath Swami.

“Cold?!!!!!……I had a stomach ache.”


–Vishakha Priya Devi


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179 Responses to “Radhanath Swami Bears the Burden of Love….”

  1. May 28, 2011 at 12:05 am
    sachin komble

    nice article

  2. June 7, 2011 at 5:59 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj accepts every circumstance as Krishna’s mercy. All glories to Guru Maharaj.This incident shows that he is outstanding in his tolerance and humility.

  3. June 13, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Very nice experience !

    Thank you so much for sharing us.

  4. June 16, 2011 at 12:30 am
    kaustubh sastikar

    humorous !

  5. June 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    thanks for sharing

  6. June 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Great story!

  7. July 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Whatever Radhanath Swami does is with his full heart.

  8. July 18, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Too Good!!!! All Glories To Maharaj n His unconditional Love!!!!

  9. July 18, 2011 at 2:09 am

    HH Radhanath swami is amazing – He accepts service from His servants in mood of serving them. Very well narrated pastime,Thank you for sharing.

  10. July 21, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Swamiji, you are so loving & caring as it appears from the articles shared by various devotees. Even though you had stomach ache & all devotees unknowingly offered you a blanket, you never complained that you were not sufreing from cold, but from stomachache. It pains your heart to disrespect someone’s love & offering to you.

  11. July 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    too good.Radhanath swami is amazing.he is so loving and caring.

  12. July 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    very good story.

  13. August 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Very funny story – though very instructional – to know what is the real need of the Guru. And so glorious is that you didn’t complain !

  14. August 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    very humorous incident involving Radhanath swami and his followers.

  15. August 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    An teacher teaches by example. How much caring is Swamiji for not to disturb the loving sentiments of others inspite of his stomach ache

  16. August 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    sundar ananda das

    wonderful article showing Maharaj’s sober and kind mood!

  17. September 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    ashok n belani

    This incident happened in 1990, 21 years have passed, the numbers have swelled from 50 to beyond 5000, if the same incident happened again, the Response of Maharaj will be the same. Such immense is the love in his heart that he can lovingly accept all inconveniences in the service of the Lord.

  18. September 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    hats off to the humility and tolerance of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  19. September 5, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Haribol!

  20. September 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

    such an endearing story

  21. September 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    A very nice article. This shows how Radhanath Swami lovingly accepted the bodily difficulties caused by his followers with love and affection.

  22. September 14, 2011 at 8:29 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami teaches us tolerance from this example.

  23. September 14, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami teaches us how to see the intention behind the service and not the service itself.

  24. December 7, 2011 at 6:29 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Hilarious incident but with a lot of meaning!

  25. December 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj accepts everybody’s love with out looking into his own difficulty. All glories to Maharaj.

  26. December 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    A very touching incident. How Maharaj can exhibit voncern for someone when he himself is reeling under bitter pain, is something only a person with utmost compassion for others can show.

    The science of spirituality lends us such important lessons for life that only exemplary actions is the eventual outcome.

  27. December 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    jai jai. Hari bol.

  28. April 4, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Only a saint of the calibre of Radhanath Swami can act like this.

  29. April 25, 2012 at 3:57 am

    one has to be so careful while dealing with pure devotees. They can go to any extent to give pleasure to others 🙂

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