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 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    Pawan Sabharwal

    One greatness has to be estimated by ones ability to tolerate provoking situations.

  2. May 5, 2011 at 3:07 am
    M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Love never knows anything than to please the beloved. All glories to Radhanath Swami to show his tolerance of burden of love.

  3. May 5, 2011 at 3:20 am
    vinay rachh

    RAdhanath swami does takes personal inconviniences to please others

  4. May 5, 2011 at 4:46 am
    KumariSakhi Devi dasi

    How wonderfully He accepts all that we do as service and still feels happy and blissful. Jai Gurudev.

  5. May 5, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!

  6. May 5, 2011 at 6:43 am
    Yamuna Mishra

    Radhanath Swami is so loving.

  7. May 5, 2011 at 6:51 am
    Amit Kumar

    thanks for sharing… it’s so wonderful

  8. May 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    This truly an amazing incident about Radhanath Swami

  9. May 5, 2011 at 11:26 am
    Ganesh Gavali

    Its really wonderful.Radhanath Maharaj has this sacrificing nature for the welfare of others.Thanks for sharing.

  10. May 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    hare krishna hare ram

  11. May 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this experience mataji.

  12. May 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    chitra udasi

    He is actually living example of ‘Sito ushana sukh dukh da’

  13. May 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm
    Neha Karvir

    OMG! Radhanath Maharaj is so great…. he accepted evrything from devotees because they showed Him concern and love for Him. GuruMaharaj u r Really Great…MahaPurush..

  14. May 6, 2011 at 12:10 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    This is a very nice exchange of pure love and affection between diciples and their Guru HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you Mataji for sharing.

  15. May 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

    This episode shows two things, how much Radhanath Swami appreciates any little service rendered to him and how much his students love and care for him.

  16. May 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Maharaj is really very humble.

  17. May 6, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Being SERVANT OF SERVANT is the internal mood of Radhanath Swami’s heart which is evident by this experience.

  18. May 6, 2011 at 3:14 am
    Parag Udeshi

    you never know what surprise Maharaj can come out with.

  19. May 6, 2011 at 6:32 am
    Abhijit Toley

    I have seen Radhanath Swami take unbearable sufferings so as not to inconvenience others.

  20. May 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for sharing this incident. Radhanath Swami is always careful not to hurt others’ feelings even when he has to undergo many troubles because of that.

  21. May 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    dr.Vivekanand Shanbhag

    What Radhanath Swami can come up with, one never knows.Its simply wonerful

  22. May 7, 2011 at 1:27 am
    Anoop Goyal

    Radhanath Swami is having amazing attitude to serve

  23. May 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

    It is the another example of maharaj’s greatness.

  24. May 7, 2011 at 1:39 am
    Vinay Rachh

    very touching story

  25. May 7, 2011 at 5:05 am
    Dr.Vivekanand Shanbhag

    Taking pains for others and going beyond his capacity to help someone is Radhanath Swami’s inner knitting

  26. May 9, 2011 at 5:56 am
    Shomesh Mishra

    Very moving incident from the life of one of Radhanath Swami’ disicples.

  27. May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Nice experience.

    Acharyas live in exemplary way to show the world how to live.
    One greatness has to be estimated by ones ability to tolerate provoking situations.

    This is one of the quality of saintly person. They bear what ever the pain.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami Maharaj

  28. May 12, 2011 at 4:48 am
    Narendra Rakibe

    How much pain has HH Radhanath Maharaj has and is undergoing…we know only some of it because of this kind of sharing by devotees and because Maharaj himself has told us through his Journey Home book. Thank you Maharaj for teaching this principle time and again.

  29. May 13, 2011 at 12:16 am
    Sunil Sharma

    Hari Bol!!! Maharaj ki Jai

  30. May 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this pastime of love.

  31. May 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s admirers are many, but he reciprocates too with everyone….

  32. May 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaja!

  33. May 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    sundar ananda das

    his comment was really heart-warming

  34. May 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful incident.

  35. May 17, 2011 at 9:17 am
    nandkishor das

    No doubt love is blind.
    all glories to radhanath swami, also to his followers.
    But the proof of pudding in its eating.
    Also Visit- http://www.radhanath.com

  36. May 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    love trasncend the difficulties of life.

  37. May 18, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Humility and love at their peak.

  38. May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    Madana Kishore Das

    Maharaj is so tolerant.

  39. May 19, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Radhanath Swami accepts the love of everyone and makes them happy even though it is troublesome to him

  40. May 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Thank you for making me laugh : )

  41. May 21, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Very appropriate heading for the incident. HH Radhanath Swami indeed like a mother carries the burden of love of his thousands of followers

  42. May 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Very Nice Article

  43. May 23, 2011 at 7:03 am
    ankur sharma

    Jai! Amazing is the love of his follwoers and amazing is his reciprocation

  44. May 24, 2011 at 1:50 am
    Prashant Rathi

    Radhanath Swami’s love for all beings is manifest in his way of dealing with all. He accepts the love in which anything is offered to him, despite inconveniences that might accompany the offered thing.

  45. May 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm
    bhaskar garg

    Maharaj’s accepting of service from others is also only for the benefit and pleasure of those who are serving him.

  46. May 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Really heart touching story. By seeing the love between him and the disciples my eyes are getting wet with tears.Radha nath swami is really great acharya.

  47. May 26, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Really Radhanath swami is a great Acharya. and as a true Vaishnava his tolerance also great.After reading this article my eyes are getting wet with tears.

  48. May 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

    wonderful exeperience !.

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj utilises every moment to taught us so many wonderful lessons.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

    Thank you so much mataji for sharing wonderful nectar.

  49. May 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    Manish Advani

    Thank you for sharing

  50. May 27, 2011 at 12:00 am
    naresh Jethwa

    Thank you for sharing.

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