Is it the same Radhanath Swami?

Is it the same Radhanath Swami?

Is it the same Radhanath Swami?

Psychic bafflement was the state my mind was cast into on the evening of 31 January 2011.

First time, when I entered his room, Radhanath Swami’s demeanor effused weariness. A rocking chair held him in a sitting posture, still he seemed half asleep. A book held in his hand deserved a better grip, to avoid a fall.

I was aware of the long day of seva, selfless service, he had been through, but nonetheless felt my reason to disturb him good enough. After excusing myself, I proposed, “There’s a professor from Europe who is waiting at the reception. She is touched by your autobiography and wants to see you. Can I bring her in?”

“Anything specific for which she wants to see me?” Radhanath Swami drawled nonchalantly.

“Nothing specific, but…” I was speechless. My rationales were frail vis-à-vis his detachment from honor and recognition.

Radhanath Swami quickly offered a smile, not wanting to embarrass me.

“Just for five minutes please,” I quickly added. I had already promised the professor an audience.

“All right,” his desire to avoid me any disappointment shined in his eyes, through the thick cloud of fatigue.

Second time, when I entered Radhanath Swami’s room after ten minutes, the guest accompanied me. The scene that was to encounter me was jaw-dropping. Radhanath Swami sat erect at his low desk, the same book held firmly in his hand. Hearing our knock on the open door, he leaped up in excitement, as his bright face carried a brilliant, contagious smile. The twinkle in his eyes joined that smile to extend a heart-felt welcome to his guest. Was it the same Radhanath Swami I saw a few minutes ago?

They say a sincere intent touches the soul. The guest broke down upon receiving such hospitality from a revered author.  As the two conversed, time flew. All the while, I strained to detect even a speck of weariness in Radhanath Swami’s demeanor, but it eluded my scrutiny. All his weariness had drowned beneath the tall waves of his desire to serve and please his guest, his desire to make her feel welcome and not a burden.

–Abhishek Tyagi

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135 Responses to “Is it the same Radhanath Swami?”

  1. March 15, 2011 at 3:07 am
    N Swaminathan

    For Radhanath Swami, personal comfort is always secondary when it comes to giving the pure instructions of god to every one.

  2. March 15, 2011 at 7:18 am
    Jagdish

    Very inspiring – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing this wonderful realization.

  3. March 16, 2011 at 5:15 am
    vibhu goel

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives heartful welcome to his guests they feel more than their home.

  4. March 16, 2011 at 7:29 am
    Uday

    Radhanath Swami is putting the principle of ‘always respecting others’ in practice here even at the cost of his own discomfort.

  5. March 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm
    PRAVIN

    A very exemplary reception of a guest by HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

  6. March 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    suresh

    Hare Krishna. A guest should be always welcomed not a burden, that is the lession from Maharaj

  7. March 25, 2011 at 7:49 am
    Guru

    Maharaj is always receptive in nature, never disppoint any one.

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing your Nice and wonderful experience.

  8. March 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhnath Swami is ready to under-go all the troubles for the sake service

  9. March 27, 2011 at 1:13 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful and heart touching event with HH Radhanath Swami

  10. March 27, 2011 at 11:12 am
    Sheetal

    Haribol !!!!! Guru Maharaj is teaching us here by his own example to always cheerfully extend ourselves to serve & please others..thanks prabhu for sharing your experience with HHRNS

  11. March 29, 2011 at 4:54 am
    Tapan Sinha

    Radhanath Swami has shown us how one must live for Vaishnavas pleasure ,then one can transcend 3 modes

  12. March 30, 2011 at 12:23 am
    Utkarsh

    Indeed, A life of selfless service.

  13. April 1, 2011 at 11:52 am
    duruvan

    Amazing and wonderful instruction.. thanks for sharing

  14. April 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    vani

    Radhanath swami is the personification of vaishnava culture.

  15. April 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    Viraj Kamat

    Thank You for sharing this incident, which reveals HH Radhanath Swami’s attitude of selfless service.

  16. April 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm
    pal

    Thank you for sharing

  17. April 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm
    srinivas

    Perfect example of selfless service. Taking the pleasure in providing the service to others than one’s own discomfort. Radhantha swami ki Jai!

  18. April 6, 2011 at 1:41 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Certainly this and many more beuatiful qualities of HH Radhanath Swami are worth emulating.

  19. April 24, 2011 at 7:54 am
    radhasangi devi dasi

    Even when it has been hectic for him, maharaj extends himself to everyone so much that one is left speechless at his enthusiasm to serve more and reach out to people more and to give them Krishna!

  20. April 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm
    Krsnanaam das

    What a person is Radhanath Swami…ready to make any sacrifice fto preach the message of God to one and all following in the footsteps of his spiritual master Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

  21. April 27, 2011 at 6:37 am
    Himanshu Srivastava

    Radhanath Swami gives himself more than 100 percent to serve all in a humble mood of surrender to the orders of his Guru, and pleasure of God.

  22. April 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Vraja Manjari Devi Dasi

    Nice!

  23. May 4, 2011 at 4:03 am
    Satish Iyer

    For Radhanath Swami,others happiness is his happiness.

  24. May 6, 2011 at 7:54 am
    Tejas

    Maharaj not only emphasises but exemplifies that one should put others needs, others feelings and others encouragement as a priority in ones life

  25. May 9, 2011 at 10:36 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful experience.

    Thank you prabhu for sharing us.

  26. May 11, 2011 at 6:35 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Radhanath swami is ruly a selfless saint.

  27. July 26, 2011 at 12:08 am
    Rohan Shetti

    Radhantah Maharaj is a pure Vaisnava.

  28. August 1, 2011 at 8:17 am
    Vinay K

    This trait befits a true Vishnava
    Maharaj is great

  29. October 27, 2011 at 4:58 am
    gopasana

    amazing committment to service

  30. December 4, 2011 at 7:27 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami never puts his personal comfort before his service. That is the sign of great souls!

  31. December 15, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing such a profound incident about Radhanath Swami.

  32. December 18, 2011 at 9:32 am
    bipin.

    How Maharaj keeps the concerns of otherrs top of mind, without making others feel guilty, is something that no leader could even imitate if wanted to.

    Its Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s greatness that he treats everyone equal and not let anything come between this belief.

  33. December 19, 2011 at 7:29 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Thankyou for sharing

  34. December 20, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has never bothered for his self comfort when it comes to elevating somebody spiritually. All glories to Maharaj.

  35. June 20, 2012 at 1:49 am
    Jaydeep

    Maharaj is selflesness personified !

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