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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 replies on “Is it the same Radhanath Swami?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.

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