Radhanath Swami’s Happiness, in Tolerance.

Radhanath Swami’s Happiness, in Tolerance.

Radhanath Swami’s Happiness, in Tolerance.

26 November 2009. It was 4:59 a.m. when Radhanath Swami, visibly tired, entered the Radhagopinath temple hall for the morning prayers that would begin in a minute. He hurried towards the deity of his Guru Srila Prabhupada to pay his obeisance.

The last few days had been particularly hectic for Radhanath Swami due to spiritual get-togethers that went till late in the night.  I could see how much of an effort it was for him to come for the morning prayers. Today, I could not control myself and I approached Radhanath Swami and blurted, “Why do you push yourself so hard and come for the morning prayers everyday?”  He smiled and replied “Because I feel really unhappy when I do not come.”  I burst out “But I feel so unhappy to see you in the morning prayers. And I feel really happy when you do not come, knowing that you are
taking your well deserved rest.  Please do not push yourself so hard.”

“Thank you so much for your genuine concern.” He then laughed loudly, his shoulders heaving, and continued, “However, better that you become unhappy rather than me becoming unhappy.” I retreated, completely defeated.

Attending morning prayers is crucial for one who is serious about progressing in bhakti. But for one who has reached perfection, whose life itself is a prayer, of what value are these regulations?  Yet, Radhanath Swami derives happiness in stretching himself, as far as possible, to inspire his followers through his personal presence in the morning prayers.

— Krishnan Iyer

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174 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Happiness, in Tolerance.”

  1. October 11, 2010 at 4:32 am
    Navkishore das

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. October 11, 2010 at 7:37 am
    Ketan Pendse

    Thank you very much for sharing this experience. This will act as a guide for me in attending morning prayers more sincerely…

  3. October 12, 2010 at 6:38 am
    Vishnupriya

    thank u

  4. October 12, 2010 at 8:13 am
    Shrikant

    Thank you p

  5. October 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    Thank you for the inspirational incident. Great souls always lead by example

  6. October 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    Suresh

    Maharaj Practically demonstrate how important it is to attend morning prayer.

  7. October 13, 2010 at 5:20 am
    Rajesh Lad

    In awe !

  8. October 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    Ranjeet Kumar

    Thanks a a lot for sharing. its a nice one.

  9. October 14, 2010 at 12:20 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Radhanath Swamis exemplary example is a guideline for us to take our spiritual sadhana seriously.

  10. October 14, 2010 at 5:48 am
    bhakti karia

    very wonderful expereince with HHRM, thanks for sharing with us, haribol, bhakti

  11. October 14, 2010 at 5:50 am
    rajesh karia

    a mark of a true spiritual visionary when it coms to convincing his devotees, haribol, rajesh karia

  12. October 21, 2010 at 1:55 am
    Sandeep Sutar

    An Acharya who teaches by His own example.

  13. November 10, 2010 at 11:44 am
    meghana

    Thank you swamiji.

  14. November 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    thank you for sharing

  15. December 2, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Pankaj

    Radhanath Swami peaches by his own example…which is very difficult but most effective way to inspire others!

  16. December 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    Ram MaRhtani

    He practises what he preaches and his discomforts hold the least priority.

  17. December 9, 2010 at 7:30 am
    sunil

    THanks Prabhu for sharing this. Yes Maharaj teaches us through his personal example , although he has reached the perfection.

  18. January 4, 2011 at 7:55 am
    Servant

    A very inspiring article of His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  19. January 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    Dasi

    Thank you very much for sharing

  20. February 14, 2011 at 10:33 am
    Gurrappanaidu

    Very inspiring article.

    Thank you so much prabhu for sharing us.

  21. November 26, 2011 at 4:37 am
    sunny

    its amazing example (some times painful though) to see how much Radhanath Swami strives and sacrifices to train devotees…

  22. December 15, 2011 at 12:59 am
    govind

    very inspiring

  23. February 20, 2012 at 12:32 am
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami extends so much for the benefit of all us & to teach us by his most exemplary example!
    Thank you very much for sharing it !
    Hare Krishna !

  24. April 2, 2012 at 7:20 am
    P.Durgadevi

    Thank you prabhuji for sharing this wonderful experience.Radhanath swami shows from his life how we should be.

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