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 4, 2010 at 3:15 am


  2. October 4, 2010 at 3:28 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. One can learn so many things from Maharaj’s life and conduct. All glories to Maharaj.

  3. October 4, 2010 at 3:29 am
    CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nice article about Radhanath Swami. Really Radhanath swami always tries to inspire others at the cost of his health.

  4. October 4, 2010 at 3:30 am

    In spirituality, humility and tolerance are very important and Radhanath Swami is well-known for these qualities.

  5. October 4, 2010 at 3:38 am
    Anil Timbe

    so touching… this act of Radhanath Swami is really epitome of sincerity. Thank you for sharing.

  6. October 4, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Maharaj is really amazing. So inteligent in evey aspect!

  7. October 4, 2010 at 3:55 am
    gaur gopal das

    Because Radhanath Swami walks his talk his words have a special spiritual potency to inspire the hearts of many.

  8. October 4, 2010 at 4:03 am

    yad yad acarati shrestas tat tat evetaro janah . maharaj has exemplified this amazingly for all the time to come for all the leaders to follow

  9. October 4, 2010 at 4:09 am
    N Swaminathan

    Radhanath Swami inspires by his words and actions all the time.

  10. October 4, 2010 at 4:17 am
    Santosh Kaimal

    Such a nice loving exchange between Radhanath Swami and his disciple.

  11. October 4, 2010 at 4:45 am
    Siddeshwar Bhat

    It’s inspiring to read about someone whose happiness is in inspiring others

  12. October 4, 2010 at 4:46 am
    Kuldeep Kale

    Radhanath Maharaj is truly an Acharya, one who not only preaches, but teaches by his own example.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  13. October 4, 2010 at 5:24 am
    Vijay Mathias

    This is very inspiring tale of Radhanath Swami’s determination. By his presence he inspires many devotees in the path of bhakti.

  14. October 4, 2010 at 5:24 am

    One who preaches should first practice… Radhanath Swami is a perfect example of this.

  15. October 4, 2010 at 5:33 am
    Manish Parmar

    Radhanath Maharaj is a true leader & he is leading from the front, inspiring all of us.

  16. October 4, 2010 at 6:04 am
    sharda gokarn

    Really inspiring! Maharaj is awesome. Thank you for sharing this article.

  17. October 4, 2010 at 6:07 am
    Milind M Churi

    Thanks for sharing it.Radhanath Swami is not on bodily platform but on spiritual platform.Good example for us.

  18. October 4, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Very inspiring for householders …i pray to get the strength to attend Morning prayers daily .

  19. October 4, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Really touched by Maharaj’s personal example

  20. October 4, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Truly inspiring

  21. October 4, 2010 at 7:06 am
    ankur sharma

    Maharaj is very strict with himself but linient with others.

  22. October 4, 2010 at 7:07 am
    Dashrath Wasmatkar

    Radhanath Swami sets an example through his own behaviour.

  23. October 4, 2010 at 7:09 am
    Meera Sharma

    Very inspiring past time of Maharajah. He is self-realized soul and he does not have to go through
    these regulations, but he does it all for us, to inspire us.
    Thank you for sharing.

  24. October 4, 2010 at 7:11 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami teaches by his own examples what he expects from others- a true teacher.

  25. October 4, 2010 at 7:15 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring incident. Srila Prabhupada always stressed the importance of Mangala arti. Now whenever i hesitate to go for morning prayers, I’ll remember this incident of Maharaj. Radhanath Swami ki Jai!

  26. October 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

    haribol… nice article

  27. October 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Radhanath Swami always tries to set example for all followers by extending himself to unimaginable limits.

  28. October 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Radhanath Swami is simply living to give us the highest benediction in life – connect us to the Spiritual platform. Day-in day-out doing innumerable personal sacrifices just to help us…

  29. October 4, 2010 at 8:23 am
    Pradeep Kumar

    Thanks for sharing this.

  30. October 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

    All Glories To.H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an beautiful experience.

    Thank you Prabhuji for sharing this experience.

    Hare Krishna

  31. October 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

    thank you very much sharing this. Radhanath swami does not think about his own health and only cares about others

  32. October 4, 2010 at 9:38 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami can extend himself to any extent to make the deities happy and inspire the devotees. Once Radhanath Swami quoted His Guru Srila Prabhupada who said “The greatness of a person can be estimated by one’s ability to tolerate the provocating situations”. There is not an iota of doubt that Radhanath Swami is first among those great people who tolerate any situations.

  33. October 4, 2010 at 9:42 am
    kuldeep soni

    Simply unbeatable dedication towards Bhakti and guru Maharaj shown by radhanath swami.

  34. October 4, 2010 at 9:44 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Thankyou for sharing this story about Radhanath Swami.

  35. October 4, 2010 at 9:47 am
    hrishikesh mafatlal

    Radhanath Swami is a true leader because he practices before he preaches. That is why he is so successful in inspiring everyone who come in contact with him.

  36. October 4, 2010 at 9:47 am
    Jayshree Shinde

    Radhanath Swami is a true example which teaches us the importance of austerities in our devotional life.

  37. October 4, 2010 at 10:07 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami can extend himself to any extent to make the deities happy and inspire the devotees. Once Radhanath Swami quoted His Guru Srila Prabhupada who said “The greatness of a person can be estimated by one’s ability to tolerate the provocating situations”. There is not an iota of doubt that Radhanath Swami is first among those great people who tolerate any situations. Thank you Radhanath Swami for tolerating even people like me.

  38. October 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

    You really know how to grab people attention because when I started to read I wanted to know what will be in the end.

  39. October 4, 2010 at 10:42 am
    Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami is a perfect Role Model for anyone who is serious on any path.

  40. October 4, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami’s austerity knows no bounds.

  41. October 4, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Sujit Mehta

    ‘Complacency’ in any activity slowly works towards downfall, It is through his own example that Radhanath swami inspires us and teaches us how one should not take things lightly specially in spiritual life.

  42. October 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Painful to know but equally amazing and awe inspiring, the limits to which Radhanath Swami stretched to walk the talk.

  43. October 4, 2010 at 11:34 am
    rajesh karia

    very inspiring article and certainly en-voking, regards, rajesh karia

  44. October 4, 2010 at 11:36 am
    bhakti karia

    another excellent example of HHRM’s sincerity and commitment towards bhakti, haribol, bhakti karia

  45. October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am
    vinay rachh

    very nice article

  46. October 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hare Krishna!! What a wonderful message Maharaj has given to all on the path of Bhakti.

  47. October 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Radhanath Swami extends himself to inspire his disciples. Thank you for sharing this.

  48. October 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    Dr Dhotre

    Radhanath Swami is an actual Acharya- one who teaches by example.

  49. October 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Navin Poojary

    Wow! What a wonderful example .You are right Radhanath Swami’s life is a prayer and his evry action is a source of inspiration for us all.

  50. October 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Radhanath Swami’s life is a wonderful example of Tolerance.We have a good opportunity to learn so many things from him

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