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 1:08 pm
    Tushar Gaikwad

    Radhanath swami is an epitome of sacrifice and tolerance and thru his example inspires more and more.

  2. October 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Amol Katkar

    A self realized person acts for setting a good example for others. Radhanath Swami is such a shining example of this.

  3. October 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Shraddha Jain

    Such an examplary behaviour. Radhanath Swami’s each & every word, each & every step teaches us the highest standard of devotional service.

  4. October 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Radhanath Swami’s life is exemplary for everyone to aspire for…………

  5. October 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    This is the great quality of the sadhus. I am very inspired by it. I sincerely pray at the lotus of Maharaj that I develop a speck of that sincerity. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

  6. October 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm
    Mangesh Kulkarni

    Action speaks louder than words

  7. October 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this pastime. It’s very inspiring.

  8. October 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    satish rane

    Thank you very much for sharing. Hare Krishna.

  9. October 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    very inspiring

  10. October 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm
    shyam bihari das

    Maharaj has always led by example, as have the Acaryas before him. Maharaj never sees his own comfort first. Jai Maharaj!

  11. October 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    The life of great personalities involves lots of sacrifice for the upliftment of others. We should always be grateful and thankful to them and try our very best to do what pleases them.

  12. October 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you very much Radhanath swami maharaj for teaching us by your own example the importance of attending the morning prayers…

  13. October 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    Gautam daswani

    great article. Radhanath swami actions are so profound that threw his actions he shows us how much sacrifice he does for us .

  14. October 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Radhanath Swami is such an inspiration for one and all.

  15. October 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami finds true happiness & contentment only in the service of his spiritual guru, even if it means sleepless nights and bodily discomforts & inconveniences. He is truly a wonderful example of humble service attitude.

  16. October 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    A great lesson for all of us to learn

  17. October 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very inspiring article. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  18. October 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    Tushar Gaikwad

    Radhanath Swami, a genuine saint, finds true pleasure in spiritual activities. Unlike us, whose spiritual side takes a backseat during difficult times.

  19. October 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm
    Manish Raikundalia


  20. October 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm
    sangharatna bhamare

    Preaching by example. Thank you for sharing.

  21. October 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    Siddharth Hindlekar

    Really Inspiring…A real Acharya

  22. October 5, 2010 at 12:16 am
    nilesh pawar

    thanks for sharing, very inspiring.

  23. October 5, 2010 at 12:19 am
    rajesh jogani


  24. October 5, 2010 at 12:29 am
    nawal sood

    very inspiring thanks for sharing

  25. October 5, 2010 at 12:31 am
    Anita Iyer

    Radhanath Swami always sets a wonderful example for us to follow.

  26. October 5, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Haribol! Trust Radhanath Swami to always have something super witty to say, which leaves devotees conquered and speechless!

  27. October 5, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Great person sacrifices his own health for the welfare of masses and also to show how important it is to attend personal spiritual practice without an excuse. Actually it is their life.

  28. October 5, 2010 at 1:58 am

    thank you for sharing

  29. October 5, 2010 at 2:18 am
    vinay rachh

    Radhanath swami teaches everything by his example

  30. October 5, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Radhanath Swami is is truly selfless. Just to set an example for rest, he extends himself.

  31. October 5, 2010 at 2:57 am
    Siddeshwar Bhat

    After a certain stage of progress, I have heard, a bhakti yogi starts living exclusively for the welfare of others.

  32. October 5, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj shows and leads by his example the importance of regularly attending morning programs.

  33. October 5, 2010 at 3:05 am

    HH RNS maharaj is teaching by his example. sadhana bahkti is very imp. and goes far beyond the considerations of his body . RNS Maharaj ki jai

  34. October 5, 2010 at 3:38 am
    Nirmal Kumar

    Radhanath Swami’s compassion, love, humility and tolerance are almost unlimited. He teaches by examole.

  35. October 5, 2010 at 3:39 am
    Sagar Wadekar

    Maharaj teaches with his own example.. thanks.. JAI !!!

  36. October 5, 2010 at 4:12 am
    Abhijit Toley

    What a blessing to have Radhanath Swami with us. I have never come across a more inspiring person.

  37. October 5, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Radhanath Swami really takes tremendeous austerities in order to set an example for people to follow.

  38. October 5, 2010 at 4:16 am
    Sunita Paleja

    very touchy

  39. October 5, 2010 at 4:35 am
    sachin komble

    Radhanath swami is extending so much.

  40. October 5, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is a true Acharya – Who Prachar (preaches) by his Achar (self practice)

  41. October 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Thank you maharaj for all your efforts to help us progress in our KC.

  42. October 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

    What an inspiration Radhanath Swami has given for very neophyte devotee like me.

  43. October 5, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Reveals Maharaj’s taste, humility and concern for his followers.

  44. October 5, 2010 at 7:11 am
    vraja bihari dasa

    radhanath swami is teaching us by his example the need for a spiritual practitioner to be strict with his spiritual practices. this is indeed very exemplary. thanks for sharing the story

  45. October 5, 2010 at 8:01 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    Maharj always inspires his deciple by his practice and sacrifce.

  46. October 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Hariii bol

  47. October 5, 2010 at 8:16 am
    Kajal Gandhi

    Very inspiring…

  48. October 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Haribol, very inspiring.

  49. October 5, 2010 at 9:35 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    WE can understand the unlimaginable tolerance of Radhanath Swami when we read His autobiography “The Journey Home”. Radhanath Swami truly not the person of this world but from the spiritual world.

  50. October 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    nice sharing, radhanath swamis is really a special boon for the humankind those who all follow him and also for those who do not follow him, his simple to simplest behaviours and actions reveal his true existence which is in co ordination to the will of the lord,

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