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 5, 2010 at 11:42 am
    Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami knows how to teach other by his own example. He is the best teacher in teaching participles of Krishna consciousness

  2. October 5, 2010 at 11:49 am
    Sheetal Maheshwari

    Radhanth swami teaches evrything by example.

  3. October 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    Pradeep Kumar

    Radhanath Swami maharaj is real Acharya, means who preaches by his own example. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. October 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    Ravi

    Radhanath Swami wants to impress here that morning sadhana is really very crucial for positive progress in one’s devotional life…..

  5. October 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    LakshmiPriya

    Wonderul Lesson foe me. Thankyou maharaj

  6. October 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm
    dr yuvaraj Bhosale

    only one who has love for everyone can happily tolerate others

  7. October 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    Manasa

    Thank you very much for sharing. This shows Radhanath Swami’s love and devotion for his Guru and Krishna and he can stretch himself more for this

  8. October 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Rakesh

    This really great Inspiring for me. H.H Radhnath Swami Maharaj practices then teaches . What example pure Vashanava he is.

  9. October 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    Pravin

    Whatever example and standard Radhanath Swami maharaj sets is to the highest perfection

  10. October 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami is a true spiritual leader who walks his talk, inspiring thousands to follow in his footsteps.

  11. October 5, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    All glories to Radhanath Swami, who is so eager to perform devotional service inspie of his health problem

  12. October 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm
    Vishvesh

    Radhanath Swami’s sincerity is very inspiring.

  13. October 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    Sharad

    Maharaj is pure devotee of Krishna who is ready to do any thing to inspire his followers

  14. October 6, 2010 at 12:40 am
    rajesh jogani

    very inspiring

  15. October 6, 2010 at 12:42 am
    Ishwar anand Das

    It really inspires us to do our morning prayers and spiritual duties sincerely .

  16. October 6, 2010 at 12:55 am
    mona

    maharaj is amazing!!!!

  17. October 6, 2010 at 12:58 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Happiness is in giving. We hear this often, but to actually see it is rare. Radhanath Swami is one such rare example.

  18. October 6, 2010 at 1:16 am
    krishang

    thank you for sharing prabhu

  19. October 6, 2010 at 2:21 am
    Deepali Boradia

    RAdhanath Swami always inspires all his followers by his own example, even if that takes him to take that extra step.”Radhanath Swami ki Jay”.

  20. October 6, 2010 at 4:56 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami is tolerance personified. Radhanath Swami shows us the way to perdorm devotional service against all odds without any selfish motives and uninterruptedly.

  21. October 6, 2010 at 5:49 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you Krishnan for sharing such a memorable experience. yes, true leaders lead by example. Action certainly speaks much louder than words and persons as Radhanath Swami stretch themselves to inspire many!

  22. October 6, 2010 at 6:14 am
    Lucy

    Thank you!

  23. October 6, 2010 at 6:32 am
    Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami is tolerance personified. Radhanath Swami shows us the way to perform devotional service against all odds without any selfish motives and uninterruptedly.

  24. October 6, 2010 at 7:02 am
    Deepak

    Thanks for reminding the importance of morning program by sharing this wonderful incident.

  25. October 6, 2010 at 7:08 am
    Mangesh

    Radhanath Swami always teaches his students by his own example..nice things we can learn about happiness & tolerance from him

  26. October 6, 2010 at 7:18 am
    saurabh

    Geartness of Maharaj can be seen with every of his Action. Thank you maharaj for giving a valuable lesson.

  27. October 6, 2010 at 7:31 am
    debanjan

    derives happiness in stretching — a big learning

  28. October 6, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Sumit

    Wonderful pastime of Radhanath Swami.

  29. October 6, 2010 at 11:07 am
    Jayesh

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami! Your example & teachings are so inspiring to everyone.I need to give up my laziness & start attending Morning Prayers.I need your blessings for it

  30. October 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    vaishali mehta

    thank u for sharing. we must have such spiritual rules to be sincere

  31. October 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    Madhura

    Thank you prabhu for sharing this nice realization.

  32. October 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm
    Ranjeet

    Thanks a lot prabhu for sharing .

  33. October 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm
    Gokul Ramesh

    Wonderful incident prabhu… Maharaj is giving himself completely stretching to the limits to set an example for all the devotees.

  34. October 7, 2010 at 1:59 am
    Jatin

    Radhanath Swami by his own example here shows how one who leads by example is followed by others naturally.

  35. October 7, 2010 at 4:44 am
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    Radhanath Swami is strictly following the disciplic succession of his Spititual Master which indicates his surrender to him. And seeing his surrender is becoming a lesson for everybody what we are supposed to do as aspiring spiritualists as how to be disciplined in our daily life. After all, a disciple is a one who is disciplined.

  36. October 7, 2010 at 5:02 am
    nandkishor wani

    thank you Radhanath Swami. your life is completely on the principles of spirituality which are really giving faith and inspiration

  37. October 7, 2010 at 7:15 am
    Saurabh Vinayak

    Radhanath Swami always teaches and inspires by his own actions.

  38. October 7, 2010 at 8:43 am
    Meera Sharma

    Maharajah teaches to his students by his personal behavior.He wants us to get sincere in spiritual life, So even though he is tired he is attending
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  39. October 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    veena nagrani

    he is teaching others by his eg…

  40. October 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    Radhanath Swami derives happiness in stretching himself, as far as possible, to inspire his followers through his personal presence in the morning prayers

  41. October 8, 2010 at 3:35 am
    Mukund

    n example of sacrifice

  42. October 8, 2010 at 4:05 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Bhakti is the best way one can begin one’s day, Great Souls like Radhanath Swami Show through their example how there can be no room for laxity in this all important human activity

  43. October 8, 2010 at 4:21 am
    Jagdish Majethiya

    HH Radhanath Swami is teaching through his own example on the standards of bhakti. Thank you so much Prabhuji for sharing this wonderful story.

  44. October 8, 2010 at 7:19 am
    Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is sacrifice personified.

  45. October 8, 2010 at 9:48 am
    Renuka

    Wonderful experience prabhuji. Maharaj practices what he preaches. Thanks for sharing.

  46. October 9, 2010 at 7:50 am
    Jitendra Tapadia

    To preach means to follow first.This is what Radhanath Swami follows.

  47. October 10, 2010 at 5:07 am
    Ravi

    A perfect leader shows his followers by his own example……

  48. October 11, 2010 at 12:29 am
    aayush kant

    may this incident inspire us to be sincere in our execution of devotional service to guru and gauranga. may we never find out an excuses in sincere practice of Krsna Consciousness.

  49. October 11, 2010 at 1:22 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj’s determination gives strength to his followers in pursuing their devotional life.Maharaj inspires others by his own example.

  50. October 11, 2010 at 4:22 am
    Prashant Phirke

    Radhanath Swami always teaches through his own personal actions …

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