Radhanath Swami


 

Radhanath Swami

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Radhanath Swami (born December 7, 1950) was initiated by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad (The Founder Acharya of the International society for Krishna Consciousness) in the summer of 1973. Over the past four decades Radhanath Swami has lectured widely in the USA, Europe and India. Radhanath Swami is based in the ISKCON Center in Chowpatty, Mumbai, India.

Radhanath Swami inspires millions on the spiritual path. How can one person inspire so many?! The phenomena of spiritual inspiration defies mundane logic and reasoning. Yet, the Vedas mark out a few channels through which inspiration flows.

The first channel is the process of vani, through the messages of the great souls. The Vedas say that associating with the message has the identical inspirational effect as associating with the advanced spiritualists delivering that message. In our case, it means that receiving the message of Radhanath Swami is identical to associating with Radhanath Swami. “I am present in the recordings of my lectures,” Radhanath Swami himself once said. This might sound absurd to many, but for thousands all over the world who hear recordings of Radhanath Swami regularly, this is an obvious reality; the proof of the pudding becomes obvious to one who eats it.

The second channel is the process of vapu, through directly associating and interacting with great souls. The interactions with the celebrities of this mortal realm can only influence one’s mind, and that too for a short duration. But interactions with celebrities of the spiritual realm leave deep impressions on the heart that can withstand the effect of time. Hundreds who have interacted with Radhanath Swami have vouched for this phenomenon.

A few souls share with us their experiences with Radhanath Swami.We retell them in this website. Some mail us their experiences, and we included them too. Again, it might sound mystical, but the Vedas say that hearing or reading stories of great souls is identical with associating with great souls. And in our case, hearing or reading stories of Radhanath Swami is identical to associating with Radhanath Swami! So, happy reading!!!

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It So Happened...

One night at the monastery

One night at the monastery

It was 9:00 p.m., time to call it a day at the monastery. Spotting Radhanath Swami taking a casual stroll through the ashram corridors, some of us surrounded him. On such occasions our discussions were more informal, and Radhanath Swami often spoke of his personal life: his childhood, his travels in search for the truth, his realizations while staying in an austere monastery on a mountain in North America, and the adventures of his outreach programs. These intimate talks charmed the monks even more than the transcendental philosophy and drew us affectionately to him. Read more …

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Wish Granted

Wish Granted

From the moment I had woken up at 3:30 in the morning, I was an engine revving to go. Go, go, go! Go to Mangal Arati, go to the Mayapur Academy, go practice, go chant, go! Get everything done so that I could go hear my guru speak tonight.

Radhanath Swami had been here in Mayapur for almost a week, speaking every night to 4,000 people on the glories of Lord Chaitanya. Even though the pandal where he was speaking was only a couple hundred meters from where I was studying, I had not yet had time to spend one full night to listen. I was just so, so busy.

But tonight would be different. I was scheduling my day meticulously to leave school on time. Not only that, I was going to sit up at the very, very front and look at Maharaj’s (Radhanath Swami is affectionately addressed by his followers as Radhanath Maharaj) face the entire time! Read more …

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A telephonic conversation with Radhanath Swami

A telephonic conversation with Radhanath Swami

One night in Mumbai, I got a call from Radhanath Swami. He was amidst his North American book tour, to promote the US trade release of his autobiography The Journey Home. Visiting most major cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Dallas, Houston, and Vancouver, he also gave media interviews for radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Read more …

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Radhanath Swami from the Back Door

Radhanath Swami from the Back Door

It was a momentous occasion for Daya Rupa when Radhanath Swami asked her what services she rendered at the temple. “I maintain the garden,” she replied. Read more …

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Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 2

Radhanath Swami and Cricket – part 2

Once Radhanath Swami and his dear friend, Devamrita Swami were scheduled to give a talk on cricket. Although the world cup season was on, and most Indians were busy watching cricket, the temple courtyard was packed with thousands of youth. The audience was eagerly anticipating an exciting talk by two American monks on a sport that Indians are crazy about.

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