Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator

Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator

My new car glided over the Sea Link Bridge on to the expressway. I was privileged to be behind the wheels with Radhanath Swami as the navigator. The array of Billboards put on roadsides advertized products of all description: from electronic gadgets to crash courses in computer programming. One flashy billboard called for extra attention and as the car sped past it, Radhanath Swami announced,“Hit the bull’s eye.” That was the punch line on that billboard, assuring success for one taking to the crash course advertised.

After a few silent moments, Radhanath Swami added, “What a cruel way of describing success!”

It took me a while to grasp what he said. When it finally dawned on me, I pondered over the strangeness of human psyche. Because I was so familiar with that phrase, the ‘cruelty’ in it remained eclipsed to me until Radhanath Swami pointed that out. Toeing the same line of analysis, isn’t it true that we sometimes become so familiar with certain ways of climbing up the success ladder that we become desensitized to the cruelty that might be involved in the process?

It takes deep compassion for cutting through that thick fog of familiarity to become sensitive to even traces of cruelty that seeps into seemingly harmless facets of life—even traces found in the language that we use.

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33 replies on “Radhanath Swami, My Compassionate Navigator”

Thank you for the wonderful pastime. It is really amazing to get a glimpse of how a pure devotee see’s the world

we have so much degenerated in conscience that we take pleasure in crowing our happiness with the distress of others. Thanks for pointing it out.

Indeed, the the modern society has today become deeply insensitive to cow slaughter. The billboard is also highlighting this fact in a way.

HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s observations are so deft to catch this cruelty even in a fleeting moment

Thank you for sharing this amazing incident. Maharaj always thinks so deeply about everything.

Truly, as Radhanath Swami allegorically says, that man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. Radhanath swami is a personification of compassion to the soul. This site, Maharaj gives various nice classes on Bhagavad Gita

Seeing the invisible – this is what the great saints do and teach us to mend our ways – they can see where we are headed to, in name of advancemnt, career growth, making our position in society etc.

Its this world’s greatest fortune to have saints like Radhanath Swami – else the little remaining sanity in the world would have been lost

I loved this post teaches us to be sensitive to even poor animals .HH Radhanath Swami teaching by his own example to be compassionate to all creatures .surudam sarva bhutanam.

Thank you sharing. HH Radhanath Swami so sensitive even for the feelings of animals what to speak of humans. Thank you His Holiness for such wonderful lessons to all of us.

HH Radhanath Maharaj is free of material conditioning.He is a ‘paramahansa’ who can distinguish evil from good just as a swan can separate milk from water.

HH Radhanath Swami is so sensitive and compassio nate towards even animals. This incident reveals the real soft and loving nature of the heart of HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you for the article.

Radhanath Swami’s comments on the material objects are so amazing and deep that it takes lot of time for us to understand it first and then assimmilate.

Maharaj is so compassionate towards each soul whether it is a human being or animal, he has no bodily conception.

Thank you so much for sharing wonderful experience.

though I dont use it often, I did use the term “bull’s eye” in one of comments recently. Never thought of it so deeply…embedded in our current culture to become number 1 …succeed…it does not matter what happens to people around, o…r the environment or anything else…for sure no one has time to think of a bull’s pain when we say bull’s eye while describing success! Only a compassionate heart like that of Radhanath Swami can go so far!

This clearly explains us about how sensitive we should be whatever act we are doing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with Radhanath swami.

Radhanath swami is so compassionate towards every living entity and we should follow in his footsteps.

Yes, it is the nature of great saints to have an extremely compassionate and sensitive heart! They genuinely feel for the pain of others just as they feel for themselves.

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