Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”?

(continuing from the post of October 6…)

When the editing of the book was nearing the end, Radhanath Swami told me to do a final proofreading of the 300-page manuscript. (During our editing, the draft had grown by over 50 pages) He said, “After you finish, tomorrow we will send the manuscript.” My mind started spinning at the thought of how I could complete the whole manuscript in one night. Fortunately, he got busy with some guests and so didn’t ask for the manuscript till the next evening. When he called me, I had carefully gone through around 240 pages and hastily glanced through the remaining. I gave him the manuscript, wondering what I should do about the remaining 60 pages. Again, fortune favored me, for he, due to his other engagements, didn’t finalize the draft till the next noon. By that time, I had carefully gone through the remaining pages. When I told him that some proofreading changes needed to be incorporated in the draft that I had given yesterday, he silently assented. When I pointed out that the spelling of “Bhaktisiddhanta” had been written as “Bhaktisddhanta” (the second “i” was missing), he suddenly exclaimed, “You passed the test!” Seeing the bewildered look on my face, he explained, “I had kept the spelling like that to see whether you would find it or not. Now that you have found it, you have passed the test.” I didn’t know what to say or even what to think. Laughing to see my confusion, he added, “Don’t worry; I was just joking.”

To this day, I don’t know whether Radhanath Swami made that mistake intentionally or unintentionally, but I do know that there was a divine intention in that whole incident. When we do a service, we should aspire to do it the very best that we possibly can, and not be satisfied merely because nobody can find any visible fault with it.

–Chaitanya Charan Das

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148 replies on “Radhanath Swami’s “Intentional Mistake”?”

This is so true. Even if noone notices, the Lord is minutely noticing our every intention and our service itself. Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jay.

Through each action, word, gesture Maharaj is teaching us valuable lessons…lessons of life…

Radhanath Swami is indeed so expert that he conveys serious messages through humor and light moments!

Pr was very thorough in his seva but in most of us, I am sure of atleast myself, cheating propensity is very deep rooted even when we are adorned with DhotiKurta and wearing tilak and kanthi mala.

Beautiful realization – Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing these nectarian and instructive moments with Maharaj.

Its many times difficult to understand – the actions of exalted souls.

However why they do it always clear – purely to benefit the conditioned souls and in service of the Lord

A story that reveals Radhanath swami’s soft and devotional heart and the love inside it. Thank you

this article proves that any work done for the lord should be done with full love and devotion

Very true any service be it menial service has to be done wholeheartedly and thoroughly.

Maharaj is a prolific writer himself and a great preacher as well.Hence the humour comes forth very naturally to him out of his causeless mercy for his disciples.

Thanks Prabhu for sharing this woundeful realization. Whatever Service we get , we have to do the same with very Enthusiasm. I remember how Material Morality and spiritual morality. Material morality depends upon time and circuimstance and changes always, but Spiritual morality is same always,,If we do any Service , which pleases the lord , is spiritual morality

Like how Krishna comes to know of every mistake we commit and have committed, it is diificult to hide anything from a saintly person like Radhanath Swami

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Thank you prabhu ji for sharing this wonderful experience.

Hare Krishna

By this incidence we can understand that even a single action of a pure devotee can teach us a valuable aspects of devotional service

A wonderful article on His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj that really spreads a lot of message.

Thank you very much for sharing. This is really a beautiful explanation of how we should aspire to do the best service

Thank you for this post. Your realization is very profound – “When we do a service, we should aspire to do it the very best that we possibly can, and not be satisfied merely because nobody can find any visible fault with it.”

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful article that inspires us all to perform devotional service to the best of our ability. Many many thanks to Radhanath swami.

Hari Bol …HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai..
this show Sincere service attitude is important when we do service, to please the GURU.

“Attention to details” is what Maharaj always stresses for any service that we are doing.

Maharaj has the ability to win every one’s heart in every of his dealings

very important teaching: “When we do a service, we should aspire to do it the very best that we possibly can, and not be satisfied merely because nobody can find any visible fault with it.”

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