Radhanath Swami at Kanchipuram

2 January 2011. Feeling tiny, I prostrated before the enormous form of Pandavadhut, the deity of Lord Krishna commemorating his role as the messenger of the Pandavas. Situated in Kanchipuram in South India, the deity is twenty two feet tall, his other dimensions proportionately set. He is visibly almighty, as the scriptures describe him—and seems perfectly capable of fulfilling all desires. Gazing up at him, struck by awe, I wondered what prayers he received from the pilgrims. Perhaps those seeking sensual pleasures prayed for success in endeavors, money or fame. Perhaps those in distress prayed for relief from trials and tribulations. And perhaps the enlightened prayed for ultimate liberation from repeated birth and death. But I couldn’t fathom the thoughts of those beyond even enlightenment, of those who actually loved God.

A few minutes later our little group consisting of Radhanath Swami, a few other monks and I returned to the car. Before the car lunged ahead for the next destination, Radhanath Swami remarked, “It is worth coming in to this material world and undergoing all the trials and tribulations of material existence, including the suffering of repeated birth and death—for getting a glimpse of the beauty of Pandavdhut.

–Nityananda Das.

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126 replies on “Radhanath Swami at Kanchipuram”

Maharajah is a pure devotee of the Lord, so he sees no difference between the deity and the Lord Himself and he is willing to go through all kind of suffering to please the Lord.

Maharaj showing by example what the mood should be when visiting holy places. Thank you for sharing.

Only a true lover of God who is beyond material conceptions can remark such a statement. A spiritual master can see beyond what others can see.

The purpose of pure eternally liberated souls is just to go anywhere either to deliver the fallen souls or to participate in the past times of the Lord.

HH Radhanath Swami is prepared to go any tribulations for just rendering devotional service at the lotus feet of the Lord and spread the message of Lord through out the world.

while others are interested in material gains or the elevated ones in the liberation, saint like Radhanath Swami Maharaj, is happy simply to have darshan of the Lord.

It is beyond all our mudane logic and reasoning of a heart tinged with selfishness to understand a heart that is experiencing pure love. Unless it is revealed on their own by these exalted souls like Radhanath Swami there is no way to understand deep Spiritual topics…

i cldnt attend south india yatra but Maharaj’s lecture take me to the memories of my last visit in south in 2006

His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s wonderful statement reveals perfectly the way a devotee’s mood that need to be while visiting spiritual places.

It is very difficult for a common man like me to understand the depth of Radhanath Swami’s heart……

Maharaj’s love for Lord Krishna is very inspiring. Prabhuji, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this.

Hare Krishna! Such exalted thoughts can come from only an exalted person like HH Radhanath Maharaj.The heart of a pure devotee is revealed by the Lord Himself in such a wonderful manner.Thanks a lot for sharing.

To really see the Holy places, one need transcendental vision and Maharajah has it, which was revealed through his statement.

pure devotee of lord don’t even want liberation this we can see through maharaj
thank pr for sharing this

Amazing remark – All glories to Srila Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thanks a lot Prabhuji for sharing the nectar.

A pure devotee teaches us by example how to pray, what to desire, how to see the Lord and how to express our gratitude.

Radhanath maharaj live with what guru parampara says. pure devotee of the Lord dont want liberation just want to serve the Lord birth after birth.

it takes a realised soul like Radhanath Swami to give a 360 degree perspective – and that is the real spiritual perspective.

This incident just goes on to show that Maharaj really loves the Lord for whom he is ready to go through any amount of trial and tribulations. Thankyou for sharing and inspiring us all.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful incident!
HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj teaches by His own example.

Radhanath Swami is a true devotee and a pure devotee. As it is stated in SB, for a true devotee, it doesn’t matter, where he is: heavan, hell, or any other world, all he is concern is serve the Lord.

Thank you very much for sharing this nectar!

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