Having Equal Vision

Radhanath Swami and a Special Security Guard

The Heaven on Earth is a colossal structure recently erected on ISKCON’s property in Juhu, Mumbai, to meet this spiritual society’s growing needs. On the first floor of this building, two long, lonely corridors run perpendicular to each other, and at their intersection stands a security guard, dutifully. This guard is no ordinary person! Perhaps a year ago, when I was at Heaven on Earth, I realized how special he was.

On my way to a dear friend’s room on the first floor, I had come across this sentinel. Hardly noticing his presence, I had turned left at the intersection he stood guard, to enter the second corridor from the first. Just one step tread, and I saw someone familiar emerge from the corridor’s other end. It was Radhanath Swami.

Those who have had Radhanath Swami’s holy association know how it feels like in his presence! I call upon them to imagine: on this lonely corridor—I on this end and Radhanath Swami on the other—and the two of us walking towards each other!   I was paralyzed in self-awareness. I forgot how to walk, nay how to breathe. In shyness as I tottered, my eyes gazed the floor, and my mind squirmed in a daze. I knew not what to expect when we met midway. Finally, after an apparently long trek, came the climax. As we crossed, I pushed my glance up towards Radhanath Swami, and he beamed back a beautiful smile. Then tilting his head forward, he folded his palms in front of his face, thus expressing his respects to me. I was elated and felt so special. “Indeed,” I thought, “he knows me since 1998, and he also knows I am a graduate from a premier institute, the Indian Institute of Technology IIT.”

When I reached the other end of the corridor, I turned back for no reason in particular, and saw: Radhanath Swami was at the intersection, and he tilted his head and folded his palms in front of the security guard, exactly as he had done with me! And I could vouch that he was meeting that security guard for the first time in his life, and the security guard was an illiterate!

Deeply humbled, I took to heart a sacred lesson: the Supreme Lord’s representatives know every individual living entity—as part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. And so everyone is special in their eyes, regardless of externals.Therefore, from a spiritual perspective, that security guard was very special—as special as I felt myself to be in Radhanath Swami’s holy presence.

–Siddeshwar Bhat


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144 replies on “Radhanath Swami and a Special Security Guard”

By the example of H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj, everyone is equal and part and parcel of God. Jai!

how humbling it must have been for Mr. Bhat. Radhanath Swami treats every one as a child of the Supreme father Sri Krishna.

Radhanath Swami’s dealing with all living entities are special. He does not discriminate

To treat everyone the same in peaceful situations can be attained with certain level of consciousness, but to maintain the same respect in the event of a challenging situation or a confrontation calls for higher realizations. We can see HH Swami in many such situations in his book “Journey Home”. If you like this post, you will die for the book. Hare Krishna!

Thank you so much for sharing this. Radhanath Swami is showing equal love for every living entity.

Thank u very much for sharing this incidence..
Truly,Maharaj is personifiction of all good qualities one need to posses to attain Love of God..
Hari Hari!

Wonderful experince !

HH Radhanath swami maharaj is personified humility. He so meek and humble.

He is real acharya, walking scrputes.

Thank you so much for sharing the same.

All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

Radhanath Swami respects every soul which is part & parcel of God!

That is the sign of a learned man

Radhanath Swami’s humility and caring nature are visible in every gesture. Thank you for sharing this incident.

This really shows the wonderful qualities of maharaj. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. Haribol!

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

This will surely leave us in wonder, because the material world operates in such an contrast with the world of people whose actions are guided by the spiritual principles.

Hare Krishna.

Hare Krishna, Humility of RAdhanath Maharaj really touches are hearts. Hari Bol

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story how the great souls like Radhanath swami will see everyone with equal vision.

All Glories to Srila Radhanath Swami !

A pure devotee is always equal to everyone despite all externals !

Thanks for sharing it !
Hare Krishna !

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

That’s all about spiritual vision. How Maharaj sees everyone equally is something we should keep as an aspiration for.

Hare Krishna.

Lesson learnt from this story… we should also try to follow Maharaj by treating people who serve us in a nice manner.. Thanks for sharing this story prabhu…

A pure devotee is always equal to everyone despite all externals ! All Glories to Radhanath Swami !
Hare Krishna !

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