Radhanath Swami, the Personification of…

The Festival of Inspiration is held in the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia during the delightful mid-spring season. Filled with inspiring lectures, seminars, workshops, entertainment, and dramas, it has become one of the most spiritually inspirational and motivational events of North America. For this year’s festival, I too had joined in.

Radhanath Swami was at the festival, as every year. I had been hearing a lot about him, but we had never met, though both of us are disciples of Srila Prabhupad, the founder of ISKCON.

The day he arrived, as we were crossing each other in the hallway of the guesthouse, he stopped. After studying my eyes, he declared, “Let me tell you the last time I saw you.” His eyeballs rolled up and his index finger shot up, as he strained his memory. Silent moments passed. I was gathering words to convey that it was unlikely that he had ever seen me before, when he interrupted my thoughts, “It was Pittsburg.” After a few seconds’ break he continued, “1972. You were on stage. You were putting up a drama before Srila Prabhupad at Syrian Mosque.” That was 38 years ago, and still he remembered me! My mouth dropped open, my eyes filled with tears, and my heart bustled with the joy of meeting an old friend; I suddenly felt so close to him. We embraced.

All I can say is Radhanath Swami is the personification of personalism. When he sees people, he sees amongst them—every individual person.

–Chandra Shekar Das

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128 replies on “Radhanath Swami, the Personification of…”

Thanks Prabhu for sharing such an woundeful pastime..Maharaj is indeed remember each and everything about the past yet so humble, otherwise its very difficult to remember even minute details what he wrote in his journey back home book

Thank you for sharing this incident in which Radhanath Swami’s care and concern is demonstrated.

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

An Heart touching incident. Maharaj will give countless of his Devotees many many such beautiful experiences.

Hare Krishna

Very true- ‘When he sees people, he sees amongst them—every individual person.’ No wonder if Maharaj is known as ‘personification of personalism’

This is awesome! He never forgets anyone & he always says just the right thing! He has an amazing memory!

really Radhanath Swami Maharaj is very personal in his dealings, he remembers and interact with so many in such a way that it seems he is friend of all living entities.

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

What an jaw dropping experience. Thank you Prabhuji for sharing this

Hare Krishna

Many thanks for sharing this wonderful incident and filling our eyes with tears of joy. We are very fortunate to hear from a true saint such as Radhanath swmai

Spiritually empowered souls are always conscious about what is going around them. it is hard to even imagine how somebody can remember something 38 yrs later, it requires empowerment and purity of heart & mind

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