A Stinky Sewer

Shyly I walked into Radhanath Swami’s room and occupied a corner. Radhanath Swami, sitting relaxed on a rocking chair at the other end, beckoned me to come closer.  And I sat closer.

He broke into a beautiful smile. “How are you? How are your services going?”

I had joined the monastery a few weeks ago. Being insisted upon by a senior monk, I was here, in Radhanath Swami’s room. The monk had intended to make me feel at home. Yes, now experiencing the gentle smile of the Swami, I felt at home.

“I serve guests who visit our monastery.” I replied. I went on to explain how I liked the service, and the challenges I faced while serving. As I rambled on, at one point Radhanath Swami’s expression grew yucky, as if a stinky sewer had just burst open.  I paused. Did I speak something which I wasn’t supposed to speak? In a flash I realized. Inadvertently, I had criticized a guest.

Diverging to another topic, I saved my skin. I had heard from many that Radhanath Swami hates to speak or hear the criticism of anybody. Today I had gained a first hand experience.

Manish Rajan

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136 replies on “A Stinky Sewer”

Thanks for sharing it. This story shows how Radhanath Swami saves his disciples from being contaminated by envy, jealousy and other vices.

Thank you for sharing such an important experience with Radhanath Swami Maharaj which teaches us how we should not criticize others !
Hare Krishna !

Maharaj teaches us such wonderful lessons with his own wonderful example! Thanks for sharing.

This is one of the very important instructions of Radhanath Maharaj, thank you very much for sharing it.

That is the highest standard of HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you for sharing the heart of HH Radhanath Swami.

There is no place for criticism in devotional service. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

This is one of the great virtue of Radhanath swami not liking to criticize any one for any reason.

Pure hearted souls like Radhanath Swami can not tolerate criticisms about others even if such statements are true. Personalities like them can really teach the society on how to progress on path of devotion by their personal standards.

Radhanath swami has a wonderful way of giving the Highest Values with simple mediums of communication

Thank you for sharing this superb incident which so amazingly illustrates the attitude that Radhanath Swami implicitly wants from his followers.

Thank you very much.Very good lesson learned from story.It is very important to not criticize any one and I simply want to give up habit.

Thanks for sharing. It is natural for a pure soul like Maharaj not to tolerate criticisms of others.

We have a lot to learn from this one simple experience. Thank you for sharing.

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