Vrindavan Pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami

Our first pilgrimage to Vrindavan was in the winter of 1986; we numbered 22, all novices, and Radhanath Swami was our transcendental tour guide. It was a three day tour. We visited temples on the first day, circumambulated Govardhan Hill on the second, and visited Barsana and Nandagaon on the third.

As we walked around Govardhan Hill, a 21 Km trek, we sang kirtan. Radhanath Swami danced all the way. Stopping at holy spots, bathing at holy kunds, it took us sixteen hours to complete the circumambulation: from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Whatever meager luggage we carried grew in weight with every kilometer, and each tried to push it on to another’s shoulder. “You please carry my luggage. Please…..”

A year later, we visited Vrindavan with Radhanath Swami for the second time and went on a circumambulation of Govardhan once again. This time we found ourselves less inclined to push our luggage on to others.

And on our third visit to Vrindavan, the mantra during the circumambulation had changed to, “Please allow me to carry your luggage. Please….”

Who can deny the transformative potency of spirituality?

–Vishakha Priya



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195 replies on “Vrindavan Pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami”

Devotional service and association of Saintly people has the power to transform one’s heart and make one selfless and compassionate.

Very Wonderful. That is the power of association of pure souls like HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thank you very much for sharing.

its really amazing how every experience with HHRNSM can change one’s perception towards life, we are grateful to you Maharaj as always, Haribol, rajesh

In the association of the pure devotee transformation of the heart can easily take place.

We can truly revive our real nature when we are in the company of a great soul and in the holy pastime places of the Lord.

Hilarious and wonderful realisation and i bet all of us have experienced it more time we spent we try to imbibe vaishnava qualities by getting inspired by the power of association.

Maharaj’s meare presence makes one practice humility from heart… All Glories to Maharaj !

At initial stage we like to take service and how after few years one like to do service for others…

very inspiring

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