Radhanath Swami’s Call

15 July 2007. At 7:15 p.m. my cell phone rang.

“Can you arrange for a driver please? Urgent! I am waiting at the gate.” It was Radhanath Swami calling.

“Yes. Sure.” I sprang to my feet and rushed down, searching for a driver.

None available! In desperation I rang up a neighbor and asked if he could drive for Radhanath Swami. He agreed.

Five minutes later the car keys turned on the ignition. I stood nearby to bid a good bye, still clueless about where Radhanath Swami was heading. Suddenly, Radhanath Swami peeked out of the window. “Do you know Nikunjabihari’s place?” I nodded yes. “Why don’t you join us then? Just to make sure we get there right.” Hurriedly, I hopped into the vehicle, and we zoomed into the Mumbai traffic.

Now it was clear: Radhanath Swami was going to Nikunjabihari’s, one of his followers who lived uptown. But why this unplanned trip, in such a haste? Asking him I felt was inappropriate, and he too never revealed all along the ride. Though our discussion meandered through varied topics, curiosity lingered at the back of my mind.

An hour through the thicks and thins of a typical Mumbai ride, and we were at ‘Kalpataru Estate.’ A neatly dressed watchman let our vehicle in after noting our names. Inside, an eerie silence isolated the residential complex from the rest of the city. We parked our car and went up to the third floor, to the Nikunjabihari’s. As I reached for the door bell, Radhanath Swami said, “Perhaps it’s better that we go to the community hall directly.” But for what? No time for explanations! Quickening his pace, he moved ahead, and we followed behind.

Once inside the community hall, we confronted hundreds of pleasantly-surprised faces. A buzz of excitement arose, and it only fell when Radhanath Swami was seated. The proceedings of the evening then continued. As I sat through the events, one more thing became clear: it was the birthday party of Rohini Nandana, another follower of Radhanath Swami and a close friend of Nikunjabihari. But why did Radhanath Swami have to come here uninformed? That became clear only towards the end, in Radhanath Swami’s concluding address.

Since that morning, half a dozen congregation members—at different times of the day—had told Radhanath Swami that there would be a celebration of Rohininandan’s birthday in the evening. These six culprits had revealed what was meant to be a secret. But why a secret? Monks at Radhagopinath Ashram were concerned for Radhanath Swami’s health, and wanted him to rest early. And they knew that if he came to know of the event, he would definitely attend to make Rohininandana happy. For Radhanath Swami however, now that he was aware of the event, he was in a fix. While he wanted to please Rohininandana, he didn’t want the monks to be anxiety-ridden either. Therefore, as a last resort he had become like fugitive.


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173 replies on “Radhanath Swami’s Call”

Great personalities love us so much.. it only need eyes to see it and heart to accept it in core of heart

How personal…..this is the relationship devotees aspire to have amongst each other. Thank you Maharaj for exemplifiying it.

HH Radhanath swami mahraj is like a mother who would bear all pains for her beloved children

HH Radhanath Swami himself will go through any inconveniences to please devotees.

Radhanath Swami’s love for his followers is simply amazing and to please them, he is ready to undergo inconveniences too.

What a loving exchange between a Guru and his disciple. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for showing us how to love & respect others and Thank you Puneet Prabhu for sharing this incident. Hari Hari!

A sober man doesn’t want to displease any body. Mahraj proved it by his own example.

Yes. Radhanath Swami likes to give these last minute plesant surpirses to many. Embrassed are those who receive it.

All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

What will Maharaj do to be with the devotees to keep their happiness is something which only Maharaj can do.

A very beautiful narrative.

Hare Krishna.

What an amazing experience with Radhanath Swami. He is very particular about how relations are maintained.

A very nice incident.HH.Radhanath Swamiji love all living entities on this planet earth.All are special for him.Thank you for sharing with us.

This is such a compassionate and touching heart of Radhanath Swami. Sacrificing one’s own concern for the happiness of others gives Radhanath Swami immense fulfillment.

Even being on such a high position. maharaj is always there for everyone. Rally inspiring.

HH Radhanath Swami can do anything for the pleasure of the devotees of the Lord…

Wow !!!

Hari bol !
Wonderful prabhu…..

Thank you so much for sharing wonderful experience.

All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

Many thanks for sharing this story,for it truly depicts the love of Radhanath swami towards his students.

Haribol!This is the quality of a great soul that they want to make everybody feel happy & joyful.All glories to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

thanks for sharing! this shows the intricate circumstances that Maharaj has to deal with daily…

Very nicely narrated. Pure souls can give unconditional love with others since they developed Love of God.

Yes, i was also there in that celebration and it was such a pleasant surprise when Radhanath Swami walked in!! The whole atmosphere got surcharged with a different kind of blissfulness. Maharaj always extends himself beyond limits for all, and especially for those who have dedicated their life in Prabhupada’s mission. Rohininandan prabhu is one such stalwart and maharaj loves him so much. Thank you maharaj for being so loving and so caring.

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