Quite some time back, I was in US for few weeks in Pittsburgh. I had learned from my friends that Radhanath Swami was in Chicago and would be readily available. I somehow managed to get the number of the place in Chicago where he was staying. And early in the morning I called him. I was ignorant that US had 3 time zones and I was calling him at an unearthly hour.
I heard a groggy voice and immediately requested for Radhanath Swami, to which the response was “Speaking”. I immediately offered my respects and then for the next 5 minutes in a very polite and fatherly voice, Radhanath Swami spoke to me, praising me and offering very lovingly, kind and instructive words.
After a few weeks when I met Radhanath Swami back in Mumbai, I promptly told him that I had called him in US. He said “Oh…. It was you”. He apologized and said that he was heavily medicated on antibiotics and may not have been very attentive.
I was shocked!!! Here is a person who was disturbed in the middle of the night and was heavily medicated and sick, and yet his love and kindness was the same. There was no difference in his dealings and gentleness when he is fully conscious or heavily medicated and disturbed in the middle of the night.
I cannot think of anyone, even in own family who would have been so loving and kind even when heavily sick and disturbed in the middle of the night.