Radhanath Swami Bears the Burden of Love….

Scene 1: Radhanath Swami returns to the banks, drenched in the icy cold waters of the Alaknanda River. But his clothes!!! They aren’t there, where he had left them. A pilgrim comes up and brags, that those clothes are now spotlessly clean. Gleefully he points in the direction where he spread out the clothes on a rock for drying.

The chilly winds are far from being co-operative. Under their sway the moist-clothes have frozen into a crisp icy-ware. Radhanath Swami puts them on, with no complaints.

The next day, we hear he is sick.

Scene 2: Outside Radhanath Swami’s guesthouse room in Badrinath, crowds impatiently clamor. His followers have gathered, and want to render some service to their Guru. One follower appears out of the blue and barges into the room. As others watch on, he quietly places his blanket upon Radhanath Swami whose form lies curled beneath a single blanket. With a content smile he walks out. The crowds disperse, only to reassemble after minutes. But now, each one is carrying a blanket.

In hushed voices, they communicate to form a single line that leads to Radhanath Swami’s room. Ceremoniously, each follower enters and drapes their Guru with a blanket, an offering of love. (Fortunately in 1990 when this incident occurred, only 50 odd of Radhanath Swami’s followers were on this pilgrimage with Radhanath Swami.)

Very soon, it’s a hillock of blankets over the bedstead, and buried beneath is Radhanath Swami. The followers wait outside, their chanting of mantras droning on. They await the recovery of their Guru. Hours pass by.

The hillock slightly trembles. The droning ebbs into an eerie silence. Everyone is transfixed in the sight of the shaking hillock. As some hundred eyes watch on, Radhanath Swami crawls out from beneath, sweltering.

“How’s your cold now?” a concerned voice inquires from Radhanath Swami.

“Cold?!!!!!……I had a stomach ache.”


–Vishakha Priya Devi


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179 replies on “Radhanath Swami Bears the Burden of Love….”

One greatness has to be estimated by ones ability to tolerate provoking situations.

Love never knows anything than to please the beloved. All glories to Radhanath Swami to show his tolerance of burden of love.

How wonderfully He accepts all that we do as service and still feels happy and blissful. Jai Gurudev.

Its really wonderful.Radhanath Maharaj has this sacrificing nature for the welfare of others.Thanks for sharing.

OMG! Radhanath Maharaj is so great…. he accepted evrything from devotees because they showed Him concern and love for Him. GuruMaharaj u r Really Great…MahaPurush..

This is a very nice exchange of pure love and affection between diciples and their Guru HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you Mataji for sharing.

This episode shows two things, how much Radhanath Swami appreciates any little service rendered to him and how much his students love and care for him.

Being SERVANT OF SERVANT is the internal mood of Radhanath Swami’s heart which is evident by this experience.

I have seen Radhanath Swami take unbearable sufferings so as not to inconvenience others.

Thanks for sharing this incident. Radhanath Swami is always careful not to hurt others’ feelings even when he has to undergo many troubles because of that.

What Radhanath Swami can come up with, one never knows.Its simply wonerful

Taking pains for others and going beyond his capacity to help someone is Radhanath Swami’s inner knitting

Nice experience.

Acharyas live in exemplary way to show the world how to live.
One greatness has to be estimated by ones ability to tolerate provoking situations.

This is one of the quality of saintly person. They bear what ever the pain.

All Glories to HH Radhanath swami Maharaj

How much pain has HH Radhanath Maharaj has and is undergoing…we know only some of it because of this kind of sharing by devotees and because Maharaj himself has told us through his Journey Home book. Thank you Maharaj for teaching this principle time and again.

Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s admirers are many, but he reciprocates too with everyone….

Radhanath Swami accepts the love of everyone and makes them happy even though it is troublesome to him

Very appropriate heading for the incident. HH Radhanath Swami indeed like a mother carries the burden of love of his thousands of followers

Radhanath Swami’s love for all beings is manifest in his way of dealing with all. He accepts the love in which anything is offered to him, despite inconveniences that might accompany the offered thing.

Maharaj’s accepting of service from others is also only for the benefit and pleasure of those who are serving him.

Really heart touching story. By seeing the love between him and the disciples my eyes are getting wet with tears.Radha nath swami is really great acharya.

Really Radhanath swami is a great Acharya. and as a true Vaishnava his tolerance also great.After reading this article my eyes are getting wet with tears.

wonderful exeperience !.

HH Radhanath swami maharaj utilises every moment to taught us so many wonderful lessons.

All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

Thank you so much mataji for sharing wonderful nectar.

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