A Second Chance

A story as being told by a celibate monk (who happens to be my siksha guru) of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Ashram.

“Here is a nice story of a devotee whom I met in Ratnagiri. His name is Abhijeet Rane and he is studying in FAMT college of Engg, Ratnagiri. He gradually got introduced to Krsna consciousness and started chanting holy names but Sri Krsna decided to test him immediately. The test was in form of severe opposition from parents in home who were not only upset with him accepting the path of devotion but were strongly against chanting, being vegetarian, etc. He was many times literally forced to eat meat and beads taken away etc.

I just told him that Krsna is testing our faith and steadiness and we have to patiently execute the process not getting bewildered by opposition. He just did that up till Krsna helped him miraculously.

Once he went to home which is at Kankawali ( few hours from Ratnagiri(where his college is)). In his village there was a local maharaj as are present in many Indian villages. Some times these persons are mystics and some times they are outright cheats.

This time when he was at home his parents decided to call this local maharajto home. As he came home, all offered their respects. After formalities his mother started complaining to the maharaj that her son Abhijeet has been completely spoiled as he is now into ISKCON and always chants Hare Krsna mahamantra. She was hoping the maharaj to echo the same sentiments.

Second_Chance_Radhanath_SwamiBut this maharaj surprisingly gave a very surprising reply. He said,”You all do not know that he and I were devotees in Mayapur in our last life. He is continuing the right path this life which I am not able to. Why are you all obstructing him?”

All, especially his mother, was surprised by this answer but she now sobered a little and in a changed tone said,” It’s ok if he does Hare Krsna but he doesn’t do anything else now. He doesn’t do demigod worship, no this no that”. She was hoping to get support from that man at least now.

But he replied, ” I told you once. He is at head office. He is at Krsna. Now he doesn’t need to go to any other branches or zonal offices. Don’t trouble him.”

The final nail in the coffin of obstructions was placed nicely by the Lord through this ex-life devotee.  For this devotee his opposition at home became almost nil and for me I made two important conclusions based on sastra.

First: As Krsna promises in 6th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita and at other places that a devotee continues his devotional service in next life if he could not finish in this life. Also Sri Krsna helps such a devotee to carry on in next life. So we get faith that what ever devotional service we will perform will be to our credit eternally and will never go in vain.

So all of us should carry on our devotional service with great faith and determination knowing that Sri Krsna is observing and will certainly help us and revive our Krsna consciousness in next life if some how we cannot finish the process in this life.

Second: Maya is very strong. As the local maharaj was knowing that Krsna consciousness is topmost and that he was also a devotee in past life still he was entrapped by mystic powers, followers etc. Certainly his devotional service performed will also not go in vain. He is uselessly taking a diversion in his path of Krsna consciousness.

So we all should be careful to resist the temptations of Bhukti, Siddhi, Mukti which will surely come our way as maya will be testing us by alluring with these facilities. We should be one pointedly determined to be focused in our resolve to serve only Their Lordships Sri Radha Krsna.

I think this incidence will also inspire all of you and reinforce your faith and determination to continue on this path.”

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  1. Satyanarayan das says:

    This is the story throughwich I get a lot of hope in pursuing Krishna Bhakti.

  2. Very inspirational article…..

  3. Very very inspiring story… really unbelievable…

  4. really Krsna takes care in all the lives!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article of Radhanath swami maharaj

  6. Kavitha Chintala says:

    Definitely inspiring and reinforcing my faith and determination to continue on this path

  7. suresh k says:

    Bhagavan Sri krsna arranges everything to become his devotee, a very classic story…,

  8. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    V nice article.. Thank you so much for sharing..

  9. Himanshu Goel says:

    Great mercy of Lord Krishna

  10. Ravi Garg says:

    Very instructive story…….thanks

  11. Nice incident that does inspire faith!

  12. I’m awestruck to see the climax of the story.:) Never thought it would turn in this direction. Lord Krishna has his ways of coming in the life of a devotee and reciprocating with him. Krishna not only proves his existence but also assures his mercy and love for his every devotee through these kind of reciprocations. Thank you for it is very inspiring…!

  13. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

  14. That was simply wonderful, what a coincidence!!!!!!!!

  15. Sumit Sharma says:

    Very hope giving story. Thanks for sharing it!

  16. Really miraculous story………………..!! It increases our faith in Krishna consciousness thousands of time…………………………….

  17. Sri Ishwari says:

    Really wonderful story… increased my faith in the process…

  18. Pradeep Kumar says:

    Thanks a lot for posting such inspirational real life fact, definitely I am going to share this story for my friends and colleagues. Amaze to see how a sincere devotee is helped by Krishna and how a devotee can get deviated from his/her path if not alert. Please keep posting such instances which can give tremendous faith to people like me.

  19. This story shows that faith and determination in devotional service attracts the mercy of the Lord.

  20. Kiran Kulkarni says:

    If our devotional service is perfect & unalloyed certainly lord will clear all the obstacles in the path of bhakti…

  21. really maya is very strong as we see the person knows what is ultimate but still he is not able to give up his sense gratification.

  22. Sri Ishwari says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this true story that will inspire many of us….

  23. ananda lila das says:

    Interesting.
    All of us should carry on our devotional service with great faith and determination knowing that Sri Krsna is observing and will certainly help us…very true

  24. excellent ……..thanks swamiji….i will share these article with my friends….

  25. We are so fortunate to have taken shelter under the Supreme Lord and His dear devotees…!

  26. Gokul Sundari devi dasi says:

    Thank u for sharing..

  27. Yes ,by this nice story,I must understand that i must be sincere in my practice of devotional service.Radhanath swami maharaj ki jai………..

  28. Col Ashok Sayanakar (Ahobilam Narsimh Das) says:

    This amazing story of the Engineering student from Ratnagiri is very inspiring. This tells us that come what may, we must not deviate from the path of Krishna Consciousness.

    When we are at cross roads or bewildered, Lord Krishna will show us the right path.

    Thanks a lot for sharing the same!

  29. Sri Ishwari says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

  30. Faith lifting story, as rightly pointed out by the author nicely 2 very very inspiring conclusions, of being faithful in this path of Krishna consciousness and of power of illusory energy, though we are not mystics still we have our own temptations and powerful anarthas which always drag us away from krishna. Thank you very very much for sharing this true story.

  31. jayadev das says:

    thanks a lot for sharing

  32. malathi santosh says:

    Really wonderful!

  33. Tejna Patodi says:

    A wonderful realization. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Anil Timbe says:

    Really beautiful article. Thanks for sharing.

  35. ANKUR GUPTA says:

    Krishna never forgets the service done to Him.

  36. Champaklata Priya Devi dasi says:

    yes we have to be focused on serving Sri Sri Radha Krishna rather than getting caught in to Maya ‘s trap

  37. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    True, Krishna will help us when he sees our determination, dedication and sincerity.

  38. Ankush Mahajan says:

    “If we remain faithful to the ideals we strive for, all the tests will only make us stronger” – HH Radhanath Swami

  39. Madhuri Preeti says:

    Faith is the basic necessity in any work. However, in starting phases on devotional service, faith is very important.

  40. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Thank u somuch for the wonderful article..

  41. Thank you very much for sharing this true story that will inspire many of us. Krishna demonstrated through this incidence the promise He makes to all of us through Gita teachings that He protects us what we have and provides what we lack.

  42. Shyama Radhika Devi Dasi says:

    This proves that faith is everything in spiritual life.

  43. Dr Tushar Vora says:

    A really good incident that boosts our faith in our practice of Bhakti!

  44. This incidence really makes us believe in Krishna’s protection, reincarnation and Bhakti done is never lost.

  45. thanku very much for this wonderful article

  46. Very faith-giving article & great lessons to learn from. Krishna never forgets His devotee in any circumstance. He is the ultimate lover of every soul. Thanks for sharing this article.

  47. very inspiring article.Krishna reciprocates with the sincerity of a devotee

  48. Phani Karthik says:

    Great article, very inspiring. The two lessons summarize it wonderfully.

  49. Vinay Malani says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful & inspiring article.

  50. pratik desai says:

    Indeed a second chance but is amazing in this story that how Krsna directly helped this devotee through that mystic otherwise it is very rare that someone can share our past life background like that.

  51. Wow, awesome ! ūüėÄ
    m inspired :)

  52. Hari Hari !

    Amazing story! Yes for sure maya is strong and we must be careful at every step as she will try to distracts us in so many ways!

  53. Monia sharma says:

    wonderful article !!!

  54. CS Sandeep Shinde says:

    Faith giving exprience. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  55. Anil Timbe says:

    Wow.. really inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  56. Jay really inspiring insidence. Same thing Srila Prabhupada also used to say that Maya is very very strong, as strong as Krsna, as she is energy of Krsna………..

  57. Sandhya Hinduja says:

    Krishna provides for those who surrender with a sincere heart.

  58. Sunny Hinduja says:

    Wonderful…Krishna reciprocates with the sincerity of a devotee

  59. Very interesting articles. Yes its true we need to have faith, patience and determination to rise up in spiritual platform.

  60. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    The words of Sadhu like HH Radhanath Swami always enhances our faith in God.

  61. Amazing revelation

  62. Anagha Warade says:

    Thank you for sharing…

  63. Very inspiring story…. and it also support reincarnation… Thank you for sharing.

  64. Vinay Malani says:

    This article makes it very clear that the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the yug-mantra for this age of hypocrisy & quarrel.

  65. This is what they call a faith booster. Thank you for sharing

  66. Thank u very much ,very inspiring and faith giving experience…

  67. Milind M Churi says:

    Lord Krishna not only promises devotees about His help to sincere seeker but also maintains it.That’s the great.He is perfect yogi and perfect friend of all living beings.

  68. Knachana Kumari says:

    This story is very interesting.
    We should perform our devotional service unto Krishna and surrender unto him in service attitude,He will surely help us on our way to back to godhead.
    Hari Bol Very inspiring story

  69. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    This story clearly shows that if we surrender to Krishna patiently waiting for his mercy it will surely descend.

  70. nandkishordas says:

    if God wants to protect who can hinder & vice a versa

  71. chandraprakassh says:

    i m really flattened by the swamiji ……………………….thank u so much swamiji

  72. Paramesvara Dasa says:

    Krisha helps those who help themselves,through determined Krishna Consciousness. All glories to all Vaisnavas and Krishna Consciousness.

  73. Very faith giving passtime…..

  74. We should overcome the allurements of maya and be attached to guru and krishna.

  75. chandra bhushan tiwari says:

    one who remembers krishna daily second birth never comes

  76. Very inspirational.Everytime you read you read as if its new and fresh always.Haribooool !

  77. Very inspiring article….. This Local Maharaj really turns out to be powerful mystic yogi!

  78. Kalyani Ajrekar says:

    this is coming as a warning …. beware of bhukti, mukti, siddhi …. tricks Maya plays …. serve Sri Sri Radha Krsna …. thank you for this …..

  79. Thanks for sharing such a nice article!

  80. prabhat Kumar says:

    Thank you sharing. it is really a good experience.

  81. wonderful article.

  82. thanks for sharing

  83. Vrushali says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story that increases one’s faith in chanting the holy name of Krishna!

  84. thanks for sharing

  85. vrushalli says:

    Thank you for sharing this very inspiring story!

  86. Many thanks for this faith giving incident.

  87. Dhrruv P says:

    If we give in an inch to maya devi, she will capture our whole life.

  88. shailesh says:

    Hare Krsna ! Very inspiring story and nice analogy .Thank you so much for sharing .Hare Krsna !

  89. shailesh says:

    Thank You for sharing ! Jay Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  90. great experience

  91. Sundar Ananda das says:

    Very bold and clear statements by Maharaj… he knows exactly when to put his foot down. I’m sure the lady must have been glad in retrospect.

  92. this is one of the most inspiring article i’ve come across.

  93. Thanks for sharing

  94. thanks for sharing such wonderful experience

  95. Hemant Solanki says:

    Thank You for sharing a nice Quote

  96. A heart touching story…

  97. Great faith giving article… thanks for it..

  98. SAP Expert says:

    Very profound.

  99. Its really inspiring! Thanks for sharing

  100. thank you for sharing

  101. Amazing incident. Many thanks for sharing…

  102. biswajit says:

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  103. Nice one

  104. this is truly inspiring and motivating… thanks a lot for sharing

  105. Inspiring true life story with powerful lessons. Thanks a lot for sharing. 

  106. very very inspiring and faith strengthening story.

  107. Sayyanakontham says:

    hare krsna ! Thank you so much for sharing …Very beautiful story and lively…

  108. Rajaruban says:

    Thank you for this article.

  109. Wonderful faith giving story..Thank you very much. 

  110. Gopalakrishna Murthy says:

    Very inspiring episode.  Thank u for sharing this.

  111. Chandraprakash says:

    good one article

  112. Sumit Sharma says:

    Thanks for sharing it.

  113. Ramachandra das says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is so inspiring.

  114. very inspiring and heart touching.thank you for sharing.

  115. Biswajitbaruah says:

    Hare Krishna…¬†Radhanath Swami ki Jai !¬†¬†

  116. Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful article.

  117. Chandraprakash says:

    good one …………..really appreciative¬†

  118. super nice story… it increases our faith…

  119. Vrushalir says:

    An amazing story! Thank you for sharing!

  120. thank you

  121. Chandraprakash_99 says:

    i m very much inspired and looking forward to jmeet Radhanath swami

  122. Kuldeepsoni says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  123. These article really motivates us towards bhakti… thanks for sharing.

  124. very enlightening. thanks for sharing

  125. Gopasana says:

    Perfect conclusions

  126. Milind M Churi says:

    Yes we all face one or the other type of tests while following principles of Krishna Consciousness.I agree with the conclusions made by author herein.Thank you very much for sharing with us nice story.

  127. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Wonderful!

  128. Mangesh Kende says:

    simply great:) thanks

  129. KUldeepsoni says:

    Thanks for sharing,

  130. Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  131. very nice inspiring and insightful story. thanks for sharing.

  132. Amazing story!!!!!

  133. Srinivas_suresh says:

    Krishna gives assurance to Arjuna that my devotee never perishes

  134. Rathushan says:

    A wonderful article.

  135. Anjanadri Reddy says:

    many thanks for sharing this

  136. very nice inspiring and insightful story. thanks for sharing.

  137. Rathushan says:

    Very inspiring.

  138. T.Sita Ramaiah says:

    Yes,  This is very true. This incident reinforces our faith in Krishna consciousness.

  139. Anjanadri Reddy says:

    Many thanks to all those devotees who shared this. It goes a long way to increase one’s faith….

  140. Great story and reinforcing. thanks

  141. VP Singam says:

    I found this article very intriguing – thank you!

  142. great story. thanx for sharing.

  143. Thank you for giving us hope and faith in the words of Krishna through a real story explained in this article.

  144. Faith increasing article.

  145. Very nice story and inspiring

  146. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Unbelievable story! It should increase our faith that Krishna always protects his devotees.

  147. vaishali kamat says:

    This is an amazing story.Thank you for sharing it and you realisations.

  148. Khatris 88 says:

    This is really a very instructive and eye opening incident. We need to take KC very seriously and go BTG this life only who knows what will happen next moment. Thank you for sharing . 

  149. Wonderful and faith lifting as proof of re-incarnation

  150. Vidya Patham says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful episode which demonstrates how the Lord personally takes charge of a devotee’s life and Krsna consciousness.

  151. Kuldeepsoni says:

    Wonderful!!

  152. Rajendra Prasad says:

    The message is that one should continue to execute devotional service with faith in Krishna and determination irrespective of any type of opposition even in the form of tempetations.

  153. Chandrika says:

    Thank you for sharing this.

  154. Rajiraja2002 says:

    Very nice article which will increase our faith in Krishna and great saints like HH Radhanath Swami by leaps and bounds.

  155. Simply inconceivable!!!!

  156. Biswajitbaruah27 says:

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai.

  157. Biswajitbaruah27 says:

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai.

  158. Navin_poojary says:

    Very interesting and inspiring incident!

  159. I am knocked off from my chair reading this.

  160. Aishwarya says:

    Wonderful experience!!! and like the conclusions from the experience.

  161. Rns Vrushali says:

    Thank you for sharing this nice story!

  162. Anil chhetri says:

    Wonderful story … keep posting them so that we are inspired to chant seriously…
    hari bol

  163. Sumit Sharma says:

    Nice one.

  164. Samirpaleja says:

    amazing… these validates Krishna’s claim in BG.¬†

  165. Biswajitbaruah27 says:

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  166. Sayyanakontham says:

    Very Inspiring .Hare Krsna ! 

  167. Pranjal Dixit says:

    It was really amazing and the conclusion strengthens our faith..

  168. Anshu Jaiman says:

    Hare Krishna, very nice mind opening article and unique too..

  169. Test will come, they will harass us also but at the end when we will pass those tests our faith and devotion will altogether reach new heights

  170. This is the proof as how Krishna takes care of His devotee. In devotional service, we need enthusiasm,determination and patience. Krishna and His devotees are ever glorious.

  171. very inspiring and enlightening. thanks for sharing

  172. Chandrika says:

    What a wonderful story!

  173. yes this really reinforces our faith & determination. thanks for sharing.

  174. Abhijeetaalsundkar says:

    ¬†Very inspirational …thanks for sharing

  175. Amazing.Thanks for sharing it..Reading such experiences of devotees,it gives me immense faith that what ever little we do in doviotional service will never go in vain. 

  176. Very inspiring article really!!!!!!!!!

  177. Sayyanakontham says:

    Very Inspiring especially the purports which explains the continuation of devotional service  innext life and the power of MAYA. Hare Krsna ! Thank you very much for sharing such beautiful experience.

  178. Sunny Mattas says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

  179. very nice and inspiring story….thanks for sharing

  180. Sagar Kumar Behera says:

    Its an amazing story of how Lord Krishna’s reciprocation with a patient & tolerant devotee….I need to be patient & tolerate suffering instead of complaining.

  181. Bhushan Chaudhary says:

    Thank you for sharing

  182. vrinda kataria says:

    very inspiring to reinforce our faith in the holy name.

  183. Amazingly faith lifting, deepest gratitude for sharing. Thank you from all my heart and soul.

  184. Kuldeepsoni says:

    Wonderful experience. Thank you so much sharing. Really inspiring !!

  185. Satish Rane says:

    Inspiring in my insignificant attempt to practice devotional service. Thanks. 

  186. OMG ! What can i say? This is amazing….i see my faith reinforced in the Lord’s words….Thanks to this celibate monk…Abhijeet Rane, his mother, the local maharaj to reinforce my faith in DS….

    • Rajiraja2002 says:

      If we just follow great sianst like HH Radhanath Swami, our faith improves by leaps and bounds

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