Radhanath Swami on Raghunath Das Goswami’s treasure

Raghunath Das Goswami was staying in Puri like a beggar. When his parents came to know about his destitute condition from Shivananda Sen, they were devastated. In their love for Raghunath Das Goswami, they would send money to him. Raghunath Das Goswami would use it all. But not one dime would be used for himself. He would use it all in preparing grand feasts for Lord Caitanya and His devotees at regular intervals. After some time, Raghunath Das Goswami stopped inviting the Lord and Lord Caitanya asked Swarup Damodar Goswami, why is Raghunath not calling me anymore for prasad? Swarup Damodar Goswami said, ” He doesn’t want to take anymore from his parents. He is not listening to them by being with them, so he doesn’t want to take from them”. Lord Caitanya was very pleased and said,” This is very nice, but then where is he eating from? Swarup Damodar Goswami said, ” He is sitting in front of the Simhadwaram with all the beggars; just sitting there and begging.

Radhanath Swami comments,” Who has seen such a multi billionare? A multibillionare begging with no intentions of going back to his affluent family where everything was at his disposal. He had everything in the world which the people of this time is foaming at their mouth to get. With the money he had, he could control, he could have had thousands of people serving him on his beckon. But here he was begging from common people for a little bit of rice. Such was his humility.

After some time Mahaprabhu saw that Raghunath Das Goswami was not even begging at the Simhadwaram and thought why is that! Raghunath Das Goswami was thinking that by the profession of this beggar, he was discriminating in his mind people, rather than seeing himself to serve, he was thinking what am i gonna get. This person gave to me yesterday, will he give to me today. This person did not give anything before, so he probably wont give me anything. So, he was seeing people according to what he could get from them and he considered this abominable. So he gave up begging.

Raghunatha-Dasa-GoswamiSo Lord Caitanya asked, “Then, what is he doing now?” He was replied that Raghunath Das Goswami was now just standing in line in the free booths were old prasad was being distributed. And after some time he wouldn’t even do that. How was he maintaining himself? This crorepati Raghunath would take his meals just beside the Simhadwaram gate, little distance away, around the corner of Jagannath’s temple. There was a big pile of what was considered refuse garbage. Mahaprasad of Lord jagannath would be given to the shopkeepers who would sell it. Sometimes after some days, some of the prasadam would not be sold and it would become decomposed and rotten. So they would throw that rice in this heap of garbage. And during the day, the kalinga cows would come and eat that rice and if any portion of the rice which was rotten was not tolerated by the cows, they would spit it out. At night, when all the cows were sleeping, Raghunath Das Goswami would secretly go to that place and he would collect the decomposed rotten rice, spit out by the cows. He would collect it and bring it to where he was staying. He would wash it and eat the inner portion of it. Just imagine how much he must be eating. He would eat nothing else except that. when Lord Caitnaya came to know about this diet, he was astounded. Mahaprabhu bhakta ganer vairagya pradhan – that renunciation is the very principe that sustains the life of the devotees of Lord Caitanya. Seeing such renunciation, Lord Gauranga becomes very pleased within his heart. Lord Caitanya came to Raghunath’s residence just at prasadam time. Now, actually, nobody knew Raghunath was doing that. He wasn’t doing it for some prestige. Radhanath Swami adds that today, sometimes people do things for prestige. People may do similar austerities nowadays and in many ways put spot light on them so that others can see what they are doing. That is not renunciation because in the name of fasting for our bodies, we are feasting on our false ego. Nobody knew that Raghunath was doing this. Only Mahaprabhu knew. He came on that day and Raghunath was eating and as soon as he saw mahaprabhu entering his room, he hid that rice. And Lord Caitanya said, “Oh, Raghunath , I heard that you ere eating very nicely. Why you don’t call me anymore to share the feast with you. I want to partake of it. Please give me. Raghunath replied, ” No, my Lord, i don’t have anything here. I am sorry. Lord Caitanya knew everything. He reached behind Raghunath and took that little pot of Raghunath’s food and with his ownRaghunath Das goswamis treasure hands Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu ate the rice. Even Swarup Damodar Goswami could not tolerate Lord Caitanya eating that rice. He said,” My Lord, please that’s enough, you cannot eat that rice. He had to hold Lord Caitanya’s hand from eating anymore. And the Lord was praising it. He said,” I have tasted so many varieties of mahaprasad – condensed milk, sabjis, rice,  puris, sabjis, sweet cakes but i have never tasted any prasad so necatrine with ambrosial fragrance and taste than that which Raghunath is eating. Lord Caitanya was literally tasting nectar becasue he was tasting the spirit of variagya vidya nija bhakti yogam. He was tasting the spirit of Raghunath’s renunciation in the spirit of pure unalloyed love. That is wealth. The husband of the Goddess of fortune was begging  for that decomposed rice that Raghunath Das Goswami was eating. The Lord was tasting more sweetness in that than all the offerings in Vaikuntha. Why? Because Raghunath Das Goswami was offering the supreme wealth. The wealth of pure love – Krsna Prem.

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Comments

  1. Reena Sharma says:

    Good article abt renunciation

  2. Gopesh Rane says:

    Maharaj always say that renunciation means renouncing the false ego..(i am enjoyer). Thank you for wonderful article about the renunciation.

  3. Vinay Malani says:

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami for describing the wonderful glories of Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. I found it very inspiring.

  4. Such an inspiring and heart touching story!

    • Vinay Malani says:

      Hearing such glorious stories, specially from enlightened saints like HH Radhanath Swami can bring about rapid positive transformation in one’s life.

  5. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely brought about in this article, we should not be imitating the austere lives of great souls, but should imbibe the in build principles that lead to austerities.

  6. Y Raja Shekar says:

    This narration by HH Radhanath Swami shuns away the impostors who only focus on the ritualistic austerities without any love towards Lord or His devotees.

  7. Aishwarya says:

    Nice narration and very inspiring pastime.

  8. Y Raja Shekar says:

    This real story narrated by HH Radhanath Swami gives us lot of hope that Krishna is so compassionate that He accept even a small endeavor we do with sincere heart.

  9. Rasasindhu says:

    What a wonderful narration……

  10. Aishwarya says:

    Nice narration of the life history of Raghunath Das Goswami.

  11. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    Whether one is following austerities or strictly following the vedic rituals, the pleasure of God is the ultimate goal that matters.This principle is nicely brought about in this article by HH Radhanath Swami.

  12. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    If we can follow atleast one percent of the pleasing nature of Srila Raghunath Goswami, then our lives are successful. Grateful to HH Radhanath Swami for eliciting practical lessons out of his austere, yet blissful life.

  13. navin poojary says:

    It is very very inspiring to hear such wonderful sacrifices that the goswami did just for Love of God and preaching message of Lord.Amazing!

  14. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    The purpose of any amount of austerity is only to please Krishna and without which any amount of austerity is simply waste. This sublime principle is nicely brought out in this article by HH Radhanath Swami.

  15. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    This pastime narrated by HH Radhanath Swami clearly reveals that Lord is not interested in our material acquisitions but is simply hungry for our love.

  16. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    HH Radhanath Swami brings out great lessons from this pastimes of Srila Raghunath das goswami. One lesson is we do austerities and penances only for prestige, where as great souls act in a way to please Krishna.

  17. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami for giving us so many lessons from the life of Srila Raghunath Goswami.

  18. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    Time and again we have seen in the history that great devotees like Srila Raghunath Goswami, dedicate their lives for the sake of Lord renouncing all oppulences. Lord Himself exhibited this quality of renunciation as Lord Rama and Lord Caitanya. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami for eliciting so many lessons through the life of Srila Raghunath Goswami.

  19. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    The austere, yet blissful devotion filled life of Raghunath das Goswami described by HH Radhanath Swami is the eye opener for us on what will attract the Lord. Its not the austerity which was appealing to Lord, but its the mood and genuine heart of Raghunath das Goswami that was pleasing to Lord Caitanya.

  20. Sumit Sharma says:

    Wonderful renunciation by Srila Raghunath Das Goswami. Thank you very much for sharing it!

  21. biswajit says:

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  22. Jaydeep Parmar says:

    Radhanath Swami ki jai…..!!!
    Shrila Raghunath Das Goswami ki jai……!!!

  23. Wonderful talk by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  24. pradeep lalwani says:

    JAY …….this is very much inspiring !!!

    Thank you very much Maharaj for sharing this

  25. Ravi Garg says:

    Heart-melting narration…….

  26. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Great article. Jai Gurudev !!

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