Radhanath Swami learns from Srila Prabhupada

Radhanath-SwamiOnce Srila Prabhupada was in New Vrindavan for a special Srimad Bhagavatam discourse. And it was decided that he would stay back for Janmastami festival. At the time Radhanath Swami thought that he would help Srila Prabhupada in whatever services required and then will go back to Vrindavan, India. He explains that there was great great enthusiasm in all devotees to prepare for Srila Prabhupad’s arrival.Radhanath Swami was helping the devotees in various services. The morning before Srila Prabhupada (i.e. at night) would come, the devotees discovered that the toilet which Srila Prabhupada was supposed to use did not work. Almost all the devotees were resting and Radhanath Swami was the only one left to fix the toilet. He had no experience in fixing one. He did all the things to fix the toilet. The problem with the toilet was it wouldn’t flush. He was up all the night trying to fix it. And finally in the morning when Srila Prabhupada was just arriving, the toilet flushed. THE TOILET WAS FIXED. He was happy that now Srila Prabhupad has a toilet which will flush. And he was proud that he had made the toilet flush.

And when Srila Prabhupada arrived and when it was time for Srila Prabhupada to respond to the nature, the devotees showed him the toilet and said it is a nice toilet. And Prabhupad in his unassuming way took his lota and went to the fields. He responded to the nature in the field and took his bath in the field. When he came back Srila Prabhupada said,” I enjoy responding to the nature in the nice fresh green grass with the breeze”. So the whole time he was there, he went to the fields to respond to the nature.

Radhanath Swami explains that Srila Prabhupada was teaching the lesson of detachment. We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.

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  1. Vinay Malani says:

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this wonderful story which teaches us how we should not even be proud of our achievements in devotional service as well.

  2. satish rane says:

    great lesson of detachment …………. We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.

    Thanks you maharaj.

    Pls keep sharing such articles ……….. hare krishna.

  3. Rasasindhu says:

    Very instructive story…..

  4. Rishikumardas says:

    One Self Realized soul learns from another self realized soul and teach to many, just like arjuna learns from krishna and teaches (lessons) for the whole world…

    • Vinay Malani says:

      You have summarized it very nicely Rishikumar. We are very fortunate to be connected to such a great soul like Srila Prabhupada through another great soul such as HH Radhanath Swami.

  5. Thank you Maharaj for the enlightening Article !!!

  6. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    The spiritual master always guides us and instructs us in his own way!

  7. Muktkesh das says:

    amazing spiritual vision maharaj have in all circumstances, instead of getting morose one can see hand of guru and Krishna in any situation

  8. Anurag Aagrwal says:

    Very amazing pastime. When such a great master and a dedicated disciple come together, it becomes necterian. We have a lot to learn from this. Thanks Maharaj for sharing this.

  9. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Thank you for sharing. Jai Srila Prabhupada..Jai Gurudev!!

  10. Wonderful instructive article.

  11. Rasasindhu says:

    We see 2 different aspects here – From disciple side he wants to give the best comfort/ service to the Guru. And from Guru side, every action he takes is a teaching to his disciples, live a simple life.

  12. Wonderful article…!!

  13. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    This is a very humble effort of HH Radhanath Swami to learn from his spiritual master

  14. Balaram Acharya Das says:

    Instructive lesson.. Thank you for sharing. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

  15. Piyush Singh says:

    Very touching incidence. This shows us the dedication of the disciple and the amazing ways of Guru to train his followers. Thank you very much for sharing.

  16. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article

  17. Nitai Hari das says:

    The Spiritual Master teaches practical application of how to used determination and detachment in our devotional service.

  18. Wonderful pastimes . Thanks for sharing …

  19. lesson of detachment – simply explained

  20. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    We can always learn so many lessons from the spiritual master’s actions!

  21. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article of Radhanath swami maharaj

  22. There is so much to learn from this.

  23. Nice lesson “We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform”
    Thank you Srila Prabhupada

  24. All glories to Radhanath swami maharaj..

  25. Very insightful.. Thank you

  26. Very instructive leason of becoming attached with whatever we do and thats true sometimes this happen in our service also. The only way to overcome is sincerly pray to Guru and Krishna and chant Lord name reqularly and ssociate with the devotees

  27. Thanks for sharing wonderful pastimes of Sril Prabhupad…

  28. Nikhil Damwani says:

    thank you for sharing this story maharaj

  29. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    The spiritual master teaches us in so many different ways, sometimes lovingly, sometimes chastising but always to teach us the best!

  30. Vinay Malani says:

    Thank you Maharaj for sharing your wonderful realizations.

  31. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    This is very profound statement from HH Radhanath Swami that we should not be proud of even the fruits of our devotional service. All the results are due to the mercy of God and we have only right on our work.

  32. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    We get to learn so much from the spiritual master.

  33. thank you for sharing this story maharaj

  34. rnsgovind@gmail.com says:

    Thank you very much for sharing story with very good lesson.

  35. Thanks for sharing this past time of Srila Prabhupada and Radhanath swami

  36. Thanks Radhanath swami maharaj.-: “We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perfor”

  37. thank you for sharing :).

  38. Nikhil Damwani says:

    Beautiful Story!

  39. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    We can learn the simplicity from all the great acaryas. HH Radhanath Swami shows us the way to apply in our lives with his own personal example.

  40. Beautiful story. Inspiring and good to hear such anecdotes between a sincere bonafide disciple who is a great soul and his great bonafide spiritual master. This proves that thopugh bhakti comes in disciplic succession and is handed over as it from guru to disciple without any additions or delitions still it is not impersonal but it has unique personal touch. Thanks!

  41. such a deep realization!

  42. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Yes I do agree,

  44. Great lesson on how to remain detached in our devotional service.
    Might take a lifetime to follow it :)

  45. It’s wonderful to hear a personal anecdote involving Srila Prabhupada and Radhanath Swami.

  46. onkar deshpande says:

    wow ! Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so wonderful !

  47. Chandrika says:

    Wonderful story

  48. Yes Radhanath Swami has shared a wonderful lesson for all.

  49. Thank you Radhanath swami for your kind instruction

  50. Aishwarya says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  51. snkishwar anand das says:

    wonderful , not being attached to even the fruits of our devotional service, Srila Prabhuapda is mahajan for us and come to save us mercifully

  52. very nice story….thanks for sharing

  53. Sumit Sharma says:

    Amazing story of Srila Prabhupada shared by HH Radhanath Swami!

  54. deatachment even from the fruits of our devotional service!!!

  55. Kiran Yagain says:

    I have noticed that while preaching, people take the message when least expected and some do not take it up inspite of our enthusiasm to give the message. We are not actual doers in devotional service. Thank you Maharaj for teaching this lesson of detachment.

  56. We have this kind of immense enthusiasm and dedication in serving our spiritual master. And even if our service is not recognized, we should not be attached to the fruits of the result. Thank you Radhanath Maharaj very much !

  57. Nilkanth Kohale says:

    what a glorious Guru- Disciple relationship is exemplified here. Shril Prabhupad even though was internationally acclaimed acharya that time, never failed in his principles of SIMPLE LIVING & HIGH THINKING and his disciple Radhanath swami took life learning lessons from his guru even when his service was not being recognized.

  58. Thank you Radhanath Swami for bringing out imp lesson for us from every incident.

  59. Abhishek C says:

    Radhanath Swami’ realisations carry so much meaning because of his strong eagerness to serve his Guru, and to engage as many as possible in that service.

  60. HH Radhanath Maharaj has always shown his humility by doing even the most menial possible services for Srila Prabhpada and other devotees. That is actually qualifies the meaning of aacharya, i.e., “Aacharya is one who teaches by his own example”.

  61. Prashant Kumar says:

    Oh such a wonderful Article!

  62. Maharaj has unique way to draw big and deep lessons from small small incidents and inspire us in a right way..

  63. Jitendra Tapadia says:

    Here we can see how Radhanath Swami was eager and dedicated to serve Srila Prabhupad.It was not the result but the endeavour to serve the spiritual master.

  64. Jayadev Das says:

    This is inconvicable reciprocation between great souls. This shows that efforts are important . What’s amazing egerness Maharaj have to serve his spiritual master. Thanks a lot for sharing…..

  65. this is crucial lesson – We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform. Radhanath Swami has exemplified this in his life & we can see it always.

  66. Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai.
    Radhanath swami Maharaj Ki Jai.

    Thanks for Teaching us the lesson of detachment.

  67. This is simplicity and humility of great souls. This is what all of us are looking for

  68. Tejna Patodi says:

    One has to learn the art of detachment, also in other words, Being alone in the crowd, to protect onself from wrong influences and be fixed.

  69. Nice incident. We can see how disciples are eager to serve the spiritual master and at the same time, spiritual master does not allow the disciples to become proud of their service by making them humble. Wonderful lesson as well.
    Thank you. All Glories to HH Radhanath Swami

  70. Anagha Warade says:

    Very nice lesson of detachment by Radhanath Swami Maharaj..

  71. Rahdhanath Swami teaches by his own example how a devotee should not be attached to fruits of even devotional service, magnificent.

  72. Very powerful lesson. Being detached to the fruits of our service.
    Another important point I am touched is the eagerness of Radhanath Swami to Serve his Spiritual Master and being ready to do anything for his satisfaction.

  73. Paramesvara Dasa says:

    Rendering service without attachment is pleasing Krsna and one becomes more humble. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  74. This is a profound lesson! Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  75. Tejna Patodi says:

    Detachment from fruits! Wonderful Lesson. Thanks for sharing.

  76. amol bhilare says:

    Radhanath swami Maharaj by his personal example teaches a nice things which really touches the heart.

  77. Maharaj personally shows what should be our service atttitude and how we can ensure to always please our Guru

  78. Thank You Radhanath Swami Maharaj for teaching us that we should expect fruits even in devotional service.

  79. Thank u for sharing.

  80. Jayadev Das says:

    Nice Article

  81. Jayadev Das says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing

  82. Sanjay Nadkarni says:

    What a wonderful realization by Radhanath Maharaj

  83. Jitendra Pardeshi says:

    One can easily get frustrated in such situations….after putting up so much effort throughout the night……..but one can learn in every situation and use it to advance spiritually…..Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for demonstrating the lesson of detachment.

  84. This incident shows the detachment of Sril Prabhupda

  85. Very humourous incident, Radhanth Maharaj fixed the toilet for prabhupad but prabhupad went outside with his lota to respond. Also Radhanath maharaj is so cool although he was all awake whole night and learns even from this incident great.

  86. Tallam Sita Ramaiah says:

    This is an example of being concerned about spiritual master. All glories to Maharaj.

  87. rishikumardasa says:

    Maharaj you are detached, but so much concern.careful for all of us.. thankyou verymuch

  88. We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.

  89. Anagha Warade says:

    Radhanath Swami explains that Srila Prabhupada was teaching the lesson of detachment. We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.
    Wonderful realization…..

  90. Maharaj, you are GREAT… through your own personal example … you are teaching us to be humble and not to take pride in whatever little service we do towards our Guru or Gauranga.

  91. This is unmotivated and unalloyed Service. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami.

  92. nandkishor das says:

    Thank you for the lesson on detachment!!!

  93. ananda lila das says:

    Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  94. ananda lila das says:

    All glories to HH Radhanath Swami

  95. Amit Dusane says:

    What an amazing pastime !!! Really its so difficult to become detached from the worldly things but at the same time its so very important to be detached … Its only by the mercy of great souls and by there prayers that we may get detachment.

  96. radhanath swami teaches very beautifully about detachment after leaning from his spiritual master.

  97. Vidya Patham says:

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s simplicity and detachment is really inspirational. We can sincerely worship such exemplary Vaishnava behavior in our heart of hearts.

  98. onkar deshpande says:

    this is wonderful and amazing. Its really heart touching realization of Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Maharaj beg for your mercy

  99. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    This is so wonderful. HH Radhanath Swami is showing by his own personal example how to be humble in the service and dealings with once own spiritual master which reveals the true essence of all knowledge.

  100. Sweet pastime Thanks. maharaj

  101. We are so much grateful to be part of this Brahma Madhava Gaudiya parampara and our acharyas, how we can we repay the debt….

  102. ananda lila das says:

    Please pray for and bless us HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj…for developing such attitude…

  103. Sri Ishwari says:

    Jai srila prabhupad & Jai Gurudev.

  104. I must say it takes a bold heart like Radhanath swami to be so pure at heart and inspire others to follow bhakti submissively by living and leading by example

  105. Simply beautiful

  106. Adikavi Das says:

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai !

  107. Piyush Singh says:

    Many thanks to HH Radhanath Swami for sharing this sweet pastime.

  108. How oftenly we get attached to the devotional activities we perform and seek appreciation for it. But here Srila Prabhupada is teaching us that we should be detached from the fruits of our activities. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for sharing this valuable lesson of detachment.

  109. Shyam Mahtani says:

    I am sure that Srila Prabhupada knew of this service, even though he did not use it. Srila Prabhupada seemed to know everything. Jai Srila Prabhupada. Jai Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  110. champaklatapriya Devi dasi says:

    Thanks to Guru Maharaj telling us from Srila Prabhupada’ s past time

  111. Thank you !!!

  112. Thanks to Radhanath Swami for narrating the past time from Srila Prabhupada and teaching a lesson from it.

  113. Anagha Warade says:

    Thank you for sharing!
    HH Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  114. Vibhava Krsna Dasa says:

    It was Ujjain 2006 – The Festivities were full on for the Temple opening of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan. I was serving in a hotel where many Sanyasis and Prabhupada disciples were staying. Later during the day I came to know that HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj was also booked in the same hotel. I got the room He was alloted and found out that cover of the toilet seat was missing. It was almost his arrival time. I hurried back to the hotel reception and made them fix it up. It was tough for them given that Ujjain is not a big city and Hotel was an average one. But they managed it before Maharaj arrived. I was happy and satisfied..checked the toilet again. I was excited about the incident.

    After waiting for a longtime I came to know that Maharaj directly went to stay with HH Bhakti Caru Swami Maharaj and wasn’t coming there. I vividly remember this pastime of that day…..

  115. Rajshekhar says:

    Radhanath Swami did his service with great care and sacrifice.

  116. Jai Bhalla says:

    Serious message of detachment in a humorous way

  117. Citra Gopi DD says:

    Such a humorous pastime.

  118. Nice article about detachment with spiritual services also.Maharaj’s realization are to make us understand the correct attitude on the path of spiritual progress.

  119. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    “We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform”. Very wonderful lesson to be learnt.

  120. very interesting to know this pastime of Prabhupad from Radhanath swami, that prabhupad did not use the toilet but went out with lota to respond.

  121. Sarang Gadhave says:

    Srila Prabhupad was really wonderful in training the disciples and Radhanath Swami took out the essence of it as a teaching. Thank you for sharing this pastime.

  122. We should be detached from the fruit of even the devotional service which we perform, this is superbly amazing. Thank you very much for sharing.

  123. Tallam Sita Ramaiah says:

    “We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.” Thia is real detachment and a spiritual seeker has to grow to that level.


    Radhanath Swami always repeats the words of his spiritual master Srila Prabhupad

  125. Anagha Warade says:

    HH Radhanath Swami ki jay!
    Thank you for sharing…..

  126. Ram Mohan Gupta says:

    We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform. Beautiful lesson by Radhanath Swami through such an interesting incident.

  127. Ashwani Kaul says:

    Very important lesson to learn from this story. Thank you Maharaj for sharing this story.

  128. Radhanath Swami explains that Srila Prabhupada was teaching the lesson of detachment. We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.
    Thank you very much for sharing withus this realization which is so very important in our life.

  129. CS Sandeep Shinde says:

    Thank you very much for sharing such a valuable lesson.

  130. nandkishor das says:

    Radhanath Swami ki jay, you just left me laughing at this odd hour!!!!!!!!!!

  131. Monia Sharma says:

    Thank you very much Maharaj for sharing this..

  132. Thank you very much Mahraj for teaching us such valuable lessons.

  133. Really heart touching story and lesson from it.. thanks for sharing.

  134. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Thank you Maharaj ji for such a nice lesson!!!

  135. CS Sandeep Shinde says:

    Thank you very much. Srila Prabhupad Ki Jai. H.H. Radhanath Maharaj Ki jai.

  136. Great lesson of detachment, very important for progress in spiritual life.

  137. Maharaj teaches through his practical example how one should detach from the fruit of his hard work.

  138. Tallam Sita Ramaiah says:

    What a lesson? H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has been a true renunciant right from the beginning. All glories to Maharaj.

  139. Jai jai…nice pastime.

  140. vaishali kamat says:

    Radhanath Swami is giving his own experience just to teach us about the kind of attitude we should have while rendering any devotional service.

  141. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform. – Wonderful lesson to be learnt and practised.

  142. Milind M Churi says:

    Nice pastime. Srila Prabhupad Ki Jai.

  143. Vinay Jain says:

    There is so much to learn from this story. One is how simple Srila Prabhupada was despite having access to all the luxury. The other is how sincere Radhanath Swami was towards the service of his spiritual master that he could stay all night awake fixing a toilet flush!

  144. Radhanath Swami KI Jai !

  145. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    Pure Devotees like Srila Prabhupada act on a completely transcendental platform beyond all dualities.

  146. puran singh says:

    ya it is very wonderful story and thank you Radhanath swami for sharing the wonderful realisatio

  147. Nikhil Damwani says:

    Very instructive lesson on detachment. Detachment makes you humble and crushes your pride!! JAY Srila Prabhupada!

  148. Knachana Kumari says:

    Very nice lesson to be learnt in the above story.
    We should not be attached to the resuls of any service done by us.
    We should do our service enthusiastically whatever allotted by our seniors.

  149. Maharaj takes every situation as an opportunity to learn.

  150. Advay Pathak says:

    What a lesson Maharaj derived! Simply astonishing. SASTRACHAKSHU or spiritual vision.

  151. generally we are taught that we should not be attached to our fritive work.. but in this case Maharaj is saying that we should not be attached to even the devotional work… this is amazing ! never thought of this !

  152. Sada Nandini says:

    This is very wonderful story and thank you Radhanath swami for sharing the wonderful realisation with us.

  153. Shyama Radhika Devi Dasi says:

    Time and again Shrila Prabhupada has showed us that simple living. high thinking should be the way of life.

  154. Ashok Kumar says:

    HH Radhanath Swamy maharaj is great …………… !!!!!!
    Maharaj is simply a great practical personality in the Hare Krishna movement…..!!!!!!

  155. Vidya Patham says:

    This is such a difficult lesson that Maharaj is teaching from his own life.

  156. Rajendra Prasad says:

    Very nice lesson for all of us. We should not be attached to any service. We should perform the service enthusiastically whatever is asked by senior devotees.

  157. Thank you for sharing.Jay Srila Prabbhupada !

  158. Samir Paleja says:

    That’s Prabhupada!

  159. Pranjal Dixit says:

    Radhanath swami teaches us a very deep lesson here. Thank you Maharaj.

  160. Chandrika says:

    Thank you for the inspiring narration.

  161. Jhulana-yatra dd says:

    Always teaches us by his example!

  162. Lesson of Detachment “We should not be attached to the fruits of even the devotional service we perform.”

  163. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Eye-opening realizations! it’s so difficult not to look for praise for the work we do. We have to cultivate the habit of humility.

  164. With ordinary people like me if the service done is not appreciated or not used for the purpose it has been done, they become very angry or disheartened, but HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has accepted it Krishna’s mercy and how beautifully remained detached to his service……Amazing Lesson…

  165. Radhanath Swami Maharaj teaches us real humility!

  166. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    After keeping awake the whole night trying to fix the toilet, it surely isn’t easy to accept such a lesson of detachment but Radhanath Swami simply accepts it as an arrangement of the lord and his pure devotee.

  167. Amazing!!!!. By reading such incidences one cannot stop from deeply appreciating the service attitude of HH Radhanath Swami to his spiritual master and also it is transcendentally humorous that one just cannot help but to smile and forget the miseries of material existence at least while he is reading such realizations by HH Radhanath Swami.

  168. Nice lesson of simple living and high thinking! Srila Gurudev Ki Jai ! Srila Prabhupad Ki Jai!

  169. Sumit Sharma says:

    Wonderful one! Thanks for sharing it.

  170. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    The realisation of HH Radhanath Swami is the highest and purest. Its amazing.

  171. Srila Prabhupada was such an amazing personality to be with. Radhanath Swami Maharaj has been so humble enough to share this experience of his life and teach us the lesson of detachment. Thank you very much Maharaj.

  172. Jagannath Dham Das says:

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for such an important lesson !
    Hare Krishna !

  173. hahaha…well said…

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