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.

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