Radhanath Swami glorifies the beautiful heart of St. Francis


“When we adapt this most beautiful expression of love within our life, everything we do in this consciousness is most pleasing to the Lord.”- Radhanath Swami

Recently I was in Assisi, the place of St. Francis. It is described that he was not good looking; he had a curved spine. He was always very sickly too. Some years back they examined his bones and found that he had cancer of the bones and tuberculosis most of his life. That means he was in total pain through most of his lifespan.

If we had to go through that, we would be probably complaining. “Oh, why is this happening to me?”

But he wasn’t even thinking of himself. “How can I serve others? How can I bring others closer to God?” This was his constant exclusive meditation. This is surrender. Surrender means to put our own wants last, and to put the service of others and the service of God first. When we adapt this most beautiful expression of love within our life, everything we do in this consciousness is most pleasing to the Lord. Thus everything we do brings us closer to that state of pure love.

Radhanath Swami


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  • Balkrishna

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s explanation of surrender is so simple and clear. He combines the theory with practical examples that we can easily connect to.

    • Anand Patil

      very true. Thanks.

    • Krishnaseva Das

      Very True

  • anashree

    Thank you Maharaj for a nice explanation on “surrender”- putting our wants last and putting the service of others and the service of the Lord first.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Thanks Radhanath Swami for insight into meaning of surrender.

  • datta

    Guru Maharaj has given such a wonderful insight on how one should not go on externals. Thank you for such a wonderful article.

  • Vedic Times

    I really loved the interfaith angle brought forth by this article

  • Anup Shah

    Radhanath Swami’s lectures / articles are outstanding!

  • biswajit

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ki Jai

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    All the great acaryas of all religions accepted all kinds of inconveniences as ecstatic pleasures as they are helping to spread the glories of God. HH Radhanath Swami is no exception.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Radhanath Swami also takes so many inconveniences for glorification of the Lord.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice message.

  • Bhakti

    Wonderful message !!

  • svdd

    All glories to Radhanath Maharaj.

  • ASH

    Nice lessons.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami reveals the true nature of great souls that they are always eager to share the greatest spiritual wealth with others eve at the cost of their own lives.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Radhanath Swami brings out this essence so wonderfully.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice example of St.Francis.

  • svdd

    Very nicely explained by Maharaj

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely mentions, one can make spiritual progress quickly, if we take all the austerities pleasantly for connecting the souls to God.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. This mood of taking austerities will help one quickly in spiritual progress. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely explains, when we awaken our dormant eternal love of God, which is the highest love of all, then one will tolerate all kinds of austerities.

  • No one can take care of himself. But the secret is, if one takes care of others being an instrument in the hands of Krsna, then Krsna Himself takes care of him. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Beautiful point. How we get cared for simply by taking care of others. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • svdd

    Guru Maharaj ki jai ho!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice to hear and learn of such contributions of great souls. Showing compassionate nature towards all the living entities, despite their own physical impediments is the hall mark of these great people. HH Radhanath Swami, no doubt, is one of those great personalities, who is ready to offer great sacrifices for this noble cause of spreading love of God.

  • Ravi

    Beautiful instructive article….

  • ASH

    This article makes me think!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Very nice article. All glories to Gurumaharaj Ji.

  • Rajeev

    Thought provoking! Exemplifies compassion for others! Thank you for sharing.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice article by HH Radhanath Swami. All these austerities are pleasantly accepted by great souls as they carry the Love of God in their hearts and they are untouched by the miseries of this world.

  • biswajit

    Wonderful lesson by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami himself went through very austere times voluntarily and achieved perfection with Krishna at center.

  • navin poojary

    Surrender means selflessness. Surrender means service. thanks for sharing

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    This story of St.Francis told by HH Radhanath Swami is the basic foundational principle for spiritual progress by pleasing God.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very touching story of St. Francis of Assisi. All great souls and spiritual masters are known for their humility, surrender and compassion for all living entities dedicating their entire lives in the service of the others and the Lord. We can learn so much from the life of such great saints.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. The life of such great souls give great inspiration. Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s life too is fully dedicated for the service of his spiritual master.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Wonderful understanding of surrender by HH Radhanath Swami “To put God’s wants before ours”. Excellent.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful explanation. Jai Gurudev !!

  • Aishwarya

    Amazing state of mind to live with!

  • svdd

    Perfect example of St. Francis of how he used his sick body to serve others.Thanks Maharaj.

  • Sumit Sharma

    St. Francis was a real saint who helped people come closer to the God and help them attain love of Godhead. Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for these words about him.

  • Ravi Garg

    Wonderful article with perfect example & beautiful teachings……thanks Swamiji.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Nice instruction by Radhanath Swami on selfless service.

  • NSP

    Wonderful lesson by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj from the life of St. Francis.