Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

What it feels like upon returning to the spiritual world?

By on December 11, 2010 in Insights with 103 Comments

Returning back to Spiritual World Question to Radhanath Swami: I was wondering, what the scriptures say about what it feels like upon returning to the spiritual world.

Radhanath Swami: Sanatan Goswami, a seventeenth century saint, describes in his work, Brihat Bhagavatamrita, the reunion of a soul with the Supreme Lord Krishna in the spiritual world. He explains how one day Krishna with his cowherd boyfriends (gopas) and cows was returning from the forest of Vrindavana to his home. On the way a soul that has just attained the spiritual world appeared in the cowherd pasture as a beautiful little cowherd boy. When Krishna saw him, he ran to him and embraced him. And in the ecstasy of love, both Lord Krishna and the newly arrived cowherd boy fainted in ecstasy. All the gopas were very much astonished: who is this boy and why is Krishna laying in the ground in an unconscious state? So Balaram, Krishna’s brother, approached Krishna and brought him back to consciousness by singing sweet words and by fanning him.

Then Krishna told that new cowherd boy, “You left me long, long ago. You forgot me. But I never forgot you. Lifetime after lifetime you tried to enjoy the material world, but I was always in your heart waiting for you to turn to me. You suffered storms, diseases, and broken hearts. Sometimes you enjoyed wealth, prosperity, and high education, but eventually it was all taken away. Did you not feel separation from me as I felt separation from you at every minute? Then finally you turned to me and gave your life to me. I saw how difficult it was in that material world for you to turn to me and be faithful. You were ridiculed, prosecuted, criticized, and sometimes you had to beg, but I was always with you there to protect you. Now, finally you have returned home, I welcome you.”

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  1. Dipti Gaikwad says:

    How eager is the Lord to receive us back in our eternal home! If only we could be so eager about going back…

    • Tapas says:

      Yes, in our daily KC activity, we may forget the goal and be only ritualistic. Such descriptions will really make us eager to practice intensely. Thank you very much Maharaj.

  2. Sunil says:

    Very nice explanation ..reminds me of if we take one step, Lord takes thousand steps towards us

  3. Abhijit Toley says:

    One of the most inspiring words for me to take spiritual life seriously. Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  4. mukund says:

    thank you very much for the explanation.

  5. sharda gokarn says:

    Nice. Mind blowing-Maharaj has given wonderful explaination.

  6. brad schofield says:


  7. Gurrappanaidu says:

    Beautiful narration of inner feelings, when I was reading this answer tears rolled off from my eyes. Lord Krishna has been waiting for each and individual soul from millions and millions of years, we have to take advantage of human birth and go back spiritual world. Thank you so much Maharaj for reminding me (us) every day.

  8. Gauranga says:

    Very beautiful explanation.

  9. srikanth says:

    Thank you maharaj for such a wonderful description on how Krishna is eagerly waiting for us. This gives me the inspiration to continue Krishna Consciousness with more determination.

    H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai

  10. N.Swaminathan says:

    Such beautiful description of how God really takes 10 steps if we make 1 step towards Him. He is much more eager to have us back with Him than we are.

  11. Chetan Warade says:

    Very nice explanation by H.H.Radhanath Swami.

  12. Vinay Rachh says:

    This is the desire of all the devotees that one day we also are welcomed by Krishna in his holy abode of Goloka Vrindavan

  13. Servant says:

    A beautiful explanation wherein while just reading the passage it seems to happen just in front of us. His Holiness Radhanath Maharaj KI JAI

  14. Vani says:

    This is very beautiful, thank you Maharaj. One should always have full faith in Krishna and his pure devotees words.

  15. Tushar Gaikwad says:

    Radhanath Swami’s description of the separation the Lord feels for us brings tears to our eyes. We can relieve Him of His anxiety by at least trying to love Him.

  16. Tilakini says:

    Wonderful beyond words….

  17. Shra1wiz says:

    Wow, this is so amazing to read!

  18. Vinay Malani says:

    The detailed description of how Krishna personally welcomes the soul back home is very inspiring & gives us a lot of hope to continue on the path of bhakti even in the face of all difficulties.

  19. Ravi Garg says:

    What a description….it seems you are seeing the pastime taking place in front of your eyes…..thanks…..

  20. Sundar says:

    Wonderful explanation of the soul returning to spiritual world. Krishna (God) is very personal more than one can even think of.

  21. Rekha Chaudhury says:

    Beautiful!!! Who would not want to be such a loving Lord?

  22. VINAY MALJI says:

    Yes we must turn to Lord Krishna and surrender unto him.He is always happy us to welcome back to godhead and he is more eager than us for the same .we can get real happiness only when we go back to godhead and serve the Lord Krishna and his associates.

  23. krishna chandra says:

    If only I could remember these words of Krishna, every moment, there would be no question of ever forgetting Krishna even in this material world.

  24. INDRESH says:

    thank you radhanath mahraj for this wonderful description ,it is really charmed our heart that how much Lord loves each one of us.

  25. malathi santosh says:


  26. Sudhir says:

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai!! Thanks Maharaj for your nectarous words

  27. Sumit says:

    Thanks Radhanath Swami for sharing this pastime, which is very touching. Lord Krishna is waiting for all of us to turn to Him and be with Him, but the snares of Mayadevi don’t let us achieve that state. Only if take shelter of Lord Krishna, these snares would be ineffective.

  28. madhura says:


  29. Vidya Patham says:

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us such a fantastic preview of the spiritual world.

  30. vaishali kamat says:

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving this encouraging glimpse of the spiritual world.

  31. umesh says:

    very graphical explanation by Radhanath Swami Maharaj based on the saintly literatures of Sanatana Goswami.

  32. Chandrika says:


  33. Purushottam Kumar says:

    I always had this question as how a soul feels when he returns back to the spiritual world. I was
    searching for this answer for a long time. And fortunately today I came to know.
    Thanks Maharaj for such a wonderful explanation of the reunion of the soul with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

  34. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    It brings tears to my eyes to read this beautiful narration of Radhanath Swami. How we have forgotten our greatest wealth which is our connection to our all loving supreme father and tried to enjoy independently is beautifully described here.

  35. tushar says:

    This answer increases the thurst to return spiritual world many many times.

  36. nishita says:

    the experience of entering the spiritual world from the previous acharyas, down the parampara, right through the lips of radhanath maharaj with the same authenticity…

  37. anjan says:

    many thanks to Radhanath swami for the beautiful words

  38. Vinay K says:

    Thank you Maharaj…You have narrated this wonderfully.
    Tears are running from my eyes.
    I pray for your blessings.

  39. Saurabh Sharma says:

    Indeed, Spiritual Master is the meeting point of the devotee and Krsna. Radhanath Swami’s words are like the warm embrace of Krsna.

  40. Sunny says:

    so wonderful…when o when will the day be mine…

  41. Milind M Churi says:

    Super excellent.HH.Radhanath Swamiji explained it in such a way that I felt like reading it again and again.Also nice picture with it explaining the answer.Thank you very much.

  42. Pooja, singapore says:

    Hari Bol, I hope that even we reach the spiritual world like that cowherd boy one day. Very very nice article. Thank u

  43. Pooja, singapore says:

    Hari Bol, I hope that even we reach the spiritual world like that cowherd boy one day. Very very nice article. Thank u for sharing this.

  44. surekha says:

    Radhanath swami has given a very nice answer of how Krishna is always eagerly waiting for us to turn to him.

  45. Citra Gopi DD says:

    Thank you for sharing this wih us!

  46. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    thank you so much for reminding us that Krishna is waiting for us but we are still trying to enjoy in this material world.

  47. Jagannath Dham Das says:

    What a beautiful narration by Radhanath Swami on souls return back to Spiritual World !
    Thank you !
    Hare Krishna !

  48. madhura says:

    wonderful explanation by Maharaj.

  49. chandraprakassh says:

    really hopegiving assurance …………i m really moved by this answer

  50. saurabh says:

    This article really inspired me to feel the urgency of going back to godhead, how much Lord is loving and caring for his departed children.
    Thank you so much

  51. Rajeev says:

    Thats so much touching to the heart… Krishna is waiting for us … :)

  52. Ramya says:

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s narration inspires us to take our journey back to Godhead very seriously…

  53. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    We may forget Krishna but he will never forget us!

  54. shailesh says:

    Hare Krsna !

  55. nandkishor das says:

    hari bollllllllllllllllllllll

  56. shailesh says:

    Hare Krsna ! Beautiful.

  57. kamlesh says:

    i m eagarly waiting that day to come upon

  58. Shyam Mahtani says:

    Most Inspiring. Thank you Swamiji.

  59. chandraprakassh says:

    thank u so much …..i m really looking forward to meet Radhanath swami to get more enlightenment directly

  60. rohan says:

    very nice

  61. Vinay Malani says:

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us such a wonderful insight into the spiritual world.

  62. navin poojary says:

    Thanks!This is indeed wonderful

  63. Anil says:

    Very motivating keep posting thes nice articles
    Thanks a ton

  64. Ravi Garg says:

    So beautiful words of Sanatana Goswami narrated by Swamiji……thanks

  65. priya aiyar says:

    Maharaj has specially descended to take the suffering souls of this material world back home back to Godhead. Otherwise why should he be here. Thanks Maharaj for being there for us.

  66. Manasa says:

    Thanks for sharing. We forgot Krishna, we came here, but Krishna is eagerly waiting when we turn to him to come to him. If we eagerly want to serve him, he will show the way

  67. Aishwarya says:

    So sweet and full of inspiration.

  68. chandraprakassh says:

    very very very inspiring ………i loved it reading

  69. shailesh says:

    Hare Krsna ! Very Ecstatic.Thank you very much for sharing !

  70. Jagdish says:

    Haribol..!! Very Inspiring – Just too good.

  71. Anil says:

    This article is inducing us to take Bhakti seriously :)

  72. chandraprakassh says:

    what an amazing realization ……..

  73. samir paleja says:

    my god! what a reunion. Hope i will be there too.

  74. Riya says:

    It is out of the world :)

  75. kamlesh says:

    very very good

  76. nandkishor das says:

    very nice

  77. suresh says:

    Hare Krishna. Thank you.

  78. Amar Solanki says:

    amazing facts. hope we all will experience the same.

  79. anju says:

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for sharing this inspiring story….

  80. suvarna says:

    Thank you for nice answer with story.

  81. These are very useful and inspiring subjects and are nicely dealt.

  82. anil says:

    This is the most motivating article that i came across.. thanks a lot

  83. Gokul says:

    So sweet!!!. We need a spiritually elightened and realized personality who can explain such most sublime truths about the spiritual world. We are fortunate to have HH Radhanath Swami Maaharaj.

  84. Anagha Warade says:

    Very true.
    Thank you for sharing…

  85. C Paleja says:

    Fact that Krishna feeling separation from a soul every minute should encourage us to chant good round. At the same time, we should blame ourselves for making Krishna sad by leaving him.

  86. nandkishor das says:

    hare krishnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  87. Deepak says:

    really really touching

  88. Jaydeep says:

    Amazing !

  89. madhura says:


  90. kiran says:

    brahd baghavatamrita is amazing

  91. Arabinda says:

    Lord is eagerly waiting for all of us to be back with Him! There is no doubt..

  92. umesh says:

    I hope and pray that all of us may get this experience..

  93. damodar says:

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for the answer.

  94. prabhat Kumar says:

    Nice answer, let see in our life, how Krishna is going to reciprocate. Thanks!

  95. Bhushan S says:

    Such a faith giving answer. Krishna is always waiting for us…

  96. Sandhya Hinduja says:

    we take one step, Lord takes thousand steps towards us.. Lord is always eager to receive us back in our eternal home! If only we could be so eager about going back…
    Thank you Maharaj for the realization

  97. Samir Paleja says:

    I am reading these answer again and again. Practically every day. It inspires me to try to remember Krishna every minutes. Thank you maharaj!

  98. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Wonderful description of the spiritual world. We should all be eager to go back there to be in eternal association with the Lord.

  99. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Wonderful!!! Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar.

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