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 106 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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  • Dipti Gaikwad

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

    • Tapas

      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.

  • Sunil

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

  • Abhijit Toley

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

  • mukund

    thank you very much for the explanation.

  • sharda gokarn

    Nice. Mind blowing-Maharaj has given wonderful explaination.

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  • Gurrappanaidu

    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.

    • Vijay Pahuja

      Yes indeed…. when i heard from mouth of His Holiness in one of the prerna lectures, same was my feeling….!

      • umesh

        Yes I do agree.

  • Gauranga

    Very beautiful explanation.

  • srikanth

    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

    • umesh

      very true..

  • N.Swaminathan

    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.

  • Chetan Warade

    Very nice explanation by H.H.Radhanath Swami.

  • Vinay Rachh

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

  • Servant

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

  • Vani

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

  • Tushar Gaikwad

    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.

  • Tilakini

    Wonderful beyond words….

  • Shra1wiz

    Wow, this is so amazing to read!

  • Vinay Malani

    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.

  • Ravi Garg

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

  • Sundar

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

  • Rekha Chaudhury

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

  • 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.

  • krishna chandra

    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.


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

  • malathi santosh


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

  • Sumit

    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.

  • madhura


  • Vidya Patham

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

  • vaishali kamat

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

  • umesh

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

  • Chandrika


  • Purushottam Kumar

    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.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    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.

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

  • nishita

    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…

  • anjan

    many thanks to Radhanath swami for the beautiful words

  • Vinay K

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

  • Saurabh Sharma

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

  • Sunny

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

  • Milind M Churi

    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.

  • Pooja, singapore

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

  • Pooja, singapore

    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.

  • surekha

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

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for sharing this wih us!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

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

  • Jagannath Dham Das

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

  • madhura

    wonderful explanation by Maharaj.

  • chandraprakassh

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

  • saurabh

    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

  • Rajeev

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

  • Ramya

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

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    We may forget Krishna but he will never forget us!

  • shailesh

    Hare Krsna !

  • nandkishor das

    hari bollllllllllllllllllllll

  • shailesh

    Hare Krsna ! Beautiful.

  • kamlesh

    i m eagarly waiting that day to come upon

  • Shyam Mahtani

    Most Inspiring. Thank you Swamiji.

  • chandraprakassh

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

  • rohan

    very nice

  • Vinay Malani

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

  • navin poojary

    Thanks!This is indeed wonderful

  • Anil

    Very motivating keep posting thes nice articles
    Thanks a ton

  • Ravi Garg

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

  • priya aiyar

    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.

  • Manasa

    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

  • Aishwarya

    So sweet and full of inspiration.

  • chandraprakassh

    very very very inspiring ………i loved it reading

  • shailesh

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

  • Jagdish

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

  • Anil

    This article is inducing us to take Bhakti seriously 🙂

  • chandraprakassh

    what an amazing realization ……..

  • samir paleja

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

  • Riya

    It is out of the world 🙂

  • kamlesh

    very very good

  • nandkishor das

    very nice

  • suresh

    Hare Krishna. Thank you.

  • Amar Solanki

    amazing facts. hope we all will experience the same.

  • anju

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

  • suvarna

    Thank you for nice answer with story.

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

  • anil

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

  • Gokul

    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.

  • Anagha Warade

    Very true.
    Thank you for sharing…

  • C Paleja

    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.

  • nandkishor das

    hare krishnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Deepak

    really really touching

  • Jaydeep

    Amazing !

  • madhura


  • kiran

    brahd baghavatamrita is amazing

  • Arabinda

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

  • umesh

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

  • damodar

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for the answer.

  • prabhat Kumar

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

  • Bhushan S

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

  • Sandhya Hinduja

    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

  • Samir Paleja

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

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

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

  • Nisha Krishna

    Hariiiiiii BOlllll !!! beautifull

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

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

  • vinay jain

    Such a touching article – God personally welcomes everyone returning to the spiritual world. Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  • Laxmikanth

    very amazing story told by Radhanath swami, how much krishna loves us , really very astonishing, and its a fact because krishna himself was fainted by reunion, how much great that love may be which makes even lord himself faint . ?