Richard (now Radhanath Swami) would often be lonely but used this opportunity to connect to God through prayer and meditation. I liked a prose that Richard wrote in the solitude of this mountain cave. This is one of my favorite paragraphs in the book:
“In the mind of a hermit, in troubled times, when a man is tired and weary, confused as to where he is going and what he has left to fall behind, he doesn’t know whether to cling to or to let go forever of those things that still remain with him. Where to go for one who has forsaken friend and home? What to do for one who wanders alone in the wilderness of his own solitude? Should he break the walls that he has constructed around himself or should he build them stronger and higher? He pleads, “Oh Lord, is there a guide who can show me the way to you? Where shall such a homeless man reside who believes that home is not in this mortal world?”
Reading the above paragraph gives us a glimpse into the heart of Radhanath Swami; his poetic best is seen here. He is rich with spiritual emotions and also so expertly weaves it into a beautiful prose. This reminds me of a recent talk that Radhanath Swami gave where he poetically described God’s creation. He first analyzed the special effects that Steven Spielberg creates in his movies. He then offered a humble challenge to all experts in animation and movie making. Even if one spends millions of dollars in creating the most high tech movie can anyone replicate the artistry of God? “Is anything of the reel world more fascinating and miraculous than the birds that sing at will?” asked Radhanath Swami, “Can the scientists or movie makers create one real sunset or sunrise every morning. Can they create the phenomenal beauty of even one flower or a single heartbeat? This is God’s art work. This is God’s beauty.”
Since Radhanath Swami is always remembering God, he sees the beauty of God in everything of this world. Radhanath Swami can see the miracles of God every moment. Therefore, these poetic descriptions just gush out of his heart.
I often reflect why I am unable to appreciate God and life with at least a fraction of the genuineness that Radhanath Swami embodies? The reason is not difficult to find; Radhanath Swami reveals in one talk, “When we are hard hearted and forgetful of God always, we also become ungrateful and are unable to appreciate the precious, invaluable gifts of God all around us.”
Just as Richard wrote on his note pad that evening on a mountain cave, “…Where shall such a homeless man reside who believes that home is not in this mortal world?” as Radhanath Swami also, he reveals the same emotion that this world is not our home. “Every molecule, every atom, electron, neutron, every aspect of this creation is simply designed by God for one reason only. To eventually give a lesson to the conditioned soul that our real home is with God. Every situation in our life, whether it be pleasurable or frustrating and painful is all the Lord’s loving merciful voice calling the soul back home, back to god-head.”