Monday, October 26, 2009


Humility is not a weakness. Ignorant people think that to be humble is to be weak. Of course, material conception of humility - that may appear to be true, but that’s not humility. Real humility is to see that the power of God is within me and within everything. Real humility is to give up the ego that I am the doer. And thoroughly dive into the truth that Krishna is the doer. And to be an instrument of the highest power. Real humility is the greatest power in all creation. Because it connects us to the power of the Absolute truth. We cannot be connected as long as we have false ego. Its all around us. Humility tunes us in to the highest power. Ego tunes us in to the other frequencies and it just complicates our lives...This is why we remain in this material world, because we are blaming other people, blaming other situation for our situations, we really never seek a solution, which means turn to God. Gajendra didn’t blame the crocodile, he didn’t blame the family members and his friends for not being able to help him. He just understood, this is an opportunity to turn to God and he became perfect. He tried his best, we all have to try our best to deal with reversals.

-H.H.Radhanath Swami

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What is Real Wisdom?

It is hard to have deep relations. The reason is that more you are controlling, more you become addicted and condition to controlling spirit. You want to control everything and everyone and you can’t have deep relationships as long as you are controlling. So there is little love for people who are extremely successful. It’s always been that way. The only way they can be is if you take a humble position and really accept people as your equals. So here is the promise, people are fighting, fighting to get there and then when they get there they can’t give up what they have and at the same time, it’s a very lonely and unsatisfying life.

Srimad Bhagavatam is trying to break through the misconception of this type of dream for happiness. That is why Srila Prabhupada was so strong when he spoke there is no really no happiness in the material world. All the so called happiness is just on the level of this ever chaning waves and foaming bubbles. In the 1st canto Prabhupada says, "All of our happiness, all of our possessions, all of our relationships in this world are like foaming bubbles on the surface of the ocean of material existence and all these bubbles any movement will burst into oblivion." So are we going to be attached to the bubble or we are going to be depth of what’s deeper in the ocean. He krsna karuna sindhu. Deeper down there is ocean of Krsna’s mercy, Krsna’s kindness, Krsna’s love. That’s where we want to dive deep. The entire ocean is Krsna’s love. We are attached to the foaming bubbles. Jiv Jago Jiv jago.

Mahaprabhu say’s wake up sleeping souls. Usually waking us means to get us out of the sleep, it’s disruption. Just like if you are having a really sound sleep and the alarm clock rings, what’s your first reaction. You don’t have to say it publically. First reaction is it’s a disturbance. Is it not ? You are sleeping, you are dreaming that you are having a vacation with your lover on a tropical island and all of a sudden. Today there are so many alarm clock’s, different bells. All of sudden (Maharaj makes sound of alarm clock). You just turn it off. It’s disruptive but wakes you up. So the problems in this world are like alarm clocks, the reversals and difficulties. Because when things keep going our way we just stay in our dreams. Yes, we stay asleep. May be good dream, may be bad dream. When reversals comes, it is like a alarm clock to wake us up. But we have a choice of actually waking up from that alarm clock, now they have snooze controls. Snooze controls means, "Yeah I know I should wake up, I should become serious about my spiritual life, but later. I will do it after this and this and this is complete, then I will do it.

So some people just turn off the alarm clock and just go back to sleep. Some people do the snooze control thing, which means I knew I turn it off, I am little wake up, I will become serious like Kailash of Narad Muni. He was always on snooze control. Yes Gurudev, I know there is suffering, I know I should be chanting the name of God and associate with saintly people, but I will do it later. Just let me do this more, let me sleep little longer, then I will do it. After all last night I didn’t got so much sleep, just a little longer. Wake up. Life is short. You should take advantage, take the opportunity now and the tragedies that come upon us transform them into blessings .That’s wisdom, wisdom is not memorizing slokas, wisdom is applying the slokas to your life and what does it mean, here is a sloka

Tat te anupamkam
Wisdom is when there are reversals which appear to be a curse however painful, distasteful and unacceptable it may appear, to transform it into a blessing by trying to go deeper not deal with it on the level of foaming bubbles in the waves but to go deeper and this Srimad Bhagavatam is taking us deeper.

--HH Radhanath Swami

Monday, October 12, 2009


Pralambasura is greatest of the demons. Do you know what he represents? He represents lusty inclinations. Lusty inclination towards sex and subtle sex, craving for profit, adoration and distinction. Whenever these influences come into your heart, you should recognize Pralambasura has come. And these particular anarthas are very much like Pralamabasura because they disguise themselves as our friends, with the promise of happiness, with the promise of relief. And this is how maya whispers to us. If you have a position, if you have prestige, if people honour and respect you, you will be happy. And then we motivate ourselves in order to get those things. What to speak of illicit sex, it is such a promise of happiness of pleasure, it is a demon in disguise. It can only be killed in the presence of guru and Krishna in your heart.

The desire for prestige is very deadly. Srila Visvanath Cakravati explains three reasons of falldown for devotees which are most prominant: kanak -desire to accumulate wealth; kama - desire to enjoy the opposite sex, desire for sex life; pratistha - prestige.

These three things are sure to corrupt our spiritual life.

As far as prestige goes, the desire for adoration and distinction is Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati said it is as abominable as the dung of a boar. It’s recycled stool through a boar.

It is abominable. That is how we should see our desire for prestige. But even in the spiritual societies, people are so driven by this desire for prestige, I am better than you, we learn the scriptures, if you know the scriptures, taking on the most fallen position and let me just learn this so I can serve my gurudev, the Vaishnavas then learning scriptures is very very good, but sometimes we become more learned than others and we think I am better than others. I am more advanced than you. How many slokas you know? How many people can you defeat? How many people can you leave spell bound when you give a lecture? It’s wonderful if you can do all that stuff providing its in the mood of the servant of the servant, but if you start thinking I am better than others, and you start longing for prestige, and when you do it you start expecting and demanding respect , what are you doing? You are simply tasting the dung of the abominable boar, according to Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, our parampara guru. He was so graphic because it’s such a deep burning in people’s hearts.

Now the desire to feel valued, the desire to feel appreciated, it’s just natural within everybody but when we want honor, respect and prestige, it’s very dangerous form of sense gratification and it’s the major cause of falldown. It’s Pralamabasura disguising himself. I make you so happy, just get this position, get this prestige, get this honor, get this sex life, acquire and acquire, acquire more materialistic things. Disguised as your friend, this voice, but no, that voice is only out to destroy your bhakti. Hare Krishna! And that is a fact. That is maya’s whisper, that is Pralambasura ‘s whisper promising you everything, disguised as your best friend, but the only mode of invasion of all these influences is to corrupt the life, entangle you into material bondage and destroy your bhakti. Hare Krishna!-

H.H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

mind- thing of its own

Everyone should be very humble. No one should be proud. No one should think they are great. Because as soon as you think that way you are already in the clutches of maya and all the rest will follow subsequently. So if someone like Lord Shiva or Lord Brahma or Vishwamitra muni or Saubhari muni, if they were bewildered due to inattentiveness if their minds drag them down into such embarrassing conditions then what is our position? Our position is very humble. Srila Prabhupad explains the remedy of not falling into Maya’s control...How does maya work..essentially through the mind?. Maya can create so many external phantasmagoria that is trying to either create attraction or aversion, but essentially, it is only successful if it affects our mind.....a great soul can be like a lotus flower in a very very muddy place of material world where there is distractions everywhere. By Maya’s potency there is distractions from the path of truth within & without, but maya can only be successful when maya diverts our mind. Emerson has said that mind is such a thing that it can make hell into heaven or it can make heaven into hell. What is this mind? You cannot touch it, you cannot taste it you cannot feel it, you cannot see it. Its so subtle subtler than air, subtler than space. But yet it is all powerful within this world. It is due to the mind alone that the conditioned soul is trapped within the repetition of birth and death. Where a head of state can take birth as a dog. Where a demigod can take birth as an insect. That is the power of the mind where a person with all facilities could take their next birth as a worm in the stool of a hog. That’s the power of the mind. And who are we to compete? Its very difficult. Vishwamitra muni lived in the Satya yuga and Treta yuga. He was a real yogi who can perform severe tapasya and who was able to control the mind.. If you cannot control the mind you cannot control the senses. That illustration in our Bhagavad Gita that body is like our chariot and the senses are like five wild horses that just want to taste, want to touch, want to see, want to smell, want to hear and what is the mind? The mind is the reigns and intelligence is the chariot driver. If we have good intelligence & we are listening, listening to the need of the soul, listening to Krishna, then the intelligence that comes through Guru, Sadhu, & Shastra....and through the mind we can control the senses and then our human form actually goes in the right direction. Otherwise there are 84,00,000(8million 400) species and the soul can end up in one of those chariots. So it is very critical to control the mind. But the problem is it is very difficult I don’t think anyone needs too many analogies or examples to know how difficult it is to control the mind. Does anyone needs to be convinced and anyone attempting to do so is already convinced. All day everyday mind is very difficult to control. Maya is all powerful in this world.--

HH Radhanath Swami

Monday, September 28, 2009

Words to meditate upon...

The greatest cause of anxiety is endless expectations.

Power, morality, peace etc. can be attained by other processes, but becoming a prisoner in the heart of his devotees is only possible through pure devotional service.

Sincerity in sadhana and eagerness to serve is the basis of one's relationship with the spiritual master.

It is too late to avoid reaction, but not too late to come to the right conclusion.

The more you become advanced, the more you become responsible even for little things.

Once our dreams are fulfilled misery begins.

As soon as we think anything is ours, pride enter our heart.

Compassion is an essential element of love.

Taking birth in kali-yuga itself shows that we have no qualification; Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu therefore manifests ultimate mercy.

Inner fulfillment gives strength to fight maya.

Krishna may crush our ego, pulverize it, crush it to powder, make it into granules, (the question is) do we still continue to remain faithful to Krishna?

Death is like a storm which will sink everything in the river of time; boat is the human body.

by H.H.Radhanath Swami

words of wisdom by H.H.Radhanath Swami

The greatest cause of anxiety is endless expectations.

Power, morality, peace etc. can be attained by other processes, but becoming a prisoner in the heart of his devotees is only possible through pure devotional service.

Sincerity in sadhana and eagerness to serve is the basis of one's relationship with the spiritual master.

It is too late to avoid reaction, but not too late to come to the right conclusion.

The more you become advanced, the more you become responsible even for little things.

Once our dreams are fulfilled misery begins.

As soon as we think anything is ours, pride enter our heart.

Compassion is an essential element of love.

Taking birth in kali-yuga itself shows that we have no qualification; Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu therefore manifests ultimate mercy.

Inner fulfillment gives strength to fight maya.

Krishna may crush our ego, pulverize it, crush it to powder, make it into granules, (the question is) do we still continue to remain faithful to Krishna?

Death is like a storm which will sink everything in the river of time; boat is the human body.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hear it again..again...again by H.H.Radhanath Swami

Rupa Goswami said just as a man is eager to meet a young girl or a young girl is eager to meet a young man; just be eager to meet Krsna, just be eager to serve Krsna, to know Krsna, to love Krsna, (and) Krsna will reveal Himself. So it is very important, Prabhupada is explaining in this purport that we must approach a spiritual master in a disciplic succession, but we must approach in the mood in which Brahma approached Krsna, not just as a fashion, not just as some time of social etiquette; (but) with desperation, with urgency that this is the prime and ultimate need of life to inquire.

After Sanatana Goswami asked these questions, he presented himself as the most fallen soul, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu said something very instructive; he said actually Sanatana Goswami you know everything, there is nothing for Me to teach you, however it is a nature of a great saintly person to inquire in this way, out of strictness, out of etiquette, it is natural, a great soul is humble.

As we become more advance in Krsna consciousness, it is not that we know everything and we just speak and we don’t want to hear from anyone else; it is the opposite. If we are actually making advancement, we are getting the taste in hearing about Krsna, we want to hear it again and again and again, we are eager to learn, we are eager to inquire so that message would be broadcasted again and again.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Friday, August 7, 2009


We have a choice of every single word we speak. We can speak prajalpa. Sri Caitanya Mahaparabhu explained what is prajalpa and the worse prajalpa is criticizing others and the worse criticism is criticizing devotees. It tastes good, we like it, our egos like it, our egos like to hear others criticized; our egos like to be just entertained by mundane subject matters. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said when you speak criticisms of others with your mouth you are eating poison. It is poisonous. How is it poisonous, because it kills ones spiritual propensity, which is our life. So yes, at every moment we have a choice of thinking and according to our thoughts we are either nourishing ourselves with nectar or poison. We have a choice of every single word we speak are we going to taste nectar or poison and we have a choice every moment in our actions. We can act pious, we can act impious and there are so many degrees of piety and impiety or we can act in the service of the Lord. That is free will. We always have that free will. In the human species that is the special quality, that is the blessing, that we have free will. And we are responsible to the most minute degree. We are responsible for what we choose at every moment. We are responsible for our thoughts; we are responsible for our words and our actions. Krishna tells in Gita, “When one contemplates the objects of the senses lust develops.” Desire to enjoy! From lust when it is unfulfilled anger, from anger, bewilderment of memory, when the memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost; when intelligence is lost we act in certain ways that the reaction is that we fall down again into the material pool of ignorance. So Krishna tells us!

H.H.Radhanath Swami

Friday, June 19, 2009

Terror Attack

Nrsimhadeva in your mobile phone was pointed out:


Radhanath Maharaja told me a very blissful story the other day and he said I could use it. So here goes! There was that Taj Hotel where the terrorists attacked. They were fighting in there for three days, complete carnage. The terrorists had arranged in such a way that they would always be up higher. They would shoot from a lower vantage point down. Radhanath Maharaja told me this. They had all these grenades and they would throw the grenades and the grenades would create so much smoke that if you were down looking up you couldn’t see anything.
Picture that you are one of these soldiers or police officers and you are in this cloud of smoke and up above you there is this hail of bullets from the terrorists shooting at you. One of those soldiers was one of our devotees. At one point, they were trying to chase these people through the hotel. They are trapped. The terrorist were throwing all these grenades, they are in a complete cloud of smoke. They cannot see one foot in front of their face. They can’t see left, right or anything and this hail of bullets is being fired at them. Just a wall of bullets coming at them.
This devotee police officer, with two other police officers on either side, he is in the middle, he actually was completely helpless. He couldn’t see left, right, he couldn’t see his colleagues. He remembered that he had on his ring tone on his phone Nrsimhadeva prayers. He began playing the Lord Nrsimhadeva prayers and praying intently to Lord
Nrsimhadeva, “Please I am absolutely helpless. I am going to die. Save me, in an absolutely hopeless state.”

When the shooting stopped, the smoke cleared, his friend to the right and his friend to the left were completely killed, riddled with bullets, and he was unscathed. In front of him, which he couldn’t see at the time, was a giant pillar. And because they were shooting at him the pillar protected him. He thought, “Just as Lord Nrsimhadev came out of the pillar to save Prahlada He put a pillar here to save me!” So my point is, simple point, is if we have that faith, “Oh, how will I be taken care of?” Lord Narasimha will take care of you, Don’t worry. Let me give my life to the mission of our Vaishnava acaryas.

Date: February 19, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Forgiveness - H.H.Radhanath Swami

We understand everything within the entire existence is emanating from internal or external potency of the Lord. The whole material nature is working under the direction of Krsna. As we treat other living beings, Krsna will also reciprocate accordingly. So we have all been wandering through various species of life, countless births, what to speak of this life, in so many pervious lives, we have made offences, we have hurt others, we have exploited the property of God, we have engaged in sinful activities. Is there anyone who will claim he has never offended others? Has never engaged in sinful activities? Everything is a property of God, everything is meant for Krsna’s enjoyment. Every time we claim proprietorship of something and try to enjoy it, we actually are thieves; stealing what belongs to Krsna. So our only hope in spiritual life is that the Lord forgives us. If He does not forgive us for all of our offences, we have no hope whatsoever. But Krsna explains that He will forgive those who forgive others, if we are not willing to forgive people who have offended us, how can we expect Krsna to forgive us when we offend Him. If you forgive, you will be forgiven; if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven. We see this as one of the great qualities of all great Vaishnavas. Now there is no limit to which they are willing to forgive others and therefore they are so very dear to the Lord. - H.H.Radhanath Swami

Friday, May 15, 2009

Tedency to Lord Over Someone - H.H.Radhanath Swami

Tendency to lord over someone …………….... People in this world are very, very fond of serving their mind and senses and they are even more fond of having other people serving their mind and senses thinking I am the master and thus becoming intoxicated by this misconception on every stratum of life. Even the beggars in the street have their hierarchies of who is serving, who of who has control, who has what prestige? Even amongst the insects there is this type of false ego and of the birds of the beast and of the fish; in every specie of life ahankar prevails ‘I am the controller, I am the master’. When the shark swims in the sea, he eats whoever he wants and even when he is not hungry when he swims by; the little fish he sees them running with fear thinking ‘Ah! yes I am the shark but then the little fish always find the littler fish to Lord it over and the littler fish finds the littlest fish to Lord it over and the littlest fish finds some plant or some baby fish to Lord it over but everyone lords over something or someone to Lord over because that is our tendency. But our eternal nature is to not to Lord over anyone but to find complete bliss and being totally surrendered to the will of Krishna and working in total harmony in the mood of being the servant of everyone else for the pleasure of Krishna, that is Vaikuntha.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Most essential qualifications in approaching a Guru - H.H.Radhanath Swami

How to take shelter? Krishna says in Gita “tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsinah”. You see; it's not that you just accept initiation; now I have a Guru, study Vedas, become Sanskrit scholar, become very learned. Never!!! In billions of births, you will be bewildered & you will be so bewildered that you'll think you know the Truth, but there are 3 most essential qualifications in approaching a Guru.

One is pranipat; that means the first thing you have to do is follow in Arjuna's footsteps. Karpanya dosho pahat svabhavat. You must accept that I am a fool. You must accept that I do not know. You must accept that I have imperfect senses, I have a tendency to cheat, I commit mistakes & I am invariably illusioned. That because I am covered by these defects I cannot understand anything as it is. Therefore the first most important qualification is that you must humble yourself before Guru. Whatever you know you have to put it aside & admit that you don't know. That's the beginning. Otherwise you don't need a Guru. If you are not willing to do that it's just a fashion, it's a fad, our Guru Maharaj used to say many people like to keep a Guru like they keep a flower pot on a wall. They just see I have a Guru, Every now & then I water it. They keep a Guru for their own prestige, but that is not correct. Through such a process the transmission of knowledge cannot take place. Pranipat that means you have to humble yourself, seek the shelter of the lotus feet of this personality. That I do not know anything, please instruct me. Krishna, the JagatGuru Himself was not willing to say a single word to Arjuna of transcendental knowledge until Arjuna came to this platform. Karpanya dosho pahat svabhava As long as Arjuna thought I know what's best for me Krishna simply remained silent. There was no use in talking to such a person who thinks he knows. He convinced against his will of the same opinion still what can you tell a person who already knows. In classical music, there was a very famous music teacher & it is described that he would teach the piano & if you never played the piano before in your life he would charge you a certain amount of money for the lesson & if you had already been playing before, he would charge you twice as much; because before he could teach you anything he had to first convince you that you don't know anything, otherwise you are a useless student, you'll always be second guessing or coming up with another idea.

And after pranipat is pariprasnena. Once you seek shelter and humble yourself then you must enquire submissively. What is the real goal of life? What is the Supreme occupation? What is the Real Dharma? What is the duty of a man about to die? Who is God? What is my relationship? Who am I?

Ultimately these enquiries fructify in the third principle sevaya. Where we ask the question "How can I serve you Guru Maharaj". And how do we serve? Not just by giving garlands or washing feet but by following the instructions he gives us in our life day by day & when the disciple has this consciousness & this approach then yasya prasadat bhagvat prasado, yasya aprasadan na gatih kutopi. It is described that when one pleases the Guru in this way the grace of Krishna comes through him in the heart of the disciple. The Guru is not Krishna, but the Guru is the manifestation of Krishna's grace in this world; the delegated representative of Krishna to deliver the Supreme grace, the Divine grace of God, into this world. So when one is favored by Krishna through such humility & devotion then one can understand things, as they are not otherwise.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya,
är nä koriho mane äsä

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The material world: no assurance, no guarantee - H.H.Radhanath Swami

Gajendra, he, was a devotee but some how or other he made some mistakes and became an elephant. And he was enjoying with his family very nice life, he had so many nice elephant children and elephant wife and they were all just having a wonderful holiday together and then the crocodile bit his foot. This is material life, at any time crocodile bite your feet; we all have been bitten so many times by the crocodile of material adversity and this crocodile has a very strong sharp teeth and once they bite; you cannot get out. In fact everyone is within this crocodile, in this world at any moment however nice things are we have seen, your success, you are victorious everything is very good and then someone dies or all of a sudden you loose everything or some crazy person starts saying bad things and then your life again is in chaos. There is no security in this world; even the greatest persons are assassinated; they are over thrown at any minute. That is the material world no assurance, no guarantee.- H.H.Radhanath Swami

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What pleases H.H.Radhanath Swami

Q. What pleases you the most, What you want your disciples to do to please you?

A. Make Srila Prabhupada’s mission your life and soul and to do that;
  • Take shelter of the Holy names sincerely,
  • Be humble,
  • Tolerant,
  • Respectful,
  • Develop wonderful relationships with each other and
  • Have tremendous enthusiasm to serve Prabhupada’s mission to help to create unity and happiness within Prabhupada’s society through this process.

- Question and Answer session with H.H.Radhanath Swami on 25th february 2007

Monday, May 11, 2009

survival of the fittest - H.H.Radhanath Swami

If you ever think there will be a peaceful situation in this world that will last for long that is your illusion. There is no question or possibility of peace in a battlefield, your fighting is constantly going on, from the beginning of creation to destruction, every element of material existence is having fights, gross and subtle and yet we are trying to make some nice arrangements for peace by our material manipulation through politics, through medicine, through social welfare work, through philosophy, through religion, we are trying to create peace in a massive battlefield where the fighting never ends. The only way to achieve peace is to transcend the material existence which is a place of war, survival of the fittest; even in your little body, if there are good cells and the chemicals in your body they will survive. In the jungle, the big animals they survive and the little animals are devoured; in the water, the big fish survive and the little fish are devoured; in the sky the big birds survive and the little bird are devoured or they are at least in fear of being devoured, this is a world of the survival of the fittest, Bhagavatam says one living being is a food for another and however big you are, you are going to be a food for someone.

Complacency - H.H.Radhanath Swami

Excerpt from a lecture by H.H. Radhanath Swami

Question: Maharaj, you mentioned in the lecture about how we take things, which we have been doing for several years, for granted. You gave the example of television. The same thing happens to us even in spiritual life because some things we have been doing for years together. (It's like) You just switch on the 'television' in the morning, and start chanting and get on with it. It becomes very mechanical. We tend to take it for granted after some time. So how do we avoid this?

Radhanath Maharaj: It is very important that we keep our intelligence tuned in to the good fortune that we have received and never take it for granted. That is why it is important to associate with people who truly understand the value of the gift that we have received and hearing from them.

When we read Srila Prabhupada's books, when we come to the classes of the devotees, when we listen to tapes, we should actually have this intent, not just to hear as an entertainment, but to understand that I desperately need to hear, to keep my consciousness aware of the good fortune I am receiving as well as the dangers of maya.

One of the greatest of all maya's arsenals to overcome us is the danger of complacency. Krishna tells us in the Gita, "We must give up egoism and lethargy - two terrible enemies." Lethargy can be both on the gross and subtle platform. On the gross platform, we are just lazy, we just want to sleep. We don't want to do work. We rather just not exert our senses, because it is difficult. This is a physical type of lethargy. But, the more subtle form of lethargy is to take the unlimited value of the fortune of Krishna Consciousness as something ordinary. Or as they say, "You take it for granted."

When we are new devotees, we are struck with wonder at our great fortune to be able to hear Srimad Bhagavatam. 'It is answering all my questions! The holy name is giving me relief from material existence. It is giving me a taste for Krishna', is our initial reaction. When we first come to the temple and eat prasadam and see the Deities, we can feel how it is liberating our soul. And the fact is that it is liberating our soul. But as we become familiar, we we take it to be ordinary. As we take it to be ordinary, we are not really accessing the benefits. So we must maintain great enthusiasm, and gratitude towards all the various subtleties of devotional service. It is very important. Because, if we become complacent in our devotional activities, then it is just a matter of time till maya again attracts us to perform her activities. We have to have determination.

Therefore, when we come to class, when we read the books, we should really be trying to reconfirm the intense awareness of the great mercy we are receiving and reciprocate with that mercy. Every time we chant japa, we should really be praying and struggling to really be grateful and reciprocate with this great mercy we have received through Krishna's holy name.
It is a miracle. It is a wonder. But yes, we just turn on the station, "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare." Then, when it is time for the next show, we (unfortunately) turn it off. We should be very conscious not to fall into that trap. Because if we do, we lose interest in that station and soon we will just start turning on other stations at that time. Maya will seduce us.

So we have to struggle against this complacency. We have to pray. We have to endeavour and especially, we must very attentively hear those messages that will reconfirm our awareness of the dangers of material life, the beauty and sweetness of Krishna, the glories of devotional service and how fortunate we are that by the causeless mercy of Guru and Krishna we have received this chance.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Radhanath Swami on Care towards Devotees

Caring for Every Devotees

How to apply these principles today, in our society of devotees, is a great challenge. But it is essential, because without it so many problems will play havoc in our society. For a society to be strong, all members must know their duties, and everyone should care for each other. Care means personal attention in serving each devotee. This is the one of the greatest needs of our society. We are preaching the most personal theology in the world: Krishna is a person and every living being is also a person. Everyone has an eternal relationship with God; every one has an eternal relationship with His part and parcels. As Krishna says: “You cannot show love for Me unless you show love for My devotees, and even show love to those who forgot that they are My devotees.” Sometimes in our society we become so highly philosophical that we forget that we are people.
Devotees need encouragement and basic facilities to be happy and serve
Krishna throughout their life.

A devotee has given his whole life to serve this mission, and then he becomes very sick. He needs help. He lays sick on the floor “I can’t do my service.” And we say, “You are in maya. You are not the body.” “Thank you. Philosophically it’s true: I am not this body and I am in maya, but I need your help to get out of maya and transcend this body. I need the love, support and care of a Vaisnava to take me through this.”

Srila Prabhupada was so caring to his devotees. On the first Gaura Purnima festival the only existing building was not yet finished. The first night that the devotees were there Srila Prabhupada got up in the middle of the night to look in each room to see if each devotee was properly taken care of, to see if everyone had a mosquito net. He would also ensure that there was prasadam for all of them and when they were getting sick he was very concerned about their health.

In Vrindavana, during his last months on the planet, Srila Prabhupada was so sick that he couldn’t even walk. When he had to go upstairs two British devotees would pick him up and would carry him in his chair. One of these devotees had a boil in his foot, and once, while he was carrying Srila Prabhupada, something hit the boil. The devotee said “Oh!” and tried to hide it, but Srila Prabhupada understood. Srila Prabhupada could not eat for months and had lost so much weight. His body was only bones. In these state most people would think about themselves. What was a little boil for a big, strong, young devotee, in comparison with Srila Prabhupada’s condition? Still, Srila Prabhupada asked: “What is your problem?” “No problem, Srila Prabhupada, no problem” said the disciple. But Srila Prabhupada insisted: “No, no, please, tell me”, and then he saw the boil and told him exactly what medicine to put. He told him to take the leaf of a certain tree, put it in mustard oil, boil it, and apply this at least three times a day. The next day, when that devotee was carrying Srila Prabhupada upstairs, Srila Prabhupada asked: “How is your foot? Let me see.” And for the next several days, until the boil was completely cured, Srila Prabhupada would inquire with attention and concern. How much do you think this increased the love of that devotee for Srila Prabhupada? He felt: “Srila Prabhupada is so concerned with such an insignificant disciple like myself. I am not a big preacher or anything like that.” This is bhakti. When devotees have physical or mental difficulties it’s an opportunity for us to express our love for them. It’s an opportunity to express our love for Krishna through serving a Vaisnava.

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Hare Krishna

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Radhanath Swam on Foundation of Spiritual Life

To the degree we serve our own ego or the ego of others, to the degree we are intolerant to others, to the degree we demand respect or disrespect others, is to the degree we are servants of our false ego. And we are bereft of our understanding of our real Krishna conciousness. So this is what Krishna conciousness really is.

It is an internal revolution of our inner conciousness for the sake of bringing about the awakening of our real humility, devotion and our desire to serve. As devotees, it is our goal of life to present ourselves in a way that Krishna can enjoy. We want to present in our own life, beauty that Krishna can appreciate and take pleasure in. Vaishnava etiquette is a process in which devotee deal with one another, relate with one another and it is based on those relationships that we make real spiritual advancement and really attract Krishna. It should be second to nothing else. However much pressure, however much necessity there is in our practical service, if it is at the expense of proper devotional relationships with our godbrothers and godsisters and other devotees, we should know that we are defeating our own purpose. Sometimes we see that devotees are so busy, they have so many deadlines, so many quotas, which are good to keep us fixed in our devotional service to accomplish many necessary goals. But oftentimes we are so much preoccupied by these things that we neglect the most important part of our spiritual life, which is our sadhana and our relationships with other devotees. Offending Vaishnavas is the greatest impediment to spiritual progress. If we offend devotees, Krishna withdraws his mercy. And all our devotional service is performed only to attract Krishna's mercy. So this is very important. We can learn philosphy of Krishna conciousness in a wonderful way, we can memories thousands of shlokas, we can memorize entire scriptures and can be able to present them so wonderfully to others, but if we do not know how to deal with Vaishnavas, if we do not know how to serve Vaishnavas, scriptural study becomes null and void. Because none of this is pleasing to Krishna. So this is the foundation in which our spiritual lives, individually and collectively can grow and develop. So there is nothing that is more important to put emphasis on than this.

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Hare Krishna

Friday, March 6, 2009

Radhanath Swami on service and false pride


Devotional service should not be rendered in a proud way. We should not think that rendering service is to show how nice we are, how good we are, how devoted we are. Rendering service in a proper state of mind means to always take a position of being menial and insignificant. We may not have this consciousness of menial significance frame of mind, but we should aspire for that in our service and we should aspire for that when we hear the glories of the Lord. And we should aspire for that when we chant the holy name of the Lord. Das das das dasanu das. When we aspire in all our devotional practices for this most glorious position of das dasanu das, then Krishna will take our prayers seriously and then by His Grace, He will remove ahankara, the false ego. Until He removes it, we will all be imprisoned by it. You do not have the power to remove it. But by your humble menial service to the Lord you will attract His Divine Mercy. He removes it. And for Him, nothing is impossible.


Unless you very diligently strive to free yourself of false pride, that pride , that pride will creep into your spiritual life and cause you to be envious and inimical towards other devotees. This is the greatest danger. Srila Prabhupada used to tell us that Maya cannot harm us in any way, by attacking outside. All outside attacks will only make us stonger if we are sincere. They cannot break us. But when she attacks from within, which means, attacking from from within our minds, that creates a sense of pride, a sense of competition, which ultimately results in a breakdown in love and trust and the mission is crippled. It is love and trust amongst the devotees of the Lord that attracts the empowerment of the Lord. It gives potency.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Radhanath Swami words of wisdom

All miseries of material existence follow for those who are attached to sensual life.

When you approach with love, Krishna reciprocates with love.

A wealthy man is judged by how much he can give himself to others.

When you consider yourself holy, then you are wholly not holy in the eyes of God

H.H.Radhanath Swami

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Radhanath Swami on Gratitude

Surrendering out heart is surrendering our false ego. Krishna is the source of all gratefulness (gratitude) for his devotees.

Purification of heart is as much as putting Krishna in the center and keeping our egoistic concern aside. Only a grateful heart can cultivate bhakti.

- H.H.Radhanath Swami

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Radhanath Swami quotes

Japa, bhajana and Kirtan are superficial to the extent we are not humble. When we have opulence we get pride. But one opulence attracts Krishna - humility.

Inconvenience for the service of Krishna is more precious and valuable that the entire creation. Maya can trap us; maya can even trap us in our success.

- H.H.Radahanath Swami

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Request for Prayer

Janardhana Lila pr., a disciple of H.H. Radhanath Swami, has recently been diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia (Blood Cancer) and will be starting the most painful chemotherapy treatment from tommorow. Currently the Dr's are giving him a 50% chance to recover from this life taking disease.

He (37 yrs), along with his wife and 2 children are full time resident devotees of the Govardhan Farm community in Wada, Thane. (Mumbai)In the recent past, the miraculous recovery of H.H. Jayapataka Swami was only possible by the intense prayers of devotees all over the world.

Devotees from Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir have most humbly requested all of us to sincerely pray that Janardhan lila pr. and his family can pass through this most difficult and testing phase of their lifes, and continue their selfless services at the Lotus feet of Guru and Gauranga. -

Ramchandra das

Hare Krishna

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Nectarean quotes

Krsna is creator, maintainer and destroyer of everything. He is the Absolute Truth. He is the goal of life. We should take shelter of Him through devotional service. All kinds of knowledge, all kinds of austerities we may perform; the conclusion is that if we do not take shelter of Krsna, (then) it is all simply a waste of time. Just like a devotee; a devotee may work very hard to make money and with that money he decides that they are going to cook a wonderful feast and work for days to prepare the preparation but then he never offers it to Krsna, he does everything but does not bring it to the alter and never offers it, (then) it is a waste of time. Once you offer it to Krsna then everything else you have done, the process, is glorious; it is devotional service. Materialistic people, they are performing so many activities which are simply ugra karma, just foaming in the mouth, working so hard, waste of time. Sometimes devotees do the same activities but in the end they offer it to Krsna and therefore everything are auspicious from the beginning to the end because the conclusion is right. So the final conclusion of understanding everything about this material existence, God and the living entity is to take shelter of Krsna whole heartedly.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Sunday, January 18, 2009

All Glories to a Divine Master

yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yashas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh shri-charanaravindam

By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my a spiritual master.
Sri Sri Gurvashtaka
(8)- Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura

H.H.Radhanath Swami is mercy incarnate who has taken immense personal pains and troubles to propogate the divine mission of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and recently Srila Prabhupada. I offer my most humble obeisances unto such divine masters who have taken upon themselves to spread this immaculate, spotless, and pure message for the delivarance of all mankind and living entities.