Friday, August 27, 2010

Radhanath Swami on Real Faith leads to Discipline

There are two thumb-rules for rapid advancement in any direction, including the spiritual – to embrace the favorable, and to reject the unfavorable. The different major religions of the world follow different spiritual practices. The followers are expected to do certain things, and to abstain from certain others. Not whimsically, but according to the instructions of their preceptors and the holy books. This is discipline - in fact, the basic principle of every original religion in this world
is discipline.

Many are convinced about the need for discipline – sportsmen, singers, students, business tycoons, and so on. But most don’t recognize the importance of discipline in spiritual life. One who does not control the mind and senses to follow the instructions of God can never make any spiritual advancement. For example, the Old Testament, which is the basis for all Christians, teaches the ten commandments to discipline life accordingly. And who is a Christian? Not one who merely visits the church, but one who follows the teachings of Jesus. Discipline.

Unfortunately, today’s mantra is “just do it”, whatever you like. Spirituality today just means to go to temples of worship, give some donations, pray, and “just have faith”. Follow no spiritual discipline, but still expect to “be saved”. But, to have faith in God means to faithfully do what God wants us to do. Real faith necessitates a disciplined life in accordance with the instructions of God. The Lord says, “I accept not those who merely cry out ‘Lord! Lord!’, but those who do My will”. This is discipline.

41 comments:

  1. Without discipline, no one can become disciple.Here Radhanath Swami very clearly explains the importance of discipline. Thanks a lot Radhanath Swami. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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  2. Thank you Radhanath swami for nicely explaining the need for discipline in spiritual practices.

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  3. Wow! what an amazing note from Radhanath Swami on discipline. Discipline is defined herein and one also gets to know how to practically comply with it.

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  4. So true. Real love means practical things not just words.

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  5. Very very succintly and beautifully explained by Radhanath Swami.

    In every aspect of life - there has to discpline - even to learn A, B, C in school we followed some discipline. However when it comes to spirituality, we are quite whimsical!

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  6. Radhanath Maharaj speaking very profound truth that one has to suurrneder the will of Lord rather than cry out for unwanted things.

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  7. All Glories To H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    This is true revelation. Without discipline our practice of spirituality may also lead us no where.

    Hare Krishna

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  8. Radhanath Swami says that only one who controls the mind and senses and who follows the instructions of God can make spiritual advancement.

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  9. Discipline is something that we don't think is necessary for ourselves but want others to follow. However, as pointed out by Radhanath Swami serious spiritual aspirants need to become disciplined in order to lead a regulated life. Thank you Radhanath Maharaj for reminding us about this.

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  10. How nicely Radhanath Swami is describing what it means to have real faith in the statement "Real faith necessitates a disciplined life in accordance with the instructions of God.". Thank you for sharing..so practical

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  11. Discipline is so important in every aspect of our life...

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  12. Very powerful article by Radhanath Swami.....

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  13. without discipline human society is like cats and dogs Radhanath Swami is so right in what he says

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  14. Radhanath Swami statement that one cannot follows the Lord's instructions unless one has controlled the mind and senses is so very true. Thank You.

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  15. explained in such simple in straight forward way by Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

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  16. Radhanath Swami always has this fabulous way to put the message across. This small so unambiguously deciphers the necessity of discipline in spiritual life, more now than ever.

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  17. truly amazing view on dicipline which we should all apply to our lives

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  18. hrishikesh mafatlalAugust 27, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    In a short paragraph, Radhanath Swami has managed to clearly explain the basic difference in today's world----no one wants to accept bona fide authority, and this has lead to selfishness, breakdown of families, corruption of values.....

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  19. Thank you Radhanath swami for this article

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  20. There is a saying'No pain,no gain'.In every sphere of life we need to be disciplined to be successful.More so,if we want highest perfection of life,we must follow discipline as per the injunctions of the scriptures. Very important lesson for spiritual seekers.

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  21. Radhanath Swami has spoken a very nice point about the need to be disciplined in our spiritual life. We should not do things whimsically but rather as per the teachings of our Guru and acharyas.

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  22. faith in God means to faithfully do what God wants us to do ....Very profound statement

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  23. Imposing proper discipline in our life is important not only ,for the success of material life but also for the success of attaining our final goal of life ie Go back to god head.

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  24. to embrace the favorable, and to reject the unfavorable...
    What A statement!

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  25. Through this article Radhanath Swami shows how spiritual life is not just sentiments but a practical activity in discipline.

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  26. Radhanath swami always think about the will of the Lord. If we just follow the instructions of great souls like Radhanath Swami which are purely as per scriptures then God will be very happy as we would be following the will of the Lord.

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  27. After looking at Radhanath Swami's deciple, I came to know what is descipline.

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  28. Perfect analogy told by Radhanath Swami.

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  29. I have heard of discipline earlier also. But spiritual life also requires discipline was not knonw to me. Thanks Radhanath maharaj for awakening me.

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  30. In a few words Radhanath Swami has unified all the religions of the world in their purpose

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  31. Radhanath Swami's emphasis on discipline even in spiritual life is completely justified because having faith without discipline would amount to mere sentimentalism.

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  32. Manish RaikundaliaAugust 29, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Maharaj nicely explains the importance of discipline in spiritual life.

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  33. Thank you Radhanath Swamy Maharaj

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  34. Many people say "I have faith in GOD", but as rightly indiacted here by Radhanath swami, to hace faith in GOD means to follow in our life what GOD wants us to do.Thank Radhanath swami for the wonderful point

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  35. This blog entry by His Holiness Radhanath Swami has helped me precisely undertand the strong correlation between faith and discipline.

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  36. Very true..there are dos and don'ts in all religion. and the perspective given by HH Radhanath swami maharaj about the faith is amazing

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  37. We can develop real faith in God only after hearing from the bonafide gurus such as Radhanath Swami who strictly adhere to the scriptural injunctions with all sincerity & humility and are devoid of any hankering for prestige, fame, etc.

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  38. Wow! its a awesome note worth to remind everyday, every moment in life. Discipline is must required for the advancement in the Spiritual life. Thanks a lot HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

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  39. Discipline is of utmost important for any grand activity we perform and the most grand activity is practicing spiritual life. People usually think that they need discipline is everything they do in their lives barring the spiritual life, but Radhanath Swami has made it very clear that that's not the case. Rather, discipline is very necessary for spiritual life.

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