Saturday, September 4, 2010

Radhanath Swami on Transforming Greed into Service

Greed is our enemy. This feeling of possessiveness is the cause of war and hatred, besides being very disturbing to our spiritual lives. But the Lord says that He is the father of all living entities and the proprietor of everything. Then where is the question of ‘I’ and ‘mine’?

The holy scriptures explain that the basic core of suffering is the misconception that I am this body and everything in relation with it is mine. Everything is the Lord’s property, and if we really believe that, we will utilize everything according to His desire. Whatever God has entrusted to us is meant to serve others, not just our own families. This is our sacred duty. God is seated in the heart of every living entity, therefore, when a guest comes to our house, we should see him as a part of God and serve him accordingly. A householder should consider that God is coming to his house through this guest to receive his services, even if the guest is his enemy. Even if your worst enemy comes to your house, you should welcome him with genuine enthusiasm and treat him with such affection that at least momentarily he forgets that you are his enemy, and actually enjoys the experience.

21 comments:

  1. Radhanath Swami's teachings are powerful medicine for conditioned souls like me who has Lust, Anger, Envy, Pride, Greed and Illution. All such anardhas will dissipate at once while listening to his lectures.

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  2. hrishikesh mafatlalSeptember 4, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Very wise advice, but a challenge to follow it due to our attachment to our possessions.

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  3. Radhanath Swami's deep spiritual realizations make all his followers become greedy to serve him more & more and thereby assist him in the preaching movement of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

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  4. This is so much visible in villages in cities its very rare that people know how to treat the guest. Western civilization is nothing but hollow people only become impersonal and live with I don;t care attitude. Radhanath Swami because of you we are able to learn so many good things in life

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  5. That's so wonderfully explained as how our attitude should be when we see a guest visting us. HH Radhanath Swami explains the practical application of all the scriptures and transform our lives through his simple instructions.

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  6. Greed definitely and without doubt spoils our relationship with others. Greed is also the cause of fights with others. What a nice explanation by Radhanath Swami.

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  7. Difficult, but worth trying. Thank you Maharaj

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  8. If you read his book, THE JOURNEY HOME, you will find that Radhanath Swami indeed saw even his enemies as his friends. Hats off to Radhanath Swami.

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  9. Thank you very much Radhanath swami maharaj for explaining very nicely that how we can transform our greed into service of God and become happy throughout life.

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  10. Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given us the essence of hospitality.

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  11. Radhanath Swami is saving us from being greedy for so called material pleasures which are temporary in nature.

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  12. The spiritualist can expertly identify the root cause of all suffering, even if its not obvious to untrained eyes. Radhanath Swami is one such expert!

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  13. The holy scriptures explain that the basic core of suffering is the misconception that I am this body and everything in relation with it is mine.Thank you Radhanath swami for this brilliant point.

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  14. Very essential instruction, tough a difficult one to follow.

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  15. When we identify anything to be i and mine actually we are in illusion and actually suffering. This is shown wonderfully by the words of Radhanath Swami.

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  16. This is indeed a great piece of advise. If we can implement in our lives it will transform them. Thank you Radhanath swami

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  17. Maharaj's instructions are meant to be followed practically in our day to day life.Following the instructions of Spiritual Master may not be pleasing to our false ego but it is pleasing to both Guru and Krishna.

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  18. Greed makes one suffer as the person is never satisfied. Such advise will certainly help us to cure that disease

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  19. If we look at it closely cumulative greed is the cause of wars & exploitation. Such nice teaching by Radhanath Swami

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  20. Radhanath Swami's words reflects so much renunciation and love for every living entity.I wish I could establish pure loving relationship with God under Radhanath Swami's directions.

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  21. Radhanath Swami has taught a big lesson to us here. We think that we should take revenge aginst our enemies, but if we live by the principle which he has tried to tell here, we will be beyond the enmity and then all the living beings on all the planets would become peaceful and helpful to each other to bring universal brotherhood all over the world.

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