Saturday, October 30, 2010

Radhanath Swami on The College for Self-Realization

A real temple is meant to be a college, a college for self-realization, a university to understand the Absolute Truth. It’s a place where people come together to study the Absolute Truth and to practice those teachings. The temple has professors on the subject to inquire from, who teach us how to study the spiritual books, and how to do the homework of chanting the holy names and following the various regulative principles. These professors present the truth according to the authority of the spiritual disciplic succession (parampara). And finally, getting the spiritual degree means to get the mercy of the Lord.

15 comments:

  1. The last point I hadn't heard of before... thanks for the one who posted this...

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  2. A beautiful explaination by Radhanath swami of what temple is meant for.

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  3. Radhanath swami teaches that process of Krishna consciousness is the systematic program to be followed until we get degree.

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  4. wonderful,thank you maharaj

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  5. Beautiful analogy - Radhanath Swami nicely explains how a temple is a place of scrutinizing study, not just sentimental ritualistic worship.

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  6. ya...so true. Temple is just not to ring the bell but to understand about GOD. Radhanath Swami has so nicely explained it.

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  7. Yes truly a temple is agreat place for learning about the ABSOLUTE truth and not the OBSOLETE truth which is irrelevant after few years.

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  8. hrishikesh mafatlalOctober 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Wonderful analogy! In today's crazy world, unfortunately people think they know everything about spirituality while they are keen to absorb only the materialistic sciences of modern education.

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  9. Its heartening that there still are such real temples! Radhanath Swami and others are keeping the spirit of the temple alive.

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  10. clearly explained the purpose of the temple and duty of the visitors.

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  11. Getting the degree is getting mercy of God - a very noble ideal to work for.

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  12. Radhanath Swami has modeled temples around this concept so well, and it shows in the character of his students.

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  13. Radhanath Swami gives an amazing analogy comparing a temple to a place of learning, where searching souls can fulfill their desires to know more about God and learn how to serve Him.

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  14. Thanks to Srila Prabhupada and all his followers like Radhanath Swami who are actually showing us what real temples are...else it was almost lost

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  15. Very nice explanation.

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