Monday, November 15, 2010

Radhanath Swami on Attraction and Aversion

In this world there are two principles that are always bewildering our mind - the principles of attraction and aversion. We either have hankering and attraction, or lamentation and aversion. Attraction and aversion are two sides of the same coin - the coin of material bondage and illusion, and either one will cripple our spiritual progress. If we are attracted to this material energy, we cannot properly fix our mind on God. And if there is too much aversion to this material energy, we still cannot fix our mind on God.

23 comments:

  1. A balance is needed and we need to actually be attracted to Krishna, rest everything will automatically fall in place. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wonderful point.

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  2. Radhanath Swami oftion explains the art of striking the right balance to go back home back to godhead.

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  3. Attraction and aversion are both on the level of personal sense gratification - unless there is a higher ideal we will live like a pendulum swinging from this side to that.

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  4. Yes, our entire lives are lived by these two principles. Thank you Radhanath Swami for opening our eyes to these realities.

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  5. the second half was unknown to me.

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  6. We can remain aloof from both attraction or aversion to material energy only if we become attached to self-realized & pure devotees such as Radhanath Swami and live our life based on their instructions.

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  7. Radhanath Swami is so nicely describing how we have to neither be attracted nor averse of this material energy.

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  8. Such a balanced approach toward life

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  9. Radhanath Swami is teaching the principle of balance and it is very essential in our lives.

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  10. Thank you so much for this message.

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  11. Thankyou Radhanath Swami for enlightening us with the insight of how "the coin of material bondage and illusion cripple our spiritual progress" by distracting us from remembering krishna. We have to overcome both and fix our mind on Krishna.

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  12. hrishikesh mafatlalNovember 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    This balancing act of not being attracted to or being averse to the material world needs deep understanding of our Vedic spiritual scriptures.

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  13. Thank you for posting article. Aversion is also hindrance in progress of spiritual life-this subtle point needs to be known by all sincere spiritual practitioners.

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  14. Interesting point... even aversion to this material energy distracts us. This knowledge is quite rare.

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  15. Wonderful message from Radhanath Swami. This shows how one must follow the instructions of one's spiritual master and the superior devotees otherwise the material energy can bewilder us any time.

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  16. We have tendency to go to either extremes. Radhanath swami is clarifying and guiding us nicely.

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  17. This really seems to be important to understand because Krsna's creation is Absolute, and everything can be used in his service provided one has the right consciousness. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

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  18. Thanks swamiji for such an informative article......

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  19. Leading a spiritual life in a material world is an art well understood and lived by Maharaj himself.It is a delicate balance.We need only to follow Maharaj's instructions so as not to falter in our spiritual progress.

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  20. Thank you Radhanath Swami for telling us how to maintain the proper balance between attraction and aversion to the material world.

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  21. Thanks to Radhanath swami for kindly reminding us to strike a balance between these attractions and aversions

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  22. Radhanath Swami straight away telling that we have nothing to do anything in this material world as this is not our original place.We need to get our desires purified and involve in devotional service to Krishna. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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