Thursday, November 4, 2010

Radhanath Swami on The Spiritual Degree

The spiritual degree means getting God’s mercy. But we don’t get God’s mercy by just doing what we want, the way we want, whenever we want. We need education. Just as we don’t get a medical degree by doing what we want, how we want, and whenever we want. There is an authority and accepting that authority is essential for progress in anything - spiritual or material. The temple represents the authority of the great acharyas (spiritual masters) who teach us the science of devotion and how to cleanse our hearts by chanting the Holy Names.

22 comments:

  1. Nice explanation: of doing things the authority wants to get a degree.

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  2. thank you for the post

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  3. Very nice message from Radhanath Swami. Unless we take shelter at the lotus feet of Lord and His devotees, it's impossible to reach the Lord.

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  4. "There is an authority and accepting that authority is essential for progress in anything - spiritual or material." This statement from Radhanath Swami makes it crystal clear that how essential it is to accept authority.

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  5. Radhanath Swami minces no words when dismissing the popular notion that one can practice spiritual life in one's own convenient way whimsically.

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  6. Thank you swami ji for helping us on how to take spirituality and its mor important and serious than medical degree

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  7. Maharajah is stressing the point of strict discipline in spiritual life. Even in material life nothing meaningful can be achieved without discipline

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  8. Maharajah is stressing the importance of strict discipline in spiritual life. Nothing meaningful can be achieved even in material life without discipline and guidance than what to speak of spiritual life, that we have no experience of.

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  9. I have been to Radhgopinath temple, headed by Radhanath Swami. I have met the wonderful professors there too.

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  10. The great acaryas are the transparent medium through which we get God's mercy

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  11. Radhanath swami teaches us that to know God one has to accept an authority. A very important point

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  12. As Radhanath Swami says chanting of the Holy names of God is the only way to cleanse our hearts in this age of kali.

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  13. We can hope to get God's mercy only by serving bonafide & very learned saints such as Radhanath Swami.

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  14. Perfect analogy by Radhanath Swami on how to take spiritual guidance.

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  15. We definitely need guidance from such persons as Radhanath Swami. We cannot be whimsical in such a vital part of life as spirituality.

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  16. Guidance from proper authority is an utmost necessity for progress in any path. Fortunately, we have Radhanath Swami.

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  17. Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us a perfect way to understand spirituality in an educational context that it has to be learnt a higher authority.

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  18. Authority is the most important person for one's advancement. My authority is Radhanath Swami. All glories to Radhanath Swami

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  19. Nice article......

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  20. hrishikesh mafatlalNovember 12, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    We tend to think of spirituality as something "not very intellectual", but this beautiful example by Radhanath Swami utterly debunks this false notion.

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  21. Like Maharaj says, spiritual advancement entails that we look beyond our self-interests to attain higher spiritual perfection by following in the footsteps of Guru,Sadhu and Shastra.Thanks Maharaj for sharing this wonderful thought.

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  22. another profound gem of wisdom from Radhanath Swami - just to earn a degree and get a job, we under go atleast 15-16 years of education? Higher we go we need to spend more time in education(MBA/MTechs/PhDs)? God is still even millions and millions of time higher and we DONT NEED education for it? We can do whatever?

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