Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Radhanath Swami on Real Love Means Responsibility

People are influenced by each other. The mistake of one person’s misbehavior can create great suffering and loss of faith in many peoples’ lives because each person assumes multiple roles - a father, a son, a spiritual master, a disciple, a counselor and a counselee. What one does not only affects one's spiritual, physical and emotional life, but also that of many others. So, human life is a life of responsibility and when one takes to devotional service, one needs to become even more responsible.

A disciple’s behavior is seen by the world. If a devotee misbehaves, the people in general think that his guru, as well as God, is bad because one judges a tree by its fruit. Therefore, responsibility is indicative of love. Real love doesn’t just mean saying, “I love you, here is a flower, I made this garland for you." Those are certainly expressions of love, but real love is to behave in such a way that people in this world will glorify the disciplic succession of great souls that you are connected to, rather than blame them and criticize them over your behavior.

Real love means to take up responsibility - to protect and glorify the dignity of your guru and parampara. Real love means you have to live and speak in such a way so as to help people’s faith, not to disturb it, to make people happy in God Consciousness, not miserable.

22 comments:

  1. To live and speak in such a way as to help strengthen people's faith - that is true responsibility. I aspire to align myself with these teachings of Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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  2. simple yet straight forward code of conduct, given so expertly by Radhanath Swami

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  3. What a fantastic explaination by Radhanath Swami about a responsibilty that a person holds when he/she enters into the spiritual life.Yes any misbehavior on part of a such person may bring bad name to his/her Guru and God or entire Parampara.I wil definatly try follow the above instruction in my day to day life.Thank you very much.

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  4. Abhishek ChaudhuryFebruary 8, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Radhanath Swami very eloquently describes the most important quality of a disciple- responsible behavior

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  5. Radhanath Swami has redefined love and taken it up to an unprecedented level not understood by those who are immersed in the lusty affairs portrayed by entertainment media.

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  6. Thank you Radhanath Swami explaining how to expressing our real love towards guru, I will do my best to live upto these instructions.

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  7. Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining this useful aspect of love.

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  8. Very straight instruction by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

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  9. Wonderful instruction from Radhanath Swami. After coming to Krishna Consciousness, it is very important for everyone to be extra careful to not commit anything wrong which would lead to the defamation of the society we are connected with.

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  10. Thanks for your guidance swamiji & reminding us the duties of a disciple

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  11. "Real love means you have to live and speak in such a way so as to help people’s faith, not to disturb it, to make people happy in God Consciousness, not miserable".

    Very nice instruction from HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for being enlighten us.

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  12. Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us.

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  13. This is really deep, thank you foe sharing this.

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  14. All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an beautiful and revealing narrative. We should all as devotee be extraa cautious about our demeanour, otherwise it is likely to blemish not only our identity as a Devotee of ISKCON but likely to cause harm to the Society's standing as well.

    Hare Krishna

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  15. It is a real important lesson to a student or a person in general, if he doesn't want to lead a life of cats and dogs. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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  16. This is so important, thank you for sharing this.

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  17. "responsibility is indicative of love" - Radhanath Swami in a simple way explains the deep truths of life...

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  18. Real love is taking responsibility. This is a statement to be remembered for growth in spiritual life. Otherwise, we can not render service to the Lord. All glories to Maharaj.

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  19. Thank you very much for sharing

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  20. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this instruction. Will try my level best to follow this.

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  21. Its wonderful. Love encompasses so many aspects that I didn't know before. Thank you swamiji for broadening my understanding of love.

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  22. Maharaj lays great emphasis on love and unity among devotees as it is very important for spiritual foundation. He is all and all for 'trinadapi sunichena''tarorapi sahishnuna' and that is the hallmark of a great devotee like Maharaj.Very nice realization of love for everyone to practice.

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