Thursday, April 28, 2011

Radhanatha Swami on Austerity - Doing the Right Thing

Austerity means to be willing to accept inconvenience for the purification of one’s heart and in the service of God and humanity. Unless one is willing to accept sacrifice or inconvenience, nothing great can be accomplished in life. Often, people take religion to be very cheap. When it comes to making money to provide for oneself and
family, one is willing to accept tremendous sacrifice, but when it comes to spiritual life, some people say that spiritual life is very difficult. But life very difficult anyway. The question we have to ask is not whether something is difficult or not but whether it’s right or not? If something is true, we should be willing to do anything and
give everything for that purpose.

20 comments:

  1. I love the way Radhanath Swami has demarcated how austerity is there in our lives anyways, we need to dovetail it to our spiritual lives as well.

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  2. Vedic scriptures are full of personalities who accepted tremendous sacrifice for spiritual goals. We should follow in their footsteps under the guidance of Gurus like Radhanath Swami.

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  3. Abhishek ChaudhuryApril 28, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Very nice thought shared by Radhanath Swami

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  4. Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving this amazing defination of austerity

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  5. really great
    this is the fact but we dont understand
    and goes to another zone opposite to it..
    thank you Maharaj

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  6. Unless one is willing to accept sacrifice or inconvenience, nothing great can be accomplished in life - this is very inspiring statement from Radhanath Swami.

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  7. Nice message from Radhanath Swami. Performing austerity to achieve the highest goal in one's life is the real austerity.

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  8. In order to lead a comfortable material life today people buy different luxurious items, if they do not have money they take it on loan and to repay it they work for hours like an ass. People try every means to ensure that they have a comfortable life. But unfortunately death is a big leveler. At the time of death everything is forcibly taken away, this is why we find such
    materialistic people are in great pain at the time of death.
    If instead of wasting time for unnecessary things if we would spend our time judiciously in taking the holy name of the Lord then it would be a great benediction. Not only we would lead a peaceful and happy life but at the time of death Lord will be there to protect us and take us back
    to his own abode which is our original home.

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  9. Thank You Radhanath Swami for guiding us so that we can ask the right questions in our life.Thank you for also providing the answers to those questions.

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  10. Very convincing. "The question we have to ask is not whether something is difficult or not but whether it’s right or not? If something is true, we should be willing to do anything and
    give everything for that purpose"

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  11. Perfect question---"Is it right or not?" We often judge an activity by its difficulty.

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  12. Wonderful thought. It makes one think seriously about austerity in life.

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  13. Another spiritual gem by Radhanath Swami...such a powerful teaching explained in simple way..."The question we have to ask is not whether something is difficult or not but whether it’s right or not?"

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  14. I really wonder how can Radhanath Swami think of such concepts & put across to the common man in such appealing way. Thank you so much Swamiji.

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  15. I never thought about it till I read this. Thank you very much!

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  16. Radhanath Swami is simply amazing

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  17. Thank you maharaj for giving this profound message

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  18. Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful blog.

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