Monday, April 4, 2011

Radhanath Swami on The Uniting Power of Deity Worship

You should worship God by decorating Him with flowers and let everyone see the beauty of God as He is decorated with wonderful flowers. We are all interested to see something beautiful - men want to see beautiful women, women want to see beautiful men, we want to decorate ourselves with so many wonderful ways so that people look at us, and in this way there is an endless competition of trying to be beautiful, trying to see something beautiful, and especially trying to possess that which is beautiful. But all of this material consciousness is transcended when we learn to appreciate the beauty of God. The beauty of God is not a beauty that we possess, it is a beauty that we serve.

Suppose I want to possess a beautiful car, or beautiful clothing, or beautiful jewelry. Now, when I come to the temple, God is mine, but God is also everyone else’s. When we come before God in the temple we think that God is mine personally - everyone is thinking like that. Does anyone think that way about your nice car? Does anyone think that way about your nice jewelry ? Does anyone think that way about your nice house furniture? In this way we keep thinking, "This is mine and this is not yours, this is yours and not mine." But God is everyone’s. In the temple who does not feel that God is their own? Everyone feels this way. They think, "This beautiful form, He is mine, I can come any time and see Him, serve Him, chant for Him, dance for Him, cook for Him, He is mine". But everyone is thinking that way. There is no competition. In this way the presence of God is uniting us all.

25 comments:

  1. Unity Formula given by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

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  2. Nice message from Radhanath Swami. If we learn to appreciate God's beauty, we will start liking everyone else connected to Him.

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  3. Wonderful discourse by Radhanath Swami to unite everyone on the spiritual platform - a striking contrast because major conflicts in today's society occur in the name of religion!

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  4. Thank You HH Radhanath Swami for explaining so beautifully how engaging in God's service can unite us all.

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  5. Very beautiful explanation too :)

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this deep scientific and logical understanding of Absolute Unity, wrt Deity Worship.

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  6. Amazing realization on Deity worship.
    God is mine and I am His!

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  7. Beautiful realization by Radhanath Swami. Very few fortunate soul can think this way
    "This beautiful form, He is mine, I can come any time and see Him, serve Him, chant for Him, dance for Him, cook for Him, He is mine"

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  8. All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an beautiful explanation. Just out of the world. And if we sincerely practice this, the world becomes such an wonderful place to live.

    Hare Krishna.

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  9. Radhanath swami reflection on unity among diversity is for all those who care about devotee relationships.

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  10. Yogita JagannathanApril 4, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful article. Keeping the Deity as the centre of our lives and worshipping Him with all our senses really helps us rise above the platform of "I" and "Mine".

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  11. Nice explanation.thanks for sharing with us.

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  12. This is such a deep realization from HH Radhanath swami. This will change my whole perspective when I am at the temple next time.

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  13. So true. Though God is for everyone's , every individual has certain special feeling towards the God and makes him to think that God is his own. That satisfaction is so filling without egoism towards others and brings the united feeling in serving the lord. Radhanath swami ki Jai!

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  14. An interesting understanding and explanation of Unity from HH Radhanath Swami. Thank you Maharaj.

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  15. Beautiful post. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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  16. Hare Krishna. Wonderful. God is the only center and all I and mine vanishes when we come to server Him.

    Haribol.

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  17. Nice principle to learn-selfless unity.

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  18. The difference between our beauty and Lord's beauty nicely brought out by Radhanath Swami.Our beauty separates us from others and Lord's beauty unites us.Beautiful post.

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  19. Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful article

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  20. Balaram Prasad DasApril 5, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    If we understand this basic concept the world would be a better place.

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  21. Amazing article on deity worship.

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  22. very nicely explained about the deity worship.

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  23. "The beauty of God is not a beauty that we possess, it is a beauty that we serve" what a beautiful realization.Thank you Radhanath Swamiji Maharaj for these sharp lines which will have deep impact on our mind.

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  24. What a transcendental vision to describe deity worship......

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