Monday, May 9, 2011

Radhanath Swami on the Jaws of a Crocodile

Different material situations are like different teeth of a crocodile. We should know that even if the things are good, we still need to be saved. It is not only when we are on the verge of death that we need to be rescued. We definitely need it then, but in good times also we need rescuing. We are taught to chant helplessly, even when it is nice weather and everyone is nice to us, even when things are flourishing around us. And we should know that even when things are really good, we are still in the jaws of the crocodile of illusion. As soon as we come into material existence, unless we are in pure devotional consciousness, transcendental to the bodily, mental and intellectual concept of life, we are in the jaws of the crocodile. Sometimes it squeezes in one way and sometimes it kind of releases us a little. But we are still under the jaws; we are still under control of material energy. Scriptures are filled with so many descriptions of the dangers of material existence. There is danger in every step. So we try to do our service and do the best we can whether it is good or bad because, whatever it is, we are still the jaws of that crocodile. The aim of life is not to have a few minutes more enjoyment while in the jaws of the crocodile. The aim of life is not to get someone to give us some pain killers so that it does not hurt so much while we are in the jaws of the crocodile. The aim of life is to get out of the jaws of the crocodile, whether in happiness or distress, in honor or dishonor, success or failure, pleasure or pain, health or disease, whether we are born or about to die. We are in the jaws of the crocodile. Whether we win or lose on this worldly platform, it’s all happening in these jaws. So every moment we must chant the Holy Names.

21 comments:

  1. All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very profound and strong reminder for all of us. But a very beautiful and eye opening narrative.

    Hare Krishna

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  2. This is so true but unrealized. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this and taking us out of the jaws of illussion.

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  3. Wonderful Article !

    Maharaj very nicely explained actual situation of material nature. Some body may feel that right now there is no issue but round the corner there is danger to attack. We have to be very careful each and every minute. We don't when death going to come as maharaj explained be attentive. We have to cry to krishna's mercy like baby cries for mother helplessly.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

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  4. Radhanath Swami is so thought-provoking through his analogies!

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  5. "The aim of life is not to get someone to give us some pain killers so that it does not hurt so much while we are in the jaws of the crocodile"-Really thought provoking!

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  6. Very nice article.This article help us understand the dualities of material existence.The material existence itself can be compared to the jaws of crocodile.Therefore temporary happiness in this jaws are not celebrations but an illusion.Thank you Swamiji for such a nice explaination.

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  7. By chanting sincerely and constantly we have to hammer ourselves always to remember Krishna and never forget Krishna and if we faulter then we again fall in the jaws of the crocodile. Thank you Maharaj

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  8. Amazing. It is such a nice analogy to explain the nature of material miseries...Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Thank you maharaj for explaining us the importance of the chanting of the holy name, which is the only hope to get out of the jaws of the crocodile. Thank you very much maharaj.

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  10. very nice article. thank u for reminding that every good situation is also like a teeth of the crocodile.

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  11. Radhanath Swami has nicely explained the futility of this world.

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  12. Radhanath Swami is ringing the alarm/warning bell of reality in this material world and also nicely indicating how to solve the crisis at hand...

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  13. We continue to look for happiness inspite of getting so many instructions thank you Radhanath Swami for being very straightforward in your message

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  14. Whether we win or lose on this worldly platform, it’s all happening in these jaws. So every moment we must chant the Holy Names.
    Wonderful insight by Radhanath Swami!

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  15. The real problem is that we are constantly looking for quick-fix, temporary, immediate solutions---even if they are detrimental to our future long-term interests.

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  16. Radhanath Swami has so nicely compared material nature with the jaws of crocodile.

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  17. Abhishek ChaudhuryMay 10, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    Radhanath Swami very graphically explains the utter helpless situation each one of us is in this world- whether we know it or not, whether we accept it or not.

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  18. Grateful for Swamiji's instructions which shakes us from complacency & makes us aware of precarious situation we are in.

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  19. thankyou for this message Radhanath Swami.

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  20. "EVERY MOMENT WE MUST CHANT THE HOLY NAMES"

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS.

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