Saturday, May 7, 2011

Radhanath Swami on The Ultimate Charity

It is the duty of the strong to protect the weak; that is civilized society. It is the duty of the wealthy to maintain those who have no wealth. We can make so many political arrangements by socialism, capitalism, and communism. But this will never work, it will never be successful. Because even in communist countries, where they are trying to give to all equally, everyone is still exploiting one another. Until there is purification of the heart, until a person lives by the spiritual principles, there is no question of real mercy within the society. And what is the ultimate charity? It is to give the most precious thing to another. To give that person what he needs most. Giving food is a very good charity, and so is giving free medical assistance. But again, that is still dealing with the symptoms of that person’s suffering. But to give a person knowledge of the eternal nature of the soul, the direction by which he can attain the destination of eternal life, that’s solving all his problems forever. Therefore the most intimate active charity or welfare is to enlightenment a person about his own spiritual heritage.

25 comments:

  1. Amazing article by Radhanath Swami. Providing material help to needy people is something like dealing with the symptoms of their sufferings while the real problem remains intact. Only when we bring Krishna Consciousness into their lives, they can be eternally happy.

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  2. Nice one!

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  3. Very nice explanation. Thank you Radhanath Maharaj.

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  4. Thank You Maharaj clarifying different aspects of charity.

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  5. srivallabhi devi dasiMay 7, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    very nice explaination by Radhanath Maharaj

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  6. Radhanath Swami is right. Charity done only at the material level may give some temporary relief to the body of the person in a suffering condition. However charity of spiritual knowledge may help the person to overcome his sufferings forever.

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  7. seriously people are really to give but they dont know what to give but here radhanath swami explains so nicely the most intimate active charity or welfare is to enlightenment a person about his own spiritual heritage.profound n deep..thks

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  8. very nice and inspiring truely profound teaching.thks radhanth swami

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  9. Very true,material help also creates a sense of pride in the donor. But spiritual help is SEVA which will transcend the donor and recepient from the modes of nature and provide hope for an eternal life for serving the Lord and His devotees

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  10. Thank u dear Guru Maharaj for this wonderful article...

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  11. giving krishna to others is the ultimate charity,Thank you.

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  12. Nice to know a new meaning of a cultured society.

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  13. Radhanath Swami with his expertise so clearly showing - assured failure of material arrangements and ultimate solution to it!

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  14. Nail on the head. Highest charity is charity of knowledge of the self.

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  15. Although Radhanath Swami is a renunciate, he is giving all of us charity - The charity of getting rid of our suggerings. Thank you, Maharaj!

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  16. Thank you maharaj for explaining us, what is the real & precious charity that we can give to others.

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  17. What Radhanath Maharaj is giving us is real charity.

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  18. Thank you Radhanath Swami for propagating real welfare activities for mankind.

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  19. Abhishek ChaudhuryMay 9, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    Wonderful piece of wisdom shared by Radhanath Swami.

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  20. Charity beyond modes -- transcendental symbolises the 4th state of conciousness --- 'In him' = 'In God'='In Krsna'

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  21. Radhasangi Devi DasiMay 9, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said 'Bharata bhumita haila janma jar..........' Radhanath Maharaj following the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada and the previous acharyas is making this mission of Chaitanya mahprabhu come true.
    Thank you Maharaj for I'm one of the recepients of that charity.

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  22. To help someone alter his consciousness permanently is the greatest contribution.

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  23. All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very enlightening narrative.

    Hare Krishna

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  24. The article gives us idea of what is the ultimate / permanent solution to our problems of material existence.The solution to the material problems on material level in fact creates more problems.Therefore giving someone spiritual knowledge about his/her eternal position is the greatest charity.Thank you Swamiji for giving such a nice understanding to us.

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  25. We are very very very grateful to you,for enlightening us,and inspiring us to do the same.

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