Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Radhanath Swami on Learning Gratitude

Why does God put obstacles in the devotees' lives even when they want to do the right things? If something great comes easily, we do not really appreciate its value. If the value of something is very high, how we have to struggle to get it. When we really work for something and it comes, we can never forget it’s value and we are grateful for it. When obstacles come and we turn to God, we cry for God's help, and then we can actually fulfill our mission, we learn gratitude. After this prayer we know for sure what is within us. We prayed for power, the power came and we did it. Therefore we do not take credit. If you take credit, you cannot be grateful. Because you think, look what I did, it’s mine, it is because of me. There is not much gratitude there.

If you are really in need and somebody gives you something unconditionally, you are grateful. If you sell something, you have a fare price, you are not very grateful for the person who buys it. But if you really need something and you do not have anything and a person gives it to you out of love, you are really grateful.

28 comments:

  1. Thank you Radhanath Swami for teaching this important principle of gratitude

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  2. absolutely wonderful explanation by HH Radhanath Swami

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  3. A grateful heart is a joyful heart. I have personal experience. Thanks Radhanath Swami!

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  4. Arjun K RamachandraJuly 20, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Deeply meaningful statement here by Radhanath Swami "If you take credit, you cannot be grateful".

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  5. We are greatful to Radhanath Swami for such a beautiful article.

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  6. Nice message from Radhanath Swami about gratitude. It's said that Lord Krishna never forgets even a little devotaional service because of His gratitude.

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  7. What a wonderful point! Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this wisdom.

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  9. I should be grateful. Thanks for posting

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  10. If you take credit, you cannot be grateful. Because you think, look what I did, it’s mine, it is because of me. There is not much gratitude there.Very good lesson.

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  11. Maharaj has nicely decoded the secret of success in spiritual life

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  12. yes, great things cant come cheaply.

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  13. I heard Radhanth Swami saying in the past that Bhakthi means Gratitude.

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  14. Gratitude is so beautifully explained...

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  15. Wonderful teaching !

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj very nicely explained what is Grattitude and importance of Grattitude in very practical manner.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

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  16. Thank you Radhanath Swami for teaching us such an important lesson. As you say it is so important to see how Lord Krishna is actually giving us an opportunity to surrender to Him and learn to be grateful.

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  17. heard of parents complaining how they have to struggle so hard to make their children learn...seems like a reflection of how we are behaving with God...

    and imagine if such a child runs away from home...the parents hire a tutor...who first goes out searching for the child, makes friends with him, takes nice care of him, teaches him the right lessons and brings him back home to the parents - that is a Guru/Sadhu...Radhanath Swami

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  18. We are grateful for your wonderful posts Swamiji......please keep blessing us

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  19. Thank you maharaja for explaining nicely.

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  20. Shoba RamachandranJuly 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Thanks for teaching us the power of gratitude.

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  21. nice way of explaining the attitude of gratitude

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  22. Very enlightening!

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  23. attitude of gratitude has always been one of the core points in Maharaj's teachings

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  24. Great advice. Thanks for explaining this to us

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  25. A perfect guide to understand how one should apreciate when something good comes in his/her life.This is how the greatful heart can express gratitude.Thank you Radhanath Swamiji.

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  26. Great Article...Great Teachings of Great Guru

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  27. Maharaj has really explained in nice way, what is gratitude.

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