Thursday, July 28, 2011

Radhanath Swami on Spiritual Depth

During the monsoon rains, a puddle of water gets bigger and bigger and bigger. During the dry season, the puddle of water dries to nothing. It is very much affected by the rains. But the ocean, whether it is the dry season or the monsoon rains, it remains the same. What is the difference? The puddle has no depth. Therefore it is completely affected by the environment, by the circumstances. But the ocean has depth. On the surface, the ocean is affected by the monsoons, but deep down, it’s not affected at all. It neither grows bigger nor smaller.

So on the surface, we have to deal with the things of this world, but if we don’t have much spiritual depth, it can either elate us or devastate us, with anxiety, misery, and worry. But a person who finds the spiritual depth, who uncovers the truth within, deals with the things only on its surface but deep down he is not affected at all. Nothing can change him because he has spiritual depth.

32 comments:

  1. What comes to mind is the difference between knowledge and realization. Realization means acting on this level, and knowledge means that we should be acting on this level. Although it seems insurmountable to attain this state, through sincere prayer anything is possible.

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  2. Arjun K RamachandraJuly 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Radhanath Swami also mentions how an unsuspecting fish swimming on the river surface is captured by the hawk of destiny but if it goes deep into the river and takes shelter there it cannot be affected!

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  3. Wow! What a revealing thought! Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing such powerful wisdom that will help us to shake our complacency.

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  4. A vivid analogy to describe spiritual depth

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  5. Advaita & KalasudhaJuly 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    This is a post with such depth!! The example of the puddle and the ocean is remarkable. We especially liked the last line, "But a person who finds the spiritual depth, who uncovers the truth within, deals with the things only on its surface but deep down he is not affected at all. Nothing can change him because he has spiritual depth." Thank you, Radhanath Swami, for giving us such a wonderful insight to spiritual depth.

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  6. What a beautiful analogy taken by Swamiji........such a high philosophy made understoon in easy words......great

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  7. Very Deep Subject Matter explained very nicely by HH Radhanth Swmai

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  8. a very deep understanding of the eternal truth, and it opens the way for us,as to how we must work more hard on our weaknesses and make our spiritual practices more strong and deep.

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  9. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this deep and useful instruction.

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  10. Thank you Maharaj for a deep explanation.Nothing can change us unless we have a spiritual depth within.

    Shreeniwas.

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  11. A good analogy to show one has grow spiritually if one doesn't want to disturbed by the uncertainties of this material world

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  12. YDAS: Radhanath Swami is clearly pointing to us that we develop spiritually else we get swept away by the ravages of time.

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  13. So beautifully described...

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  14. Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving this profound knowledge to us

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  15. "A person who finds the spiritual depth, who uncovers the truth within, deals with the things only on its surface but deep down he is not affected at all." Thank you Maharaj for this wonderful instruction.

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  16. Amazing analogy of the puddle and ocean...

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  17. Very instructive.

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  18. thank you for sharing.

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  19. great post...thanks!

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  20. Yogita JagannathanJuly 31, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Thank you so much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for such wisdom filled words. They are very deep and touch the core of our heart.

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  21. Very Nice analogy is given herein by Radhanath Swamiji.Yes our dealing with the things of this material world should be like top of the puddle which is formed by rain water and has no depth.Instead our spiritual practice should be as deep as sea.Otherwise entanglement in this world is guranteed.Thank you Swamiji.

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  22. Very nice message from Radhanath Swami. We should try to become grave and serious like ocean which is not affected by the periodical mansoons and summers.

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  23. So wonderful.

    Very nice analogy !

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

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  24. thank you Maharaj for giving us this valuable knowledge with your deep realization.

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  25. Thank you Maharaj for this simple yet deep example!

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  26. Many thanks to Radhanath swami for the wonderful blog

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  27. Explained with nice example. We should always try to go deeper and deeper spiritually.

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  28. so nice explained with such a simple anology

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  29. Nice analogy. Thank you Radhanath Swami

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  30. Thank you very much for this in depth article. Surely an spiritualist has to be deep like an ocean.

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