Thursday, August 25, 2011

Radhanath Swami on The Purpose of a Temple

God is one, no doubt. There is only one God. An enlightened person will see God in a mosque or a church or a synagogue or in a gurdwara or in a temple. But how to actually come to that state of consciousness? It is not just a feeling; it’s reality. For that purpose, temples are not just places where you give donations, see the deities and say a prayer. Temples have always been established by saintly persons as spiritual, educational institutions. It is pious to go to a temple and give a donation and walk away. This is nice, but you will not get enlightened by that. Great souls built those places so that people could come and actually learn the science, the philosophy and the culture of purifying their lives, living with morality, integrity and learn how to love God. That’s all-important. When we go to the temple, we shouldn’t go to just see. We should go to be seen, that I may live my intentions, my humility, my begging for forgiveness, my begging for mercy, my sincerity, in such a way that God will be pleased to see me. That should be the proper attitude, and for that there has to be education, there has to be training.

47 comments:

  1. simple yet profound understanding for us

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  2. Thank you swamiji for explaining so well the purpose of our visits to temples. We get to learn a lot from your understanding of life, you are really an inspiration to me.

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  3. At other place HH Radhanath swami maharaj explains the function of temple....
    These great saints they built temples for the purpose of attracting people to the beauty of Lord and then when they come to educate them how to serve God, how to utilize their mind and senses for God’s pleasure in God’s devotional service.

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  4. Radhanath Swami has shown importance of both the temple and the process we should follow.

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  5. Now my visits to the temple will be more meaningful

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  6. WOnderful article !

    Very profound statements from HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

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  7. great article. it shows the essence. thank u.

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  8. All GLories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very beautiful Narrative.It explains the gist of visiting these sanctum sanctorums.

    Hare Krishna

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  9. Next time i go to the temple , i will surely keep this in mind.It is very important to be conscious of what we do and not to take things cheaply or be in ignorance of it.

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  10. Radhanath Swami is rightly exhorting us to go beyond the mere rituals of 'deity worship' in a temple. Unless we learn to love & serve God, our faith will only remain superficial & there will be no real spiritual progress. Following the instructions & words of wisdom of enlightened saintly people such as Radhanath Swami will help us tremendously to achieve the real goal of life based on the Holy scriptures.

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  11. Coming to the state of conciousness where we see that God is one is very important.And all bonafied religoins preach the same thing.The temples are the places where true knowledge is given by which one can elevate his/her conciousness.Thank you SWamiji for enlightening us.

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  12. Thank you Radhanath Swami for revealing the importance and purpose of the religious places like temples. Very useful.

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  13. Beautiful - Just like this qoute from above "We should go to be seen, that I may live my intentions, my humility, my begging for forgiveness, my begging for mercy, my sincerity, in such a way that God will be pleased to see me"

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  14. Thanks for sharing the new attitude to go to temple with-not just to see but to be seen by the Lord.

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  15. Yogita JagannathanAugust 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for reveasling the true purpose of temples to us.

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  16. How true it is.A temple should be a university where the science of GOD is taught.Thanks to Radhanath Swami for so beautifully describing the purpose of a temple.

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  17. thanx for sharing

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  18. True! Radha Gopinath Temple community is a standing evidence of everything that Radhanath swami has mentioned above.It is not surprising that the author himself i.e Radhanath swami is responsible for nurturing such a wonderful community - The Radha Gopinath Congregation where thousands are finding true peace and shelter

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  19. Its almost a paradigm shift from seeing to being seen. factually thats what matters, in terms of our purity, intentions and thoughts........Thanks a lot Maharaj

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  20. HH Radhanath Swami distributes the best of the philosophy that is very practical for every to follow.

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  21. Radhasangi Devi DasiAugust 29, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    As children we were taught that we must go to the temple to see God and place before Him our troubles and ask Him to solve our problems. Now hearing Radhanath Swami speak words of wisdom my doubts have been cleared and now I know the right frame of mind with which one should go to the temple.
    Thank You Radhanath Swami for your enlightening words.

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  22. Very beautifully said by Radhanath Swami!

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  23. Thank you Radhanath Swami for enlightening.

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  24. Temples are built for the purpose of attracting people to see the beauty of the Lord, to impart education on how to serve the God and how to use their mind and senses for the pleasure of God by devotional service. Thank you Maharaj.

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  25. BEautiful statement by Swamiji "When we go to the temple, we shouldn’t go to just see. We should go to be seen"

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  26. Krishna doesn't see any material opulence of us but humility and true love in us.

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  27. amazing.thank you maharaj!

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  28. very nice blog. Many thanks to Radhanath swami

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  29. That's a beautiful meditation to have, thanks for sharing!

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  30. This makes our understanding very clear on what should be the attitude while visiting a temple...

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  31. Amazing post. Thank you maharaj.

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  32. We should go to be seen, that I may live my intentions, my humility, my begging for forgiveness, my begging for mercy, my sincerity, in such a way that God will be pleased to see me

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  33. Very nice, thank you for sharing

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  34. Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us this fresh perspective on how to look at a temple - not just as a place of charity but a place where our character changes.

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  35. Thank you Radhanath Swami for revealing us the true purpose of going to the temple.

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  36. Temples are spiritual educational institutions.
    The conception of spiritual education is lost in almost all schools and colleges. It is necessary to give this knowledge in temples. All glories to Radhanatha Swami.

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  37. great words...temple a seat of enlightenment. Thank you for sharing.

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  38. One cannot imitate the actions and words of a pure soul like Radhanath Swami. Such explanations are only in the heart of a person is deep in his consciousness of Spiritual life. Thank You Maharaja

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  39. Amazing explanation.Must read for everyone.

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  40. Fear is due to lack of substance within our own hearts and our mind; it is because of lack of satisfaction and lack of love.

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  41. Ydas : I like the way Radhanath Swami describes the reasons why we should go to temple and what exactly we should be seen for.

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  42. Thank you HH Radhanath swami for explaining the real purpose of going to temple and serving the lord.

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