Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Radhanath Swami on Pride and Envy

The four material qualifications - high birth, beauty, knowledge and wealth - have a tendency to make one proud. And when one becomes proud one becomes possessed with this great illusion that there is no one more worthy of enjoying the facilities of this world than me. Whatever is good, whatever is awesome, whatever is most pleasurable - I deserve most. And such a person cannot tolerate when someone else has something better. From pride envy is born. We see when we are humble that there is nothing to be envious of, when we are humble we think we do not deserve anything. We think that everyone else is better than us. So in such a humble state of mind if somebody else gets something and we get nothing we think, “Yes, this is correct, this is proper justice, this is the way it should be”. But if we are proud we cannot bear it -“Why he has this, why not me; why this person is getting credit, why not me; why this person is getting respect, why not me; why this person has this wealth, why not me?”. This envy is born of false pride. We cannot tolerate seeing someone else exceeding us on any level. And this goes not only to the low class criminals and thieves but even up to very exalted yogis and even the exalted demigods.

32 comments:

  1. Nice message on pride by Radhanath Swami. If we take this message and apply to our lives, we would be successful.

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  2. Arjun K RamachandraJune 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Envy is the king of all anarthas born from false pride which in turn is is generated by high birth, beauty, knowledge and wealth.

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  3. As HH Radhanath Swami says, the pride and envy destroys one's spiritual inclination.

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  4. a good lesson learnt

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  5. Thank you for deepening our knowledge on this topic.

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  6. Kalpana KulkarniJune 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    So wonderfully explained. It is so easy for all of us to fall prey to these emotions of pride, envy and anger and very difficult to control them. Humility is the only solution for this. Thank you for showing us the way.

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  7. Arjun K RamachandraJune 6, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    Envy can also be written as NV - NO VACANCY for an envious person in the kingdom of god!

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  8. Thank you Radhanath swami for explaining the ill effects of pride and envy and positive effects of being humble.

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  9. Maharaj through this wonderful preaching teaching us how to be non-envious and how this leads us to be peaceful with everybody.

    ngk murthy.

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  10. Gr8 aritcle, really opened my eyes that the envy towards other people is born out of pride.

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  11. Kalpana KulkarniJune 8, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Pride, envy and anger is the root cause of our miseries. If we can manage tio curb them, we will be much happier. This can be done by cultivating humility. Thank you Radhanath Swami for showing us the way and guiding us in our spiritual quest.

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  12. Envy, the root cause of the existence of Material world must be left and try to become humble to progress in spiritual life.

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  13. pride is inbuilt within us by default

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  14. Hare Krishna... Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

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  15. Wonderful words of wisdom by Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

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  16. The more one is successful by any measure, the harder it is to be spiritual!

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  17. One can easily fall prey to these. All seekers of spiritual truth should guard against these.

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  18. love this article.. its very important to know how proud and envy its deep rooted in our heart.

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  19. what an amazing realization , i really appreciate it

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  20. Envy born out of pride or competition is dangerous as it will push one into darkness.Once in darkness then there is a possibility of loosing great opportunity to purify the self in this human form of life.Thanks for nice guide.

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  21. May this pride stay away from all the devotees by the mercy of H H Radhanath Maharaj !

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  22. Envy is the greatest hurdle to our spiritual advancement. Thank you Swamiji.

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  23. when will this pride will go out of us

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  24. yes please don't let pride to ride upon us otherwise we 'll fall down again n again....Thank u vry mch maharaj

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  25. So envy is the root cause of all suffering. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

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  26. Superb..... HH Radhanath Swami is supremely empowered by Krsna and his spiritual master to speak as though it cuts deep through the core of our hearts and purges it of the contaminations.

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  27. Hoping n praying to remember your msg on Pride & Envy everytime i drift in to it.
    thank u Radhanath Maharaj

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  28. Humility has more power than pride. Humility leads to ultimate victory while as pride to frustration. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

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  29. Thank you Radhanath Maharaj for this humbling highlight that pride and envy can effect us at many levels in our spiritual life.

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  30. high birth, beauty, knowledge and wealth - have a tendency to make one proud these are the disqualification for our devotional service queen Kunti says

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