Monday, December 10, 2012

Radhanath Swami on Honor and Dishonor

To tolerate dishonor is very difficult, but it is more difficult to tolerate honor. When you become dishonored, you may become angry or you may become depressed, depending on the person and the circumstances. Some people, when they become dishonored, they might pull out a sword and call a war against theoffenders but other people might just remove themselves from society, go to a lonely placed and cry in depression. In fact, the scriptures say that for one who is honored, dishonor is worse than death. But more difficult than that is to tolerate honor, without becoming proud.

23 comments:

  1. Amazing !!!

    Very true and heart touching .....
    thank you for share this with us

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  2. Arjun K RamachandraDecember 11, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Yes, dishonor is no doubt worse than death for one who has been honored.

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  3. Thanks Swamiji for sharing your profound spiritual realisations....

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  4. Both honor and dishonor are non-permanent. One's endevor should please Krishna.The result is for Him not for him. tolerate all circumstances is to please Krishna. All glorikes to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

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  5. Arjun K RamachandraDecember 14, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    More difficult to tolerate honor than dishonor.

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  6. This is really true! It is more difficult than that is to tolerate honor, without becoming proud.

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  7. Such uncommon sense!

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  8. Never have I heard such a profound post elsewhere!

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  9. It's next to impossible not to be puffed up by honor without true knowledge of self.

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  10. Wonderful...what seems easy is actually difficult..to tolerate honor is a challenge

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  11. Excellent article by Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Hare Krishna!

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  12. Very true. Devotees always run away from being honored as they understand that if they get a feeling that they are eligible for being honored, then false pride might increase.

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  13. This will help to avoid stress. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

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  14. I never thought this way that honor could be more difficult to tolerate, it is because one may very easily become proud after an honor. It is very difficult get honor and not become proud.

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  15. Yes honor is most dangerous because it will increase our proud.The increase in proud will lead to the misbehavior with other living entities.Such a person may become a source of trouble for society.It is better to pass this honor to Guru and The God,knowing well that non qualification for the same to receive it.

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  16. Honor & Dishonor are two sides of the same coin. Only saintly people like Radhanath Swami remain unaffected by either of these. We need to follow in the footsteps of such spiritualists to handle different circumstances with poise & equanimity.

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  17. First time I came to know that it is more difficult to tolerate honor than dishonor. Radhanath Swami has deep insights into various aspects of life.

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  18. i have personally experienced this several times. When I am dishonored., I cannot chant properly. But worse are the times when I am honored.! My puffed up mind is much tougher to come under the shelter of Holy Names....! When will I overcome these dualities....!

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  19. Radhanath Swami teaches that one should not be affected by honor and dishonor and should continue to serve Lord in all situations

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