1. The Total Satisfaction of the Enlightened Souls

    The human birth is the opportunity to find the true pleasure, the real wealth of eternal happiness and to share that happiness with others. This is the nature of a person who has seen the light. He becomes humble by that light. There is no question of false ego. Selfishness, the incessant craving to be recognized, pratishtha, the desire for recognition, fame – it’s the mind’s way of succumbing to the ego. It’s the symptom of the person who has really not tasted the sweetness of glorifying Krishna, who is...
  2. Being Grateful is a State of Awakened Awareness

    Being grateful is something more than just saying, ‘thank you’ and then criticizing the person. Being grateful is a state of awakened awareness. Are we grateful for every breath we breathe? Are we grateful for every morsel of food or water, for the ability to see, for the ability to hear, for the ability to move? If you have asthama and you are dying because can’t even get one breath, you start to value, what air really means to us. We are all just breathing thousands and thousands of times...
  3. Through Practice We Develop Our Inherent Abilities

    A little child wants to walk, but first the child has to learn to crawl. Do you remember when you were learning to crawl? It was very difficult. When you had finally learned to crawl you saw everyone around you walking, and you wanted to be like them! So you tried to walk, and your father, your mother held your finger. You fell down. Every time you tried to walk you kept falling down. But through the process of practice you gradually developed the strength and the wisdom to walk....
  4. How to Increase One’s Faith

    Question: How can one increase one’s faith in the holy name and in the process of Bhakti yoga? Radhanath Swami: The best way is to associate with people who have that faith, to perform those activities and to cultivate those thoughts that increase our faith, and to avoid those vibrations that distract our mind from that goal. When we are living in society there are so many distractions. But those distractions can actually help us if we are spiritually strong. When you resist the distraction, you become stronger spiritually. When...
  5. Follow the Brain or the Heart?

    Question: At times I get confused….to follow the brain or to follow the heart? How do we get that signal from God to take the right decision? Radhanath Swami: The same way you access a television station. You have to tune into the correct frequency, and that comes by associating with the people who are tuned in. In their association, really learning how to hear from holy scriptures and from the holy Acaryas, we get the proper understanding. If we do it with right association and with the right character, the...
  6. The Role of a Guru

    When a drop of water falls from the cloud, it is transparent and pure but when it comes in contact with the dirt it becomes muddy. By filtering the water we bring it back to its natural state. Similarly, our consciousness is to love God but due to our connection to material nature contamination creeps into the consciousness. Spirituality simply means to filter our consciousness and bring it back to its natural pure state; that’s what the guru is also helping us to do. We can’t hear God in our heart...
  7. Two Principles of Marriage

    Across all religions there is a universal concept that when a man and woman marry with proper attitude they become one body. After marriage they start living for a common purpose – to serve God together. The first principle they follow is – “I will do anything to protect you and you will do anything to protect me. We are there for each other and whatever the difficulties we may face we will be faithful to each other, till death separates us.” This devotion to each other is the common...
  8. We Can Not Change Everything, But We Can Change Ourselves

    Question: How should we deal with people who clearly are out to cheat the world, and clearly are more inclined towards evil than good? What should be our attitude towards them? Radhanath Swami: To a certain extent we have the power to change our environment, but ultimately it’s very limited. We may not be able to change the whole world or how people think or how people act or why people do what they do. Of course we can try our best to help, but there is one thing that we...
  9. Confusion is a Blessing If We Respond Accordingly.

    Question: Swamiji, I guess we are all made for a purpose. But if we are at a confused state of life, how would we really know what our purpose in life is? Radhanath Swami: Confusion is a blessing. Because when we are confused, it shakes us from our complacency, and we start asking the questions that you are asking today. This is the basis of the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna was in total illusion. Then he became extremely confused. He thought his illusion was truth. The Bhagvad Gita begins where Arjuna is...
  10. Why Do We Worship God?

    Question: Why do we worship God? Radhanath Swami: This is a very important question. Unless we ask this essential ‘why’, we will never have the conviction and faith to do it with the proper spirit. Everyone is looking for happiness. For example, when a mosquito bites you, he doesn’t do it to give you malaria; he just wants to drink your blood, because that gives him happiness. Similarly, all the amazing things that people do in society today, it is all in pursuance of happiness. But what is real happiness?...