Radhanath Swami Fan Blog

Transcending material problems by spirituality

November 17, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Transcending material problems by spirituality. Radhanath Swami writes about Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual journey. Srila Prabhupada accepted Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati as his guru, who said that Real welfare work, is to help everyone re-establish their eternal relationship with God. I was reflecting and tend to agree that we need to focus on the eternal reality-our relationship with God-while doing the needful to address the fleeting problems of this world.

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The path of divinity revealed

November 15, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – The path of divinity revealed. Finally at Vrindavan, in the Samadhi, tomb of a renowned saint named Rupa Goswami, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) underwent an experience which revealed to him that Bhakti-yoga was his path. Radhanath Swami’s sagacious words penetrate my heart, “Love of God is not achieved but awarded. Therefore we need shelter of God and guru, who will award this divine grace upon us.”

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The power of faith

November 13, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – The power of faith. Richard (Now Radhanath Swami) once remembered Lord Jesus’ words that unless one becomes like a child in his purity and faith, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Richard prayed to be blessed with such a faith. Radhanath Swami says faith is the most precious gift of God for a spiritual seeker. Therefore we have to long for this faith, we have to beg for this faith, we must pray for this faith and we must do the needful to get this faith.”

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An unforgettable lesson on humility

November 11, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – An unforgettable lesson on humility. Radhanath Swami notes that in the company of people like Ghanshyam he discovered that true humility was not a negative obsession that lead to a sense of inferiority or depression. On the contrary humility, he learnt connects us to an inexhaustible power beyond our own, the power of grace.

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Personal God and the virtue of balance

November 9, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Personal God and the virtue of balance. Radhanath Swami practices and teaches Bhakti-yoga where the aspiring spiritualist is encouraged to worship a personal God. Both the Bible and the Holy Koran repeatedly refer to God in a personal, humanlike way. Radhanath Swami also learnt the lesson of balance – Being Compassionate to human suffering and staying simultaneously absorbed in a spiritual reality beyond birth and death.

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God – the greatest or the sweetest?

November 5, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog > God – the greatest or the sweetest? Krishna theology is refreshingly different from the stereotyped understanding of God as a great Lord who metes out justice and awards the faithful on the Day of Judgment. Krishna is the same God as understood in all other theistic traditions, but the sweetness aspect of His personality helps devotees relish the path of Bhakti yoga.

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The secret of feminine divinity

November 3, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – The secret of feminine divinity. Richard (now Radhanath Swami) observed that everyone in Vrindavan loves Radha very much. He humbly asked Krishnadas Babaji about her. Babaji described that God is one and yet the Lord has both a male and female nature. Later Richard (now Radhanath Swami) walked along the river bank and contemplated on the secret of feminine divinity and felt that in all world religions feminine divinity is accepted as truth. In the spiritual world, the one Lord presides in these two forms. Radhanath Swami realized that his heart was now being charmed by the rich theology known as bhakti…..

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Becoming trustworthy

November 1, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami FAn Blog – Becoming trustworthy. As Radhanath Swami learnt from Jagannath we have to be truthful and simple. Radhanath Swami has time and again emphasized that for any family or community to sustain relationships during difficult times, and be united in the long run, trust is absolutely essential. Trust in simple words means ‘confidence’ and the opposite of trust-distrust- is ‘suspicion’. Trust, or lack of it, is the root of success or failure in our relationships.

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Surrendering the ego by shaving the head

October 29, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Surrendering the ego by shaving the head. Hair is considered the symbol of vanity. By shaving the head, one confronts his or her ego. I once heard one of Radhanath Swami’s students explain that hair cutting is not absolutely essential. What is more important is to remember God and be prayerful. External rituals are important if they increase our favourable remembrance of God, otherwise they are a distraction.

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From idol worship to Deity worship

October 28, 2010  |  radhanath-swami

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – From idol worship to Deity worship. I once heard Radhanath Swami explain that if we claim God cannot manifest Himself through matter as in a deity form, then we are limiting God. “Does God not have the omnipotence to do whatever He likes – including to manifest through matter?” asks Radhanath Swami. I thought it made lot of sense when Radhanath Swami took the reasoning one step higher. “Actually, the notion that God cannot manifest as matter not only limits God, but also limits our access to God”.

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