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February 19, 2020  |  Uncategorized

Comment on Need to abandon sectarian pride by Sonal Patel.

This website is wonderful. A real source of encouragement for bringing more unity and synergy from the diverse cultures, religions, backgrounds and experiences we all collectively hold.

Radhanath Swami also explains a nice analogy in one presentation….that to get to 4 you can do 2 + 2 = 4. If someone else says you can also do 3 + 1, then that is also true. There are many genuine paths that bring us to knowing and loving God. The essence of all GENUINE paths is the same.

There are limited ways to get to 4. BUT there are also unlimited ways not to get to 4. We should all honestly ask ourselves, am I on a genuine path? How can I know for sure?

One cannot say 5 + 8 is 4. The process of spiritual advancement cannot be manufactured according to ones opinion. The holy texts, the saints and self-realised souls and God Himself give us the principles to follow just to make it easily attainable. All that is required is our willingness to trust in their guidance and wisdom. The path is already chalked out. We live in an age where we ‘want it easy’, so what more could we ask for? :0)

In keeping with the theme of this post, here is a nice quote from Lord Jesus, ‘If you love only your own kind, you are no better than the common people and the sinners.’

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In the neighborhood of leopards and cobras
Where there is humility there is fearlessness automatically because humility means to depend on God for strength. And with God’s unlimited power to back up one’s life, how can there be any fear? But that strength is bestowed through loving service to God, the great souls and by showing compassion and giving encouragement to those who have forgotten God. This is very nicely exemplified and taught by Radhanath Swami himself.

There is spiritual wisdom to be sought in every genuine religious path that teaches one to love and serve God.

At school we may find we can learn a subject e.g. maths from a particular teacher. We just connect with that person somehow and find we are inspired to learn properly and can pass each end of year exam with their help. A friend may learn the same subject and pass the same exams but finds it easier to learn from a different teacher. Both are correct. As long as the subject matter and the goals are the same there is no need for bigotry and an attitude of ‘my teacher is the only right one or my teacher is better than your.’

The same applies to the different world faiths…there can be unity in diversity.

Violence in peace conference – Overcoming fault finding
After reading this meditation I remembered one relevant analogy:

The sieve is full of a thousand holes and is criticising the needle, “Hey needle, there’s a hole in your back!”

There is nothing like a graphic example to grab our attention and help us clearly understand a point!

Why do we see faults in others?

Radhanath Swami gives a helpful explanation: We view the world as a reflection of our own consciousness.

That is, the qualities we see in others are often the tendencies we have in ourselves.

Ever heard someone shout in anger, ‘He is always angry at everyone!!’

Other times, some people conclude, ‘Well he or she is exactly the same, everyone else does it, so what’s the big deal?’ As the saying goes: Two wrongs don’t make a right. But if, as this meditation is encouraging us to do – we can revive our original pure nature, that is the path to happiness that we can aim for ourselves, and help others to aim for. And it is achieved by learning from those who are awakened to their original nature.

What to do if our mind leeches on to the faults of others?

Radhanath Swami once said: If your mother had cancer, would you hate the cancer or your mother?

In other words, hate the disease, love the diseased. Hate the sin but love the sinner.

People clam up when they sense the opposite party is only interested in putting them down for the sake of it. The blame game is easy to play. It’s not difficult to complain or criticise.

The challenge is to change ourselves first and then try to inspire and encourage others to change. Of course this depends on our relationship with that person. There has to be trust and a genuine concern to help the other person improve for their welfare, as part of meaningful friendship. I know from my own experience, that such kindness from those around me, helps me to see in myself what I am otherwise blind to, and be inspired to change.

We can be grateful when someone points out our faults…if we are walking down the street and we have mud on our face, who will be the first to see it? Ourselves? Or those around us?

Fighting a losing battle
I am very much inspired by Radhanath Swami’s realisations shared in this passage of his book, and grateful to ‘Radhanath Swami’s fan’ for squeezing even more juice from them. We are familiar with what the body feels like when it is dying of thirst. Knowingly or unknowingly, our thirsty souls are being quenched by this flow of nectar.

One word came to my mind when reading this meditation, which I would like to share: CHOICE.

We have free will. No one can take it away from us. It is the one thing fully under our control. What are we doing with it from moment to moment?

We can use that free will to attract God’s love and mercy through our attentive love, service, and devotion…or abuse it, by misidentifying and settling for the less fulfilling gross and subtle pleasures of the body and mind.

Sometimes we try so hard to convince ourselves that we are happy as we are, or that we will eventually, one day, be happy in this world through our persistent endeavours and plans. We’ll keep searching…keep trying new things and one day we’ll find it.

Why should we wait? Constant happiness is the birthright of the soul. The opportunity to be happy is available NOW if we are eager to learn how to access it! But like an inheritance, it is our responsibility to claim happiness.

There is a saying: ‘It is as sure as death.’ Meaning…it is guaranteed.

If we CHOOSE to act in our real and natural identity of the soul, as a SERVANT of God and all His parts and parcels…happiness is guaranteed 100%.

If we CHOOSE to act independently from the will and purpose of the all-loving, supremely sweet and kindest well-wisher that is God, we are guaranteed to end up confused, frustrated and unhappy 100%.

Radhanath Swami once said: there must be war before there can be peace.

We may have to battle out our choices and struggle to consistently choose the good of the soul over the demands and dictations of the distracting mind and body, but as someone once said: ‘Where there is a will there is a way…and where there is no will there are excuses!’

Sometimes the truth hurts but we can ask ourselves: if for example we were eating an unhealthy diet e.g. fries and burgers every day and someone told us…you know there are alternatives; why don’t you try fresh fruit and vegetables, home-made vegetarian pastas, pizzas, soups, curries, breads and rice preparations? They tell us we will feel more energetic, experience less disease and add years on to our life.

We could protest and say we have no choice but our usual diet, that we don’t need a new diet, what’s the point?! Or we could be a bit brave, admit we could be missing out on a more beneficial healthy way of living and give it a try!

What is there to lose in exercising our free choice intelligently?

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  1. To pray needs a humble heart, and humility is the greatest virtue valued by GOD.
    Radhanath Swami by his desire, ability, eagerness, and knowledge to pray shows us how close he is to the instructions of GOD.

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  2. Resources like the one you mentioned here will be very useful to me! I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful.

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  3. Its really true , Prayers give us a lot of morale boostup from inside and have personally realised this power of Prayer number of times. But yes Maharaj incident teaches how and what to pray for.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the importance of prayers and also what is the real outcome of prayers – Not exactly the material returns but closeness to God which in turn gives one spiritual fulfillment

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  5. Praying to Lord gives lot of satisfaction in this world.Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

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  6. radhanth swami shows by his example that faith can move mountains he had faith in his mother that god loves him and that faith has took him to the position of divinty.

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  7. Marylin Malekzadeh

    Nice level of information here. There is so much data around about this subject that sometimes you cannot see the wood for the trees but you have pitched this at just the right level so that the lay person can understand – thank you!

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  8. To commune with God, at all times pray

    Whatever troubles your heart , to Him humbly say

    Radhanath Maharaj shows the easist and noblest way

    To make our dreary lives simple,sublime and gay!

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  9. Hey very nice blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I am happy to find so many useful information here in the post, we need develop more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

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  10. keep up good work!!!

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  11. M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Prayers cuts the distance between oneself and God. radhanath Swami habituated since tender age to pray. He is really a great spiritual man. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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  12. Radhanath Swami is a real saint who has come out of his comfort zone to save us from the onslaught of this material world. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

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  13. Power of Prayer….Radhanath Swami always prays for the well being of everyone. That is his greatness.

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  14. thank you verymuch for sharing

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  15. Power of prayer is always taken lightly due to lack of faith. But through this article Radhanath Swami gives a new surge of faith.

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  16. Radhanath Swami’s mood is always prayerful for spiritual well being of other

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  17. very beautiful experience from HHRM’s book as expressed here in the article on the power of prayers, haribol, rajesh karia

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  18. wonderful explanation by Maharaj about the power and the effect of a silent prayer for spiritual well being and a way to connect to the Lord, haribol, bhakti

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  19. Thank you Radhanath Swami for instructing us on the mood to be followed while praying.

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  20. Thanks for sharing, we can peep into Radhanath Swami’s heart and his feelings through his prayers. He truly is everyone’s well wisher.

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  21. Maharaj’s intense prayers have resulted in a temple like chowpatty

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  22. thank you very much Maharaj!!!

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  23. right words or aspiration in prayers can be taken from swamiji

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  24. Thank you Radhanath Swami

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  25. Power of prayers! really amazing.

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  26. Jagannath Dham Das

    Prayers are indeed the most powerful tool & medium to express our heart our beloved Lordships ! As its said “Prayers go up, Blessings come down”.
    Radhanath Swami teaches us it so simply “The power of Prayers”
    Thank you !
    Hare Krishna !

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  27. Thank you for showing us the power of prayers.

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  28. Kalpana Kulkarni

    Prayers are very powerful!

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  29. Hare Krsna ! very nice article.

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  30. Thank you for sharing its enlightening.

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  31. Radhanath Swami is constantly remembering Krishna and help others also remember him.

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  32. Its due to the intense desire to bring everyone out of the fire of material existence, that Radhanath Swami is making the time to preach to everyone. His heart is very merciful.

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  33. Kalpana Kulkarni

    Prayer enriches our hearts with God’s presence and brings deep, lasting fulfillment, thus enabling us to have smiling hearts and smiling faces – wonderful lines!

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  34. Kalpana Kulkarni

    power of prayer- a tool to perceive God’s presence in our lives and touch Him with our thoughts. What a wonderful definition of prayer!

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  35. Wonderful article….

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  36. Usually all of us pray for material things like wealth, good job, nice spouse, etc and we also make deals saying that if we get what we ask for, then we will donate coconuts or feed brahmins, etc. But that is not what we should pray for. We should pray out of love and a sense of gratitude. We should pray for his love and blessings.

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