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Relief from material attachments
March 13, 2013  |  radhanath-swami

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was carrying quite a few spiritual books with him and was attached to them. He had Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Upanishads, Autobiography of a Yogi, books on Buddhism, one by Shankaracarya, and the Krishna book personally given by Srila Prabhupada. He felt it was a small library in his bag, although the weight of these books impelled him to consider giving away some of these books. However he couldn’t decide which one to give away. One day exhausted by carrying the bag, he put the bag down. Seconds later, as he reached down to lift his bag of books, he was shocked to see it was gone. After a frantic search everywhere, Richard reconciled that the bag was stolen. Although he was sad, he suddenly felt it was much easier to walk now. Radhanath Swami writes his realization

“The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential. The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. In this way we carry a great burden of attachments throughout our life. Attachment is itself a great burden on our minds. We may never understand the extent of the burden till, like my books or the earwax, we’re free of it. But if we find joy within, we can live a simple life, free of endless complications.”

 

Radhanath Swami frequently speaks on the absolute necessity for a spiritualist to spiritualize his consciousness. This happens by controlling the mind and practicing to remember God. Over a period of time a sincere sadhaka, practitioner, develops detachment. We are presently carrying the burden of many unnecessary attachments which prevent us from developing love for God. We are rather focused on our petty material needs. These material desires are vicious because they do not go away over a period of time; rather they multiply and become a huge burden in our heart. It seems impossible to et them out of our consciousness. Radhanath Swami prescribes constant engagement in bhakti yoga practices of hearing and chanting of God’s names with firm faith. This will help us get relief from the harassment of these burdens. 

 

Radhanath Swami offers another interesting perspective on relieving ourselves of material burdens. He suggests we take up spiritual burdens by filling our lives with responsibilities for a spiritual cause. When we take the anxiety of uplifting others in their spiritual lives, we are automatically relieved of our own petty burdens.

 

Radhanath Swami also constantly appeals to all sincere spiritual aspirants to increase their attachment to God. As we increase our positive attachment, we are easily able to give up our wrong and unhealthy attachments to the things of this world.

 

Radhanath Swami also notes that the more we possess, the more we worry about losing what we have. The more things that grab our attention, the more worry confronts us. If we can give up many unnecessary things we can experience relief from the pangs of material troubles. He also once pointed out how people are always fearful of being alone or being with God. Therefore they fill their lives with unwanted things and spend hours in front of the television and internet.  To experience real happiness we need to focus on the inner wealth of our communion with God, rather than focus on the flickering externals of this world.

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116 Comments


  1. Wonderful article and amazing lesson.
    Thank you for sharing.
    All glories to HH Radhanath Swami.

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  2. Material attachments are sometimes burdensome.

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  3. Wonderful way of removing anarthas from our mind, thank you very much for sharing.

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  4. Great to know this valuable understanding !! Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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  5. constant engagement in bhakti yoga practices of hearing and chanting of God’s names with firm faith. This will help us get relief from the harassment of these burdens.

    Thank You Radhnath Swami Maharaf for this wonderful formula for getting relief from the harrasment of burdens.

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  6. Everyone is looking for some relief and detachment from this unsatisfying world.

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  7. shyama radhika devi dasi

    yes, we have to lift some of the other burden than why not take up spiritual burden.

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  8. What a wonderful description by HH Radhanath Swami maharaja.

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  9. Nice meditation by Maharak on how we should focus more on internal cleaning than getting attracted to the temporary allurements

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  10. Hat’s off….. Radhanath Swami can learn from each and every situation.

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  11. Thanks you very much maharaj for teaching us with your own example.

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  12. The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. In this way we carry a great burden of attachments throughout our life. Attachment is itself a great burden on our mind. Very deep realisation.

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  13. Col Ashok Sayanakar (Ahobilam Narsimh Das)

    The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. In this way we carry a great burden of attachments throughout our life. Attachment is itself a great burden on our minds. But if we find joy within, we can live a simple life, free of endless complications.

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj tell us how to get rid of burdens of material attachments and live simple life with joy from within!

    Hari Bol!

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  14. Radhanath Swami mentions very precisely today’s world situation “the more we worry about losing what we have”. This is what we see most of the people only struggle to maintain what they have instead of leading peaceful life.

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  15. We are ourselves not aware of our own predicaments…..what luggages of material attachments we are carrying !!! God is so merciful that He relieves us of those attachments….But you need a visionary like Radhanath Swami for realizing that thing ! Thank you very much Maharaj !

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  16. Such articles gives us relief.

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  17. hari hari what a nice article which gives idea to lead life.

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  18. To overcome our material needs we need to engage ourselves in hearing and chanting God’s name and by taking up responsibilities for a spiritual cause

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  19. Thank you for sharing this maharaja :).

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  20. Wonderful article by Radhanath Swami maharaj…

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  21. The answer to all of our problems is beautifully written at the end – “To experience real happiness we need to focus on the inner wealth of our communion with God, rather than focus on the flickering externals of this world”

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  22. Spiritual shelter is what we are all looking for, intrinsically.

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  23. Indulekha Mishra

    So many people are getting benefited by the immense spiritual power of Radhanath Swami’ sincere practice to please his Guru.

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  24. Practising Bhakti Yoga & chanting releases our burden from material harassment.

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  25. Thanx for sharing :).

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  26. A wonderful message to take home and reflect on.

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  27. Its all our previous impressions along with mind makes an unbearable & impossible burden to lift.

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  28. This is a message that needs to be heard over and over again.

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  29. The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential. The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. The practical realisation.

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  30. “If we find joy within, we can live a simple life, free of endless complications.” All glories to Radhanath swami maharaj

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  31. Nice instruction by Radhanath Swami on how to be focussed.

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  32. Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “How to relieve ourselves of material burdens. Take up spiritual burdens by filling lives with responsibilities for a spiritual cause. When we take the anxiety of uplifting others in their spiritual lives, we are automatically relieved of our own petty burdens.” Thank you Maharaj for this. It is so true. We can not be idle. The service to bring others closer to Krishna is the greatest.

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  33. Very true. The attachments we keep in matter prevents us to fully absorb in remembrance to Lord. Radhanath Swami offen share these thoughts in this lectures.

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  34. Very true–The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential–and we get so much distract unnecessarily–But by our sincere sadhana, associating with devotees will help us to overcome the mind tickling game..

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  35. Very nice article

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  36. Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

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  37. Thanks for sharing so nice article.

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  38. Thank you for sharing this:).

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  39. Very good analysis of nature of mind. Mind is very flickering, constantly engaged in lamenting and hankering. One should control the mind and senses to progress. Thanks.

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  40. Quite practical article.

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  41. “more we have more we are worried” very true. All we posses in our life will be taken away at the time of death, so its best to be satisfied which fulfills out basic requirements.

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  42. All the posts on this site teach us so many valuable lessons. Thanks for sharing such posts based on the life of Radhanath Swami.

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  43. Great insight into life of Radhanath Swami by these small but significantly important incidents !

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  44. Ignorance leads to get attached to unwanted things. Better follow the spiritual guide and ctry to control the mind. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

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  45. HH Radhanath swami write “The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential”, If you want to experence this then just look into your cupboard…
    Thank you maharaj for enlighttening.

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  46. Radhanath Swami very nicely explains the reason for out material attachment, and with this understanding, leads us along the path to overcome them in this very lifetime. Radhanath Swami ji ki jai!!!

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  47. Very nice teachings. Radhanath swami can not only help the student develop his relationship with God, he also resolves contradictions and confusions that a student may experience during his spiritual quest.

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  48. Each & every incident in Radhanath Swami’s Journey book is so inspiring. And it shows how special soul he is, how God is teaching & directing him on every moment. We are so fortunate to see, speak or hear such a pure soul.

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  49. Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ki Jai

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  50. Maharaj ki jai

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