Taking serious responsibility in spiritual life

Richard (Now Radhanath Swami) knew he had to take serious responsibility for his spiritual life and could no longer afford to be at crossroads. Today we will seek one path, tomorrow another, and the result is we won’t make any tangible advancement. Therefore Radhanath Swami encourages his students to take serious responsibilities and make firm commitments in their spiritual lives. Then naturally, the mind being bound by the commitment to a path concentrates and inspires us to achieve something for God.

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Curing Forgetfulness and Seeking Spiritual Treasures

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Curing forgetfulness and seeking spiritual treasures

To seek real happiness, we need to explore the world within… Radhanath Swami often explains that we are pure and eternal spiritual entities. True love and true peace is within our hearts and it can be awakened through spiritual practices…. We should recognize what our disease is and treat it. It will not go away through forgetfulness. Therefore we have to endeavor to seek the love of God which we have unfortunately forgotten.

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Checking our tendency to criticize

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Checking our tendency to criticize

Radhanath Swami reveals that the tendency to criticize others springs from a deep rooted desire to feel superior to others. Radhanath Swami assures that through constant prayers and steady spiritual practices we can overcome our impurities in general…

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Lessons from Nityananda Baba

Radhanath Swami Fan – Lessons from Nityananda Baba

A man in forties, Madhava, befriended Richard (now Radhanath Swami) and persuaded him to visit Ganesh Puri…. Richard also met Nityananda Baba’s disciple Swami Muktananda who advised Richard to become addicted to his mantra even more than an alcoholic…. Radhanath Swami compares spiritual benefits to a priceless diamond and all material desires to be nothing more significant than broken pieces of glass.

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Symptoms of a Real Guru

Radhanath Swami Fan – Symptoms of a real Guru

A genuine guru receives knowledge from his own guru, who in turn receives it from his own spiritual master…. Radhanath Swami guards his students that searching for a guru is not some leisure activity…. It is by the Lord’s grace that a spiritual aspirant gets the shelter of a guru and then by the guru’s grace, a student begins to understand the deeper aspects of his relationship with God.

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Deriving strength from Holy Names

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Deriving strength from Holy Names

To serve God and the world for our whole life we will require spiritual strength and nourishment. The source for this is the Holy Names. Radhanath Swami gives the example of his own spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada who at the advanced age of seventy travelled to America on a cargo ship. Srila Prabhupada attributed the miraculous transformation of all the ‘hippies’ to ‘happies’ to the power of the Holy Names.

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Resolving contradictions in scriptures

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Resolving contradictions in scriptures

Radhanath Swami, as an expert guide says that the scriptures have no contradictions. It is just the nature of Absolute Truth, which appears to us to be contradictory when we try to capture it within the limited vocabulary of language or within the limited framework of our material mind and intelligence. But by patient and repeated aural reception of the whole message, and by receiving clarification from a realized soul, such contradictions become resolved.

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Overcoming Hypocrisy

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Overcoming Hypocrisy

Radhanath Swami often quotes the spiritual master of his own guru, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur who was called as a ‘Lion guru’ because he never tolerated hypocrisy. Whenever and wherever he saw anyone in the renounced order cheat in the name of religion, Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati would expose him, and he considered hypocrisy as one of the greatest sins. Radhanath Swami says the easiest method to save ourselves from hypocrisy is by cultivating the principle of humility. “A real leader never thinks of himself as a master”, says Radhanath Swami…..

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A foreigner’s expert disguise

Radhanath Swami’s Fan Blog – A foreigner’s expert disguise

Reading this exciting adventure of Radhanath Swami attempting to enter a temple reminded me of Radhanath Swami’s closest friend, Bhakti Tirtha Swami, on whose instructions Radhanath Swami has written the ‘Journey Home’. Bhakti Tirtha Swami also once attempted to enter the famous Jagganath temple in Puri, India….

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Learning about Death

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Learning about Death

Richard (Now Radhanath Swami) realized that the river of time was the ultimate equalizer that would eventually carry away all bodies, regardless of race, nationality, religion or creed… Radhanath Swami’s brilliant observation is seen by his description of a typical news telecast. He reveals how the entire show is about murder, death, terrorism and war… Radhanath Swami often quotes the Mahabharata, a great epic of Vedic times, “Every day millions of living beings are forced to the kingdom of death. Yet those who remain aspire for a permanent life in the material world. What could be more wonderful than this?”

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