Learning gratitude from family

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Learning gratitude from family

In one brilliant talk, Radhanath Swami offers a penetrating analysis on the importance of cultivating gratitude. He reasoned that we can be happy only if we are simple and grateful. “We can be simple and grateful only if we don’t expect anything from anybody” says Radhanath Swami.

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Seeking shelter in prayerme

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Seeking shelter in prayer.

Radhanath Swami shares his experiences candidly; helplessly praying to God shifts the focus from the self to God. Most anxieties occur due to our deep rooted conceptions that I am the doer. When we instead turn to God we access a power beyond our own- the spiritual power of God.

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An Incredible reunion

Radhanath Swami’s life has been one spiritual experience after another, where God has been arranging amazing lessons and experiences in his life. Considering his extraordinary life, his meeting Gary is another evidence of God’s grace upon one of His dear most children. I can only marvel and rejoice at being given the rare fortune to witness these kinds of friendships, even in this mortal world.

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Choosing a guru

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Choosing a guru

As Srila Prabhupada was leaving Vrindavan, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) approached him with emotion choked in gratitude, and spoke, “Srila Prabhupada, I wish to offer my life to you.” Srila Prabhupada, his eyes also moistened by affection, said, “Yes, you are home.”… Radhanath Swami and Srila Prabhupada follow a recognized school called parampara, a disciplic succession of gurus. This parampara affiliation has been standard for traditional spiritual movements. Radhanath Swami also gratefully shares, “To get a genuine teacher is God’s rare and special blessing on us.”

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Challenging the idea of detachment

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Challenging the idea of detachment. Radhanath Swami heard Srila Prabhupada speak, “Material consciousness is to forget an object’s relationship with God. Spiritual consciousness is to see everything in relation to God and utilize everything in devotional service.”

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Srila Prabhupada – the epitome of humility and compassion

Radhanath Swami Blog – Srila Prabhupada – the epitome of humility and compassion.

Richard (Now Radhaanth Swami) just couldn’t imagine an elderly saint from Vrindavan living in the world capital of Hippie culture, and was amazed to see Srila Prabhupada transform hippies into ‘happies’. Richard also learnt that Srila Prabhupada touched the hearts of the Beatles and especially of George Harrison who became close friends with Srila Prabhupada and his disciples… Radhanath Swami recollects that with all these achievements what touched his heart the most was the humility of Srila Prabhupada….

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Is Absolute Truth Personal or Impersonal?

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Is Absolute Truth Personal or Impersonal?

The impersonalists know certain truth about God; they think God is a big bright impersonal light. The yogi thinks God is the greatest personality behind the cosmic machinery of this universe. The bhakta or devotee knows another aspect – God and His energies, the material and spiritual, and the sweet loving relationships between the Lord and His part-and-parcel living entities. Thus the scriptures, when understood under the guidance of sincere seekers of truth do not appear confusing. I am indeed fortunate to read and hear Radhanath Swami regularly.

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Being an instrument of kindness

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Being an instrument of kindness.

In his briefest of exchanges with Srila Prabhupada, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) experienced the love of an eternal friend, a benevolent parent, and of God. This had a profound impact on him which he could neither understand nor explain. Following Srila Prabhupada’s footsteps, Radhanath Swami also emphasizes on gentle and encouraging speech and little acts of kindness.

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Culture of love and appreciation

Radhanath Swami Fan Blog – Culture of love and appreciation. Radhanath Swami saw loving exchanges between Srila Prabhupada & Krishnadas Babaji, he claims to have never seen such love and honour between two human beings. After seeing, He felt he had received a glimpse into the spiritual world. Radhanath Swami also shares such loving exchanges with his friends. No wonder his god brothers and god sisters love Radhanath Swami so much because he is wonderfully following his guru’s final instructions, “your love for me will be shown by how much you cooperate with one another”.

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Transcending material problems by spirituality

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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