Question to Radhanath Swami : Spirituality India is way ahead as a religious country, but how can we understand the disparity that we see here?
Radhanath Swami Answers : India was subjugated by the foreign Moghul Powers for about 700 years, then by the British powers for about 200 years. It just got its independence around 70 years ago, on August 15, 1947.
Question to Radhanath Swami – How do you consider yourself: Do you consider yourself a monk? Do you consider yourself a particular enlightened spiritual guide? How do you consider yourself in terms of your mission in life?
Radhanath Swami Answers – I consider myself very fortunate. I have role of a swami and a monk and that is the service I have taken in my life.
Question to Radhanath Swami:Can you be spiritual without being religious ?
Radhanath Swami Answers: It depends on our definition of spirituality and religion. Values are required to be genuine in any spiritual path or religious path.
Question to Radhanath Swami:Do you feel threatened by other religions ?
Radhanath Swami Answers: I don’t see that it is religion that is causing the hatred, discrimination, and terrorism. It is just a very infatuated ego working in the name of religion, in the name of nationalism, etc.
Question to Radhanath Swami:What are your views on repentance?
Radhanath Swami Answers: Repentance, in its higher form, is how we speak and how we live. In different religious schools, repentance is practiced in different ways: we can torture ourselves for what we’ve done, we can beg for pardon for what we have done.
Question to Radhanath Swami : There is a lot of inequality and injustice in the world. Some people want to change this, but they feel that one individual is so small and the impact that one individual can bring to the world is so small. Thinking like this they end up doing nothing. So from your perspective, what should be the right attitude or mentality for those people who really want to help to make a change to these inequalities and injustices?