Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

What is the True Spirit of Renunciation?

By on July 23, 2016 in Insights with 62 Comments
What is the True Spirit of Renunciation?

Question to Radhanath Swami: Beautiful. I’d like to ask you about the true spirit of renunciation because it’s something a lot of us don’t understand. We think of it as just giving up things but there’s a richer side of renunciation that gives one things we can’t get from the world.

Radhanath Swami Answers: True renunciation is not becoming a monk or swami, living homeless and sleeping on the floor.

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What was your experience when you first heard Hare Krishna chanted?

By on July 8, 2016 in Insights with 35 Comments
What was your experience when you first heard Hare Krishna chanted?

Question to Radhanath Swami : I was curious to know how your experience was like when you first heard the Hare Krishna mantra chanted by the Hare Krishna monks.

Radhanath Swami Answers : In the book The Journey Home I tell the story of how I first heard the Hare Krishna mantra. I didn’t hear it in the Hare Krishna movement. It was given to me in a way, by what I believe, was a profound grace. I was fasting and sitting on the bank of the Ganges in the Himalayas, in Rishikesh. After weeks of meditation I heard in the current of Mother Ganga this beautiful mantra being sung.

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In the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, what does ‘Hare’ mean?

By on July 2, 2016 in Insights with 23 Comments
In the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, what does ‘Hare’ mean?

Question to Radhanath Swami: In the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, what does ‘Hare’ mean?

Radhanath Swami Answers: ‘Hari’ is a name of Krishna. ‘Hari’ means one who steals our hearts by his all attractive, all beautiful, and all loving qualities. And ‘Hare’ is a calling for ‘Hara’. Hara is the feminine aspect of God. In many traditions, both in the East and in the West, especially in the more mystical depths of their philosophy, there is the concept of feminine divinity.

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What about chanting in other traditions?

By on June 11, 2016 in Insights with 57 Comments
What about chanting in other traditions?

Question to Radhanath Swami: In many other traditions – Christian and Buddhist traditions – there is chanting of a devotional nature. Through those chanting can one expect to gain similar results as gained through the chanting of the Mahamantra?
Radhanath Swami Answers: The power of transcendental sound has been accessed by various traditions, throughout history and throughout the world.

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What did you find in Srila Prabhupada, that led you to be a disciple of his?

By on June 2, 2016 in Life with 51 Comments
What did you find in Srila Prabhupada, that led you to be a disciple of his?

Question to Radhanath Swami: Speaking of Gurus, yours was Srila Prabhupada, who started the Hare Krishna Movement. What characteristics did you find in him when you met him that led you to be a disciple of his, after having met many holy people on your journey?
Radhanath Swami Answers: I did meet many people who really inspired me, but I kept searching.

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Consciousness while Chanting

By on May 16, 2016 in Insights, Life with 71 Comments
Consciousness while Chanting

Question to Radhanath Swami: When we chant, with what consciousness should we chant? What thing should we keep in mind while calling the Lord?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: Like a child crying for its mother we should chant the names of Krishna. We should take the shelter of Krishna who has so mercifully appeared within the name.

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