Question to Radhanath Swami: We come to the temple, and we listen to lectures. But we are finding it difficult to take spiritual life seriously. So what is the solution? How to be determined?
Radhanath Swami Answers: Before you could run a cross country, you have to learn how to crawl. And then after learning how to crawl, you have to learn how to take your first step. Any destination begins with the first step.
Question to Radhanath Swami: It is said we should seek out the association of people with positive attitude so that we can also develop a positive attitude. Sometimes it is very hard to find such positive association. What do we do in that situation? How do we develop our positive attitude?
Radhanath Swami Answers: Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find.” And even if you can’t find that association, you can get it in positive books, and you can get it in positive tapes (recordings of spiritual discourses).
Question to Radhanath Swami: Also, if we simply try to be positive and straightforward, we may turn out to be losers in the not-so-straightforward world we live in. What do you say?
Radhanath Swami Answers: In addition to being positive, we should use our discrimination and intelligence as well, in a very positive way. And we should also use one of the most uncommon things within the world today – common sense.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Everyone has a different conception and opinion of what reality is. How to practically realize what is reality?
Radhanath Swami Answers: I accept Krishna’s opinion, God’s opinion. Krishna’s opinion has been accepted by all the great saintly persons throughout history.
Question to Radhanath Swami: In spiritual circles they often talk of ‘bala’ or spiritual strength. What exactly is this spiritual strength?
Radhanath Swami Answers: What is spiritual strength? Spiritual strength is essentially the awakening of our soul. The soul is part and parcel of Krishna, who is all-powerful.