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Question to Radhanath Swami: What happens to those who chant without understanding the holy name? Is their chanting fake?
Radhanath Swami Answers: The holy name is like fire! If a little baby, who doesn’t know anything about fire touches fire, what happens? And if the chief fire marshal of Mumbai touches fire, what happens? Same thing (smiling); they both get burnt because fire burns.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Thank you. Swamiji that was really really execellent lecture. Just one small point how would you define the difference between a religion and spirituality?
Answer by Radhanath Swami: If we try to understand the actual meaning of religion, we will find that there is no difference. But if we view the way religion is often followed in the world today, there is a big difference. The word religion comes from the Greek word religio, which means ‘to bind back’ or ‘to reconnect’—to reconnect our hearts, our consciousness, with God.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Today’s youth is becoming indifferent to spiritual education. How will you appeal, as a Guru, this generation to be spiritual and yet be cool?
Radhanath Swami Answers: I see a tremendous potential among the youth of India to go seriously to the roots of their spirituality. But in our society religion is sometimes based on superstition and sentiment without a real scientific philosophical understanding.
Radhanath Swami Question: In many spiritual discussions I have heard about the importance of Guru for a genuine spiritual connection. Can the guru be considered as God?
Radhanath Swami Answers: When a drop of water falls from the cloud, it is transparent and pure but when it comes in contact with the dirt it becomes muddy. By filtering the water we bring it back to its natural state. Similarly, our consciousness is to love God but due to our connection to material nature contamination creeps into the consciousness.
Question to Radhanath Swami: In earlier eons, it is said, people were very pious; but in this age, despite much impiety, why God incarnates very mercifully as his holy names?
Answer by Radhanath Swami: People in this age have such inclination to quarrel, to fight, to be hypocritical; their attention span is so less. For this very reason, God has arranged that the same result one could get in earlier ages by spending ones entire life sitting in a secluded place, in focus, in total meditation, can be achieved simply by chanting Krishna’s names in this age.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Sometimes we go through a conflict between brain and heart. How to deal with it?
Answer by Radhanath Swami: We should harmonize our brain and heart with the word of God and with the will of lord. To understand the message of God is not easy. But by associating with people who are tuned in to understand the message of God and understand the Holy Scriptures….