Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How to fix the hole in the Gulf of Mexico?

By on September 15, 2010 in Events with 182 Comments

Solution for Oil spill In MexicoQuestion to Radhanath Swami : How to fix the Problem of Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Radhanath Swami addresses the problem in his lecture on 23 June 2010

In the Gulf of Mexico there is oil coming out of the ground. It is the biggest news of America. Tens and thousands of gallons of oil is coming out into the ocean everyday. They are trying to stop it since the last 65 days, but are failing. It is considered to be one of the worst manmade disasters in the history of America. And it may take hundreds of years for that area to ecologically recover. The oil company is finding it difficult to fix it because it’s very deep, about 1 mile below the sea surface.

Radhanath Swami speaks of a hole that’s elsewhere

But the problem is much deeper than one mile. Deep within the hearts of people, there are holes of anhankar, of ego. And from that hole, the toxic oils of greed, lust, anger and pride are pouring into our consciousness and polluting it. And because the consciousness of human beings is polluted, they are polluting the world. It is due to ego, which gives rise to greed.  Even if they patch up that hole in the Gulf of Mexico, but if they don’t patch up the hole in the hearts, they are just going to make another hole, and another hole, and another hole, and bigger problems will come in the future. Bhakti is the process of both healing that hole in the heart, and cleaning the toxic wastes in our consciousness. It fills our heart with amrita, nectar of prema, nectar of love of God.

From fixing the hole within to fixing the hole without, by Radhanath Swami

And when that fills our hearts, we in turn can fill the whole ocean of material world with that same nectar of love of God. The chanting of the holy names, the prime process of bhakti yoga, will stop the toxic oils of lust and greed from entering our consciousness, and fill our hearts with real pleasure we are looking for.  Namsamkirtan is chanting of holy names of Radha and Krsna, and is the most enjoyable type of spiritual practice. Not only is it fun, but it’s the greatest need in human society. When we take the holy names, we connect to the mercy of the holy names. When we chant together in kirtan, the power of Radha and Sri Krishna permeates the whole world. Thus we could be instruments of real change in this world.


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  • Wow! That is called deep insight and thinking out of the box. Kudos to Radhanath Swami.

    • harish

      u r right

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    Radhanath Swami is going to the root cause of the increasing problems we see around us. We can’t blame anyone else if we don’t try to change our consciousness within, and don’t see the ultimate connection of everything and everyone with God.

    • Shalmalee

      Hare Krishna! it’s very true we need to change ourself

  • Amol

    Such a practical solution. I hope the leaders of world can read this & learn soon

  • Very deep and profound. Thanks a lot for shairng.

  • Saunak Rsi

    That is called as seing through the eyes of scriptures .THanks a lot Radhanth Swami .

  • Ankush

    Yes this is indeed true. Hearts of people need to be changed to change the situation of world..

  • Vytla

    Thanks to Radhanath swami Maharaj for his enlightening words. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gopasana

    Many a times we seek to address only the immediate cause of a problem without going deep into the actual cause. Radhanath Swami not only points out at this overlooked aspect but also gives us a perfect solution.

  • Naveen

    ‘From fixing the hole within to fixing the hole without’ – Wow, thats an amazing insight by Radhanath Swami. A spiritual solution for the ever increasing material problems.

  • very profound and deep answer given by Radhanath Swami Maharaj by going to the root cause of the issue.

  • ks Subramanian

    The hole in the heart of course! The inability to feel for others’ sufferings is the hall mark of modern era. As long as I remain immune to the needs/ wants of others , God will have to shake me up only by sending sufferings to me, and more until I wake up. Why should one undergo calamities if compassion can be cultivated constantly.
    Thank you Maharaj for the enlightening words.

  • Pradeep Kumar

    This is called seeing through the eyes of scriptures.

  • Shoba Fernandes

    Our hearts have become craters filled with lust anger, greed etc. and only shelter of a true saint like Radhanath Swami our salvation.

  • Vinay Rachh

    What an amazing angle of seeing the problem as within than something which is outside

  • Madhusudan

    Stunning analogy. Holes in the heart, holes in consciousness. holes of ahankar, from which all vikaars are coming out.

    prime responsibility of every human being is to fix up their holes of ahankar with love of krishna. then there will be no more holes.

  • Anita Iyer

    Radhanath Swami addresses the root of the problem and explains what are the toxic wastes that have polluted our hearts. If we start reforming ourselves and help others, we can clean the pollution within and all the external problems will dissappear.

  • sandeep

    Vow. Such a deep thought from Radhanath maharaj.

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami has given a perspective that no national leader, thinkers or politicians would have though of. Its the spiritual vision. And what suble and sublime solution!

  • bipin

    All Glories To.H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Haribol! What an analogy, being drawn to understand and address a larger human problem.

    Hare Krishna

  • Abhijit Toley

    We hear about so many man made problems on this earth. At least we can avoid them in the future by taking up a more natural and god-centered life.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so true solution to all the problems is overcoming the false ego through the process of Bhakti.

  • Manish Raikundalia

    Maharaj is so right in pointing out the need to cleanse our hearts of false ego.Thanks Maharaj.

  • seema

    What a practical approach to our environmental problems.It is amazing how everything around us is connected to krishna consciousness

  • Amazing answer.. i hope i can also remove those toxic elements from my heart keeping my ego aside in association of followers of radhanath swami.

  • Vishnupriya

    What an awesome ability to understand every situation in connection with Krsna!

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given the perfect & permanent solution to our big problems!

  • Sujit Mehta

    Man’s Greed has made so many Holes in every aspect one’s life, so where does the blame stop. Simple living and high thinking was the way of live earlier. Now days it is “High Living and not simple but degraded thinking. Radhanath Swamis explanation is something if incorporated would change our lives.

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami has so wonderfully given this solution. The Greed in our hearts makes us hanker for things and one desire leads to another and another and then there is no end to it. This is what one Ahankar does and the others are not any better. Lord please give me the desire to desire to fill these holes of ahankars in my heart.

  • Vijay Mathias

    Radhanath Swami has wisely stated the actual root of the ecological disaster we are facing through the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico. A simple solution to a complex problem is given by Radhanath Swami in this article.

  • Anoop Goyal

    Thank you radhanath swami for sharing such a practical application of spiritual process to help the world

  • Maharaj teaches how to learn from every situation that comes across. Wonderful analogy – only a thoughtful person who has clear spiritual vision can think of this.

  • Ravi Garg

    What a reply by Radhanath Swami…..he makes very clear that material problems & their solutions are just temporary…..so one should those solve problems which will bring them closer to God…

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    This is an amazing spiritual insight into a modern technological disaster. As Radhanath Swami says, the real holes are deep within our hearts and they are the ones that need our urgent attention.

  • Navin Poojary

    There is increasing strife in Humanity and total disdain towards Environmental issues and its future effects.Radhanath Swami attributes this to the strife within and resloution lies by adopting practical spiritual Life which will help make this possible and revive genuine Universal Brotherhood amongst all living Beings

  • sangharatna bhamare

    Bhakti is the process of both healing that hole in the heart, and cleaning the toxic wastes in our consciousness. Thank you maharaj.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is addressing the root cause of the problem

  • malathi santosh

    Wonderfully said!!

  • sunil

    jai to the point the root of the problem . thanks maharaj

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    That was simply fantastic! I’ve never heard such a deep explanation before! Radhanath Swami nails the problem on it’s head!

  • Nancy

    I wonder what woul the scientists say on this 🙂

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so true. even if solve the current problem we are still ignoring the problem which is deply rooted

  • Guruprasad

    Thank u maharaj for making us realize about the root cause of problem

  • Sumit

    Srila Bhakti Sinddhant Swami maharaj used to say that there is sufficient in this world for everyone’s need, but insufficient for one man’s greed. Radhanath Swami has tried to revisit the same lesson here.

  • Jatin

    Radhanath Swami very beautifully brings out the very core & basis of modern civilization and its advancement, i.e greed and lust.
    Hats Off to Radhanath Swami..

  • Shrikant

    Radhanath Swami gives real solution to world’s all problems

  • Kajal Gandhi

    Very profound explanation!!

  • saveeta

    Right we must fix ourselves internally before attempting to solve external problems.Thank You Radhanath swami

  • Aru

    Thank you Radhanath Swami showing us way to remove lust and greed from our heart which the cause of all problem in this material world

  • Kuldeep Soni

    So deep thought thank you very much

  • Ashish patil



  • MAnish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so true in his belief of addressing the root cause of the problem

  • N Swaminathan

    All problems will stop if we give up the exploiting tendency. This is the hole that must be fixed

  • Amar

    The toxic wastes in the oil getting spilled in the Gulf of Mexico are insignificant when compared to the toxic wastes in our consciousness. Cleaning the second would automatically cure the first, and ensure no future re-occurrence.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami gives the rea solution for all the problems. As Radhanath Swami quotes Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur many times in his lectures who said, All the problems in this world are due to lack of Krishna Consciousness and the only solution for all the problems is Krishna Consciousness.

  • Vinay Rachh

    What an amazing answer

  • Acyuta Mohana Das

    This is the meaning of Sadhu, as Radhanath Maharaj. He always reveals to us the deeper truths of life as taught by Vedic Scriptures.

  • Namita

    What a simple solution!

  • Rajat

    Million mile deep reply by Radhanath Swami…

  • Damodar

    “Intellegent is one who solves the problem but genius is one who prevents the problems” Radhanath swami is a genius since he is giving a solution to avoid all such kind numerous problems which may come in future.
    Thanks to Radhanath Swami

    • Vaishnavi

      Amazing comment by Damodar prabhu. This gives the right straight to face answer to those scientists who may question the relevance of Maharaj answer to their problems.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami’s intelligent answers are amazing

  • Simply straight to the point. Radhanath Swami is not just addressing the superficial wound, but the impurity within that has caused this wound. Removing that impurity is essential, cause otherwise, the wound will just go from one place to another.

  • Shoba Ramachandran

    That hole in GOM – we were hearing and talking about it for months. What about the deeper and dangerous hole within our hearts? We never talk about it. What to speak of talking, we never even think about it. Thanks for reminding us HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Mahaprakash Das

    Radhanath Swami is going more deeper

  • Kathiresan

    Brilliantly answered by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Dhruva

    Radhanath Swami is so true

  • Radhanath Swami has wonderfully highlighted the deeper problems which this world is facing which are being ignored

  • Milind M Churi

    Oh!what a perfect reply.Radhanath Swamiji has given a permanent solution to the problem,a very simple and enjoyable that chanting of the holy name of the God Sri-Sri Radha and Krishna.Thank you very much.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    HH Radhanath swami very nicely explained permanent solutions for so many problems i.e false ego(ahankar ), greed.

    Thank you so much for sharing us.

  • Ravi

    Wow, what a vision & profound knowledge Swamiji has……thanks for sharing the same with us….

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is highligthing the bigger problems which many of us in this world are ignoring and these problems in reality are more serious problems

  • Mahaprakasha Das

    Radhanath Swami has amazingly highlighted the deeper problems of this world.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami has nicely highlighted other problems which are more serious in nature

  • Mahaprakash Das

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for highlighting deeper problems

  • Madhavi Chenna

    Nicely explained.

  • Dr Sandhya

    This answer truly makes one realize the more serious and underlying problem which is the root cause of all the disasters in the world and that is man’s greed to lord it over material nature.

  • Radhanath Swami is amazing

  • World is going through Disasters recent one being in Japan. People need to wake up these are indications that this world is not the real home our home is in Kingdom of God so our focus should be in that direction. We need many more people like Radhanath Swami who can awaken this world.

  • Sid

    Radhanath Swami makes a beautiful metaphor of how the hole of ego allows other toxic substances like lust, anger, greed, etc pour into our hearts!

  • Nisha

    Hare Krishna.. Such a beautiful message by Radhanath Maharj. Shows us how the world provides for evryone but we spoil it coz of or ego/greed.

  • Amit Kumar

    wonderful insight for many of us…

  • Sunil Sharma

    Maharaj is expert in explaining complex things in simple manner as explained here. Our EGO is the biggest enemy.
    Thanks Maharaj.

  • Sunita Paleja

    very good answer. thank u.

  • Deep

    Brilliant answer by Radhanath swami.solve the permanent problem.

  • Sundar Ananda das

    But the problem is much deeper than one mile: very well said! Thanks Maharaj! this should be an eye-opener for the politicians today.

  • madhavi

    thannk you maharaj for the excellent answer!

  • Satish

    Material problems – Spiritual solutions.That is what it is !Excellent !

  • uma

    Thank you maharaj for a very practical solution.

  • Raaja Raikundalia

    Wow! Maharaj is understanding so deeply the position of all of us in this material world! Great words!

  • mukund

    Radhanath Swami has such a deep insight into the knowledge that he can make one can actually understand the reality of this material existence and realise our real duty

  • priti k

    Thank u maharaj for making me realize the depth of the hole of anarthas in my heart.I pray at your lotus feet to get rid of them as soon as possible.

  • MPD

    very practical

  • Sumithra

    Excellent analogy. This will really solve the problem.

  • Radha Menon

    Very true; if one can fix the hole within then the whole problem caused due to ego can be solved.

  • madhavi

    very nicely explained.

  • Sundar

    What an analogy of hole/ego in the heart from which toxics like greed and lust and anger and pride are coming out. And that bhakti is the best way to not only heal the hole but to permeate the real nectar of love of God all over the world which everyone is longing and yearning for. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj is already distributing that real nectar all the time and inspiring thousands. All glories unto him!

  • Phani

    Pure souls like Radhanth Swami always goes to the root cause of the problem in order to solve the issue permanently.

  • amit raina

    Nicely explained the actual hole which is much dangerous that the hole in the gulf of mexico … haribol


  • vsk

    everything seems so simple when seen spiritual masters instruction

  • deepak bagla

    Radhanath swami has so nicely given bigger picture om hole in the heart. There is a desperate need to fix that hole in heart through Bhakti which is a solution to all problems

  • ashok n belani

    We are responsible for the actions that we commit due to our uncontrolled mind, and we trouble so many others because of this. The solution lies in ,as to how serious we are to solve the problem. Here Maharaj gives us the root cause of the problem we are in , and, he gives a practical way of curing this problem , that the modern world is facing.

  • Sri Gaurang Das

    Maharaj always talks about removing the disease from its roots and not just symptomatic treatment. This is the only sustainable solution for mankind.

  • Pankaj

    Radhanath swami opens our eyes here to greater problems we are facing than even such big disasters!

  • vvdd

    so well explained how to fix within and without

  • Manoj

    Maharaj is always transcedental in his answers

  • Shyam Mahtani

    There is no question that the hole in our hearts is slowly bleeding us to spiritual death. Swamiji has provided the solution to filling this hole and flooding our spiritual lives with joy through chanting. Thank you Swamiji.

  • Anand Iyer

    Hare Krishna! HH Radhanath Swami has such amazing realizations. How he relates these national and international incidences into lessons for humanity is heart rendering.

  • Prachi Pendse

    HH Radhanath Swami has deep insight to many problems. Amazing!

  • Divyadev

    toxic oils of lust, greed, anger………amazing comparison by maharaj……

  • Mahaprakasha Das

    Simply Amazing

  • bharat

    what a vision….
    thank u maharaj…

  • saurabh

    Very true the root cause of all such disasters is the polluted ming and heart of the man we have to cure it first. Thank you Radhnath Swami for this insight.

  • Umang

    You give the perfect way to solve problem…

  • Biswajit

    Hare Krishna

  • bhaskar

    Man has created so many problems in the world- now listen to God and his represnetatives to fix them. thank you Maharaj for giving this insight.

  • vaibhav kumar

    RADHANATH MAHARAJ teaches us
    what is the real problem
    where is the real problem
    & what is the real solution
    thank you maharaj

  • Aditya

    Everyone is talking about plugging the hole. But Maharaj’s point is that even if you plug this one, many more will come up in different ways in future which may not be able to be plugged. Better to hit the root of the problem. One shot at the root is better than a 1000 at the shoots

  • Sandesh

    Wow, thats such a total deep insight! Radhanath Swami has offered an absolute hypothesis!

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Hari bol. We are searching for repairs of external holes but what about our own holes of anarthas. Amazing analysis.

  • rahul

    His Holiness Radhanath swami’s incredibly deep insight to connect contemporary issues to pristine vedic wisdom is remarkable. Thank you so much Maharaj

  • Harshawardhan

    Now this is called insight!!
    Radhanath Swami is bringing out such a wonderful discipline for the whole world to follow. If et’al we are able to apply this in our individual lives, we can contribute so much satisfaction to the world. Thank you for enlightening us Maharaj.

  • Biswajit

    Thank you for this inspirational post.

  • Simple solution to great problems…great

  • Tushar

    Great answer!

  • Biswajit

    All glories to H H Radhanath Swami

  • Ankit Patel

    hari bol

  • Biswajit

    Hare Krishna….

  • Viraj

    Thank you for such a simple yet powerful method. Chant the holy names of Radha and Krishna and cleanse the heart of all the toxicity.

  • Manojkumar Nambiar

    What a deep insight by Radhanath Swami

  • Bharath

    Very profound. Thanks for sharing

  • Abhinav Mutreja

    Amazing explaination !

  • djay

    hare Krishna ……………….

  • sandeep kaimal

    a very practical and perfect solution

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Amazing way of speaking the truth. Radhanath swami is wonderfully explainig the cause of the problems that the world is facing today and also providing a permanent solution to them.

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for such a wonderful answer which tells us by taking the shelter of God, one can avoid the disasters of this material world.

  • chandraprakash

    very very authentic

  • Raj Narang

    Thanks for sharing, wonderful explanation that we have to actually transform the deadly oil of lust , anger, greed, envy, in \to love for one another, so that every individual can lead a happy and a prosperous life…

  • Kadamba kanana

    Very nice answer.

  • sajeev

    thank u maharaj for this wonderful explanation…

  • Abhinav

    Thanks for this enlightening explanation… Its really very true nowadays that people are neglecting to clean the hole inside the hearts.

  • Abhinav

    Thanks for this enlightening explanation. Let us try to fix the hole of heart.

  • Ujwal Wani

    Very nice analogy. Thanks for revealng the way of sealing the hole in the heart and cleaning the dirt in the heart through pure Bhakti.

  • madhura

    very deep and profound.

  • Vidya Patham

    It takes a spiritual person of great depth to actually make a connection between external problems and inner consciousness. Thank you for sharing Radhanath Swami’s wonderful words of wisdom.

  • Very heart touching.

  • “The chanting of the holy names, the prime process of bhakti yoga, will stop the toxic oils of lust and greed from entering our consciousness, and fill our hearts with real pleasure we are looking for.” H.H radhanath Swami Maharaj has once again explained the benefits of chanting. Thank you Maharaj for this.

  • Rajeev

    Very very nice, people should attack the real cause of the problem than patching up one specific problem.

  • madhura


  • vishvesh joglekar

    very nice analogy

  • Ganesh

    Very nice & precise answer.Jai.

  • Sunny Hinduja


  • damodar

    Since consciousness of the people is polluted they are polluting the surroundings, and as long a we do not make arrangements for the people to clean their hearts, there is no point in just fixing this one hole , people will create many more holes because of the greed in their heart.Thanks to Radhanath swami for this beautiful point.

  • shailesh

    Haribooool.Very nuice explanation by Radhanath Maharaj !

  • pankaj

    Amazing thinking…beyond imagination

  • madhura

    wonderful answer.

  • rachna

    lust and greed out biggest enemies..

  • Smriti gupta

    Very amazing analysis.

  • anil

    we can avoid these man made problem if we have god centric life.

  • Tapas

    Yes, the only problem that can exist is lack of Krishna Consciousness, rest others are only the sympoms of the deep rooted disease.

  • nandkishor das

    such a deep thought.thank you

  • meghana

    very deep,thank you.

  • sameer bramhandkar

    The root cause of all problems is false ego. If only we use this life to dovetail the false ego in krishnas service, our life is perfect

  • Tejna Patodi

    When we chant together in kirtan, the power of Radha and Sri Krishna permeates the whole world. Thus we could be instruments of real change in this world. Amazing line!!!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank u Maharaj Ji..

  • Yateen

    Radhanath Swami has correctly pointed out to the actual problem.

  • Suhas Agarwal

    Radhanath Swami is a master at work while analysing seemingly unsolvable material problems, because of his deep and strong-rooted connections with the instructions of his spiritual master and the Lord.

  • Amit

    holes of anhankar, of ego. And from that hole, the toxic oils of greed, lust, anger and pride are pouring into our consciousness !! Amazing understanding . Thanks Maharaj.

  • dr tushar vora

    What a wonderful analogy! A Mahabhagavat like H.H Radhanath Swami can see Krishna and his teachings in every event in this world!

  • Tejna Patodi

    Very wonderfully explained. We have to fix within to fix without.

  • Pankaj

    Radhanath Swami solves the problem at its very root so it doesn’t grow again.

  • mangilal solanki

    hare krishna! without conscious we can not fix in any moment.so maharaj telling here.we need krishna consciousness

  • shirish


  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Amazing answer ..Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar..

  • Sha

    “… the problem is much deeper than one mile. Deep within the hearts of people, there are holes of anhankar, of ego. And from that hole, the toxic oils of greed, lust, anger and pride are pouring into our consciousness and polluting it. And because the consciousness of human beings is polluted, they are polluting the world” – HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!
    Healing the world by healing the heart…

  • Rasasindhu

    Very instructive answer…..thanks Swamiji

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Wonderful answer. Gurudev always enlightens us.

  • Satish Rane

    with good example Radhanath Swami maharaj has nicely answered the question. Thank you maharaj.

  • anashree

    Wonderful answer. Maharaj has given a nice solution to the problem. Bhakti is the process of both healing that hole in the heart, and cleaning the toxic wastes in our consciousness.