Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Can’t find positive association? Radhanath Swami helps you out…

By on November 17, 2014 in Insights with 52 Comments

Another-Life-Saved-by-Bhagavad-Gita-and-Devotees1Question 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); you can get it in corresponding with positive people. At the same time, whenever possible we should strive to be in the physical association of positive people.
I know somebody who was living in a completely faraway place. He was working a very dangerous job. He was a welder – burning steel and forging it into other pieces of steel. He was working on very, very highly dangerous petrochemical plants for years, fixing things way up many stories high on highly explosive facilities. He was working in those situations. He never met a devotee; he did not even know devotees existed. But he had one book, Bhagavad Gita. He immersed himself so much in that ‘Bhagavad-Gita As It Is’ that his whole life transformed. He gave up all bad habits. He was chanting Krishna’s name throughout the day. This is a true story.
One day he was just at a Laundromat, a place where you get your cloths washed. He was eating a watermelon and he was spitting the seeds into the garbage bin. Accidentally the watermelon slipped out of his hand and went into the garbage bin. He did not want to lose that watermelon. So he reached into the garbage bin and picked up that piece of watermelon right out of the garbage. But when he looked at it, there was ‘Bhagavad-Gita As It Is’. So he thought, “God wants me to read this.” So he started reading it for couple years. That was his only association, one book. Then he became saintly, gentle and humble. He was intoxicated with Krishna.
So positive attitude means to be grateful for what we have, to be grateful for whatever God gives us. That’s enough, if we are just sincere and earnest. So association is there, if we look for it and we want it.


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  • brajswaminidd

    So positive attitude means to be grateful for what we have, to be grateful for whatever God gives us. That’s enough, if we are just sincere and earnest. -nice definition.

  • Rakesh Pandita

    That is what real Miracle is, let us distribute more and more Bhagavad Gita to let more Miracles Happen. Millions and Billions are waiting for Transformation.

    • Pradeep Iyer

      Millions and Billions is exactly the number not a metaphor or exaggeration. I agree with you

  • biswajit

    real Miracle

  • NSP

    Really a wonderful article! And nice real life story as well which is so inspiring!

  • Y Raja Shekar

    The human form is created with a positive intent of developing self realization. So, if we have this positive desire we will get the right direction.

  • Kiran Shetty

    These days we have no lack of communication medium world has become such a small space- because of Watsapp, FB, twitter and what not…everywhere you find the option “Share”…this is what we all conscious beings are meant to do- when we share Love care and concern we naturally find others sharing it with us. World is surely the mirror of ones own state of mind!!

    • Piyush Singh

      Very true. But unfortunately people often use these facilities for the purpose of getting such positive association.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj and the the incident shared is so amazing.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Really an amazing incident and also amazing determination and fortune of the person to be able to pursue the genuine spiritual path to understand Krishna.

  • vilas bhujbal

    So much can be said about the Positive attitude.But Radhanath swami is giving amazing definition of it.Be grateful for what God has given us.Indeed, instead of harping on I do not have this , lf only i had this , His/Her case is different, What I mean is instead of focusing on negativity of everything or anything of the life just focus on whatever the things God has given to us.for example for most of us God has given one piece fully intact working body.Let us use it for noble cause.

    • Piyush Singh

      Yes Vilas, you made it even more clear. Thank you.

  • Sanjiv

    This shows that the Lord is omnipresent and whenever we have a sincere desire to know him and surrender to him he opens doors in inconceivable ways

    • Mick

      i m curious to know, how to develop sincere desire.. if anyone can elaborate, i would be grateful..

  • Mangesh

    very precise and wonderful answer given by HH Radhanath Swami,thanks

  • vidya karekar

    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); you can get it in corresponding with positive people. – so true

  • Rohit Potdar

    if we are just sincere and earnest. So association is there, if we look for it and we want it. thank you guru Maharaj

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Bhadavad Gita has answers for every problem and it can also give positive association. Why not?

  • Rajendra Kamath

    What an inspiration…Kudos

  • Chandala Potdar

    Thank you Maharaj for definition of positive attitude. So we have to be grateful for what we have and grateful for whatever God gives us.

  • Vishnu Walse

    I am really inspired by the story of Welder, a very sincere soul , Krishna can reveal himself in any form.

  • Satish Rane

    wonderful … Thanks Radhanath Swami Maharaj for such a wonderful answer…….

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very heart opening example of how Krishna helps everyone to reach out to Him if one is sincere in his attempts. Thank you very HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this story.

  • Navin Poojary

    amazing example of the welder getting mercy of Lord

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing story of the welder who had one book – the Bhagavad Gita and how it transformed his life. True, if we are sincere and eager, the Lord will reciprocate.

  • Ranganath Bandari

    What a inspiring story. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing.

  • mangesh

    very incredible and inspiring .thanks

  • sriranga

    very inspiring and heart opening ” Seek and you shall find ” association you get in positive book or positive tape or positive people.. it really touched the heart. Thank you maharaj.

  • Prahalad

    Nice article on positive attitude by Radhanath Swami

    • Sumit Sharma

      Yes indeed. Very inspirational.

  • Sanjiv

    Srila Prabhupada put a lot of emphasis on reading the books that he has written with a lot of compassion. Thus we should always take association of these books

  • Satish Rane

    wonderful answer by Maharaj…

  • Vinay Malani

    A very beautiful article by HH Radhanath Swami. It was very inspiring to know how the welder transformed his life by coming in contact with just a single copy of Bhagavad Gita. That is why Srila Prabhupada has said, ‘Whenever you have money, print books’. Indeed, books are the basis.

  • dharmendra vaishya

    Very inspirational true story, this would really inspire devotees who do not have physical association of another devotee. Thank you for swamiji for inspiring us ….

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great point! Srila Prabhpad used to say that association of spiritual master can be done in two ways: Through Vapu (which is physical association) and Vani (which is association by following the instructions). He used to emphasis more on the Vani association than the other one.

  • rva

    Amazing article……we can remain in positive association by reading spiritual books. Example of welder given by H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj is very significant. We always hanker for association of devotees. Thank you very much.

  • Kalpesh Jadhav

    The above story sounds very exciting. Positive association through the media of books was a rare and unknown concept to me rather very few know about it. Swamiji very expertly unveals the secrets of the sacred texts as seen in the excerpt above.

  • Dr Deepak

    Its really exciting story.I learn how to take positive association.Maharaj,though you are far away from me ,i am getting your association by hearing your lectures everyday….Hare krishna.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Dr. Deepak, you are very sincere that you are seeking association of your spiritual master somehow, even though you are not physically close to him. Very inspiring.

  • Raju K Mewada

    Good books are best friends. H H Radhanath Swami has explained very nicely through this real story. We must have to believe and accept the plan of the Lord like discussed by swamiji. Seeking for good association is one quality we need to be developed. Probably many of us have experienced in our own life. Even today we are using these social networking sites to associate and read good articles and hear good lecture and discussion etc. We have lots of opportunities to be in association just we need to choose what we want to do.

  • Jeewan

    association is there, if we look for it and we want it…..So all it is upto our sincere desire….thank you Maharaj…

  • Vinay Malani

    The story of the welder was really inspiring. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for sharing your wonderful realizations.

  • Kevin White

    I liked the example of Welder. Just one “Bhagvat Gita- As it is” book can transform one’s life even he has not met any spiritual organization. Amazing !!!

  • George Martin

    wow Swamiji what an explaination ,I inspired by your answer.positive attitude must required for spiritual devlopment

  • Rahul Gupta

    How wonderful. These are actual miracles. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for telling these stories.

  • Satish Rane

    maharaj always teaches that … in every or any situation we can find shelter of Sri Krishna provided we are sincere and serious…. hare krishna

    • Sumit Sharma

      Well said. Only if we are sincere, God would reveal truth within our hearts.

  • George Martin

    It has given a hope to the persons who have no positive persons in her/ his association

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    Same with me. By Krishna’s arrangement I purchased a copy of “BhagavadGita As It Is” from a devotee in a moving train. For next one and half years, it was my only companion. It changed my life completely. I met devotees more than a year after reading this Holy book.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful lesson.

  • Satish Rane

    thank you maharaja … if there is will there is a way Krishna gives that way ……… hare krishna.

  • Sumit Sharma

    An amazing answer with wonderful story. If we are sincere, serious and without ulterior motives, God Who sits in our hearts, guide us from within (as internal guru) and without as spiritual master. The only qualification is to be sincere. Srila Prabhupad has left behind so many wonderful books that if we read them sincerely, we will get clear directions of how to be spiritually strong.